Head of Defence and Security Trade (Bilateral & NATO), UK Department for International Trade - British Embassy Brussels
James Cooper has been the Head of the Defence and Security Trade Team at the British Embassy Brussels for the BENELUX region and NATO since January 2017. His team have been responsible for supporting UK industry in securing some of the biggest contracts in Europe.
James joined the British Embassy in February 2015 as the Defence Policy Advisor to the UK Military Attaché for Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg. He was the British Embassy lead working on the UK Government led Eurofighter Typhoon campaign to Belgium.
Prior to joining the British Embassy Brussels, James was the Head of Office and Senior Assistant for a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels advising on proposed EU transport and environmental legislation. He has previous work experience at the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
James has a Master’s in International Security Studies from the University of Warwick (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree in Conflict, Peace and Security Studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK). As an out of practice rower, he tries to keep fit by running diverse half and full marathons.