Research Fellow, University of Loughborough (1971-73), Graduate of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Scientific advisor (1975-80), businessman and company director (1980-99). Current: Chm Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC, Director Aitken Spence Ltd, Director, Distilleries Corporation Ltd, (both Forbes 300 Asian Companies), Advisor London Asia Capital plc, Chm Serene Resorts Ltd (Beach Property Developers).
Chairman, Bow Group (1981). Editor, Crossbow Magazine (1983), Political Advisor to the Home Secretary (1984-85). Chairman, One Nation Forum Political Committee (1988-1991). Chairman, Committee on the Deregulation of European Air Transport (1983-86). Member, Governing Council of the Royal Commonwealth Society (1977-80). Secretary-General, Institute of Constitutional Research, London (1998). Deputy Lord Lieutenant of greater London (1985- ). Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 1994-; Vishwa Kirithi Sri Lanka Abhimaniya 2005-.
Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth (1992-1997). Select Committees: Education (1994-96) and Parliamentary Ombudsman (1993-97) Member, European Standing Committee B (1992-97). Member of Her Majesty's Government, Parliamentary Private Secretary, Scottish Office (1995-97). Advisor to Iain Duncan Smith (2001-03).
Member of the European Parliament for South East England (1999 - ). Current Co-coordinator of Overseas
Development and Co-operation. European Delegate to the ACP-EU (1999 - ), European Parliament delegate to ASEAN countries (2002 - ). European Parliament's current Rapporteur on the World Trade Organisation and Development (2000 - ). Parliament representative on the Executive Council of the North-South Centre (since 2004). EPP-ED Coordinator in the Committee on Development and in the ACP Delegation (since 2004).
Chairman Working Grp A of Development Committee overseeing the Country Strategy papers for Asia, Central Asia and Far East; Co Leader (with Michel Rocard former PM of France ) of European Parliament Delegation to the United Nations World Summit and General Assembly 2006; Chm Friendship Groups for China; Bangladesh; Sri Lanka; Indonesia; Afghanistan; in the European Parliament.
International Organisations: Hon Ambassador at Large for Sri Lanka 2003; Candidate to succeed HE Kofi Annan as Secretary General of the United Nations in 2006; Chairman EU India Chamber of Commerce 2005; Chairman European Peace Foundation 2007. Negotiated resolution: on WTO / Seattle in Abuja, 2000; on Pacific region and chaired workshop on Sustainable development and management of natural resources in Brussels, 2000; on Everything But Arms in Libreville, 2001; on parliamentary dimension of WTO in Brussels, 2001.
Negotiated: joint resolution on the situation in the Pacific in Cape Town, 2002; compromise with the ACP side on Agricultural and mining commodities in Brussels 2005; the adoption of the Deerpalsing / Deva report on The problematics of energy in the ACP countries in Vienna 2006.
International Missions including Election Observer Missions to Afghanistan (2004, 2005) as Chm Indonesia (2003, 2006) Kazakhstan (2005, 2007); East Timor (2006).
Key note speaker at a conferences on Child Labour and Education (India 2004); Global Peace (India 2005) UN Reform; Heritage Foundation, Hudson Institute Washington (2006), Foreign Relations Council New York (2006), EU China Relations: Beijing, Changchun, Shanghai, ( 2005, 2006, 2007).