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Lord Wood of Anfield

Chair, UNA-UK Board of Directors

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Lord Wood became Chair of UNA-UK on 1 July 2016, after a competitive recruitment process. He is a member of the House of Lords and a Lecturer at the University of Oxford. From 2007-2010 he was the Senior Special Advisor on foreign policy to the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown – covering Europe, USA, Middle East and relations with international organisations.

Prior to his time at 10 Downing Street, he was an academic at Harvard and then Oxford universities, where he wrote extensively on political economy and European politics. From 2001-2007 he was a member of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on European affairs (including the 2003 Euro assessment). After the 2010 election he served as an adviser on strategy and international affairs to the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband. 

Lord Wood has been a Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, since 1996, and is also a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 2016 he was appointed a Fellow in Practice at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. He is also a member of the House of Lords International Relations Committee.

Other members of the UNA-UK Board of Directors:

Andrew Boakes - Elected Truste - Representative of Conference Committee

Noa Gafni - Recruited Trustee - Civil Society Engagement and Movement Building

Lindsey Noakes - Recruited Trustee - Fundraising & Youth Engagement

Natalie Samarasinghe - Executive Director of UNA-UK

Angela Seay - Recruited Trustee - Fundraising

Naima Siddiqi - Recruited Trustee - Chaire of Finance & Governance Committee and Honorary Treasurer

Asher Simpson - Recruited Trustee - Fundraising

Viv Williams - Elected Trustee - Ordinary Members

Carl Wright - Elected Trustee - Ordinary Members

Angie Pankhania - Company Secretary (UNA-UK Deputy Director Finance & Governance).