Born in Nottingham in 1970, I grew up thinking it was normal for our local football team to win the European Cup every year. Life has been downhill ever since.

Today I’m the Director of Communications for a legal campaign against the Russian Federation, seeking justice in The Hague for the Kremlin’s unlawful expropriation of a successful company, Yukos: www.gmllimited.com

From 2010 to 2016 I served in the European Commission, the European Union’s executive branch. I was the speechwriter to President Jean-Claude Juncker, and Chief of Staff to the European Commissioner for Education and Culture.

I was Director of European Affairs at UEFA, European football’s governing body, from 2003 to 2009, and launched their Brussels office. I started my public-affairs career as a Director at APCO Worldwide, the global consultancy, where I advised the European Commission on its communications strategy for the accession of new member states from central and eastern Europe.

I speak French and German fluently, have a Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin), a Masters in European Geopolitics from the University of Paris, and a First-Class Honours Degree in French and German from the University of Bradford.