Advisory council

Michael Fallon MP

Michael Fallon MP is the Secretary of State for Defence. He was previously a Minister of State at the Department of Business. He served as an education minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He is the Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks.

Graham Brady

Graham Brady has been the MP for Altrincham and Sale West since 1997 and the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs since 2010. He became a Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies in 2016 and was made a Freeman of Altrincham in the same year.

Lord Flight

Lord Flight has worked in the financial services industry since the 1970s, starting at Rothschilds, before joining HSBC. He moved to Guinness Mahon in 1979 where he established the Fund management business which became Guinness Flight Asset Management in 1986.

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach taught at the London School of Economics, was Professor of Banking and Dean at the City University Business School, a director of the Bank of England, Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit (1985-1990).

Martin Howe QC

Martin Howe QC was called to the Bar in 1978 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1996. His practice concentrates on Intellectual property law, European Community law, data protection and commercial and public law cases. Martin regularly appears before the European Court of Justice.

Richard Jeffrey

Since completing a Masters degree in quantitative economics in 1981, Richard Jeffrey has worked as a professional macro-economist and market strategist in the City of London. In 2008, Richard joined Cazenove Capital Management, and in January 2009 he was appointed Chief Investment Officer.

Minette Marrin

Minette Marrin is a journalist, broadcaster and fiction writer. Formerly a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, she is now a columnist for the Sunday Times, shortlisted for Columnist of the Year at the 2004 Press Awards. Minette has a special interest in learning disabilities and was a trustee of The Home Farm Trust (which provides services for people with learning disabilities) from 1996 to 2005.

Keith Marsden

Keith Marsden has been an economics consultant to several UN agencies. He was previously an operations adviser at the World Bank, a senior economist in the International Labour Office, and an economist in British industry. He has undertaken studies and advisory missions in over 60 countries, and has contributed to many reports to governments.

Tim Montgomerie

Tim Montgomerie is the founder and editor of ConservativeHome, one of Britain’s leading political websites, which he set up in 2005. Before that he worked for the Conservative Party, as Chief of Staff to Iain Duncan Smith, and from 1998 to 2003 he ran the Conservative Party's outreach to faith communities and the voluntary sector.

Lord Norton of Louth

Professor The Lord Norton of Louth (Philip Norton) is Professor of Government, and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, at the University of Hull.  He was appointed to the chair of government in 1986 making him - at 35 - the youngest professor of politics in the country.

Lord Powell of Bayswater

Charles Powell was Private Secretary to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Since 1992 he has been a director of a number of international companies, a Trustee of the British Museum, Chairman of the Trustees of the Oxford University Business School, of Atlantic Partnership, and of the China-Britain Business Council.

John Redwood MP

John Redwood began his political career urging privatisation on the Conservatives in opposition in the 1970s, from around the Centre for Policy Studies dinner table. He chaired a working group that designed various denationalisation proposals covering a wide range of industries. He subsequently became Margaret Thatcher's adviser.

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is an historian and biographer whose works include Salisbury: Victorian Titan,  A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900, Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West, and The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War.

Andrew Tyrie MP

Andrew Tyrie has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chichester since 1997.  He is a former adviser to successive Chancellors of the Exchequer and a former Senior Economic Adviser at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Lord Willetts

Lord Willetts was Minister of State for Universities and Science from 2010-2014. He was the Member of Parliament for Havant 1992 until he stood down in May 2015. He was Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from 2001-2005 and has worked at the Centre for Policy Studies, HM Treasury, and the Number 10 Policy Unit.


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