Director of Politeia
Jonathan Isaby has been Director of Politeia since September 2020. After a degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics from the University of York, he became a political analyst at the BBC, after which he worked at the Daily Telegraph before becoming co-editor of ConservativeHome.com in 2008. In 2011 he joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance as Political Director, later serving as its Chief Executive between 2014 and 2016, when he was appointed Editor of BrexitCentral.com, a post he held until 2020. He is the co-author (with Giles Edwards) of Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London (Methuen 2008).
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
DR SHEILA LAWLOR
Sheila Lawlor is the founder and Research Director of Politeia. Her background is as an academic historian of 20th century British political history, having started her working life as a research fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and Churchill College, Cambridge. Her academic publications include Churchill and the Politics of War 1940-41, and for Politeia her most recent publication is Now or Never: Countering the Coup Against Britain’s Democracy (2019).
SIR BRIAN WILLIAMSON CBE
Sir Brian Willamson is Director at NYSE Euronext, of MT Fund Management Ltd and Politeia, and is a trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He was also the chairman of LIFFE, the Financial Services Authority, Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust, Resolution plc, Climate Exchange plc and HSBC Holdings. He was inducted into the Futures Hall of Fame in 2007.
PROFESSOR HAROLD JAMES
Harold James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies, and Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University. He specialises in modern German, economic and financial history, and was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History in 2004, and the Ludwig Erhard Prize in 2005. He was appointed an International Monetary Fund Historian in 2016.
Co-founder of Sloane Robinson and serves as Patron of Politeia
ACADEMIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
PROFESSOR DAVID COLLINS
David Collins is Professor of International Economic Law at City, University of London and a WTO specialist. He is currently City’s Assistant Vice President (Research/REF) and heads the City Law School’s Digital Trade Research Group. He previously practised commercial litigation in Toronto and was a prosecutor for the Attorney General in Ontario, Canada.
PROFESSOR TIM CONGDON
Tim Congdon is Professor and Chairman of The Institute of International Monetary Research at the University of Buckingham. He founded Lombard Street Research in 1989, where he was managing director (until 2001) and chief economist (from 2001 until 2005). He also served for five years (1992-1997) as a member of the Treasury Panel of Independent Forecasters, the ‘Wise Men’.
PROFESSOR DAVID DILKS
David Dilks is an historian who held the chair of International History at the University of Leeds and then served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull between 1991 and 1999. He is the official biographer of Neville Chamberlain.
PROFESSOR HAROLD JAMES
Harold James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and a Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University, specialising in modern German, economic and financial history. He was awarded the Helmut Schmidt Prize for Economic History in 2004 and the Ludwig Erhard Prize in 2005, and was appointed an International Monetary Fund Historian in 2016.
Edite Ligere is a barrister at 1 Crown Office Row. Her practice focuses on the regulation of artificial intelligence, global financial regulation, banking, insurance, human rights, consumer protection, charity law, data protection, machine learning and cyber security.
PROFESSOR VITO TANZI
Vito Tanzi is an economist who was State Secretary for Economy and Finance in the Italian Government between 2001 and 2003, having previously served as Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department (1981-2000) and Chief of the Tax Policy Division (1974-1981) at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to those roles, he was Professor (1967-1974) and Chairman (1970-1973) of the Economics Department at Washington D.C. University.
David Willetts took up his seat in the House of Lords in 2015 on his retirement from the House of Commons, having sat as Conservative Member of Parliament for Havant since 1992. He was Minister of State for Universities and Science between 2010 and 2014 and was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s Policy Unit in Downing Street in the 1980s. He is a visiting Professor at King’s College, London.
WESTMINSTER ADVISORY COUNCIL
SIR VINCE CABLE
Sir Vince Cable was Leader of the Liberal Democrats between 2017 and 2019, sitting as Member of Parliament for Twickenham between 1997 and 2015 and again from 2017 until 2019. He served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Coalition Government between 2010 and 2015. He is a former Chief Economist for Shell.
LORD FIELD OF BIRKENHEAD
Frank Field sits in the House of Lords as a Non-Affiliated peer, having been Member of Parliament for Birkenhead between 1979 and 2019, sitting as a Labour MP until 2018, and thereafter as an Independent. He was elected by MPs in 2015 to be Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, a position he held until 2019, having chaired the committee in its previous incarnation as the Social Security Select Committee between 1990 and 1997. Between 1997 and 1998 he was Minister for Welfare Reform in the first Blair Government and in 2010, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, to lead an Independent Review on Poverty Life Chances.
MICHAEL GOVE MP
Michael Gove has been Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster since July 2019 and also Minister for the Cabinet Office since February 2020. He has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath since 2005 and his other Cabinet roles include Secretary of State for Education (2010-2014), Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2015-2016) and Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2017-2019).
LORD LEXDEN OBE
Lord Lexden was ennobled in 2011 and sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer. An historian and author, he is a former Director of the Conservative Political Centre, is the official historian of the Conservative Party and Chairman of the Conservative History Group.
LORD MAUDE OF HORSHAM
Francis Maude was ennobled on his retirement from the House of Commons in 2015 where he sat a Conservative Member of Parliament firstly for Warwickshire North (1983-1992) and later Horsham (1997-2015). He held a number of ministerial roles in government, including Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2015-2016), Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (2010-2015), Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1990-1992) and Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1989-1990).
LORD MCFALL OF ALCLUITH
John McFall was the Labour Member of Parliament for Dumbarton (1987-2005) and then Dumbartonshire West (2005-2010), chairing the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee from 2001 until 2010. Ennobled on his retirement from the Commons, he is now Senior Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords where he also chairs the Liaison Committee and the Procedure and Privileges Committee.