My team

  • John Paul Cherrington

    Head of Communications

    JP is my first contact for all media enquiries. He splits his time between my Leeds office and London.

    He has worked in political communications and organisational roles on local, regional and international election campaigns. He previously worked as a professional theatre director and writer, and lectured at drama schools and universities.

    Jessica Watts

    Head of Office

    Jessica oversees the smooth running of both offices in Yorkshire and Parliament, including coordinating staff and ensuring compliance with Parliament’s transparency and auditing requirements.

    In her spare time, Jessica enjoys swimming, travelling and spending time with her husband Mark and daughter Eva.

  • Liz Rowe

    Caseworker & Administrator

    Liz is based in my Yorkshire office and is the first point of contact for constituents and manages my diary in the UK.

    She has experience organising local, regional and European election campaigns. Her background is in commerce and industry with experience in a number of senior commercial and project based roles. When she has a spare minute she likes to have a dabble at painting.

    Léo Wilkinson

    Policy Advisor

    Léo works with me on the Constitutional Affairs and Economic Affairs committees. He studied in Paris, London and Berlin and has a degree in European Affairs from SciencesPo Paris and the LSE. He was President of the Bringing Europeans Together Association, helping young people learn about the EU.

    He has family in France and England, but supports Ireland in the Six Nations rugby Championship.

  • Laura Ranahan

    Policy Advisor

    Laura works with me on the Fisheries Committee and helps to run my DoorstepEU app.

    Laura has a triple honours degree in French, German and EU Studies from Edinburgh University. She worked in the Scottish Government Brussels Office and then for a Scottish Labour MEP, before joining my team. A keen linguist, Laura is learning Dutch and enjoys running and swimming.