Policy Exchange 2016

September 22, 2016

NEW TEAM: In time for conference season, and already leading on the issues of today, Policy Exchange reveals its new senior line-up, with key facts about fresh and familiar faces.

d-godsonDean Godson is Director of Policy Exchange. He joined the think tank in 2005, and ran its security research until becoming Director in 2013.

Prior to Policy Exchange, Dean was Chief Leader Writer of the Daily Telegraph. He also worked as Associate Editor of The Spectator, and was a contributing editor for Prospect Magazine. He is the author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, which has been widely hailed as one of the most authoritative books on the Troubles. He comments regularly on national and international affairs for The Times, TheSunday Times, Prospect Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.

w-lightfootWarwick Lightfoot is Head of Research, and Head of Economics and Social Policy at Policy Exchange. He is an economist, with specialist interests in monetary economics, labour markets, and public finance. He has served as Special Adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer, and a Secretary of State for Employment. Warwick was a treasury economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland, and has also been Economics Editor of The European. His many articles on economics and public policy have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, and in specialist journals ranging from the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator, to the Investors Chronicle and Financial World. His books include Sorry We Have No Money — Britain’s Economic Problem.


j-bewJohn Bew heads Policy Exchange’s Britain in the World Project, launched by the Secretary of State for Defence in March 2016, and coordinates its work on foreign policy. He is Professor of History and Foreign Policy in the War Studies department at King’s College London, where he leads the Grand Strategy Programme. He was the youngest-ever holder of the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy at the John W. Kluge Center, US Library of Congress, and in 2015 won the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Politics and International Relations. Other previous positions included Co-Director of theInternational Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence; and Lecturer in Modern British History, Harris Fellow, and Director of Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. He is the author of numerous academic articles, and five books on history and contemporary statecraft, including Realpolitik: A History (2016), and Citizen Clem: A Life of Atlee (2016). He is a contributing writer at the New Statesman, covers the release of state papers for the Irish Times, and writes regularly for many other publications in the UK and United States.


r-ekinsRichard Ekins is Head of Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project. He is an Associate Professor in the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of St John’s College. He also holds a fractional appointment at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. He is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practising), where he has also served as a judge’s clerk. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of Jurisprudence and Public Law Review, and serves as an articles editor for the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. His research interests are in constitutional law and theory, and in political and legal philosophy. His works include The Nature of Legislative Intent (OUP, 2012), and the edited collections, Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law (Hart Publishing, 2016) and Modern Challenges to the Rule of Law (LexisNexis, 2011). He has published articles in a range of leading journals, and his work has been relied upon by courts, legislators, and officials in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

m-framptonDr Martyn Frampton is Head of National Security and Counter-Extremism at Policy Exchange. He is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London, where he has worked since 2009. His research interests include modern British and Irish history, and Anglo-US foreign policy and its role in the development of the modern Middle East and the politics of Islamism. He is the author of three books: Legion of the Rearguard: Dissident Irish RepublicanismThe Long March: The Political Strategy of Sinn Fein 1981 – 2007, and Talking to Terrorists: The Search for Peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country (with John Bew and Inigo Gurruchaga). He he has written for, and appeared on various media outlets, including the Daily Telegraph, BBC Radio 4, the BBC World Service, Newsnight, Reuters, and CNN.

g-goodhartDavid Goodhart is Head of the Demography, Immigration, and Integration Unit, and Director of the Integration Hub website. He is a former Director of Demos, and former Editor of Prospect magazine, which he founded in 1995, and where he remains Editor-at-Large. David is a prominent figure in public debate in the UK, as a well-known broadcaster, author, commentator, and journalist. He has presented several BBC Radio 4 Analysis programmes. Before Prospect, David was a correspondent for the Financial Times, including a stint in Germany during the unification period. In 2013, David published The British Dream, a book about post-war multiculturalism, national identity, and immigration. It was short-listed for the Orwell Book Prize in 2014.

a-gilliganAndrew Gilligan is Head of the Capital City Foundation at Policy Exchange. He was Boris Johnson’s Cycling Commissioner, and is currently a Senior Correspondent for The Sunday Times. A former winner of the ‘Press Gazette British Press Award for Journalist of the Year’, he has previously worked for the Evening Standard, for the Telegraph Media Group in various roles including London Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, and as the BBC’s Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent.


r-howardRichard is Head of the Environment and Energy Unit at Policy Exchange. He has since produced a number of influential reports on topics including: energy policy and regulation, renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency and fuel poverty, and air quality. Richard has more than ten years’ experience in energy and environmental policy, economics, and government affairs. His last role was as Chief Economist at The Crown Estate, and prior to that he worked as an economic consultant. He has a BSc in economics from the University of Bristol, and an MSc in sustainability, planning, and environmental policy from Cardiff University, where he has been a visiting lecturer since 2009.
l-johnsLindsay Johns is Head of Arts and Culture at Policy Exchange. He is a writer and broadcaster. He has written for the Evening Standard, The Times, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, Prospect Magazine, The Spectator, The Root (USA), and Cape Argus (South Africa). He often appears on BBC TV and radio. He read modern languages at Oxford, and is currently a (non-residential) Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African-American Research at Harvard University. Since 2005, Lindsay has been a volunteer mentor with Leaders of Tomorrow, a flagship leadership scheme for young people in Peckham, South London. His main research interests include the Western canon, the black canon, libraries, the intersection of culture and race, and social mobility.
r-lower-coulsonRebecca Lowe Coulson edits the Policy Exchange Agenda, and is the State and Society Unit’s Research Fellow. She is part of ConservativeHome’s editorial team, where she writes a fortnightly column. She has written for various other online publications including Prospect Magazine, The Spectator, and The Times of Israel. She studied at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Birkbeck, University of London, and has worked for various political research organisations, and as a parliamentary researcher. Having previously worked in the arts, she founded and directed the Caritas Ensemble — a professional chamber ensemble, which raises funds and awareness for charitable causes. Her research interests lie in the intersection between policy, practical politics, and political theory, with a particular focus on the role of the state, and its obligations to society.

g-lyonsDr Gerard Lyons is Chief Economic Adviser at Policy Exchange. He is a leading expert on the world economy, global financial markets, and economic and regulatory policy. Formerly he was Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London, and he also has 27 years’ experience in The City in senior roles with leading international banks, including Standard Chartered, DKB International, and Swiss Bank, where he had an excellent forecasting record. He is also Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments, and sits on the advisory boards at both Warwick Business School, and the Grantham Institute at the LSE and Imperial College. He co-founded Economists for Brexit, and his ebook, The UK Referendum: An Easy Guide to Leaving the EU, was released by Amazon. His first book, The Consolations of Economics, was serialised in the Daily Telegraph, and he is a regular press and television commentator. He frequently speaks at major domestic and global economic and financial conferences.


n-malcolmSir Noel Malcolm is writing for Policy Exchange on Human Rights. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford since 2002. His current research focuses on early modern intellectual history, and relations between Western Europe and the Ottoman/Islamic world in the early modern period. A renowned journalist, he has held positions including Political Columnist at the Daily Telegraph, and Foreign Editor of The Spectator. His books include Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean WorldReason of State, Propaganda, and the Thirty Years’ War: An Unknown Translation by Thomas Hobbes; Kosovo: A Short History; and an edition of Hobbes’ Leviathan. He is Chairman of the Bosnian Institute in London, President of the Anglo-Albanian Association, and was knighted in 2014 for services to scholarship, journalism, and European history.

g-owenSir Geoffrey Owen is Chief Adviser on Industrial Policy at Policy Exchange. He is Visiting Professor of Practice in the Managerial Economics and Strategy Faculty Group, at the LSE, where he has worked since 1991. He was previously Editor of the Financial Times, an executive in the Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, and Personnel Director in the overseas division of British Leyland Motor Corporation. He is the author of three books: The Rise and Fall of Great Companies: Courtaulds and the Reshaping of the Man-Made Fibres IndustryIndustry in the USA, and From Empire to Europe: The Decline and Revival of British Industry Since the Second World War. Published papers include Where are the Big Gorillas? High Technology Entrepreneurship in the UK and the Role of Public Policy, and he contributes to various management journals, including the Harvard Business Review.

g-rabyDr Geoff Raby is Head of Trade Policy at Policy Exchange. He is a former Australian Ambassador to China, and to the World Trade Organisation. He has also held the positions of Deputy Secretary in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, First Assistant Secretary to the Trade Negotiations Division, APEC Ambassador, and Head of the OECD Trade Policy Issues Division. Currently Chairman and CEO of Geoff Raby and Associates Ltd, Geoff also holds a number of non-executive, independent director positions with ASX-listed companies, and is on the advisory board of various non-profit organisations. In recognition of his contribution to advancing relations between Australia and China, Geoff was made Friendship Ambassador to Shandong Province, and an honorary citizen of Chengdu City.


a-gilliganJonathan Simons is Head of the Education Unit, where he directs research on all aspects of education including Early Years, schools, skills and HE. Before joining Policy Exchange, Jonathan worked at Serco Group, where he was Director of Strategy and Market Development in both the company’s specialist education and health practices. Prior to that, he was Head of Open Public Services in the Cabinet Office, where he co-authored the Open Public Services White Paper, and Senior Policy Adviser and then Head of Education in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under the administrations of both Gordon Brown and David Cameron. Jonathan is the Co-Founder and Chair of Governors of Greenwich Free School, an 11-18 secondary free school, which opened in 2012. He is also a Trustee of Reach 4 Multi Academy Trust. Jonathan writes a weekly column in the TES newspaper on education politics and policy.

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