Jake was educated at Liverpool College, followed by the University of Sheffield, and trained as a solicitor in the City of London. Before becoming a Member of Parliament for Rossendale and Darwen in 2010, Jake specialised in Housing and Development Law. This valuable experience has enabled him to effectively champion affordable housing and the Construction Sector within the House of Commons.
Jake was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing and Local Government in 2010. In September 2012 Grant was appointed Conservative Party Chairman with Jake remaining as his PPS. In April 2013, Jake was asked by the Prime Minister to join his influential Policy Board and advise him on housing, local government and regional growth in Downing Street.
In May 2015 Jake was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon. Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. In June 2017 Jake was appointed as the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse & Local Growth at the Department of Local Government & Communities – now the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government.