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.
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.
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 (www.urbanpollinators.co.uk), 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
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 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 alexfoxblog.wordpress.com,
@AlexatNAAPS and www.socialcareworker.co.
He enjoys rock climbing and writing.
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.
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.
("Rafe") Heydel-Mankoo, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B., M.A. is a ResPublica
Research Associate. Graduating with degrees in history and law, Rafe is
international broadcaster, writer and lecturer, specialising in
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
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 &
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.
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.
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