The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park
Lord (Zac) Goldsmith was born in 1975, and grew up in Richmond where he has lived for most of his life.
Zac is currently the Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He was first appointed as a Minister of State in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and Defra on 13 February 2020.
He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development from 10 September 2019 to 13 February 2020 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and at the Department for International Development on 27 July 2019 and 10 September 2019.
He was Member of Parliament for Richmond Park from 2017 to 2019, previously holding the seat between 2010 and 2016.
In 2016 he stood as the Conservative Party’s candidate in the London Mayoral election. He received just under a million votes, but lost the election to Labour. The Westminster Italian Conservatives played a very active role in the campaign.
Before becoming an MP, Zac directed and edited the Ecologist Magazine for a decade, and received Mikhail Gorbachev’s Global Green Award for ‘International Environmental Leadership’.
Outside of his parliamentary work, Zac continues to raise significant funds for a wide range of conservation and environmental campaigns.