Richard Washington was born in Rotterdam in the Netherlands to a British father and a mother from the Caribbean island of Curacao. He is a graduate in History and Social Sciences of the Universities of Oxford and London as well as the College of Europe. He holds a diploma in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and enjoyed a nine year long career as a professional actor, taking part in numerous theatrical tours both in the UK and continental Europe, as well as working in the Royal National Theatre and for the BBC. Between 1998 and 2002 he was an elected member of the London Borough of Islington Council and has many years of political campaigning experience. Living in Warsaw since 2010, he has worked as a researcher in politics and history, lectured in International Relations Theory at Collegium Civitas, was Director of Communications of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe and now enjoys a range of freelance projects, ranging from tutoring and training to media work. As well as his native English, he speaks Polish, French and Dutch. On the BAS Board he will be responsible for Young Talent Management projects.