Calvin Robinson

political advisor, commentator and columnist Calvin Robinson is a political advisor and commentator. He has been published widely in the UK media, including in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, the Spectator, and the Daily Express among others. He is a former assistant principal and currently consults for the Department for Education, supporting school …

Tracey Follows

futurist and author Tracey is a professional futurist, and runs Futuremade, the strategic foresight and futures consultancy, helping global companies understand their future consumer and the trends over time. A regular keynote speaker, she has spoken at UN HQ in New York and closed at events such as Think With Google. Listed in Forbes as one of …

Dr Jane Greaves

senior lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Northumbria Jane is a registered nurse with a long clinical experience in Intensive Care. She works in undergraduate and post graduate nursing, medical education, and carries out research in a number of areas relating to the care of acute illness. She is currently exploring the …

Joe Nutt

author and educationalist Joe is an author and educational consultant whose books on poetry are used by some of the leading schools in the UK. Unusually, his twenty years of classroom experience has ranged from teaching in the highly selective UK private sector to tutoring in challenging, inner city schools for Teach First. He was …

Paul Thomas

co-founder, Leeds Salon Paul is a civil servant who has lived in Leeds for over 30 years. He has a degree in social sciences, an MA in British history, is a qualified FE teacher, and is co-founder of The Leeds Salon public discussion forum. He has been involved in Debating Matters since 2008, first as a judge …

Jasmine Birtles

TV presenter, financial commentator, entrepreneur, author Jasmine Birtles is a TV personality, ‘money guru’, presenter, speaker, freelance journalist, author of 38 books and founder of popular consumer money web site MoneyMagpie.com.A regular commentator about all things money on TV and radio, she can be seen on BBC, ITV News, Channel 5 News, Sky News, This …

Claire Smith

businesswoman and former civil servant Claire Smith worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now FCOD, for 27 years in London, China, Germany, and Pakistan. For the last 12 years, she has run her own business, been a non-executive director of an international engineering consultancy, chair of governors at a London primary school, visiting professor, …

Dr Simon Knight

gentleman, scholar, acrobat Simon is Chair of the Scotland Salon. He is an experienced Youth Work team leader and sleeps under the stars while supervising and assessing young people participating in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expeditions. His PhD at the University of Strathclyde was in Education. His thesis focused on how past childhood experiences, freedoms and …

Dr Glynne Williams

associate professor, University of Leicester School of Business Glynne is associate professor in employment relations and head of the Work and Employment Division at the University of Leicester Business School. Glynne is interested in the changing meaning of fairness and merit in working life. Recent research has included the impact of continuous performance management, the …

Shelagh McNerney

architecture, urban development, and town planning professional With 35 years extensive, practical experience working between local authorities & businesses in the realms of architecture, urban development, town planning & construction, Shelagh McNerney is now also writing & undertaking the highly regarded MA in architectural history at Bartlett School at University College London. She is focussing …