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Our Team

Robert Colvile

Director and CapX Editor-in-Chief

Robert Colvile is Director of the CPS and Editor-in-Chief of CapX, and was one of the co-authors of the 2019 Conservative Party manifesto. 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.

Emily Duncan

Chief Operating Officer

Emily joined the Centre for Policy Studies from New Schools Network, where she was Head of External Relations. She has previously worked for Wild Search, Policy Exchange, British Airways and a U.S. Congressman. 

Alex is Head of Policy at the CPS, overseeing our internal policy work. He was previously a Director at Field Consulting, but before that was responsible for housing and planning in the No 10 Policy Unit, including working on key policies in the 2015 manifesto. He was previously Head of Housing at Policy Exchange.

Tom is Head of Tax at the CPS. He was previously executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, before moving to the US to become managing editor at the Reason Foundation, and then a senior editor at the Cato Institute, the leading Washington think-tank.

Nick King is Head of Business at the Centre for Policy Studies. Previously he was lead policy adviser to Sajid Javid from 2012-2017.

Robyn Staveley

Head of Communications

Robyn is Head of Communications, having joined the CPS from Help for Heroes where she was leading the charity’s policy and public affairs work. 

Callum Price

Head of External Relations

Callum Price is Head of External Relations at the Centre for Policy Studies. Before starting at the CPS he was a Philosophy and Politics student at the University of Glasgow and has spent time with the Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Institute of Economic Affairs. 

James Heywood

Head of Welfare and Opportunity

James is Head of Welfare and Opportunity at the Centre for Policy Studies. He specialises in tax and welfare, housing, and economic policy, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups and places, and people on low incomes.

Caroline joined the Centre for Policy Studies as a Senior Researcher in November 2018. She specialises in education, business, technology and tax reform.

Conor Walsh is a Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies, having previously taught Economics at a sixth form college for four years.

Eamonn is a Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies. He specialises in energy and environment policy, and is also interested in transport policy, urbanism, and innovation.

Jethro Elsden is a Data Analyst and Researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies. His main interests are: Data, Productivity, Business, and Agriculture. He has helped to research and write several reports, including costing Labour’s Four-day week, Make Work Pay, Budget for No deal, Think Small, Herding Unicorns, and has written for CapX.

Camille Cross is the Development Officer at the Centre for Policy Studies. Before moving to London she completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Notre Dame, Australia.

Bryony Thorogood is Operations Manager at the CPS and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office. She graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Criminology & Social Policy before working for her local council.

Margot is the Events Manager at the CPS. Prior to that role, she was Events and Accounts Manager at The D Group, a business development membership organisation in London.

Liam Vernon

Digital Communications Officer

Liam Vernon is the Digital Communications Officer at the Centre for Policy Studies. Before joining the CPS, Liam was Deputy Editor at BrexitCentral, and previously worked as a self employed graphic designer in North Wales.