Hugh Annand was born in nearby Welwyn Garden City. His parents, Carolyn and Michael, still live in the town. He's been spending time in both Hitchin and Harpenden since he was a boy.
Hugh went to school at St John's, Lemsford, Applecroft School, and Haileybury in Hertford. Having discovered a talent for languages at an early age, he spent a gap year in France and Germany before reading Modern European Studies at Loughborough University. After graduating in 1996, Hugh travelled to Yakustk in Eastern Siberia, where he taught English at the university and worked for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He returned to Welwyn Garden City a year later to join Serono Laboratories. In the years that followed he worked for 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.
Hugh currently works in Brussels as a Senior Translator for the European Commission. He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since 2001.