Jake took part in the Academy of Ideas’ Debating Matters Competition in 2009, competing as part of the Guiseley School team, and was awarded the highly commended prize at the National Finals. He holds a degree in History from Newcastle University where he wrote extensively for the Courier student newspaper until his views were eventually censored. Since leaving University, Jake has worked as a Business Analyst for Santander UK for two years, and now has a legal Training Contract with Bond Dickinson. He has produced several sessions at the Battle of Ideas Festival including ‘Church and State – A Marriage on the Rocks?’, ‘Should we have Votes for Prisoners?’, and ‘Twitter vs Freedom of Speech’. He is the convenor of the Debating Matters Ambassadors, a formal affiliation of enthusiastic supporters of the Debating Competition which aims to enable the Competition to benefit from their experience, passion and continuing support.
Pax Romana: civilising the barbarians or evil empire?
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast