Hugh was born in Welwyn Garden City. His parents, Carolyn and Michael, were and still are long-established residents of the town. Following his primary education at St John's, Lemsford and Applecroft School, he went on to Haileybury, Hertford. Having discovered a talent for languages at an early age, he then spent a year in France and Germany before studying Modern European Studies at Loughborough University. After graduating in 1996, he spent a year in Yakustk, Eastern Siberia, teaching English at the university and working for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He then returned to Welwyn Garden City and spent several months temping at Serono Laboratories, Roche and Schering Plough, before being offered a job with a scientific instrument company in Hemel Hempstead. Since then, he has had put his languages - he now speaks six - to good use professionally, in a career spanning the private, voluntary and public sectors.
He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2001, and stood for Parliament in 2010 in neighbouring North East Hertfordshire. He was on the list for the 2014 European Parliamentary elections here in the East of England.
Hugh said: "After a long period in which my love of languages has taken me to other places, I am delighted to be returning to my home town to fight this election. I look forward to hearing from local people about the issues that concern them, and to explaining what Liberal Democrats have been achieving in government over these very challenging five years."