Curriculum Vitae

Member of the European Parliament, North East England, 2014-2019
  • Member of Committee on Budgets
  • Member of Committee on Budgetary Control (2014-2018)
  • Substitute member of Committee on Constitutional Affairs (2019)
  • Occasional chairing of meetings of one of the largest national delegations of the European Parliament
  • Participated in two televised debates (BBC Education debate and Newsbeat Economics debate) during 2015 General Election campaign
  • Appeared on all major UK television and radio networks
  • Other areas of work included: Countering persecution of Christians, defending freedom of the press in Ukraine, work with Catalonia issue, Indian Chennai 6 case, defending freedom of speech
General Secretary of a national UK political party (part-time) 2008-2014
  • Data analysis, opinion polling and strategy
  • Drafting of policy documents and Manifestos
  • Overall responsibility for staff at the administrative Head Office
  • Writing and updating of Rules of Procedure
  • Responsibility for administration of disciplinary procedures
  • Organisation of training, briefings and guidance
  • Responsibility for certain legal cases in the County Courts
Campaign Manager for Northern Ireland Assembly Elections, Bangor, 2011
  • Organisation of all aspects of election campaign including legal compliance, directing filming of televised broadcasts, briefing candidates for television appearances, management of media campaign, and overall responsibility for raising and spending budgets
Mathematics Teacher (inc. 2 years as Head of Mathematics), variously full-time/part time, Handsworth Christian School, Sheffield, 2001-2014
  • Classroom teacher in Mathematics
  • Special responsibility for ‘Gifted & Talented’ students
  • Includes 2½ years as Head of Mathematics
  • Includes 3½ years on the school’s Core Management Team [modern equivalent: Senior Leadership Team]
Manager, Sports & Community Recreation schemes, Sheffield, 2000-2001
  • Managed teams of up to 5 people delivering sporting and other activities
Education

Master’s Degree in Mathematics, University of Sheffield [Was youngest person to ever attend the University, aged 15]

‘A’ Levels in Mathematics (A), Further Mathematics (B), Chemistry (B), Spanish (A), General Studies (A)

Additional skills and interests
  • Published author of 3 books, most recently How Politicians are Ruining Brexit
  • Ghost-writer for 4 published books
  • Newspaper columnist for the Journal newspaper
  • 23 years’ charitable broadcasting experience for Hospital Radio
  • Lay preacher (usually non-denominational)
  • Proficient in Spanish; basic conversational French
  • Chess Candidate Master & Under-21 chess international
  • Organised the European Team Cup 2018 of the board game Stratego, and the World Championships 2019
  • Member of World Championships silver medal-winning Great Britain Stratego team