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,…

Ms. Axelle Lemaire

Axelle Lemaire est secrétaire d’État chargée du numérique depuis avril 2014. Auparavant, elle était députée de la troisième circonscription des Français établis hors de France, qui inclut le Royaume-Uni. Juillet 2015, 18h30 à Bercy, perché au 4ème étage de l’Hôtel des Ministres, rendez-vous dans le bureau d’Axelle Lemaire. Pouvez-vous nous présenter votre parcours ? Quelle…

H.E. Sylvie Bermann

Sylvie Bermann est ambassadeur de France au Royaume-Uni depuis août 2014. Comment votre parcours de diplomate vous a-t-il mené à occuper la fonction d’Ambassadeur de France au Royaume-Uni? J’aime bien rappeler que mon premier poste dans ma carrière diplomatique était en réalité le Royaume-Uni. J’ai exercé mes premières fonctions à Hong Kong, qui était à…

H.E. Sir Peter Ricketts

Sir Peter Ricketts has been Her Majesty’s Ambassador to France since February 2012. Can you first please say a few words about your education and your career? I grew up in the West midlands of England and attended a Grammar school near Birmingham. I then studied English Literature at Oxford University. I joined the Foreign Office…

Mr. Olivier Cadic

Recently elected as Senator in charge of the French abroad, Olivier Cadic is a French businessman who is completely in favour of the British economic system. The young senator is a self-made man: he started by creating a company in the electronic industry in 1982 and is now an editor and author of comic books.…

Prof. Philippe Marlière

Le Professeur Philippe Marlière est un Français installé à Londres depuis plus de vingt ans. Il enseigne la politique française et européenne à UCL. Spécialiste de la gauche française, il publie également des recherches sur la politique européenne et les idées politiques. Pouvez-vous nous présenter votre parcours? Quelle en est la dimension franco-britannique? J’ai effectué…

Mr. Pierre-Alain Coffinier

Pierre-Alain Coffinier is the French Consul General in Edinburgh & Glasgow What is your academic background? After the baccalauréat, I was admitted to Prépa HEC, then to ESSEC (French Grande École) from which I graduated 3 years later. I then had two series of work experiences; the first one in the banking industry, then in…

Dr. Karine Chevalier

Film director and lecturer at the University of Roehampton Can you tell us about your education and how you arrived in Britain? I obtained my French Baccalaureate, and went onto university, where I soon realised that there was not much I could do with a degree in modern literature. I then did a multidisciplinary DEA…

Mr. Franck Mathevon

French journalist in London for Radio France Where did you study and how did you end up working for France Inter in London? I have a fairly common educational background. I studied business and finance at the University of Concordia in Montreal and then I went to the school of journalism in Lille. Just after…