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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

    Deputy Director: Head of Policy and Strategy

    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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  • Adam Wildman

    Principal Research Consultant

    Adam Wildman

    Adam originally joined ResPublica as a Research Manager in  2013 and rejoined in 2016 as a Principal Research Consultant. He mostly co-ordinates ResPublica’s research output on business and the economy....

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Duncan Sim

    Senior Policy and Projects Officer

    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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  • Edward Douglas

    Senior Policy and Projects Officer

    Edward Douglas

    Edward joined ResPublica in May 2015 as Policy and Projects Officer, having previously worked in Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant to an MP. His policy interests include housing, manufacturing and...

  • Mark Heffernan

    Communications and Events Officer

    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...

  • 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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  • Emily Crawford

    Principal Research Consultant

    Emily Crawford

    Emily joined ResPublica in June 2015, and acts as Principal Research Consultant, with a focus on health and public services. She is a specialist in the transformation of public services,...

  • William Kløverød Griffiths

    Policy and Projects Officer

    William Kløverød Griffiths

    William joined ResPublica in September 2015, having completed an MSc in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, where he focused on ethics and moral reasons for action. Before this he...

  • 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

    Policy & 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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  • James Thompson

    Business & Operations Manager

    James Thompson

    James joined ResPublica in November 2015 as Business & Operations Manager, having previously worked in campaigns for the Conservative Party across four different types of elections. He has also worked...

  • Vanessa Schneider

    Events & Communications Officer

    Vanessa Schneider

    Vanessa joined ResPublica in April 2016, after working in Events in the charity sector. Previously she studied Politics with Media at the University of East Anglia. She has an interest...