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Barbara Gibson

A relative newcomer to politics, Barbara is a businesswoman and academic who became a Hertfordshire County Councillor in 2016. She holds a PhD in Intercultural Communication, and has lectured on intercultural communication and global business for universities and business schools in the UK and across Europe.

With more than 25 years' experience as a business communication professional, she has worked with companies worldwide, and is a past international chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She is also past-president of SIETAR UK (the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) and a past International Group Chair of CIPR (the Chartered Institute of Public Relations).

A true internationalist, Barbara believes the UK needs a more outward-looking approach in order to compete in the globalised world. A native of Oklahoma, USA, Barbara has lived in the UK since 2002 and became a UK citizen in 2011. She lives in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, with her husband Andrew and their two dogs.

Barbara said, "Upon settling in my adopted home, I found an affinity for what I perceived to be core values of British culture, including fairness, tolerance, and reason. It was seeing the erosion of these values over the last few years -- overwhelmed by the wave of nationalism, populism, racism, misogyny and homophobia that seemed to be sweeping from America and across Europe -- that motivated me to take a more active role in politics. Then the referendum happened, and we've watched the complete failure of the Government to deliver anything like the fantasies that were promised.

"I believe the UK needs to remain in the EU, we should be leading and influencing and driving the change we wish to see from the inside. As a leading force within a global economic superpower, we can have far more influence in the world, far more economic clout,, and a far brighter future. UK businesses have more opportunities with direct access to 500 million EU customers. Walking away from the EU would be a huge loss of freedoms, protections and opportunities, and it's not something I'm willing to accept. So I'm pleased to be part of the Lib Dem fight to stop it."