Barbara Gibson

County Councillor for Haldens

A newcomer to politics, Barbara has already proven herself as a dynamic and effective campaigner, recently winning the County Council seat of Haldens.

Barbara is a lecturer for Birkbeck, University of London, focused on intercultural communication and global business. 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 immediate 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). She completed her PhD in Intercultural Communication in 2014.

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 citizen in 2011.

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 -- overwhelmed by the wave of nationalism, populism, racism, misogyny and homophobia that seems to be sweeping from America and across Europe -- that motivated me to take a more active role in politics.

"I knew I couldn't just trust that someone else would sort things out. I knew that it was time to 'be the change I wish to see in the world.'"

Barbara lives in Welwyn with her husband Andrew, a teacher, and their two dogs.