I am an Associate Partner with Hume Brophy and work primarily in the financial services division. I started my career as a fixed income trader and then a salesman with banks in France, Germany and the Middle East. Over the last 25 years, I worked in asset management, in the beginning as an account manager with Dresdner Bank for central bank mandates.
I have 30 years’ experience in the European Commission, most recently as the Director for Renewables, Energy Efficiency and Innovation at DG Energy. I bring significant experience and vision of the EU’s energy policies, deep understanding of the dynamics of regulation, and insight into the Commission’s senior level decision-making.
I was a UK Liberal Democrat MEP for five years and an influential member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, working on CAP reform, the EU budget and trade policy. Previously, I served as Chief Whip and Deputy Finance Minister in the Scottish Parliament (1999-2007). I also ran a large family farming enterprise and was NFU Scotland President (1997/99).
I served as a Member of the European Parliament for the Swedish Liberal People’s Party between 1999-2004 and 2006-2014. I was a full member and a vice coordinator of the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee and worked on all the major financial services legislation. I am also a former national legislator in Sweden.
I was Chief of Staff and later Special Adviser to two Directors-General of the World Trade Organisation. Previously, I was a lead trade negotiator for Hong Kong and head of its representation to the WTO. After that, I went on to serve as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development. With my in-depth knowledge of WTO agreements and processes, I advise clients on international trade policy issues.
I am a Senior Consultant and Whitehall expert having previously been Assistant Director of the UK Government’s Better Regulation Executive, part of the Cabinet Office. My role involved advising Ministerial teams on responses to regulatory change and working to ensure Government departments made a positive contribution to reducing the costs and burdens of regulation on business.