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Meet the Team: Peter Jenion

Tell me about your role

I am a Policy Officer. I research economic trends and indicators in the GBSLEP area to build our understanding of how the region is developing and how the LEP’s work is shaping this development. I am also project managing the Annual Report and am responsible for organising Board Meetings. My role is a generalist policy role so I carry out a variety of work on a day-to-day basis.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

Solving intellectually challenging problems that contribute to improving people’s lives in the area.


What did you study at university and why?

I studied History at Exeter and then a Masters in International Relations at Bristol. I studied history because I am interested in human societies. History is challenging because you can’t set up experiments like in science. In order to find out what happened in the past, you have to do detective work – looking at all sorts of sources like photos, videos, texts, ruins – to find clues about what has been going on.

I decided to do a Masters in International Relations because I was becoming more interested in how we can shape politics and economics to affect the development of societies. During my MSc I focused on comparing approaches to economic policy across different countries.


What is your favourite place in the GBSLEP area and why?

St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter – I love the architecture and atmosphere around the square. I enjoy walking through on my way to and from work each day. There are some lovely restaurants and bars in the area around the square too.


If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?

Probably Stephen Fry because he is usually very open, articulate and funny when he is interviewed.


If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Perfect intentional memory – It would be really useful to accurately remember everything that you want to. Perhaps remembering every single thing that happens would be overwhelming, but I would like to remember, for example, when I read a book, or have a good conversation. It would make it easy to learn new languages and subjects.