Anna Keenan

undergraduate student, Free Speech Champion Anna is a second-year student at the University of Glasgow, completing a History of Art and English Literature undergraduate degree. She has worked as an English tutor for over 2 years, having spent 2020 working in secondary schools in her hometown of Nottingham before moving onto private tuition in Glasgow. …

Peymana Assad

councillor, community organiser and cabinet member Councillor Peymana Assad is a first-generation Londoner and community organiser representing Roxeth, South Harrow on the London Borough of Harrow Council. She came to the UK as a child refugee and upon her election in 2018 became the first person of Afghan origin elected to any public office in the UK. Currently she serves as …

Susie Hawkes

lecturer and PhD student Susie is a lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton teaching social work. She is a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England. She practised in the field of children and families, primarily in the field of child protection, for 21 years until May 2020 when she became a full-time academic. …

Sally Taplin

business consultant Sally Taplin is a business consultant, working with clients on their growth strategy and delivery, with a particular interest in customer proposition innovation and organisational change.  Sally is also a visiting lecturer at Bayes Business School (formerly CASS Business School) on the MBA programme, looking at what kind of economic recovery we want …

Dervla Murphy

undergraduate, University of Kent Dervla is a third-year student at the University of Kent studying Sociology BA (Hons). Her dissertation research explores abortion and generational attitudes; and specifically, whether women who came of age during the 1960s and 2010s make sense of their abortion attitudes through the lens of generation.  Her main topics of interest …

Emily Carver

head of media, Institute of Economic Affairs Emily Carver is head of media at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She is a columnist at Conservative Home and a regulator contributor across the national media. Prior to joining the IEA in November 2019, Emily worked as Policy Adviser to a Conservative MP. She has a degree …

Tina Stowell

The Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE Tina Stowell is a Conservative peer and Chairman of the House of Lords’ Communications & Digital Select Committee. She is a former Cabinet Minister, was Leader of the House of Lords until July 2016, and was Chair of the Charity Commission from 2018 to 2021.  Before joining …

Philip Walters MBE

chair of Impero Software Philip is Chair of Impero Software, the UK’s leading supplier of network management and monitoring/filtering solutions for schools. Prior to that he was chair of CABI, the UK-based intergovernmental organisation which supports subsistence and small-holding farmers around the world. He was also chair of EdComs, the UK’s largest communications and marketing …

Dr Jennifer Cunningham

Retired paediatrician; author The End of Apartheid? Jennifer was a community paediatrician in Glasgow for over 30 years, and a leading clinician in the South Glasgow autism diagnostic service. She studied for a science degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and was the first woman to be an SRC (Student Representative Council) president at …

Jane Sandeman

Chief Operation Officer, The Passage Jane is the chief operation officer at The Passage – a charity aimed at ending homelessness.  Jane is also the convenor of the Academy of Ideas’ Parents Forum which was founded in October 2006 to examine why the family has become such a focus in contemporary society and what the …