Francis Maude is a Conservative Party MP for the seat of Horsham.
In late February 2004 Maude was appointed non-executive chairman of the Incepta Group, a major advertising, marketing amd public relations company. According to PR Week Maude will spend five days a month on his new role.  According a
According to a biogrpahical profile released by Incepta, Maude trained as a barrister and was "first elected to Parliament in 1983 as MP for North Warwickshire and from 1987 to 1992 was successively Minister for Corporate and Consumer Affairs at the DTI, Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Financial Secretary to the Treasury. Following the 1997 election, he was Shadow Secretary for Media, Culture and Sport from 1997 to 1998, Shadow Chancellor from 1998 to 2000 and Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2001. He is currently MP for Horsham."
Maude also has other extensive business interests and experience. "He is currently Chairman of Prestbury Holdings, the AIM-listed financial services group; Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Benfield Group, the world's largest independent reinsurance intermediary; and Chairman of The Jubilee Investment Trust. He was a non-executive director of ASDA Group from 1992 to 1999; and of Gartmore Shared Equity Trust from 1997 to 1999. From 1992 to 1993, he was a director of Salomon Brothers and a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited from 1993 to 1997", the Incepta press release states. 
He holds the following positions in 'all party parliamentary groups' (APPGs):
- Chair of the Government Committee on the Big Society, Office for Civil Society
- Former Director, Huntsworth
- Governor, Ditchley Foundation 
- Westminster Advisory Council, Politeia 
- Tom Williams, "Maude pledges Incepta Group PR division growth", PR Week,February 27 2004.
- Incepta Group, “Board Appointment - Francis Maude appointed Chairman of Incepta Group”, Media Release, February 24, 2004.