Author: Nick Heenan

Nick Heenan was a senior official of the European Commission for 23 years, and moved back to London from Brussels upon his retirement in 2015 (6 months before the referendum!). Prior to joining the Commission, Nick worked in the UK’s telecommunications industry and undertook a series of “trouble-shooting” projects in manufacturing before eventually in 1986, co-managing a major research project in future broadband communications, by a consortium of 50 companies and universities across Europe and co-funded by the Commission. From 1992 as a Commission official, Nick supported the strategic development of the EU’s broadband research framework, consolidating and reporting on the results being achieved, and emerging priorities for further research. This led to a career in public communication and press relations supporting the Spokesman of Commissioner Reding, during major campaigns such as the abolition of mobile roaming charges, the launch of the “.eu” web domain, and the re-regulation of Europe’s telecoms sector. During the latter years of his career, Nick undertook a re-branding of the European Personal Selection Office as “EU Careers”, and supported the implementation and operation of state of the art IT systems for candidate Assessment Centres, HR management and related IT security,