David Heathcoat-Amory was MP for Wells for 27 years until 2010 and a government minister for 8 years. He served in the Departments of the Environment and Energy, and then as Minister of State in the Foreign Office, where he was Minister for Europe and Latin America. He was then Paymaster General in the Treasury and appointed to the Privy Council. Before becoming an MP he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and worked in industry. He is now chairman of London and Devonshire Trust Ltd, a house building company.
He is married to Linda, an artist, and they have two children. His hobbies are tree planting, fishing, and the promotion of hydro power. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a trustee of the Trade Policy Research Centre, as well as the Human Trafficking Foundation.