Chairman of the Parliamentary & Public Affairs Committee (PPAC)
The PPAC follows the day to day business of Parliament and meets regularly. It communicates with mainly Catholic peers and MPs. It is the principal interface with Parliament where the Union seeks to be a Catholic voice.
I joined the CUGB in 2009 and the Council and PPAC in 2015. I organise the Craigmyle Lecture, produce a regular Events Briefing and have written policy papers on refugees and the ECHR.
For most of my career I was an employed barrister at the FCO, advising on international, EU and English law. I have extensive experience of briefing ministers and negotiating with the UN, EU, CoE, and OSCE. I have been responsible for primary and secondary legislation and understand the Parliamentary process.
I have good contacts with many NGOs such as ACN, SPUC and the APPG on Religious Freedom and have participated in training and conferences of NGOs working actively on pro-life and pro-family issues.
I hope to engage all members of the PPAC so as to increase our impact and ensure that the Catholic Union’s voice is heard in all major policy debates.