Our Advisory Council supports the work and development of the Society. Drawing in experts from the world of politics, academia, the media, business and civil society, it provides advice and insight, intellectual challenge, and practical support to the staff and Board of Trustees.
Leader of the House of Commons and Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire since 1997. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Health between 2010-12, having previously held the health portfolio in the Shadow Cabinet for seven years prior to the 2010 general election. In Parliament he has experience of serving on several select committees including Trade and Industry and Health.
A former Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party, prior to being elected to Parliament he worked as Director of the Conservative Party Research Department (1990-95) and as Deputy Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce. This followed a career in the civil service from 1979-87 during which time he served as Principal Private Secretary to the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, the Rt Hon Norman Tebbitt MP. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2003 and has served as Vice-Chair since 2007.
Appointed as a Labour life peer in 1997 his political interests and work are focused around education, culture and the environment. He has been Chancellor of the Open University since 2006, having previously been the first chancellor of Sunderland University (1997-2007). He chairs the Advisory Board of TSL, is President of the FDA Film Distributors’ Association, and Deputy Chairman of Profero. In 2012 he set up Atticus Education, an online education company to deliver interactive seminars on film and other subjects to educational institutions around the world.
Renowned for his distinguished career as an independent producer of films such as Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields, The Mission, Midnight Express, Memphis Belle, and Bugsy Malone, his films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the Palme D'Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), chaired the National Film & Television School for ten years, and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.
He established the National Teaching Awards in 1998, was a member of the Government's Education Standards Task Force (1997-2001), and served as the first Chair of the General Teaching Council for England (2000-02). Between 2002-09 he served as president of UNICEF UK, and as Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 2006-2012. In 2007 he served as Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill, having performed the same role on the 2002 Communications Bill. He chaired the Hansard Society's Commission on the Communication of Parliamentary Democracy - Parliament in the Public Eye - between 2004-05, and has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council and our Vice-Chair since 2007.
Former Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall (1992-2005) and Bodmin (1974) he was appointed to a life peerage in the House of Lords in 2005. During his time in the House of Commons he served as his party's chief whip (1997-2001), shadow Leader of the House (1997-2005) and its spokesperson on constitutional reform (2001-05), a role he subsequently continued in the House of Lords (2006-10).
He currently chairs the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Political and Constitutional Reform. During his time out of the House of Commons he served as campaign adviser to Liberal Party leader David Steel during the 1983 and 1987 general elections and was subsequently elected as Chairman of the Liberal Party National Executive Committee (1983-86). He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 2006, is a management board member of Make Votes Count, chairs the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and is Vice President of the Youth Hostels Association. A regular Lords of the Blog contributor he has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council and our vice-chair since 2008.
Director of Public Policy at Facebook, former Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam (1997-2005) and life peer in the House of Lords since 2010. He joined Facebook in 2009 to lead the company's public policy work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, having previously worked as European Government Affairs Director for Cisco (2005-09).
During his time in the House of Commons he chaired the Information Select Committee (1997-2001) and specialised in information technology issues and legislation such as the Data Protection Act, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act and the Communications Act. He is a member of the Government's Digital Advisory Board and chaired the Cabinet Office's Power of Information Task Force in 2008-09 which explored how to improve the use of government data. He has served as an academic visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute, and has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2005.
The BBC's Parliamentary Correspondent he contributes to and presents a range of programmes across the BBC's radio and television output. Since 2002 he has been the correspondent for BBC Radio 4's Today in Parliament, presents BBC Parliament's political book review show, BOOKtalk, and regularly blogs for BBC Democracy Live. Previously he worked as a producer and reporter on BBC Radio 4's The Westminster Hour, and as the BBC's local government correspondent.
Prior to joining the BBC he spent a number of years at LWT's now defunct Weekend World, at the Leicester Mercury and on several local London papers. He has co-authored several books including 'Nightmare: the race for London’s Mayor', 'Abuse of trust: Frank Beck and the Leicestershire children's homes scandal' and 'Order! Order! Sixty years of Today in Parliament'. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2008.
Principal Clerk of the Table Office. He joined the House of Commons as a Clerk in 1981 and has held a number of senior roles including most recently Principal Clerk of Select Committees. One of the UK's leading experts in parliamentary procedure he has co-authored several books including Dod's Handbook of House of Commons Procedure (now in its 8th edition) and was a contributor to 'The future of Parliament: issues for a new century' published in 2005.
He is an active member of the Study of Parliament Group. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2001.
Professor of Political Journalism at City University London and Professor of Media and Politics at the University of Bedfordshire; a frequent media and political commentator at home and abroad. His previous journalism career included senior editorial positions at the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and Sky News and he is now an Independent Editorial Adviser to the BBC Trust. He previously taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he is now Emeritus Professor of Broadcast Journalism.
The author of several books he writes regularly for a number of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, New Statesman, and The Times Higher Education Supplement. An Editorial Board member of the British Journalism Review he chaired the judging panel for the 2012 One World Media Awards, is the UK representative on UNESCO's International Programme for Development of Communication, was a jury member for the 2009 and 2010 Royal Television Society TV News Awards, and served on the Foreign and Commonwealth's Freedom of Expression Panel. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2008.
Head of the Parliament and Constitution Centre (PCC) in the House of Commons Library since 2004. She specialises in research in relation to parliamentary reform, parliamentary standards, electoral law, and public administration and devolution. She has authored and contributed to many publications including 'Conduct unbecoming: The regulation of parliamentary behaviour'.
An Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Constitution Unit, University College London, she was seconded there between 2002-03, during which time she published a range of papers on parliamentary standards, audit and scrutiny. A former Chair of the Study of Parliament Group (SPG) she co-authored the joint SPG/Hansard Society paper, 'Who governs? Forming a coalition or a minority government in the event of a hung Parliament' published in advance of the 2010 general election. She was a member of the Association of Electoral Administrators and before joining the House of Commons Library was Overseas Volunteer Director with Community Services Volunteers. She has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2001.
Chief Executive of the RSPCA since January 2012, he had previously worked as Director of Campaigns and Communications at the animal welfare charity in the late 1980s. In the intervening years he served as Chairman of Burson Marsteller UK (1999-2011) General Manager, Global Corporate Communications and Public Affairs of The Body Shop International (1994-99), and Director of Public Affairs at the Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds (1991-94).
A lifelong Liberal Democrat he was Chair of Western Counties Liberal Democrats and stood as a parliamentary candidate for the party at the 1983 and 1987 general elections. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2008.
A freelance journalist she is the theatre critic for the Scotsman, writes a political and social commentary column for the newspaper, and broadcasts regularly on cultural, democratic and human rights themes, particularly for BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Four. She was a member of the 1998-99 Consultative Steering Group on procedures for the new Scottish Parliament, Convenor of the Scottish Forum from 2003-06, and in 2010 served as a member of Carnegie UK's Commission of Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society in the UK and Ireland.
She was a Visiting Professor in the School of Drama and Creative Industries at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh between 2006-10, has served as a member of the judging panel for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award and was a member of the judging panel for the John Byrne Award in 2012. A member of the Hansard Society's Advisory Council since 2005 she chairs the Hansard Society Working Group in Scotland.
Founder and Director of the public affairs think tank, yesMinister. He was the former Head of Policy and Communications at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) and the former Chief Executive of the social policy think tank ROTA. Floyd worked as a Contracts & FAM Manager for two Training and was Programme Director of 'Building Futures', a Department of Work and Pensions funded third sector employment initiative. He studied British Politics under the Conservative Peer, Professor the Lord Norton of Louth and has a PhD in Political Science from Loughborough University.
As a former adviser to the Metropolitan Police Authority he has written extensively on police accountability and social policy as it impacts on employment, citizenship, representation and democracy. He was a former member of the Research Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). He is also a former council member of the charity SENSE. He is currently on the Advisory Board of South Thames/Merton College career Academy UK and has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2003.
Labour MP for Grimsby since 1977 when he was elected to the House of Commons in the by-election caused by the death of the former Foreign Secretary, Tony Crosland. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, Opposition Spokesperson for Trade and Industry and as an Opposition Whip. He currently sits on the Public Accounts Committee and has previous experience on the Agriculture, Civil Service, and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committees. His chief policy interests include housing and he chairs the Council Housing Group of MPs.
He was a strong advocate for the televising of Parliament, and is renowned at Westminster as a keen photographer, chairing the All Party Parliamentary Group on Photography. Prior to entering Parliament he was an academic at Nuffield College, Oxford and the Universities of Otago and Canterbury in New Zealand, after which he spent eight years as a journalist at ITV's Yorkshire Television (1969-77) where he presented its regional news and current affairs programme, Calendar. He returned to television between 1989-98 when he co-presented 'Target' with Conservative politician Norman Tebbitt on Sky. He was an associate editor of the House Magazine and has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 1994.
Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull since 1986 and Director of its Centre for Legislative Studies since 1992. Appointed as a Conservative life peer in 1998, he chaired his party's Commission to Strengthen Parliament in 2000, and served as the first Chair of the House of Lords Constitution Committee between 2001-04. Described by the House Magazine as 'our greatest living expert on Parliament' he is editor of the Journal of Legislative Studies and has written widely on the UK Parliament and the role of legislatures generally, including Parliament in British Politics, Parliament and Citizens in Western Europe, and National Parliaments and the European Union.
He is a Trustee of the History of Parliament Trust, co-chairs the Campaign for an Effective Second Chamber , is Vice President of the Political Studies Association, chairman of the Conservative Academic Group, and a member of the Centre for Policy Studies Advisory Board, a council member at the Constitution Unit, UCL and a member of the Study of Parliament Group executive. A regular Lords of the Blog contributor, he is the Hansard Society's Director of Studies and has been a member of the Society's Advisory Council since 1997.
Deputy Chief Executive at the National Churches Trust, a national, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. He previously served as a Special Adviser to three Cabinet Ministers including the Leader of the House of Lords and the Home Secretary and held a number of roles within the Labour Party including as the party's Director of Policy and Research.
He earlier worked for the House Magazine's Parliamentary Information Unit, is the co-founder and Vice-Chair of the Labour History Group, and authored a research paper on the Deputy Speakers of the House of Commons published by the Centre for Legislative Studies at Hull University. He is also a member of the National Trust’s London and South East Regional Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2010.
Assistant Chief Executive of the Scottish Parliament. A qualified solicitor who has held a number of professional and managerial roles in the public and private sectors. He joined the Parliament in 1999, as Head of the Chamber Office and was subsequently appointed Director of Clerking and Reporting, then Director of Access and Information with overall responsibility for the Parliament's research and information service, education and outreach, visitor services, broadcasting and media relations, external liaison, corporate publications, events and exhibitions and security.
He has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2010 and has served on the Society's Scotland Working Group since 2007.
Partner in Brunswick’s London office, where he specialises in strategic communications focusing on corporate reputation and brand development, issue management and public affairs. He joined Brunswick in 2006, and originally set up and built the group’s insight practice. Drawing on his background in politics, branding and opinion research, he has developed programmes to advance corporate and public policy strategies, and messaging on issues including regulation, sustainability and social responsibility. He has helped companies build their reputations globally, and has worked across sectors including financial services, energy, retail and telecoms.
His roots lie in campaigning, having worked closely with Labour Party pollsters Deborah Mattinson and Philip Gould. After graduating from the London School of Economics, he began his career working for the Democrat strategist Stan Greenberg in Washington, DC. He writes and speaks frequently on social psychology and corporate reputation, and the implications of political campaigning for corporate communications.
Director of Public Engagement at the House of Commons since 2012, she co-ordinates Parliament's public engagement services including the Education Service, Visitor Services and its public engagement and outreach teams. She was involved in planning the first ever TEDx Houses of Parliament in June 2012 and the now annual Parliament Week public outreach initiative.
She previously served as the House's Director of Public Information (2007-12), Head of Education (2006-07) and as a Change Manager (2004-06), having begun her career as an information officer and specialist researcher in the House of Commons Library. A school governor at a north London school for over ten years she has been a member of the Hansard Society Advisory Council since 2011.
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