About: Battle of Ideas 2011 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

Justine Brian director, Debating Matters Competition

Dave Clements adviser to local government; blogger, Guardian, Huffington Post; convenor, IoI Social Policy Forum.

Joel Cohen communications manager, BeyondMe

Dolan Cummings associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; author, That Existential Leap: a crime story (forthcoming from Zero Books)

Neil Davenport sociology and politics teacher; writer on culture; former music journalist

Suzy Dean freelance writer; blogger, Free Society

Ceri Dingle director, WORLDwrite & WORLDbytes

Martin Earnshaw co-editor Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated; chair, IoI Social Policy Forum

Craig Fairnington associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; university finance and accommodation officer

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

Luke Gittos criminal lawyer; director of City of London Appeals Clinic; legal editor at spiked; author, Why Rape Culture is a Dangerous Myth: From Steubenville to Ched Evans

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

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

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

Toby Marshall A Level Film Studies Teacher; PhD researcher in sociology of education, UCL Institute of Education

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)

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

Paul Reeves engineering software designer, SolidWorks R&D (part of Dassault Systèmes); convener, manufacturing work group for Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation

Viv Regan managing editor, spiked

Abigail Ross-Jackson speakers' agent, Ed Victor Speakers Bureau LLP

Jane Sandeman convenor, IoI Parents Forum; contributor, Standing up to Supernanny; director of finance and central services, Cardinal Hume Centre

Peter Smith director of tourism, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London; co-author, Volunteer Tourism: the lifestyle politics of international development

Sandy Starr communications officer, Progress Educational Trust; webmaster, BioNews

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

Scared of the Kids - Mark Easton - Fragmenting Society

"The Battle of Ideas is a must for any individual who cares about the issues of today. It is the most intelligent and stimulating forum to share ideas I have ever come across."
Clare Gerada, GP; chair-elect, Royal College of General Practitioners

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