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Key People

Principal contributors have included Dr John Hemery OBE, Sir Dominic Asquith, Sir Colin Budd, Sir Edward Clay, Sir Brian Crowe, Dame Barbara Hay, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Sir Mark Lyall Grant, Sir David Manning, Sir Colin Shepherd, Sir Tom Phillips, Dr Rachel Aron, Ian Boag, Anthony Cary CMG, Dr Valerie Caton, Chan Heng Chee, Chan Heng Wing, Alan Charlton CMG, Paul Culley, Maurice Dalton LVO, John Dauth AO, Karel de Beer, Sam Daws, Jean Dunn PSM, Bill Fisher, Jim Flavin, David Gowan CMG, Claudia Hamill, Ann Harrap, Jeremy Hill, Nozipho January-Bardill, Dr Rolf Kaiser, Anne Lambert CMG, Anthony Layden CMG, Andy Lebrecht CB, Dr Lars-Erik Lundin, Pamela Major, Colin Munro CMG, Ruth Pearce, Patricia Phillips, Dr Una O’Dwyer, John O’Toole, Penny Richards, David Ritchie, Michael Roberts CVO, Colin Russel, Greg Shapland, Andy Sparkes CMG, Bob Tyson, Tanya van Gool, Antony Vinall, Billy Williams and Kyle Wilson.

Dr John Hemery OBE

Founder and Chairman

John Hemery is the founder and Chairman of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies (CPDS). He was educated at Dartmouth College in the United States, and as a postgraduate at both Oxford and Cambridge. He pursued first an academic career in international relations, before creating the independent CPDS in 1993. With senior diplomatic colleagues from eight countries he now provides training in core diplomatic and international policy skills for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and for a range of foreign and line ministries worldwide. Since 2004 he has designed and led programmes of training for officials of the EU Institutions, as well as comprehensive programmes of assistance to ministers and officials in eleven EU member states (NL, UK, FI, SI, CZ, ES, SE, PL, HU, LT, EE) preparing for their Presidency of the Council of the EU. He chairs workshops in New York for newly-elected members of the United Nations Security Council, and designs and contributes to programmes of training in government relations for multinational corporations. He is a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. Since 1999, he has been Rapporteur of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training, which brings together each year the directors of diplomatic academies from some sixty countries.

Jean Dunn PSM

Director Indo-Pacific

Jean Dunn is Director Indo-Pacific of CPDS Australia. She has extensive experience over many years of service with the Australian Government both as an ambassador and senior trade negotiator. She served as the Australian Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan (2005-2007), to Lebanon (2009-2010) and to Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine (2012-16). During the crisis arising out of the 2006 Lebanon War she organised the large scale evacuation of Australian citizens from Lebanon to Turkey. In 2016 the Governor General awarded her the Public Service Medal for her services associated with the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in Ukraine in July 2014. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador she served as Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul, Counsellor in Washington and First Secretary in Geneva.  She was the lead services trade negotiator for the Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2001 and the lead Australian negotiator during the 2008-2009 WTO Doha Round agricultural negotiations. In 1974 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Monash University. Following her graduation she was awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship and undertook studies in Japanese and Indonesian relations at Waseda University in Japan for 18 months.

Dr Rachel Aron

Dr Rachel Aron spent over 25 years as a senior British diplomat with experience of top level policy-making and corporate leadership in Whitehall and abroad, including as British Ambassador to Belgium (2007-10). She is a highly qualified and experienced Executive Coach accredited to Ashridge Business School and works with a range of public and private sector clients. Her earlier diplomatic assignments included political postings in New York where she was the UK Representative on all UN Security Council Sanctions Committees and Brasilia where she was Head of Chancery at the British Embassy. She was also FCO Chair of the Civil Service Selection Board and a long-serving assessor at FCO Assessment and Development Centres for promotion to the Senior Management Structure of the FCO.

Dr Valerie Caton

Dr Valerie Caton studied at the Universities of Bristol and Reading before returning to the University of Bristol to complete her PhD in French, which included a year studying and teaching at the University of the Sorbonne, Paris. She undertook a temporary academic teaching post in the French Department of the University of Exeter from 1978-1980 before joining the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Her diplomatic career includes postings to Brussels, Paris (twice), Stockholm and, most recently, as British Ambassador to Finland (2006- 10). She has gained direct experience of the workings of EU Governments and institutions across a range of political, economic and social issues. After returning from Finland she undertook an assignment from the Prime Minister’s Office to organise in 2011 the first ever UK Nordic Baltic Summit, where nine Prime Ministers explored the latest economic, social and technological innovations with businesses, policy experts and NGOs from across the region. She was a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford, in 2012-13 and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, UK. Dr Caton is also a Director and Trustee of CAMFED International, a UK NGO dedicated to the eradication of poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of women as leaders of change.

Alan Charlton CMG CVO

Alan Charlton was British Ambassador to Brazil from 2008 to 2013. Earlier he was Deputy Head of Mission in Washington and concurrently Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (2004-08). He is an Arabist, serving at the British Embassy in Jordan and related roles in FCO. He was Deputy Political Adviser to the British Commandant in Berlin (1986-1990) and later Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy at Bonn and then Berlin. He worked on Former Yugoslavia in FCO, attending the Bosnia Peace Conference at Dayton Ohio in 1995. Alan was FCO HR Director and a member of the FCO Management Board. He now works mostly in education and training, as a Governor of De Montfort University Leicester, Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) University of London; Honorary Professor at Nottingham University; Member of the Advisory Boards of the Brazil Institute King’s College London and ILAS; Governor of Sherborne School and Sherborne Qatar.

Sir Colin Budd

Sir Colin Budd served in Warsaw, Islamabad and Bonn before becoming chef de cabinet to Sir Leon Brittan when Trade Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission. He was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Head of the Overseas and Defence Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, Director General for the EU and Economic Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, , and Chair of the Executive Committee of the OECD. From 2001 to 2005 he was British Ambassador to The Hague. He is now a Board member of LSE IDEAS, a member of the QC Selection Panel of the Bar Council, and delivers with John Hemery training in political work and political negotiation, as well as other programmes of diplomatic and EU training.

Anthony Cary CMG

Anthony Cary served as the British High Commissioner in Canada from 2007 to 2010. He was British Ambassador to Stockholm in 2003-06 and chef de cabinet to Chris Patten. He is now Executive Director of a partnership between Queen’s University in Ontario and Blyth Education which enables students to earn University credits on courses offered in many different international settings. He is also a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, and Hon President of the Canada-UK Colloquium.

Sir Edward Clay

Sir Edward Clay served as High Commissioner in Kenya (2001-5), Cyprus (1999-2001) and Uganda. Between 1997-9 he was a Director in the FCO responsible for consular, visa, information and news, cultural and parliamentary work, and for managing the FCO’s relationships with the British Council, BBC World Service and the Wilton Park Conference Centre. He has otherwise spent his career in Eastern and Southern Europe (twice in Cyprus), and Eastern Africa (including twice in Kenya). In London, he has spent most time on international security and human resources. He is particularly interested in development issues, and their relationship to governance. He is a co-director of the FCO’s principal programme of training in policy and political work for British diplomats and other government officials.

Paul Culley

Most of Paul Culley’s professional career is in EU affairs and institutions, related to the Council and the European Council. He has worked in a range of policy fields, including Agriculture, Internal Market, Environment, Food Safety, Trade and International Development. From 2010 to 2016 he was a Director in the Private Office of the Council’s Secretary General, giving policy support to the European Council, the General Affairs Council, COREPER I and II. He also directed the Council’s Codecision Secretariat and built the programme to prepare and train incoming Council presidencies. Since 2016, he has worked both as an independent political advisor and staff trainer for a number of incoming Council presidencies. He also contributes to European Studies programmes in academic institutions in several countries, specialising in activities that bridge the gap between academic and professional life.

Karel de Beer

Karel de Beer retired in March 2012 from the Netherlands Foreign Service as Chairman of the 31 country International Taskforce on The Holocaust. He served in Prague, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Nairobi before becoming Head of the Multilateral Development Co-operation Department in the Ministry. He was then Minister Plenipotentiary in New Delhi, Ambassador in Lusaka, Deputy Secretary General in the Ministry 2000-2005, and from 2005-2008 Ambassador in Ottawa. From 2008 -2011 he was Director General of the Ministry responsible for Organizational Reforms.

Jean Dunn PSM

Jean Dunn has extensive experience over many years of service with the Australian Government both as a senior trade negotiator and as an ambassador. She has served as the Australian Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan (2005-2007), to Lebanon (2009-2010) and to Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine (2012-16). During the crisis associated with the 2006 Lebanon War, she organised the large-scale evacuation of Australian citizens from Lebanon to Turkey. In 2016 the Governor General awarded her the Public Service Medal for her service in Ukraine in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17, in July 2014. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador she served as Deputy Head of Mission in Seoul, Counsellor in Washington and First Secretary in Geneva. She was the lead services trade negotiator for the Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement in 2001, and the lead Australian negotiator during the 2008-2009 WTO Doha Round agriculture negotiations. In 1974, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Monash University. Following her graduation, she was awarded a Japanese Government Scholarship and undertook studies in Japanese and Indonesian relations at Waseda University in Japan for 18 months.

Dr Rolf Kaiser

Dr Rolf Kaiser served from July 2005 until June 2008 as German Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus. He spent 18 years of his career at the German Chancellor’s Office (Bundeskanzleramt), serving Chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl in government organisation, crisis management and planning. From 1990 until 1995, he was Chancellor Kohl’s head of division for EU economic and financial policy, and a member of the German Maastricht negotiating team. Intermittent foreign assignments led him to the German Embassies London and Budapest, to the OECD Paris (heading the “centre of government activity”, a best practice network for chiefs of staff of OECD Member Presidencies, Prime Minister’s Offices, Cabinet Offices etc.) as well as to Brussels where he served from 1996 to 1999 at DG ECFIN as the European Commission’s coordinator for the “Changeover of national administrations to the single currency”. From 1999 until 2002 he served as Head of the German Foreign Office’s European Policy Coordination Group and as Chairman of the EU coordinators’ group of German line Ministries.

Anthony Layden CMG

Anthony Layden was British Ambassador to Morocco from 1999-2002, and to Libya from 2002-2006, during the period of Libya’s re-emergence in international affairs. Prior to his concentration on North African affairs he had been Counsellor in Copenhagen and Head of the FCO’s Western European Department. He was also elected Chair of the FCO’s First Division Association. Latterly, he has managed the UK’s programme of Deportation with Assurances.

Andy Lebrecht CB

Andy Lebrecht CB is a recently retired senior civil servant and diplomat with wide experience of leadership within Government and special focus on European Union policy and negotiation. From 2008-2012 he was the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative (and Ambassador) to the EU, leading a team of desk officers and counsellors and representing the UK in Coreper 1 and Council negotiating policy and legislation on, inter alia, single market, environment, energy, employment and fisheries. Previously he served as Director-General for Food and Farming in the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, leading a team of 1400. He spent many years leading UK efforts to reform the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (culminating in the transformational reform of 2003) and promoting UK objectives in associated WTO negotiations on agriculture. In earlier spells in Brussels he was responsible for negotiating fisheries policy and food law harmonisation for the UK, and subsequently acted as UK representative on the EU’s Special Committee for Agriculture. In 1989-91 he served as Principal Private Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and during 1993-4 led a comprehensive management review of the Ministry’s veterinary and animal health policy functions. During the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease crisis in the UK, he led the military and veterinary efforts in Devon, one of the most affected regions. After retiring from Government service, Andy joined the Senior European Experts Group and has been involved in a range of teaching, training and writing activities relating to European and negotiation issues.

Dr Lars-Erik Lundin

Lars-Erik Lundin was EU Ambassador to the International Organisations in Vienna 2009-11 and Head of the European Commission Delegation to the International Organisations from 2007-09. He was Deputy Political Director of the European Commission 2006-07 and Head of Security Policy in the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission 2005-06. He was previously Ambassador in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. His previous postings include Helsinki and Luanda. He holds a Ph.D. in political science (International relations). Since his retirement in 2011 he is a senior fellow at the Swedish National Defence College, and at the Institute for Security and Development Policy.

Dr Una O’Dwyer

Dr O’Dwyer was for ten years, 1999-2009, Head of the Co-decision and Conciliation Unit, European Commission, and (from 2004) Secretary of the Groupe des relations inter-institutionelles (GRI), with responsibility for preparing for the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. She served for ten years in the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, including a spell as Antici in the Permanent Representation during the Irish Presidency of the Council in 1979, and chairing from the capital in the 1984 Presidency. She joined the Secretariat General of European Commission in 1986, rising to become Head of Unit in 1999, responsible for managing the new co-decision procedure under the Amsterdam Treaty. 

Michael Roberts CVO

Michael Roberts is a consultant and former diplomat. From 2011-12 he led an international consultancy team, offering policy advice on democratisation and governance to the Government of Kazakhstan. He was First Secretary in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU leading the UK government’s engagement with the European Parliament. He has served as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office (1999-2003) and Deputy Head of Mission, Ankara (2004-07). From 2007-2010 he was British Ambassador to Slovakia.

Tanya van Gool

Tanya van Gool is a Dutch diplomat. After her university education in French language and literature in the Netherlands (Groningen) and France (Strasbourg), she decided to enrol in ‘L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques’ (SciencesPO) in Strasbourg for a degree in political science. Her main areas of work, interest and experience are development cooperation and European affairs. She served for ten years in Africa, and for sixteen years in Latin America. She served in the European division in the Dutch Foreign Ministry during their EU Presidency in 1990-1992 and was later seconded to the EU, to DG1/ TACIS, as head of the small and medium enterprise Cluster. That secondment was followed by four postings as Dutch bilateral ambassador to Bolivia, Kenya, Surinam and Romania, and temporary to Belgium. In between she was appointed roving ambassador for sustainable development during the Rio+10 Summit. She also represented the Netherlands for four years as Permanent Representative to the UN Environment Programme and UN Habitat. In 2011, she had the privilege to become one of the national diplomats to represent the EU External Action Service (EEAS), as EU Ambassador in Colombia and Ecuador. She finished her career in the EU headquarters as Head of the Inspection Division, until September 2017.

Serena Hemery

Managing Director

Serena Hemery is Managing Director of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies. She has a degree in Business Administration (University of Bath) and a Graduate Diploma in Law. She previously held posts as a financial analyst in the emerging markets group of the Investment Bank division at JP Morgan, and as a trading analyst at ConocoPhillips. At CPDS she is responsible for strategy and business development, client relations and end-to-end operations for programmes conducted both in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Marketa Brennan

Project Manager

Marketa Brennan joined CPDS in 2018 as Project Manager, responsible for administration and management of various projects delivered within the UK and overseas. Prior to joining CPDS Marketa served in British diplomatic missions in Prague, Dar es Salaam, Khartoum and Canberra where she ran projects for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence.