Peter is Co-founder and Chairman of Global Counsel. He is a former European Trade Commissioner and British First Secretary of State. As Trade Commissioner between 2004 and 2008, he negotiated trade agreements with many G7 and G20 countries and led European negotiations in the WTO Doha World Trade Round.

Prior to this, he held a number of Cabinet posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, including Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Northern Ireland Secretary and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He was Member of Parliament for Hartlepool in the UK from 1992 until 2004 and Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour Party between 1985 and 1990.

As well as Chairman of Global Counsel, Peter is a member of the Group Holding Board of the Bank of London and a member of the International Advisory Committee of BlueVoyant, a cyber security company. He is a Governor and Member of the Council of Management at the Ditchley Foundation and Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University. He chaired the board of the Design Museum in London from 2017 to this year.

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Exploring the impact and outlook of the EU's Common Agriculture Policy

Trade & Manufacturing

Discussion of food policy in Brussels is dominated by the Common Agricultural Policy, an instrument created 60 years ago and the frequent subject of fierce renegotiation. A series of reforms in recent decades have sought to shift emphasis from subsidising production towards supporting rural development and incentivising stewardship of the environment.

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The Politics of Food with Dr. Jewel Bronaugh

General Politics

Recorded earlier this month at our Politics of Food conference in Washington DC, GC Chairman Peter Mandelson speaks to Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. They discuss the state of American food production, Bronaugh's policy priorities in her role, and the impact that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had on global food supplies.

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Top in Tech: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes on regulating the metaverse


Last week, we hosted an event in central London presenting the initial findings of our new report on public attitudes to the metaverse and its regulation.  Today, we're presenting a recording from the event: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes joined GC Chairman Peter Mandelson for a discussion on the role of regulators in online safety and emerging technologies like the…

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