Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, elected last month. She was the founding chair of Green Party Women and a candidate in this year’s London Assembly elections. She’s been a journalist for two decades, having recently stepped down as editor of the Guardian Weekly, previously working for The Times, the Independent, the Bangkok Post and Australian provincial papers. Her academic background includes agricultural science, history, politics and mass communications.
The empty square: the public engaged or imagined?
"I thought the Battle of Ideas was wonderful. Especially the extent and quality of audience participation. I can't imagine how I missed this exciting forum for exchange of ideas in the past. I will certainly not miss another one and look forward already to 2012 Battle of Ideas."
Professor Marilyn Monk, emeritus professor of molecular embryology, University College London