Since joining the European Commission in 1995, Mr Hughes has worked in a wide range of posts, including in the fields of transport, audio-visual policy and education. He recently spent four years as Head of Unit at the EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) where his main responsibility was managing the Eurydice network, which produces a Europe-wide analysis of education systems and policies. Moreover, Mr Hughes has served in the Cabinets of Commissioners Reding, Kinnock and Figel, where he covered a wide range of portfolios ranging from agriculture to the environment.
Mr Hughes' experience in the Commission and his previous background in education will enable the Commission Office in Cardiff to play a key role in communicating with local citizens and the media and will help enhance relations between the European Commission and the Welsh Government, local authorities and stakeholders.
Mr Hughes grew up in North Wales.
The Commission has Representations in all 27 EU Member States as well as Offices in Barcelona, Belfast, Bonn, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Marseille, Milan, Munich and Wroclaw. They inform the media and public about EU policies and report to the Commission on significant developments in the country concerned.