About: Battle of Ideas 2008 committee
Simon Belt IT consultant; coordinator, Manchester Salon
Helen Birtwistle history and politics teacher, South London school
Tim Black editor, Spiked Review
David Bowden associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; culture writer
Sarah Boyes freelance writer and editor; assistant editor, Culture Wars; editor, Battles in Print 2010
Justine Brian director, Debating Matters Competition
Dave Clements adviser to local government; blogger, Guardian, Huffington Post; convenor, IoI Social Policy Forum.
Dolan Cummings associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; author, That Existential Leap: a crime story (forthcoming from Zero Books)
Philip Cunliffe senior lecturer in international conflict, University of Kent; co-editor, Politics Without Sovereignty: a critique of contemporary international relations.
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
Ceri Dingle director, WORLDwrite & WORLDbytes
Wendy Earle impact development officer, Birkbeck, University of London; convenor, Academy of Ideas Arts and Society Forum
Martin Earnshaw co-editor Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated; chair, IoI Social Policy Forum
Kathryn Ecclestone professor of education, University of Sheffield; author, Governing Vulnerable Subjects in a Therapeutic Age (forthcoming)
Claire Fox director, Academy of Ideas; panellist, BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze; author, I Find That Offensive
Tony Gilland associate fellow, Academy 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
Dennis Hayes professor of education, University of Derby
Patrick Hayes director, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
Bríd Hehir writer, researcher and traveller; retired nurse and fundraiser
George Hoare PhD student, history of left-wing thought, Oxford University
Alex Hochuli communications consultant, researcher and blogger based in São Paulo
Tiffany Jenkins writer and broadcaster; 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, Academy of Ideas; convenor, IoI Book Club; IoI’s resident expert in all sporting matters
Charles Lambert undergraduate, PPE, University of East Anglia; intern, IoI.
Shirley Lawes researcher; consultant and university teacher, specialising in teacher education and modern foreign languages; Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques
Kirk Leech interim director, European Animal Research Campaign Centre; government affairs, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry
Sheila Lewis director, Volanti Consulting
Toby Marshall A Level Film Studies Teacher; PhD researcher in sociology of education, UCL Institute of Education
Beverley Marshall volunteer, The Samaritans
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.
Tara McCormack lecturer in international politics, University of Leicester; author, Critique, Security and Power: the political limits to emancipatory approaches
Para Mullan senior project manager, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; FCIPD
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
Viv Regan managing editor, spiked
Richard Reynolds trainee barrister; formerly, paralegal, Baha Mousa and Al Sweady Public Inquiries; founder, Student Academics for Academic Freedom
Abigail Ross-Jackson speakers' agent, Ed Victor Speakers Bureau LLP
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
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
Austin Williams associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
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"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia