Vernon Hunte is Government Affairs Director at the British Hospitality Association, responsible for the organisation’s political engagement and campaigns. His professional background covers over a decade working in Westminster and Whitehall. He is experienced in working with membership bodies, government and in consultancy on a range of policy areas. Vernon worked for over two years for the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, heading the Parliamentary office. He graduated from the London School of Economics in International Politics and History, and holds a post-graduate degree from Kings College London. He is the Vice-Chair of the CIPR Public Affairs Group.