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 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.
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.
Ed heads up ResPublica’s Virtue Principle which alongside Prosperity and Society will guide ResPublica’s workstreams for the coming period. The Virtue principle will develop research projects on how to inculcate culture change to establish ethos and character at the heart of our businesses, institutions and as the basis of individual flourishing.
Before joining ResPublica Ed worked for Emily Thornberry MP and Jim Dobbin MP and was Councillor for Perivale. Prior to this he worked for Imran Khan the campaigning solicitor, taught religion in secondary school and worked as a wine merchant. Ed is a leading thinker in Blue Labour, a founding member of the Catholic Voices media project and blogs at The Tablet.
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.
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