Advisory Council

HE Natalia Galibarenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Natalia Galibarenko graduated from the International Relations Department of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine.

From 2000 – Attaché, Third Secretary of the Cabinet of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Third and Second Secretary of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.

2006-2007 – Chief Consultant of the Main Office for Foreign Policy, European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Processes of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine.

2007-2009 – Head of Section for Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

2009-2012 – Head of Division, Deputy Director of the Directorate General – Head of Division for Co-operation in Political, Security and Defence Fields of the EU Directorate General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

October 2012 - March 2014 – Deputy Head of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International Organisations in Vienna (Austria).

March 2014 - December 2015 – First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

Mrs Galibarenko was appointed by the President of Ukraine as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 2015. Natalia Galibarenko participated in numerous bilateral and multilateral negotiations of Ukraine, including in framework of the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE and other international organizations.

Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP

John Whittingdale is Chair of the All-Party Ukraine Parliamentary Group. He has represented Maldon as its Member of Parliament since 1992.

John was educated at Winchester College and University College, London, where he graduated with a degree in economics. Prior to his election, John worked both in Whitehall and the City. Having worked in the Conservative Research Department, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 1984, serving three successive Secretaries of State until 1987. He then went to work at NM Rothschild Merchant Bank in the City before returning to Government work in 1989 when he was appointed Political Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. He continued in that role until Margaret Thatcher left office in 1990 and he was awarded the OBE in her resignation honours list.

In 1992, John was elected Member of Parliament for South Colchester and Maldon. He served as a member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Health from 1993 to 1997 and was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Education and Employment between 1994 and 1996.

In 1997, John was elected to represent the new constituency of Maldon and East Chelmsford. He spent a year as an Opposition Whip and in 1998 was appointed a front bench Treasury spokesman. Following this, in 1999 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the then Leader of the Opposition, William Hague. After the 2001 General Election, John was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and in July, 2002 Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Following a year covering the Agriculture portfolio, John returned as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport in September 2004 - leaving the post after the election in 2005. In July 2005 he was elected Chairman of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. In 2010 John became Chair of All Party Parliamentary Ukraine Group.

In 2006, John was elected as one of three Parliamentary representatives on the Board of the Conservative Party. He was also elected Vice Chairman of the Conservative Parliamentary Party 1922 Committee.

John Whittingdale was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in 2015-2016.

John Grogan

John Grogan is a Member of Parliament for Keighley. He was formerly Member of Parliament for Selby between 1997 and 2010, and was Chair of the All-Party Ukraine Parliamentary Group in 2006-2010.

Born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, John studied at St Michael's School in Leeds before obtaining a place at St John's College, Oxford in 1979 to read for a degree in History and Economics. He graduated three years later and went on to spend a year as the first ever Labour President of the Oxford Student Union.

Prior to being elected John worked as Communications Co-ordinator at the City Council until 1994. He then took up the offer of a job working as the Press Officer for the Labour Party in the European Parliament in Brussels, before going on to run a small business arranging conferences and events.

John was a member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee from 1997 to 2001 and again since the 2005 General Election. He is Chair of Mongolian-British Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Yaroslav Voitko

Dr Yaroslav Voitko was the Head of the Trade and Economic Mission at the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK from September 2006 to September 2010.

A graduate of the Kyiv State Shevchenko University in International Economic Relations and Ph.D. in Economics of the Institute of the USA and Canada, Dr. Voitko started his career as a lecturer in Economics before moving on to the Ministry of the Higher and Secondary Special Education of Ukraine and then Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. From 1992 to 1996 Dr. Voitko worked at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC being one of the first Ukrainian diplomats to represent the newly independent Ukraine in the United States. From 1997 through March 1999 he worked as the Head of the Department for Trade and Economic Relations with the Americas at the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).

In 1999 – 2003 Dr. Voitko worked as Chief of the Trade and Economic Mission of Ukraine at the Embassy of Ukraine to the USA (Washington, DC) promoting trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. In 2003 – 2006 Dr. Voitko worked as Director of the Department of Bilateral Trade and Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine in Kyiv. While in office, he has participated in the organisation of dozens of meetings of bilateral commissions on trade and economic cooperation with a number of countries of the world, as well as visits of foreign economic officials to Ukraine and of Ukrainian trade missions abroad.

Patrick (Paddy) Gillford, Earl of Clanwilliam

Founding Partner of Gardant (formerly the Policy Partnership) PA Agency

Paddy founded the company in 1993. He started his business career with Hanson plc and was seconded to the Home Office to advise the Rt. Hon Douglas Hurd CBE, then Home Secretary. He returned to Hanson as manager of their public affairs unit until joining one of the UK's leading firms of lobbyists.

Over the years, Paddy has acted as consultant to some of the top companies in the UK and US, such as the Prudential, BT, UPS, and Brooklyn Union, as well as a number of foreign governments including Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Morocco.

He is the non-executive Chairman of Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd, Europe's leading bridge & large steel construction company and chairs the transport committee of the London Chamber of Commerce. He is also active within the Conservative Party. He was elected for two consecutive four-year terms to serve as a councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and held the position of Chairman of Traffic & Highways Committee.