Sir Edward Leigh

Sir Edward Leigh is a British politician. He has been a Conservative Member of Parliament since 1983. He is also the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on France. Could you briefly go through your education and career? When did your life acquire a Franco-British dimension? Both my parents were brought up in France before…

Contre-amiral Patrick Chevallereau

Le Contre-amiral Patrick Chevallereau est Attaché de Défense à l’Ambassade de France au Royaume-Uni depuis 2015. Investi depuis 18 ans dans les relations internationales de défense, il est spécialiste de l’OTAN et de l’Europe de la Défense. Pouvez-vous évoquer votre parcours ? Quand est-ce que celui-ci a pris un tournant franco-britannique ? Je suis officier…

Ms. Mary Dejevsky

Mary Dejevsky is a British writer and broadcaster. She is a former foreign correspondent in Paris and regularly contributes to The Independent and The Guardian. Could you briefly go through your education? I went to very academic schools. If you were in the top streams, you would study either sciences and maths or languages. I…

Ms. Kim Willsher

Kim Willsher is an award-winning foreign correspondant for the Guardian and the Observer, based in Paris. Could you first please briefly go through your education and career? I started my journalism career the traditional way: on a small newspaper in my local town, where I did the NCTJ training courses and passed the final exam, before…

Mr. Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes is Professor of French at Queen Mary University of London. He was joint-winner of the Franco-British Society Literary Prize 2016 for his book ‘Albert Camus’, published by Reaktion Books. Can you first please briefly go through your education and career? I was born in Belfast and started university there in 1971, taking a BA…

Mr. Tim Gore, OBE

Tim Gore, OBE, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of London Institute in Paris. Can you briefly go through your education and career? When did your life acquire a Franco-British dimension? My first degree was Archaeological Sciences. After this, I volunteered in Sudan and started teaching there without a teaching background. I…

Mr. Nicholas Hammond

Nicholas Hammond is the Headmaster of the British School of Paris. Can you briefly describe your background prior to being appointed Headmaster of the British School of Paris in September 2014? I grew up and went to school in the East of England. I studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge and worked as an…

Lord Grenfell

Julian Pascoe Francis St Leger Grenfell, 3rd Baron Grenfell is a former Labour member of the House of Lords where he was well known for his strong Europhile views. He entered as a hereditary peer but was granted a Life Peerage in 2000. Lord Grenfell was a programme presenter at Associated Television from 1960 to 1963 and worked…

Mr. Richard Parks

Richard Parks is a former Wales international rugby union player turned Extreme Environment Athlete. During his professional career spanning 13 years, he played for Pontypridd, Leeds, Perpignan and Newport Gwent Dragons. Following his forced retirement from rugby, Richard made history twice with two incredible feats of endurance; a world first expedition called the 737 Challenge, where in July 2011…

Mr. Ben Newick

Ben Newick has been the Butler at the British Embassy in Paris since 1984. Could you tell me a little about your life and professional pathway? What led you to pursue a career in hospitality? How long have you been working at the British Embassy in France? At school, I was keen on art and music,…