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Career Summary

2010 – to date
Special International Adviser to the University of Central Lancashire and a Member of the Leaders' Club
1997 – 2010
Member of Parliament for Wirral South

1995 – 1997
Consultant, China Business Links, Ben Chapman Associates, The Pacific Practice – Advising 
on government and links with China

1994 – 1995
Director, Trade and Industry, Government Office for the North West, including Cumbria

1993 – 1995
North West Regional Director, DTI

1991 – 1993
Director Merseyside and Deputy Regional Director North West

1987 – 1990
Commercial Counsellor, British Embassy Beijing

1983 – 1987
Assistant Secretary, DTI

1981 – 1983
Department of Trade and Industry, responsible for sponsorship of rubber and plastics 
industries including chairmanship of Kuala Lumpur based UN Buffer Stock to control the 
price of natural rubber and chairing an international conference for renegotiation of the 120 
nation International Natural Rubber Agreement, including liaison with EU

1978 – 1981
First Secretary (Economic), British High Commission Accra, Ghana, responsible for the UK 
economic policy towards and development assistance to Ghana, including EU liaison 

1974 – 1987
First Secretary (Commercial), High Commission, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, responsible for 
UK trade, industrial and commercial policy in Tanzania also covering Madagascar

1970 – 1974
Board of Trade handling trade promotion in Eastern Europe, China and North America

1967 – 1970 
Rochdale Committee of Inquiry into Shipping, produced a report on the future of the 
shipping industry

1962 – 1967
Ministry of Aviation / BAA airport management and protocol at Heathrow

1958 – 1962 
Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance