St Augustine’s year 10 students received an inspiring and aspirational talk today from Lord Ahmad, the Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Lord Ahmad was accompanied by volunteers from various careers in the Maritime industry including the Royal Navy, Maritime and Coastal Agency, Whitby Fishing School and Blue Swire Ocean who took part in a speed networking session in the hall.

Lord Ahmad spoke to students about their future aspirations. Molly Newham commented “he was very inspirational, he really broadened my horizons”, whilst Darcie De Freitas said “he was a really good speaker.”



Lord Ahmad was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Home Office in May 2015.


He was educated at Rutlish School and London South Bank University (LSBU) as well as the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.

Political career

Lord Ahmad was appointed as a Lord’s Whip in September 2012 for:

  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Universities
  • Science

He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords. Lord Ahmad was raised to the peerage in 2011 and served as a party whip before being appointed to government. He was vice-chairman of the Conservative Party between 2008 and 2010 with responsibility for cities. He also served as a Councillor (Wimbledon Park) and Cabinet Member in the London Borough of Merton between 2002 to 2012.

Career outside politics

Lord Ahmad spent 20 years working in banking and finance, including at the NatWest Group where he was a senior manager in corporate banking and financial markets. He was later vice-president and Marketing Director of Alliance Bernstein and Strategy and Marketing Director at Sucden Financial.

Personal life

Lord Ahmad is married and has 2 sons and a daughter.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

The minister’s transport responsibilities are:

  • aviation security
  • transport agencies
  • corporate and better regulation
  • skills and supply chain
  • London