Dr Shirley Dent

Communications specialist; PR lecturer and co-author of Radical Blake Dr Shirley Dent is works in communications, specialising in political and policy-led PR. Shirley has written and commented widely on communications, arts and literature, including a blog at Guardian Arts Unlimited, and reviewing for the Times Literary Supplement. She researched the editorial and bibliographic history of William …

Tony Gilland

teacher of maths and economics; Associate Fellow, Academy of Ideas Tony is Curriculum Manager for Mathematics at MidKent College having previously taught maths and economics in two Kent grammar schools. Prior to teaching Tony was the director of the Debating Matters competition, overseeing its growth into a UK competition for nearly 300 schools and its …

Oli Foster

broadcast journalist at Unherd Oli Foster is a broadcast journalist having worked most recently at UnHerd – overseeing the guest production for the video and audio output. Prior to this he worked at Sky News where his main role was to oversee guest production for the Sunrise Paper Review, the Press Preview, The View on …

Dave Clements

policy and strategy consultant, and writer Dave Clements is a consultant working in local government with over two decades of experience developing and leading on policy and strategy, amongst other things – predominantly for children’s and adult’s services, and across public and voluntary sector partnerships. He has been a member of the Battle of Ideas …

Dr Tiffany Jenkins

writer, broadcaster and author Dr Tiffany Jenkins is a writer, broadcaster and author. Her last book Keeping Their Marbles: How Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums and Why They Should Stay There was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. She is currently writing The Rise and Fall of Private Life, for Picador. She is the host of the podcast Behind the …

Nigel Nelson

Political Editor, Sunday Mirror & Sunday People Nigel is Fleet Street’s longest serving political editor and has known every prime minister since Margaret Thatcher. He was nominated for Political Journalist of the Year in the 2017 British Press Awards and he frequently appears on BBC News and Sky News to discuss politics. Many, many years …

Rick Moore

mechanical and electrical engineer Rick Moore owns and runs his own mechanical and electrical business, InControl, which specialises in assistive technology and smart home solutions.  He is also active in politics, currently holding the role of Deputy Chair Political at the Blackburn Conservative Association. Rick trained and qualified as an electronic engineer, expanding and developing …

Joel Cohen

Sport England Senior Public Affairs Manager and associate fellow of the Academy of Ideas. Joel is a regular convener and chair of debates at Europe’s premier ideas festival, the Battle of Ideas, covering a range of issues across civic life, education, politics and international affairs. He has extensive experience of the charities sector and joined the External Affairs team at Sport …

Shahrar Ali

spokesperson for policing and domestic safety, Green Party Shahrar Ali is Green Party spokesperson for Policing and Domestic Safety and its former Deputy Leader 2014-16, the first BME deputy of a UK parliamentary party. Shahrar trained as a biochemical engineer and philosopher. His PhD tackled the morality of lying and deception in public life. He …

Ian Skillicorn

writer, translator and publisher Ian Skillicorn is a publisher with three decades’ experience of working in the media and arts. His publishing company, Wyndham Books, reissues bestselling mid-twentieth century fiction. He frequently collaborates on literary projects with writers, actors, libraries, universities and schools. Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a …