Giles grew up in Hastings with the town – so reliant on the tourism trade – and part-time jobs at Hastings Castle and the Smuggler’s Caves giving him an early insight into the tourism sector. On graduating from University, Giles had a brief spell in the City before joining the Department of Trade and Industry. Whilst in that department and its various guises, Giles worked as a Private Secretary and on a range of policy areas, including European employment law, energy and planning policy. Most recently he has been leading work aimed at supporting the growth, innovation and skills of the UK’s Cyber Security sector. Giles was appointed Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy in November 2016.