Brooks is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Oxford University, writing a book on Bashar Assad, in addition to Chairing a report on Homelessness in the UK with Crisis and the Centre for Social Justice (published in March 2017).
Brooks was the Member of Parliament for Braintree (2005-15) Brooks served in the Coalition Government as Minister for Civil Society, with responsibility for charities, the voluntary sector and youth (2014) having previously served on the Treasury Select Committee (2012 -14 and 2006-7) and as a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner HM Treasury (2010 - 12). In Opposition Brooks also served as a Whip (2007-10).
Brooks was Co-Chairman and Founder of Women2Win; Founder of the Million Jobs Campaign; and Chairman of the United & Cecil Club.
Brooks has served on the Board of the Harvard Alumni Association (Harvard University) and has served on the Advisory Board of London Business School's Private Equity Institute.
Prior to entering politics Brooks was a Senior Partner at Apollo Management LP, a leading International Private Equity firm.
Brooks was educated at Harvard College (AB History) and Harvard Business School (MBA Finance). He was also a Politics Research Graduate at Worcester College Oxford.
Brooks founded the charity A Partner In Education in 2010 and has built a Primary School for 300 children in Rwanda.