Dolly Theis
programme director, Big Tent Ideas Festival; ambassador, Forward Assist, the military veterans charity

Dolly Theis is completing her phd at Cambridge University’s MRC Epidemiology Unit. In 2017, Dolly stood as the Conservative Party candidate in Vauxhall & is Director of 50:50 Parliament’s #AskHerToStand campaign, helping women from all parties stand for Parliament. Previously, Dolly was a researcher at the Centre for Social Justice think tank where she specialised in childhood obesity and grassroots sport.

For her undergraduate degree, Dolly read politics and East European studies, with one year Russian language at University College London. At UCL, Dolly co-founded the Cube Movement, the first social network against modern-day slavery and remains a Company Director for the campaign’s parent charity, the Red Light Campaign. Between 2010 and 2013, Dolly worked in parliament, both as head of policy and communications for Women2Win, and as Baroness Jenkin of Kennington’s Parliamentary Researcher. Dolly is also an Ambassador of the military veterans charity Forward Assist, based in the North East. In 2016 she joined the team cycling from London to Paris to raise money for and awareness about the charity.

Follow Dolly on Twitter: @dollytheis


Saturday 13 October, 10:00 Level 1 Members' Lounge
Out with the old: what’s the future for party politics?

Saturday 13 October, 16:00 Garden Room
The military: muscle or mindfulness?