I am Labour member of the European Parliament in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats political group. I speak out for the West Midlands as a Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, First Vice President of Delegation for Relations with India, Member of Delegation for Relations with the United States, Substitute on Committee on Foreign Affairs and Delegation for Relations with Southeast Asia, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
I was previously an MEP for the West Midlands from 1999 to 2009. Prior to becoming an MEP, I was chief executive of ASRA Group and the Newlon Housing Group. I sat on the Budget, Legal and Industry Committees in the European Parliament. Since 2009, I was an MD for Public Affairs and from 2010 worked for SAS Software, as Vice President Corporate Affairs (Europe and Asia Pacific).
I was awarded my first degree by Liverpool John Moores University (BA Hons Social Studies) in 1979, and completed a postgraduate professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1986 and the London Business School SEP in 1996. I am fluent in several Asian languages and Italian, and I am currently studying French and German.