About: Battle of Ideas 2007 committee
Duleep Allirajah sports columnist, spiked; 'long-suffering' Crystal Palace fan
Sean Bell secretary and founder member, The Brighton Salon; copy-editor, writer and journalist
Simon Belt IT consultant; co-organiser, Manchester Salon
Helen Birtwistle history teacher; former resources and communications manager, Debating Matters Competition
Tim Black deputy editor, spiked
Cara Bleiman musician and teacher
David Bowden coordinator, UK Battle Satellites; columnist, spiked
Sarah Boyes freelance writer and editor; assistant editor, Culture Wars; editor, Battles in Print 2010
Justine Brian national coordinator, Debating Matters Competition
Andrew Calcutt principal lecturer in journalism, University of East London; editor, Proof; co-author, Journalism Studies: a critical introduction
Dave Clements co-editor The Future of Community; contributor to SocietyGuardian and Huffington Post; public and community sector consultant; convenor, IoI Social Policy Forum
Robert Clowes research fellow, philosophy of cognitive science, IFL, Universita Nova Lisboa; founder member, Brighton Salon; founder, Lisbon Salon; theatre director
Dolan Cummings associate fellow, Institute of Ideas; editor, Culture Wars; editor, Debating Humanism; co-founder, Manifesto Club
Philip Cunliffe lecturer in international conflict, University of Kent, Canterbury; co-editor, Politics Without Sovereignty: a critique of contemporary international relations.
Neil Davenport writer; head of sociology, JFS Sixth Form Centre; contributor, spiked
Suzy Dean freelance writer; blogger, Free Society
Shirley Dent head of communications, PhonepayPlus; co-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 science and society director, Institute of Ideas; director, Debating Matters Competition
James Gledhill fellow in political theory, LSE; co-convenor, IoI Postgraduate Forum
Maria Grasso lecturer in politics, University of Sheffield
Helene Guldberg director, spiked; author, Reclaiming Childhood and Just Another Ape?
Timandra Harkness journalist and writer; co-writer and performer, BrainSex, Humans V Nature: Engineering FTW! and Your Days Are Numbered: the maths of death
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 development manager, Do Good Charity; former NHS health visitor and senior manager
Alex Hochuli PhD student in sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury; co-founder, IoI Current Affairs Forum
Tiffany Jenkins sociologist and cultural commentator
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 subject leader, modern foreign languages, Institute of Education; co-author, Modern Foreign Languages: teaching school subjects 11-19
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 Curriculum Manager BA (Hons) Social Welfare and Policy, Havering College of Further and Higher 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 co-director, NY Salon; co-founder, London's Truman Brewery; partner, Argosy Pictures Film Company
Hugh Ortega Breton PhD researcher in risk and anxiety in popular culture, Roehampton University
Michael Owens commercial director, Bow Arts Trust; owner, London Urban Visits; formerly, head of development policy, London Development Agency
Martyn Perks director, Thinking Apart; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation
David Perks principal, East London Science School; author, What is science education for?; co-author, Sir Richard Sykes Review of school examinations and A defence of subject-based education
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 news reporter for Sweden's public service radio
Jane Sandeman convenor, IoI Parents Forum; contributor, Standing up to Supernanny; director of operations, DACS; chair, Association of Photographers
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
Sarah Snider PhD student in sociology
Alex Standish lecturer in geography, Institute of Education, University of London
Brenda Stones freelance consultant and author
Martin Summers public affairs consultant
Mark Taylor deputy head of school, Addey and Stanhope comprehensive 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
Austin Williams associate professor in architecture, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China; producer, FCP Ltd for NBSTV; convenor, Bookshop Barnies
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