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Keith Boyfield is a leading economist and writer who specialises in marketing, competition and regulatory policy. He runs a City consultancy advising multi national companies, non profit organisations and media groups.  He has also served as a consultant to the European Commission.

Robert Colvile

Deputy Director and CapX Editor

Robert Colvile is Editor of CapX and Deputy Director of the CPS. He was previously head of comment at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and news director at BuzzFeed UK, as well as an editor, columnist and leader writer with the Telegraph.

Rupert Darwall is a corporate strategist, economist and author. He was special adviser to Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1993, and also worked at the Conservative Research Department. He has also advised a number of blue-chip companies on M&A, regulatory, licensing and competition issues.

Dr Paul Goldsmith is a life sciences entrepreneur, policy strategist and practicing neurologist. He has helped found and build both drug discovery and digital health companies, with his most recent venture, Closed Loop Medicine, combining both.

Kathy Gyngell has a first class honours degree in social anthropology from Cambridge and an Oxford M.Phil. in sociology. She has worked for the former ITV companies, LWT and TV-am as a producer and senior programme executive. A full time mother after the birth of her second son, she founded the voluntary organization Full Time Mothers.

Michael trained with JP Morgan in New York and, after 21 years in investment banking, joined Towers Watson, the actuarial consultants. Subsequently he was responsible for the running of David Cameron’s Economic Competitiveness Policy Group.

Martin Le Jeune is a former head of public affairs at Sky, and former board director and head of corporate responsibility at consultancy Fishburn Hedges. Martin was a civil servant in the Cabinet Office for over a decade and worked for four years on the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Tony Lodge is a political and energy analyst. He is a former Editor of the European Journal and a former Chief of Staff to the Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. He has written regularly in the national and international media and appeared on national TV and radio covering energy policy issues.

Devorah Margolin

Conference Manager

Devorah Margolin is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies and the Conference Manager of the 2017 Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security. 

David Martin enjoyed a career spanning 23 years as a tax lawyer within a large City Law Firm, latterly as Head of the Tax Department, before taking early retirement in 2002. During that time he advised both company and individual clients. He now lives a less pressurised life in Devon with his wife and two daughters and maintains an active interest in tax law.

Cristina Odone edited the Catholic Herald between 1991 and 1995. She was deputy editor of The New Statesman between 1998 and 2004. and for six years wrote a column for the Observer. She has written for The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator.

Dr. Nima Sanandaji has written 15 books and numerous reports on policy areas such as integration, entrepreneurship, women's career opportunities, welfare state policy and market reforms. He holds a PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Harriet Sergeant is the author of the widely-acclaimed 'Welcome to the Asylum: immigration and asylum in the UK' (2001), No System to Abuse: immigration and healthcare in the UK (2003), 'Managing not to Manage: Management in the NHS' (2003).