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Phillip Blond Phillip Blond - Director

Phillip is an internationally recognised political thinker and social and economic commentator. He bridges the gap between politics and practice, offering strategic consultation and policy formation to governments, businesses and organisations across the world. He founded ResPublica in 2009 and is an academic, journalist and author. Prior to entering politics and public policy he was a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy – teaching at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria. He is the author of Red Tory (Faber and Faber 2010) which sought to redefine the centre ground of British politics around the ideas of civil association, mutual ownership and shared enterprise. His ideas have influenced the agenda around the Big Society and civil renewal and have helped to redefine British and international politics. Papers he has authored and co-authored while at ResPublica include Holistic Mission 2013, Marriage, union for the future or contarct for the present 2013 Military Academies: Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome (2012,) Asset Building for Children (2010), To Buy, To Bid, To Build: Community Rights for an Asset Owning Democracy (2010) and The Ownership State (2009). He has written extensively in the British and foreign press including The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Financial Times, Prospect and the New Statesman and The New York Times. As a renowned speaker and communicator, Phillip is a frequent broadcaster – appearing on the BBC and Sky as well as foreign media. Through both his writing and speaking Phillip argues for a new economic and social politics based around free association and group formation, new forms of capitalisation and market entry.

Caroline Julian Caroline Julian - Head of Research


Caroline is Head of Research at ResPublica, and manages the think tank's research programme and strategy. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a Masters in Philosophical Theology and holds particular expertise in the role of faith and the Church in public political life. Caroline also completed a travel fellowship in 2013 through the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to explore the role of community and local energy in Germany, and has spoken and written widely on the topic, both within the UK and abroad.

During her time at ResPublica, Caroline has co-authored and edited a series of publications and collections, including the 2012 publication Re-energising Our Communities: Transforming the energy market through local energy production, 2013's The Community Renewables Economy: Starting up, scaling up and spinning out, and ResPublica's Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England (2013) report. 

Caroline also leads on ResPublica's research into constitutional issues and public service reform, and was editor of Our House: Reflections on Representation and Reform in the House of Lords and Making it Mutual: The ownership revolution that Britain needs.

     Adam  Wildman Adam Wildman - Research Manager

Adam joined ResPublica as a Research Manager in January 2013. He co-ordinates ResPublica’s research output through the three core workstreams, and is currently focused on ways in which to radicalise the Government’s decentralisation programme. His coming work will mostly focus on localism, criminal justice, welfare and health reform.


Before joining ResPublica, Adam worked in a wide range of roles; including in public affairs, political events management and public policy research. He is a law graduate and has a particular interest in philosophical communitarianism, virtue ethics and distributism. His political heroes are Edmund Burke, Benjamin Disraeli and Stanley Baldwin.

Lorena  Papamanci Lorena Papamanci - Researcher

Lorena is a Senior Researcher, co-ordinating events and research projects across all three of ResPublica's core workstreams. She currently focuses on labour market reform, including programmes and campaigns on education and skills. Lorena leads on our organisation's work on social exclusion, with projects in the pipeline on immigration, affordable housing, poverty, loneliness, small businesses and deprived communities.

Graduated from UCL with an MSc in International Public Policy, before joining ResPublica, Lorena worked as editor for a wide range of local and international publications. 

David Fagleman David Fagleman - Researcher
David is a Researcher at ResPublica. He graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Political Studies and an MA in Politics, during which time he interned as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster. His current areas of interest include new economic and business models and community empowerment. 

Elliott Mears Elliott Mears - Events & Communications Manager
Elliott is responsible for Events and Communications at ResPublica. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in Politics and International Relations, having won the Peter G Richards Award for Best Dissertation entitled 'Alcohol Policy in the UK (1997-2012): Theories of the Policy Process'. 

Elliott is now working to expand ResPublica's online presence, to create a new vision for the events team, and is leading on ResPublica's 5th Party Conference Season.

Richard Sagar Richard Sagar - Research Assistant
Richard Sagar is a Research Assistant, he has a strong interest in the role community energy can play in transforming the energy sector.

He has previously worked for a prominent environmental NGO and for a renewable energy trade association. Having recently graduated with an Mphil in Philosophy he has a keen interest in virtue ethics and restoring the concept of the common good in political discourse.

Mark Morrin Mark Morrin - Localism Lead

Mark is ResPublica's Localism Lead. He will be focusing on our new projects and workstreams, working in partnership with city-regions, to radicalise the localism agenda and realise a new vision for local economic growth and public sector reform.

Mark has contributed widely to research and policy developments in the UK with particular expertise in the fields of economic development, employment and skills. He has over 15 years of experience working with the public, private and voluntary sector.

Isabella Miller  Isabella Miller - Research Assistant
Prior to her time at ResPublica, Isabella worked at the European Parliament and in the offices of Menzies Campell MP and Andrew Mitchell MP. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a first in French and her particular interest lies in health policy.

Peadar Ó Scolaí Peadar Ó Scolaí - research associates

Dr Peadar Ó Scolaí has a PhD in Information Systems from University College Dublin.  Peadar also has a Masters (MBS) in Electronic Commerce from UCD, a Hons. degree in Marketing from Liverpool John Moores University and a number of professional diplomas from the Dublin Institute of Technology.

Peadar lectures in Strategy and Innovation, Health Informatics, Knowledge Management, Virtual Organising and Information systems at UCD and partner institutions in Singapore and Sri Lanka.  Peadar’s research interests include the role of technology in healthcare and politics, the digital society, privacy and human autonomy, identity and material agency.

Behrooz  Tavassolian Behrooz Tavassolian - Research Assistant
Behrooz is a graduate, holding a BA Honours Degree in Politics. Before joining ResPublica, Behrooz worked on Ken Livingstone's campaign for London Mayor and for the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum (NNRF). He has a vast knowledge of domestic and foreign policy issues and has written on Land Value Tax Reform. At ResPublica he has undertaken research on policies such as the Bedroom Tax, Andrew Lansley's reforms of the NHS and the Funding Shortfall of Housing Associations.

Mo Girach Mo Girach - Research Associate
Mo has a BSc (Hons) in Podiatric Medicine, an MBA in Business Administration, holds membership of the Institute of Directors, is an accredited assessor for Investors in People and is Special Advisor to the NHS Alliance. He is also an Associate Consultant with the Kings Fund and an Associate Consultant with Health 2020. He was recently appointed Chief Executive at the Partnership of East London Co-Operatives (PELC).

Karol Sikora Karol Sikora - Research Associate
Karol is Medical Director of Cancer Partners UK which is creating the largest independent UK cancer network with private and NHS contracts. He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cancer Medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine and is still honorary Consultant Oncologist at Hammersmith Hospital, London. He is Dean and Professor of Medicine at Britain’s first independent Medical School at the University of Buckingham and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. 


David Boyle David Boyle - Research Associate
David Boyle is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and the author of several books including Authenticity and The Tyranny of Numbers, and co-author of Eminent Corporations.

Keith  Cooper Keith Cooper - Research Associate
Keith Cooper is a journalist and researcher, who writes regularly on public policy for UK press and online media. He is former deputy editor of Inside Housing magazine and spent his early career in the NHS. Keith recently completed an MA in Ethics, Politics and Public Policy and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Essex, researching the value of autonomy in social care.

Julian Dobson Julian Dobson - Research Associate

Julian Dobson is a ResPublica Research Associate. He is a writer, speaker and commentator on regeneration, place-making, civil society and social policy. He is also a trainer, adviser and facilitator, working with organisations on creative solutions to the problems of place.

He is the director of Urban Pollinators (, which helps make sense of regeneration, place-making and social change by sharing and applying ideas through research, writing, editing, and face to face learning. Julian was co-founder and for 12 years was editorial director of New Start, the national magazine for regeneration practitioners, and previously edited Inside Housing, the national weekly for social housing professionals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and on the editorial board of the journal Local Economy.



Pete  Duncan Pete Duncan - Research Associate
Pete is a Director at Social Regeneration Consultants, which he set up in 1993. He has spent nearly all his career working in the field of community-led regeneration and neighbourhood planning, especially in our more deprived areas. He was a leading figure in the development of 25 housing cooperatives across North East England in the late 1970s and 1980s. Much of his more recent work has focused on the delivery of large scale community-based regeneration programmes, neighbourhood management and most aspects of the localism agenda. In 2010 he carried out case study research for the Scottish Government to inform its Community Empowerment strategy and also worked with Sally Thomas to develop a set of practical tools for assessing and delivering community empowerment for the Local Government Association. Pete is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences and seminars where housing, neighbourhoods and community empowerment are on the agenda. He has written many national good practice guides over the years, His most recent – for the Chartered Institute of Housing and Communities and Local Government – was researched and written jointly with Sally Thomas and is succinctly titled Successful Neighbourhoods. Pete is also a Parish Councillor.

Duncan Fisher Duncan Fisher - Research Associate

Duncan Fisher is the author of ResPublica's report published in June 2011, "Children and the Big Society: Backing communities to keep the next generation safe and happy". Duncan has been working on family policy for over 10 years, with an OBE for services to children. He is author of Baby’s Here! Who Does What?, which challenges the idea of a primary carer and recommends the sharing of responsibilities as the basis for a stable family life.

Alex  Fox Alex Fox - Research Associate
Alex Fox is CEO of Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for small community services for older and disabled people. Shared Lives Plus represents Shared Lives carers and schemes and works with Community Catalysts to support social care micro-enterprises. It is also the network for Homeshare schemes. Alex sits on the National Programme Board for Think Local, Act Personal, the sector-led programme for transforming care and support. He co-led on prevention for the social care White Paper engagement process 'Caring for Our Future' and in 2012 was one of NESTA and The Observer’s Britain’s New Radicals.

Alex was Director of Policy and Communications for The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and he still sits on the Standing Commission on Carers. Alex is a visiting lecturer at Nottingham University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He blogs at, @AlexatNAAPS and He enjoys rock climbing and writing.

Will Fox Will Fox - Research Associate
Will Fox is Public Affairs Manager at the RIBA, leading on the Institute’s work with government and parliament and increasingly with local authorities. Will formerly worked as a consultant at FD Public Affairs.

Dan Gregory Dan Gregory - Research Associate

Dan has a considerable range of experience of funding and financing mutual and social enterprises, through developing policy at the highest level and delivering in practice at the grassroots. He has worked for the Treasury, Futurebuilders England, the Cabinet Office and in delivering the Department of Health’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund at Local Partnerships. He has also worked in France and Germany, and in Brussels on Corporate Social Responsibility. He founded the world's first pop-up think tank - POPse!

Dan has led the development of a number of pioneering developments in practice, including supporting business planning and development of around 50 Right to Request staff-led public sector ‘spin-outs'. He authored The Right to Run, a practical guide for public sector staff thinking about setting up a mutual or social enterprise, the NCVO Commission’s Report on Tax Incentives for Social Investment, HM Treasury’s Guidance to Funders and Purchasers and Cabinet Office’s Consultation on the Social Investment Bank.

Dan has recently been working at a policy level on behalf of NCVO, ClearlySo, Social Enterprise UK, ResPublica, NCVYS and Social Finance. He has worked on the practical challenges facing spin-outs with Mutual Ventures, the Baxi Partnership and Stepping Out. He works at a more local level with Meanwhile Space CIC, Pop-Up Bristol, Wiltshire Councils and youth charities. He is also part of a TSRC-funded academic team exploring the nature of innovation in public service spin-outs.

Rafal Heydel-Mankoo Rafal Heydel-Mankoo - Research Associate

Rafal ("Rafe") Heydel-Mankoo, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., M.A. is a ResPublica Research Associate. Graduating with degrees in history and law, Rafe is an international broadcaster, writer and lecturer, specialising in constitutional monarchy and British institutions, traditions and heritage.  One of North America's leading royal commentators, he addressed Lord Wakeham's Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords in 1999 and presented evidence to the House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee in 2004, during its review of the Honours System.  Rafe is a Trustee of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and lectures extensively in the UK, North America and further afield. He is the co-author and co-editor of the critically-acclaimed Burke’s Peerage & Gentry: World Orders of Knighthood & Merit and has advised various governments on their national honours systems.  Rafe is a contributor to ResPublica's 2012 Reform of the House of Lords Report and, together with Phillip Blond, is also the co-author of the report's Conclusion & Recommendations chapter.

Dr Patricia Kaszynska Dr Patricia Kaszynska - Research Associate
Dr Patricia Kaszynska is a Research Associate, having been a senior researcher and project manager from September 2011- August 2012. Her interests lie in the field of education and skills policy, culture and sport, as well as capabilities and behaviour change. She is also interested in the role of the arts in promoting political engagement. Patricia conducted research in higher education policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of the Arts London, prior to which she worked for Demos and the Fabian Society and held the role of parliamentary researcher. She completed her PhD (DPhil) investigating the political significance of the aesthetic domain at the University of Oxford, where she also taught aesthetic theory. Besides the PhD she holds an MSt with Distinction from Oxford and a First Class Degree in Philosophy and Art History from University College London. Patricia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  

Mark Lupton Mark Lupton - Research Associate

Mark is an Independent Housing Policy Analyst who has written extensively on housing policy issues and has managed a wide range of policy and research projects.  Mark has wide-ranging experience in the housing sector having worked with the CIH as Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive and from 1997 to 2007, was Policy Analyst at CIH with responsibility for co-ordinating the research and policy analysis. Prior to this Mark was for over 10 years the Housing and Development Director of a major housing association. He has been a board member of two housing associations and was for four years chairman of a local authority housing committee.


James Noyes James Noyes - Research Associate
James Noyes has a PhD in the social study of religion from the University of Cambridge. He has taught this subject at the University of  Nottingham and the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and is a fellow of the Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at theUniversity of Groningen.

James Parkinson James Parkinson - Research Associate
James Parkinson is Policy Officer at the RIBA with a focus on planning policy and localism. He has overseen the RIBA guide to localism series; introducing neighbourhood planning and exploring community engagement, and is looking at effective participation tools. James was previously a Design Advisor within RDA Yorkshire Forward.

Guy Shrubsole Guy Shrubsole - Research Associate
Guy Shrubsole is Director of Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), an independent charity whose work is aimed towards building a sustainable society. He previously worked for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and New Zealand’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Sally Thomas Sally Thomas - Research Associate
Sally Thomas is Director of Social Regeneration Consultants (SRC), specialising in the social and community aspects of successful communities and neighbourhoods. She has written a number of books for the Chartered Institute of Housing, government departments, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Housing Corporation. Sally has extensive experience in the housing and social sectors, having worked for several housing associations, the Housing Corporation and Tyne and Wear Development Corporation. Her consultancy work has involved project managing many and varied commissions for local authorities, government agencies, housing associations and developers. She has been a member of and chaired a number of boards in the health, arts and charitable sectors. Sally contributed to ResPublica's report ‘At the Crossroads: A progressive future for social housing’.

Richard Wilson Richard Wilson - Research Associate

Richard Wilson is the founder of Involve.  He has designed and delivered 100's of public engagement programmes for governments and businesses across the world including: the European Commission, the BBC, most UK government departments, the French treasury and the State of California. Richard has written four books and regularly appears in the national print and broadcast media.