Rob Wilson was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 17 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Reading East in 2005. Born in south Oxfordshire, Rob attended Wallingford School and studied history at Reading University.
Before being elected MP for Reading East in 2005, Rob served as a local councillor in Reading. He was the Shadow Minister for Higher Education from 2007 to 2009, Opposition Whip 2009 to 2010 and has also served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He previously served as Minister for Civil Society from September 2014 until July 2016 at the Cabinet Office.
Rob made his name as an entrepreneur, building small businesses. He played a leading role in securing a number of major investments in the Reading East area. He has also led 2 successful bids for new schools in the area, including the landmark new University Technical College.
Rob Wilson will deliver the opening keynote at Creative Collisions, and will host a young person-led Q+A on the morning of the conference.