Hon Clayton Cosgrove has been a Member of Parliament since 1999.
Spokesperson for: Commerce, Associate Finance, Tourism and Veterans’ Affairs. He is also a member of the Finance and Expenditure Parliamentary Select Committee. He was a Cabinet Minister from 2005 – 2008 holding the following portfolios: Minister of Immigration, Associate Finance Minister, Minister of Building & Construction, Minister for Small Business, Minister of Statistics, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Minister for the Rugby World Cup, and Associate Justice Minister.
Clayton lives in the Christchurch, where he went to school at St Bede’s College and later obtained MBA and BA (Triple Major) degrees from the University of Canterbury. He was a senior advisor to former NZ Prime Minister, Rt Hon Mike Moore. He is a former business owner and has worked in senior commercial roles in the telecommunications and minerals industries, both in Australia and New Zealand in the field of public/corporate affairs until 1999, when he was elected to Parliament.
In 2002, he was named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as 1 of 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow and in 2005 he was named, again by the WEF, as 1 of 237 Young Global Leaders.
In 2007, Clayton was one of only 30 people worldwide chosen to participate in a global leadership and public policy executive education programme at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2012, Clayton was one of 75 people worldwide chosen to attend an Executive Education Programme at Yale University.
Clayton is Co Chair for the NZ US Parliamentary Friendship Group and is also a member of the NZ Italian Parliamentary Friendship Group. He is patron of North Canterbury Special Olympics, an Associate Member of the Returned Services Association, a Trustee of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, an Adjunct Senior fellow in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury and a member of the Advisory Board of the Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at Le Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.