DCMS announce the new Chair of British Tourist Authority (BTA) and the Chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board

26 May 2020

Today, The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport appointed the Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin CH as Chair of the British Tourist Authority and Nick de Bois as Chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board.

Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin CH has been appointed as Chair of the British Tourist Authority for three years from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023.

Patrick McLoughlin was the Member of Parliament for Derbyshire Dales from 1986 to 2019.

Patrick was born in Staffordshire in 1957. He attended a comprehensive school, leaving at 16. His early employment included catering and agriculture, before following his father and grandfather to work underground. He became a member of the National Union of Mineworkers working through the 1983-4 miners’ strike, in the absence of a national ballot. He has considerable experience in local and national politics as a councillor on Cannock Chase District and Staffordshire County Councils until 1987.

Positions held by Patrick include Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (PUS) at the Department of Transport from 1989 - 1992, PUS at the Department of Employment from 1992 - 1993,  PUS at the Department of Trade and Industry from 1993 - 1994, Whip from 1995 – 2012, Opposition Chief Whip from 2005 – 2010, Government Chief Whip from 2010-2012, Secretary of State for Transport from 2012 – 2016, Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor to the Duchy of Lancaster from 2016 – 2018. And from 2018 – 2019 Patrick has been a Member of the Parliament Restoration Board and a Member of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.

In 2016, Patrick was knighted in David Cameron’s resignation honours list. In 2019, he was made a Companion of Honour, in Theresa May’s resignation honours list.


Nick de Bois has been appointed as Chair of the VisitEngland Advisory Board for three years from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023.

Nick de Bois was Member of Parliament for Enfield North from 2010 - 2015. Prior to his election he was founder and Managing Director of Rapiergroup, an international events and exhibitions management agency that he set up in 1988 delivering conferences, exhibitions and digital content for U.K. and International based clients.

In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the government's first U.K Events Industry Board bringing industry and government agencies together to advise the government on the implementation of their Business Events Strategy launched in 2015. This strategy set about securing an increase of inbound international visitors by winning new international events hosted at U.K destinations. In addition, the board advised on securing growth of international visitors to established domestic events.

He resigned as Chair of the U.K Events Industry Board in July 2018 to join DExEU as Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State Dominic Raab MP.