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  • Phillip Blond

    Director

    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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  • Mark Morrin

    Principal Research Consultant

    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...

  • Duncan Sim

    Policy and Projects Manager

    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), where his studies focused on...

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  • Dr James Noyes

    Head of Policy and Strategy

    Dr James Noyes

    Dr. James Noyes is Head of Policy and Strategy at ResPublica. Prior to joining our team, he was a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po). James...

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  • Edward Douglas

    Policy and Projects Manager

    Edward Douglas

    Edward manages ResPublica’s housing programme. He has written extensively on housing, planning and regeneration. He also works on employment, skills, enterprise and finance policy. He is the author of Great ...

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  • Mark Heffernan

    External Affairs Manager

    Mark Heffernan

    Mark joined ResPublica in June 2015, having completed an MSc in Public Policy from University College London. His studies focused on transparency and accountability, particularly in the British Party Funding...

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  • Oruj Defoite

    Head of Media

    Oruj Defoite

    Oruj Defoite is our Head of Media. Since joining the organisation in 2014, she has designed and implemented our media strategy. Through her journalism experience and knowledge of the media...

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  • Matthew Cheadle

    Deputy Director: Head of Business Development

    Matthew Cheadle

    Matthew joined ResPublica in October 2015 as joint Deputy Director; he co-ordinates our business development activities. These include corporate engagement, donations to research programmes, sponsorship of events and reports and...

  • Tom Follett

    Senior Policy and Projects Officer

    Tom Follett

    Tom works on the devolution project within the Society workstream, having joined ResPublica in  November 2015. His research focuses on the changing powers available to cities and regions, and how...

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  • Vanessa Schneider

    External Affairs Officer

    Vanessa Schneider

    Vanessa joined ResPublica in April 2016, having worked in Events in the charity sector. She graduated from the University of East Anglia, having studied Politics with Media. Her focus of...

  • Max Wind-Cowie

    Deputy Director: ResPublica North

    Max Wind-Cowie

    As Deputy Director for ResPublica North, Max has day-to-day responsibility for ResPublica North and for our True North Forum. Max Wind-Cowie has worked in policy development for over a decade,...

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  • Richard Marsh

    Business & Operations Manager

    Richard Marsh

    Richard has spent most of his career in operations, finance and supply chain within the apparel and footwear industry.  He brings experience from both the corporate world and from small...

  • Thomas Nguyen

    Policy & Projects Officer

    Thomas Nguyen

    Thomas joined ResPublica in 2016, having completed his Master’s degree in Foreign Policy at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Prior to this Thomas worked for over a year...

  • Jake Sumner

    Senior Associate, Industrial Strategy

    Jake Sumner

    Jake Sumner joined ResPublica in January 2017 as Senior Associate, Industrial Strategy. He has more than 20 years’ experience of public policy, campaigns and projects in national, regional and local...

  • Sara Badawi

    External Affairs Officer

    Sara Badawi

    Sara joined ResPublica in January 2017, having completed an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at SOAS, University of London. Her studies focused on political economy, war to peace transitions...