Rupert de Mauley is parliamentary under secretary of state for resource management, the local environment and environmental science at Defra. He was appointed in September 2012. Prior to that he had been a government whip in the House of Lords since the Coalition came to office in May 2010, and before that an opposition whip since 2005. While a whip he served also as a parliamentary spokesman on treasury, business, welfare and other matters.
Brought up on a farm, Lord de Mauley qualified as a chartered accountant, then worked as an investment banker in the City and the Far East in the 1980s and 1990s and ran an IT services company from 1999 to 2006.
He served as a TA soldier from 1975, commanding his regiment from 2003 until retirement in 2005. He rode as an amateur under National Hunt rules and on the flat in the Far East. He is married to Lucinda and their home is a farm in west Oxfordshire.