He found a way to combine his passion for writing with his job by writing a popular personal blog, where he shares his views on topics from politics to the weather. He’s also good at combining work and family, since he took four years of unpaid leave to raise his children. Shortly after the end of his leave, he was appointed as British ambassador in Ukraine in 2008.
In his interview with the Kyiv Post at the British Embassy in the old part of Kyiv on Desiatynna Street, he spoke about the United Kingdom and Ukraine relations. He also shared his concerns that recent political developments in Ukraine could jeopardize the nation’s European integration.
There are more than 100 companies with a U.K. connection active in Ukraine, including many big names such as Shell, TNK-BP, GlaxoSmithKline, London & Regional Properties, Mott MacDonald and many others.