Research Fellows

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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.

Keith Boyfield

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.

Tom Burkard

Tom Burkard is a Visiting Professor of Education Policy at the University of Derby. He is the co-author of the Sound Foundations reading and spelling programmes, which are rapidly gaining recognition as the most cost-effective means of preventing reading failure. In June 2015 he was awarded a DPhil by Published Works by the University of Buckingham.

Janet Daley

Janet Daley spent twenty years in academic life, teaching philosophy at the Open University, the external department of London University, and the Royal College of Art. She wrote art and literary criticism from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. She left teaching to become a full-time journalist in 1987.

Rupert Darwall

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.

Kathy Gyngell

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 Johnson

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.

Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly lectures on British Politics and works as an adviser on education in Parliament. Prior to the 2005 he was a member of the Conservative Party Policy Unit. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2000 and subsequently published his thesis under the title ‘The Myth of Mr Butskell’.

Martin Le Jeune

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

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.

David Martin

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

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.

Harriet Sergeant

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).

Nima Sanandaji

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.

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.