Rupert Reid
director of research and strategy, Policy Exchange; author, Ambitious for Recovery

Rupert helps develop Policy Exchange’s research agenda and its dissemination to policy makers and opinion formers. Previously he was a special adviser working in Downing Street and parliament. With a background in social policy, Rupert has written on criminal justice, welfare, drug and alcohol policy. One report, Ambitious for Recovery, outlined how the government could restrict the availability of co-called ‘legal highs’ through legislation. It formed the basis for the New Psychoactive Substances Act. He debates these, together with other domestic and international issues on radio, television and in other media.

Rupert is a trustee of ANA Works, a charity that helps people in recovery from addiction into housing and employment. Portsmouth-born and a former Royal Naval Reserve, he misses the sea.

Follow Rupert on Twitter: @RupesOR


Saturday 13 October, 14:00 Cinema 3
Creating new crimes: the trivialisation of legislation?