The Team

My team work alongside me to make sure your interests are represented in the European Union and to ensure people in Scotland are aware of the latest developments across Europe.

You can learn more about each of the current members of my team by clicking on their name in the list below. They're always happy to assist and look forward to hearing from you!

Laura Rayner: Chief of Staff

laura@alynsmith.eu

Originally from the south-east of England, Laura moved to Scotland in 2003 to study History at Stirling University. After graduating with First-Class Honours degree in June 2007, she accepted a scholarship from Edinburgh University and completed an MSc by Research in Scottish History, gaining Distinction.

Laura initially joined Alyn's Brussels office as an intern on the Allan Macartney Internship programme, and after a spell working with a public affairs firm, joined the Edinburgh office in January 2008 as a Press Officer. She moved to head up Alyn's team, based in the European Parliament office in Brussels, in Autumn 2009. She is responsible for oversight of the office, EU policy issues and politics as well as issues surrounding Europe and Scotland, and leads on Alyn's agricultural work.

Schams El-Ghoneimi: Foreign Policy Advisor

schams.elghoneimi@europarl.europa.eu

Born in a French-Egyptian family in Paris, Schams was brought up and studied in France, Egypt and Canada. He graduated from Sciences Po with an MA in Public Affairs with honours in EU law, international law and economics in 2009. He was President of the Young Europeans Association in Paris to raise awareness of EU institutions and increase democratic participation in socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Schams worked in Brussels for Members of the European Parliament from the same group as Alyn's, focusing on EU-Middle East relations, from 2009 to 2011. He then joined Crisis Action to work on civilian protection in Syria, as the NGO's Middle East & North Africa political analyst in Cairo, Egypt. Since September 2014, he is in charge of Alyn's work in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Clyn Gallagher: Communications Officer 

clyn@alynsmith.eu

Clyn graduated from the University of Stirling in 2010 where she once researched and ran a story that was later used as evidence in an industrial tribunal. With a background in print and online media, she leads on Alyn's communications strategy, covering print, digital and broadcast media.

In addition to maintaining Alyn's agenda, Clyn liaises with government agencies, local authorities and other parties to resolve constituency queries, and assists with Alyn's agricultural output.

Adam Marks: Senior Policy Advisor

adam@alynsmith.eu

Adam's interest in Scottish politics has grown ever since he moved to Scotland from Yorkshire in 2003. He studied History at an undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of St Andrews culminating in successfully defending a PhD. After being employed by a number of academic organisations as a researcher Adam began working for Alyn so that he could make a more direct contribution to Scottish politics.

Adam is a Senior Policy Advisor leading the team on our response to Brexit and assisting Alyn in his role on the Scottish Government’s Standing Council on Europe. He is also responsible for the development of long term campaigns and strategy for Alyn.

Patrick Robertshaw: Graphic Designer & Data Curator

patrick@alynsmith.eu

Patrick grew up in South Yorkshire, moving to Scotland in 1996 to study for an MA in English at the University of Aberdeen. By the time he graduated in 2000 he realised he'd become an adoptive Scot, and has lived and worked in Scotland ever since. His professional background is a blend of librarianship, technology, marketing and graphic design.

Having freelanced for Alyn's office since 2011, Patrick joined the in-house team in June 2014. Data Curator was a position designed specifically to take advantage of Patrick's unique blend of skills. He now combines the maintenance of Alyn's communication channels with running all the information systems in the Edinburgh office. He designs and updates the website, newsletters and social media presence, and, of course, curates the databases.