About: Battle of Ideas 2007 committee
Duleep Allirajah sports columnist, spiked; Crystal Palace fan
Simon Belt IT consultant; coordinator, Manchester Salon
Helen Birtwistle history and politics teacher, South London school
Tim Black books and essays editor, spiked
Cara Bleiman teacher, Arnhem Wharf Primary School
David Bowden associate director, Institute of Ideas
Sarah Boyes freelance writer and editor; assistant editor, Culture Wars; editor, Battles in Print 2010
Justine Brian director, Debating Matters Competition
Jim Butcher reader in geography of tourism, Canterbury Christ Church University; co-author, Volunteer Tourism: the lifestyle politics of international development
Nadia Butt national administrator, Debating Matters Competition, Institute of Ideas
Andrew Calcutt principal lecturer in journalism, University of East London; editor, Proof; co-author, Journalism Studies: a critical introduction
Dave Clements public servant; blogger, Huffington Post; convenor, IOI Social Policy Forum.
Robert Clowes chair, Mind & Cognition Group, Nova Institute of Philosophy, Lisbon University; chair, Lisbon Salon
Dolan Cummings associate fellow, Institute of Ideas; editor, Debating Humanism; co-founder, Manifesto Club
Philip Cunliffe senior lecturer in international conflict, University of Kent; co-editor, Politics Without Sovereignty: a critique of contemporary international relations.
Neil Davenport writer; teacher; contributor, spiked
Suzy Dean freelance writer; blogger, Free Society
Shirley Dent communications specialist (currently working with the British Veterinary Association media team); editor, tlfw.co.uk; author, Radical Blake
Stuart Derbyshire reader in psychology, University of Birmingham; associate editor, Psychosomatic Medicine and Pain
Ceri Dingle director, WORLDwrite, WORLDbytes and Chew On It productions
Wendy Earle impact development officer, Birkbeck, University of London; convenor, Institute of Ideas Arts and Society Forum
Martin Earnshaw co-editor Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated; chair, IoI Social Policy Forum
Claire Fox director, Institute of Ideas; panellist, BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze
Tony Gilland associate fellow, Institute of Ideas
James Gledhill fellow in political theory, LSE; co-convenor, IoI Postgraduate Forum
Maria Grasso lecturer in politics and quantitative methods, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield; author: Generations, Political Participation and Social Change in Western Europe
Helene Guldberg director, spiked; author, Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear and Just Another Ape?
Pauline Hadaway independent arts consultant and researcher
Timandra Harkness journalist, writer & broadcaster; presenter, The Singularity & other BBC Radio 4 programmes; writer & performer, science-based comedy shows, including BrainSex
Dennis Hayes professor of education, University of Derby; director, Academics for Academic Freedom; co-founder, East Midlands Salon
Patrick Hayes journalist and political commentator, spiked; columnist, Huffington Post and Free Society
Bríd Hehir writer & researcher; retired nurse and fundraiser
Alex Hochuli PhD student in sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury; co-founder, IoI Current Affairs Forum
Tiffany Jenkins academic, columnist, author, Keeping Their Marbles: how treasures of the past ended up in museums and why they should stay there
Angus Kennedy convenor, The Academy; author, Being Cultured: in defence of discrimination
Geoff Kidder director, membership and events, Institute of Ideas; convenor, IoI Book Club; IoI’s resident expert in all sporting matters
Danielle Kukwa
Hannah Lake freelance arts consultant, coordinator and educator
Shirley Lawes researcher; consultant and university teacher, specialising in teacher education and modern foreign languages; Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques
Ellie Lee reader in social policy, University of Kent, Canterbury; director, Centre for Parenting Culture Studies
Kirk Leech interim director, European Animal Research Campaign Centre; government affairs, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
Sheila Lewis director, Volanti Consulting
Celine Lowenthal schools coordinator, Battle of Ideas
Toby Marshall FE lecturer in social theory; PhD researcher in sociology education, UCL Institute of Education
Ion Martea poet and commissioning editor (film), Culture Wars
Peter Martin lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester; Principal Investigator, engaging cogs.
Tessa Mayes investigative journalist; director, The Queen & Us
Tara McCormack lecturer in international politics, University of Leicester; author, Critique, Security and Power: the political limits to emancipatory approaches
Sally Millard co-founder, IoI Parents Forum
Alan Miller chairman, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA)
Hugh Ortega Breton PhD researcher in risk and anxiety in popular culture, Roehampton University
Martyn Perks digital business consultant and writer; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation
David Perks founder and principal, East London Science School; director, the Physics Factory
Amol Rajan columnist, Independent titles; advisor to Evgeny Lebedev; author, Twirlymen: the unlikely history of cricket’s greatest spin doctors
Vivien Regan managing editor, spiked; director, Young Journalists' Academy
Richard Reynolds trainee barrister; formerly, paralegal, Baha Mousa and Al Sweady Public Inquiries; founder, Student Academics for Academic Freedom
Nathalie Rothschild freelance journalist; producer and reporter for Sweden's public service radio
Jane Sandeman convenor, IoI Parents Forum; contributor, Standing up to Supernanny; director of finance and central services, Cardinal Hume Centre
Karl Sharro architect; writer; Middle East commentator; co-author, Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture
Stuart Simpson financial services professional; researcher and writer, emerging economies and quantitative finance
Peter Smith director of tourism, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London; co-author, Volunteer Tourism: the lifestyle politics of international development
Sarah Snider PhD student in sociology
Alex Standish senior lecturer in Geography Education, University College London
Brenda Stones freelance consultant and author
Martin Summers public affairs consultant
Mark Taylor vice principal, East London Science School; London convenor, IoI Education Forum
Dan Travis director, Brighton Salon; tennis coach; author How to teach Young Children Tennis and In Defence of Competitive Sport.
Robin Walsh graduate medical student; co-founder, Sheffield Salon
Bruno Waterfield Brussels correspondent, The Times; co-author, No Means No
Austin Williams associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies
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