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Peter is a former European trade commissioner and British first secretary of state, and a UK Labour member of the House of Lords. As trade commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many countries and led European negotiations in the World Trade Organisation Doha Round. Prior to this, he held a number of cabinet posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown including secretary of state for trade and industry, Northern Ireland secretary, and secretary of state for business, innovation and skills. He was member of parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and director of campaigns and communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. He is president of the German-British Forum and the Great Britain China Centre, chairman of the Design Museum in London and chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is also chairman of consultancy firm, Global Counsel.
Roger is a UK Labour member of the House of Lords and pro-chancellor of the University of Lancaster. He is also an elected member of the county council in his native Cumbria. For seven years from 1997, Roger was special adviser on European affairs to the British prime minister, Tony Blair. From 2004-2007 he served in the European commission, first in the cabinet of the EU trade commissioner and then as economic adviser to the European commission president, José Manuel Barroso. Roger has written extensively on European and British affairs, including the Blair Revolution (with Peter Mandelson, 1996), Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens and Patrick Diamond, 2006) and Beyond New Labour (with Patrick Diamond, 2009), and The Europe Dilemma: the Drama of EU Integration (2014). Recently Roger has concentrated on Brexit, producing The Risk of Brexit (2015) before the referendum vote and, most recently, Seizing the Argument (2017). He also co-authored two papers for the president of the European commission’s thinktank, the Bureau of European Policy Advisers on Europe’s Social Reality (2007) and The Single Market: Yesterday and Tomorrow (2006).
Patrick is lecturer in public policy at Queen Mary, University of London, Gwilym Gibbon fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a visiting fellow in the Department of Politics at the University of Oxford. Patrick spent ten years as a special adviser in various roles at the heart of British government, including as head of policy planning in 10 Downing Street and senior policy adviser to the prime minister. He also served in the cabinet office, the Northern Ireland office, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), where he served as group director of strategy. His recent publications include Endgame for the Centre Left? The Retreat of Social Democracy Across Europe (2016), Can Labour Win? The Hard Road to Power (with Giles Radice, 2015), The Predistribution Agenda: Tackling Inequality and Supporting Sustainable Growth (with Claudia Chwalisz, 2015), Governing Britain: Power, Politics and the Prime Minister (2013), Progressive Politics After the Crash (with Olaf Cramme and Michael McTernan, 2012), After the Third Way (with Olaf Cramme, 2012), Beyond New Labour (with Roger Liddle, 2009), Social Justice in the Global Age (with Olaf Cramme, 2009) and Global Europe, Social Europe (with Anthony Giddens and Roger Liddle, 2006)
Andrew is a UK Labour member of the House of Lords. He recently resigned as chair of the government’s national infrastructure commission to concentrate on opposing Brexit. During the last Labour government, after serving as director of the Number 10 policy unit, Andrew served as minister of state for education and secretary of state for transport under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Stephen is chief investment officer of the central finance board of the Methodist Church.
Matt is the founder of Global Progress. He is a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress, working on building trans-Atlantic and international progressive networks and studying trans-Atlantic policy issues. Previously, Browne was director of public affairs in APCO Worldwide’s London office.
Stephen is a senior barrister and joint head of chambers at 6 Pump Court. He specialises in regulatory law and was chairman of the bar in 2006. He is chair of the Society of Labour Lawyers.
Jürgen is a distinguished broadcaster and author, and a commentator for the German weekly Die Zeit and various publications in Germany, Switzerland and Britain. He has a long association with the Foreign Press Association, where he is currently treasurer. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to British-German relations.
Giles is a UK member of the House of Lords. Formerly Labour member of parliament for Durham North from 1972 until 2001, he served as shadow education secretary and chair of the treasury select committee. He is the author of several books, including Diaries 1980-2001.
Helen is a leading expert and author on the politics of European integration and has held posts at the London School of Economic, the European University Institute, the University of Sussex and Chatham House. She was awarded a DBE in 2011 for services to social science and is a fellow of the British Academy.