About us Meet the team Our Trustees Arnold Ridout Arnold Ridout My name is Arnold Ridout. I have been a trustee of the Renewal Programme since 2009 and have lived in Newham for over 35 years. I am married to Jane with 2 grown up children, both of whom went to school and still live in Newham. I am a lawyer in public service where I specialise in EU law. I started my legal career after gaining a BA in Modern History at Mansfield College, Oxford in the 1970s and by the 1990s found myself working in Brussels as a Detached National Expert for the EC Commission's Legal service. Since 2014, I have been working for the House of Commons as Counsel for European Legislation following 6 years as legal advisor to the EU Select committee in the House of Lords.