Tony stood down as the director of the Institute of Ideas Debating Matters competition earlier this year to pursue a career in education. He is currently training to teach secondary school Maths in Kent.
Tony led DM for 10 years, overseeing its growth into a UK competition for nearly 300 schools and its expansion to India through a partnership with the British Council. As the Institute of Ideas’ Science and Society Director Tony organised a number of events and publications on the intersection between science and society at times of public controversy, especially in relation to genetics, public health, energy and climate change.
He holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.
What Is Science Education For? (ed.) (Academy of Ideas, 2006)
‘Trade War or Culture War? The GM Debate in Britain and the European Union’, in Let The Eat Precaution, (AEI, 2006)
Science: Can We Trust the Experts? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Animal Experimentation: Good or Bad? (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
Nature’s Revenge: Hurricanes, Floods and Climate Change (ed.) (Hodder Arnold, 2002)
‘Precaution, GM Crops and Farmland Birds’, in Rethinking Risk and the Precautionary Principle (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000)
From open values to burqa bans: have Europeans lost the habit of tolerance?
"I have been doing the Battle of Ideas for a couple of years, but never before have I felt so heartened and so alive as the day ended. The spectacle of so many fascinating minds, none too proud to agree, none too modern to disagree, all at work on the most important questions of this rocky period: it's enough to make you believe there's hope for the species, yet."
Zoe Williams, columnist, Guardian; author, What Not to Expect When You're Expecting