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  • Phillip Blond


    Phillip Blond

    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...

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  • Caroline Julian

    Head of Policy Programmes/Head of Society Programme

    Caroline Julian

    Caroline is Head of Policy Programmes at ResPublica, and heads up the think tank’s Society Programme. Since joining the organisation shortly after the 2010 General Election, Caroline has led...

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  • Ed Rennie

    Head of Virtue Programme

    Ed Rennie

    Ed joined ResPublica in August 2014 and heads up the Virtue Principle which, alongside Prosperity and Society, will guide ResPublica’s workstreams for the coming period. The Virtue principle will develop...

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  • Michaela Costello

    Head of Prosperity Programme

    Michaela Costello

    Michaela is Head of the Prosperity Programme at ResPublica. In this role she will be taking forward work on financial services reform, completing the digital single market, supply-side manufacturing reforms...

  • Hannah Merron

    Business and Operations Manager

    Hannah Merron

    Hannah joined ResPublica in June 2014 as Operations Manager, after three years working in education and professional development.  Hannah has a multi-faceted role, managing projects and client relationships within the...

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  • Mark Morrin

    Localism Lead

    Mark Morrin

    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...

  • David Fagleman

    Project Manager - Prosperity Programme

    David Fagleman

    David is Project Manager of the Prosperity Programme.  He graduated from Leeds University with Masters in Politics, and previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the House of Commons. Since...

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  • Elliott Mears

    Events & Communications Manager

    Elliott Mears

    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...

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  • Richard Sagar


    Richard Sagar

    Richard joined ResPublica in June 2014, having previously worked for environmental NGOs and trade associations. Prior to that he was a postgraduate in philosophy, with a particular interest in the...

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  • Duncan Sim

    Research Assistant

    Duncan Sim

    Duncan joined ResPublica in September 2014. He graduated from Oxford University (Keble College) in July 2014 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), with a particular focus on...

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  • Shelagh McNerney

    Cities Lead

    Shelagh McNerney

    Shelagh McNerney. M.Phil. Town Planning. (UCL). FRSA. Shelagh is a regeneration & development professional with a love of cities and 30 years experience in both the public and private sector....

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  • Matt Stokes

    Events and Research Assistant

    Matt Stokes

    Matt joined ResPublica in January 2015 as Research and Events Assistant. He graduated with a First in French and Spanish from the University of Oxford, where he won the Fluchère...

  • Hannah Yadi

    Research and Events Assistant

    Hannah Yadi

    Hannah Yadi joined ResPublica in January 2015 as Research and Events Assistant. She graduated with a First in History from the University of Durham, and was presented with an undergraduate...