Who Is Gina Colangelo: Biography, Husband, Career - Love Scandal With Matt Hancock
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Gina Colangelo Biography
Gina Colangelo serves as a non-executive director at the Department of Health and Social Care. She is also the communication director for Oliver Bonas, her husband’s fashion and homeware company. Gina Colangelo exact date of birth is kept a secret. Her birth year is 1978. Gina, likewise, values privateness in her private life, due to this fact no details about her dad and mom or previous is accessible.
She says: “I have over twenty years' experience in business management and marketing and communications, with a focus on retail, healthcare, the third sector and energy.
“Marketing expertise across media relations, consumer campaigns, social media, digital strategy, strategic collaborations, internal communications, issues management and public affairs.”
As well as this, Colagangelo is a director and major shareholder at lobbying firm Luther Pendragon, which offers clients a “deep understanding of the mechanics of government”.
She was appointed to the Department of Health as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in March last year.
In September, Coladangelo was appointed as a non-executive director at the Department for Health - this means she a member of the board whose job is to scrutinise the department.
Gina Colangelo Husband Oliver Tress
|Coladangelo with her husband, Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress, in September 2014. Photo Getty|
Oliver Tress is Gina Colangelo’s husband. Oliver is a profitable businessman and entrepreneur. Oliver Bonas is a widely known way of life model that he owns. He’s a multi-millionaire since his retailer is situated all through the UK.
The couple has a beautiful household of three younger kids (2 daughters and a son).
Tress’ upbringing is fitting for the founder of an upmarket lifestyle chain popular with the middle classes. The 54-year-old - known as Olly to his friends - was born in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire to a banker and a housewife and lived a “blissful life” moving from country to country with his parents. “We were living in Sudan when I was born and from there we went to Nigeria, New York, the Netherlands, Zambia and South Africa, so I’ve been very lucky in that respect,” he told The Independent in 2012.
Tress studied at Marlborough College in Wiltshire. Other former students include the Duchess of Cambridge, Jack Whitehall and Emerald Fennell. He went on to study anthropology at Durham University and was known for his habit of bringing gifts back from his travels for his friends or selling them at country fairs or charity events.
While his friends were interviewing for corporate graduate schemes, he was reportedly selling watches from his living room - the inspiration for his first retail store, which he opened on Fulham Road in 1993, selling handbags and jewellery he’d bought in Hong Kong, where his parents were living at the time. “The corporate life just wasn’t for me,” he told The Daily Telegraph in 2016, recalling how all his friends were interviewing for grad schemes or “proper jobs”.
Gina Colangelo And Matt Hancock Affair
Last Friday, pictures emerged via The Sun newspaper of Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, kissing his aide, Gina Colangelo, despite both of them being married. Resigning that weekend, Hancock admitted to breaking social distancing guidance in the work place, with reports emerging that he had left his wife of 15 years and mother of his two children, Martha Millar (the daughter of Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra) and was planning to live with Colangelo.
|Hancock's steamy embrace at the Department of Health's London HQ was caught on CCTV. Photo Mirror UK|
How did they meet?
Hancock and Colangelo have known each other for a couple of decades, after meeting at Oxford University over 25 years ago, when they were both studying politics, philosophy and economics (PPE), and reportedly shared a love of college radio. It was also while at Oxford that he met his wife Millar. After graduation, the pair remained friends, and while Hancock was climbing the Westminster career ladder, she was working for a lobbying firm.
While Hancock married Millar in 2006 and went on to have two children with her, Colangelo wed Oliver Tress, a Marlborough College and Durham University alum. He is the head of the retail chain Oliver Bonas, which he named after his then-girlfriend, Anna Bonas, a cousin of Prince Harry's ex, Cressida. Tress and Colangelo have three children together and were living in a five-bedroom house in Wandsworth with a live-in nanny.
|She spoke to BBC Radio 4 for a profile of Hancock last year, saying: “We met at the student radio station, Oxygen FM. I read the news and Matt read the sport.|
"I’ve always joked with him that he did the sport because he wasn’t good enough to do the news, but I think it gave him a bit of an early head’s up into aggressive questioning from journalists and hacks.”
In March of last year, Hancock hired Colangelo as an unpaid advisor, before later giving her the £15,000 job of Non-Executive Director of the Department of Health.
A Department of Health spokesperson said the appointment was “made in the usual way and followed correct procedure”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told Sky News that Coladangelo would have gone through an “incredibly rigorous” process to get the job, as he declined to comment the an “entirely personal” matter.
Claims of 'chumocracy' emerged in November when it was revealed Coladangelo was attending confidential meetings.
It is alleged she has a parliamentary pass, giving her unregulated access to the Palace of Westminster.
|Health Secretary Matt Hancock leaves 10 Downing Street with aide Gina Coladangelo in May last year. Photo Getty|
They were subsequently photographed together on several occasions entering and leaving Downing Street, as well as accompanying each other to press interviews. The pair were first linked in the public eye, albeit not romantically, in November 2021, when it emerged she had accompanied Hancock to confidential meetings with civil servants and had even visited Number 10.
|Hancock looks at Mrs Coladangelo's phone as they leave the BBC on June 6. Photo Getty|
|She has been spotted with the Health Secretary on numerous occasions, and a source told the Sunday Times last year: “Before Matt does anything big, he'll speak to Gina. She knows everything.”|
Last year, she spoke to the BBC about their university days, explaining how Hancock had told a 'white lie' about where he was reporting on a rugby match from after sleeping in.
Hancock has been married to his wife Martha Hancock for 15 years, and the couple have three children together. He has been the Tory MP for West Suffolk since 2010 and Health Secretary since 2018.
|Health Secretary Matt Hancock and his wife. Photo Mirror UK|
|Key points |
- The Sun published what it said were security camera pictures taken on 6 May of the kiss, but the pair have been seen together on other occasions, it claimed.
- The newspaper reports that the image was from just after 3pm on 6 May - as the local elections were taking place.
- Matt Hancock was already under pressure following explosive criticism from Dominic Cummings last month.
The Health Secretary has said he was “very sorry” for letting people down, after The Sun first reported he was having an extramarital affair with his close aide.
In a statement issued on Friday (June 25), Hancock apologised for his actions, saying: “I accept that I breached the social distancing guidance in these circumstances, I have let people down and am very sorry.
“I remain focused on working to get the country out of this pandemic, and would be grateful for privacy for my family on this personal matter.”
|The UK health minister, Matt Hancock, has resigned after he breached social distancing guidance with a colleague. |
Hancock has been at the centre of the government’s fight against the pandemic, routinely appearing on the television and radio to tell people to follow the strict rules to contain the virus.
His departure means Prime Minister Boris Johnson will have to appoint a new minister to take on the huge department that is responsible for overseeing the health service and tackling the coronavirus, at a time when cases have started to rise again.
Johnson had said on Friday that he had accepted an apology from the minister and considered the matter to be closed, but Hancock had faced rising pressure to quit.
In letter to Johnson, he said that the government “owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down”.
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