Company Officers

Toby Young

Founder and Director

Toby Young is a British journalist and former Director of the New Schools Network, a free schools charity. In addition to being the founder and General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, he is an associate editor of the Spectator, the Critic and Quillette.

Douglas Murray

Director

Douglas Murray is an author and journalist based in Britain. In addition to being an associate editor of the Spectator, he is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Madness of Crowds.

Inaya Folarin Iman

Director

Inaya Folarin Iman is a freelance journalist and former project manager at Index on Censorship. She uses her work to advocate for democracy and individual liberty.

Dr Radomir Tylecote

Co-Founder and Director

Dr Radomir Tylecote is a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Radomir was formerly a member of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), where he was an external advisor to HM Treasury.

Prof Nigel Biggar

Director

Nigel Biggar is the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. He is the author of several books, including In Defence of War.

Ian Rons

Co-Founder and Company Secretary Ian Rons is an independent researcher.

Company Staff

Toby Young

General Secretary

Sigrun Olafsdottir

Chief Operating Officer

Sigrun worked for nine years as Chief Operating Officer at New Schools Network, an educational charity. She specialises in operations and governance, including Finance, HR and IT.

Dr Radomir Tylecote

Director of Research

Peter Ainsworth

Case Management Director

Peter is a serial entrepreneur and policy analyst. Currently the Managing Director of Consulting AM Ltd, he previously founded EM Applications Ltd, Advanced Portfolio Technologies (UK) Ltd and FactSet (UK) Ltd. He is the author of several papers on risk-sharing in higher education funding including ‘Universities Challenged: funding higher education through a free-market “graduate-tax”’ (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2014).

Ian Rons

Data and Compliance Officer

Hector Drummond

Events Manager

Hector is a novelist and the author of the comic campus novel Days of Wine and Cheese, volume one of his series The Biscuit Factory. He is also the editor of Hector Drummond Magazine, as well as a musician and composer. Before becoming a novelist he was an academic.

Matthew Martin

Data Manager

Matthew is a Philosophy graduate with a background in teaching English as a foreign language and music publishing.

Legal Advisory Council

Rebecca Butler

Legal Advisory Council

Rebecca Butler is a barrister at Kings Bench Chambers. She is also trained as a mediator. She has a large social media following and often appears on televison.

Andrew Deakin

Legal Advisory Council

Andrew Deakin is a barrister based in England. He has a broad public law and human rights practice and acts in a range of regulatory matters (principally involving data protection). 

Paul Diamond

Legal Advisory Council

Paul Diamond is a barrister who practices in the field of European law and is an expert on the law of religious liberty. He has acted in a number of controversial cases; including cases on free speech and Internet freedom.

Robert Dougans

Legal Advisory Council

Educated at Oriel College, Oxford, and an experienced litigation solicitor and High Court advocate, Robert now spends most of his time dealing with cross-border litigation but is always keen on the defence of free speech, having represented journalists, bloggers and newspapers in fending off people trying to shut them down.

Sir Patrick Garland

Legal Advisory Council

Patrick Garland is a former High Court judge. He was also the Senior Trial Judge, England and Wales, 2000–02.

John Jolliffe

Legal Advisory Council

John Jolliffe is a barrister who practises across public and regulatory law. He has acted in dozens of cases before the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Spencer Keen

Legal Advisory Council

Spencer Keen is an advocate with a broad practice. His main specialisms are employment, commercial law and European law. He appears regularly in the High Court, Employment Tribunal and appellate courts and tribunals.

Graham Lodge

Legal Advisory Council

After some years in banking and commerce, Graham Lodge was called to the Bar in 1971 and practised until 2007 in civil, family, employment and criminal law. He set up a trade union called the Bar Union, since discontinued.

James Montgomery

Legal Advisory Council

James Montgomery has 30 years experience in the courtroom defending individual rights. He is a member of the New York State Bar and also the English Bar.

Dr Wanjiru Njoya

Legal Advisory Council

Dr Wanjiru Njoya is a former Rhodes Scholar (St Edmunds College Cambridge and Kenya, 1998). She teaches law at the University of Exeter.

Peter Smith

Legal Advisory Council

Peter Smith is a barrister based in Dubai with experience of media litigation including defamation, malicious falsehood, the misuse of private information and data protection litigation.

Prof Andrew Tettenborn

Legal Advisory Council

Andrew Tettenborn is Professor of Commercial Law at Swansea University (previously Cambridge and Exeter), who also teaches and lectures in Europe and the Far East. A member of the Heterodox Academy, he writes from time to time for Spiked, the Catholic Herald and other publications on freedom of speech issues.

David Travers QC

Legal Advisory Council

David Travers QC practices predominantly in regulatory law, principally litigating and advising in cases concerning the environment, consumer protection, and health and safety, as well as associated governance, public law and professional disciplinary matters.

Prof Raymond Wacks

Legal Advisory Council

Raymond Wacks, Emeritus Professor of Law and Legal Theory, is a leading authority on privacy and media freedom. He has published numerous books on this and other legal subjects which have been translated into a dozen languages.

Media/PR Advisory Council

Gary Farrow

Media/PR Advisory Council

Gary Farrow is the Managing Director of The Corporation, a PR, communications and media company.

Mark Gallagher

Media/PR Advisory Council

Mark Gallagher founded Pagefield Communications. He specialises in campaigning, PR, public and regulatory affairs, and issues and crisis management.

Julia Hartley-Brewer

Media/PR Advisory Council

Julia Hartley-Brewer is the breakfast show presenter on talkRADIO. A former political editor of the Sunday Express, she has worked at LBC, the Guardian and the London Evening Standard, as well as being a regular guest on BBC Question Time and Sky News. She has been an outspoken defender of freedom of speech for many years.

Jonathan Kaiman

Media/PR Advisory Council

Jonathan Kaiman is a writer and consultant based in New Delhi, India. He was previously Beijing Bureau Chief for The Los Angeles Times, reporting on human rights issues across East Asia.

Michael Moszynski

Media/PR Advisory Council

Michael Moszynski worked for the Saatchi Brothers for 20 years before setting up his own global agency, LONDON Advertising, 10 years ago. LONDON has been awarded Agency of the Year for six out of the last seven years.

Allison Pearson

Media/PR Advisory Council

Born in South Wales and educated at Cambridge University, Allison Pearson is an award-winning journalist and an international bestselling novelist. Her books have been translated into 32 languages. Allison is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and writes for many other publications, both in the UK and the US.

David Rose

Media/PR Advisory Council

David Rose is a journalist and author. A past winner of the Royal Institute of International Affairs David Watt Memorial Prize, the Tratman Award and the Trento Mountain Literature Festival Grand Prize, he was named News Reporter of the Year for 2015 and Feature Writer of the Year for 2018 in the Society of Editors British National Press Awards.

Peter Secchi

Media/PR Advisory Council

Peter Secchi is the Director of Crunch PR.

Paul Staines

Media/PR Advisory Council

Paul Staines is the Editor-in-Chief of the Guido Fawkes website.

Advisory Council

Dr Remi Adekoya

Advisory Council

Remi Adekoya is the former political editor of the Warsaw Business Journal and a teacher of Political economy at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Arif Ahmed

Advisory Council

Dr Arif Ahmed has been Reader in Philosophy at Cambridge University since 2016 and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College since 2015. He is a libertarian and an atheist.

Prof Timothy Bates

Advisory Council

Timothy Bates is Professor of Individual Differences in Psychology at Edinburgh University.
 

Dr Jaspreet Singh Boparai

Advisory Council

Jaspreet Singh Boparai is a classicist and art historian, and a contributor to Quillette.

Dr Andrew Doyle

Advisory Council

Andrew Doyle holds degrees in English and a doctorate in Early Renaissance Poetry from Wadham College, Oxford. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen’s University, Belfast, and the creator of Titania McGrath.

Prof James Flynn

Advisory Council

James Flynn is Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago. His research interests include humane ideals and ideological debate, classics of political philosophy, and race, class and IQ.

Francis Foster

Advisory Council

Francis Foster is a comedian and teacher. He is the co-presenter of the popular YouTube channel Triggernometry.

Claire Fox

Advisory Council

Claire Fox is a broadcaster and writer. She is the Director of the Academy of Ideas, a board member of the international debate network Time To Talk, and a convenor of the Battle of Ideas festival.

David Goodhart

Advisory Council

David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator, and author. He is the founder and former Editor of Prospect magazine.

Prof Matthew Goodwin

Advisory Council

Matthew Goodwin is a British academic who is currently Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

Dr David Green

Advisory Council

David G. Green is an author and the Founder and Director of Civitas. His most recent book is entitled The Demise of the Free State: Why democracy and the EU don’t mix.

Prof James Hankins

Advisory Council

James Hankins is a professor in the History Department of Harvard University, the General Editor of The I Tatti Renaissance Library and the Associate Editor of the Catalogus Translationum et Commentariorum.

Prof Dennis Hayes

Advisory Council

Dennis Hayes is Professor of Education at the University of Derby and the Director of the campaign group Academics For Academic Freedom. His latest book is entitled The Death of Academic Freedom: Free speech and censorship on campus.

Prof Jeremy Jennings

Advisory Council

Jeremy Jennings is an English political theorist and Professor of Political Theory at King’s College London. He is predominantly interested in the history of political thought, and is the founding editor of The European Journal of Political Theory.

Prof Lee Jussim

Advisory Council

Lee Jussim is an American social psychologist, researching the fields of person perception, stereotype accuracy and bias. He also helped found the Heterodox Academy.

Prof Eric Kaufmann

Advisory Council

Eric Kaufmann is a Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a specialist on Orangeism in Northern Ireland, nationalism, political demography and demography of the religious/irreligious.

Konstantin Kisin

Advisory Council

Konstantin Kisin is a Russian-British comedian, podcaster, writer and social commentator. He is the co-presenter of the popular YouTube channel Triggernometry.

Claire Lehmann

Advisory Council

Claire Lehman is an Australian journalist and the founding editor of Quillette. She holds a degree in psychology and English from the University of Adelaide.

Mark Littlewood

Advisory Council

Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the libertarian free-market think tank The Institute of Economic Affairs. He has formerly been the Chief Press Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats and the Pro-Euro Conservative Party and was an advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Sumantra Maitra

Advisory Council

Sumantra Maitra is a doctoral researcher awaiting final submission of thesis, after successfully defending his thesis on Russian foreign policy and neo-realism, with a special focus on Ukraine, at the University of Nottingham. He is also a columnist for Providence Magazine and a senior contributor to The Federalist.

Jon Moynihan

Advisory Council

Jon Moynihan OBE is a British businessman who served as the CEO and Executive Chairman of PA Consulting Group.

Dr James Orr

Advisory Council

Dr James Orr is a University Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge. He entered academia after a legal career in corporate finance.

Dr Pamela Paresky

Advisory Council
 
Pamela Paresky is Senior Scholar in Human Development and Psychology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). She writes for Psychology Today online, and served as chief researcher and in-house editor for The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt.

 

Prof Robert Plomin

Advisory Council

Robert Plomin is an American psychologist and geneticist at King’s College London best known for his work in twin studies and behaviour genetics.

Prof Michael Rainsborough

Advisory Council

Michael Rainsborough is Professor of Strategic Theory at King’s College London. He is a former Head of the Department of War Studies. He is a specialist in the ideas of  dissent and resistance. Among his numerous writings he is co-author of Sacred Violence: Political Religion in a Secular Age (with David Martin Jones).

Matt Ridley

Advisory Council

Matt Ridley is an author, a journalist and a Conservative Peer. His books have won several awards and sold over a million copies worldwide, the latest of which is How Innovation Works.

Andrew Roberts

Advisory Council

Andrew Roberts is a Visiting Professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, a Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New York Historical Society.

Juliet Samuel

Advisory Council

Juliet Samuel is a columnist at The Telegraph. She previously covered finance and business at The Times, The Wall Street Journal and City A.M.

Lionel Shriver

Advisory Council

An American writer of longstanding residence in Britain, Lionel Shriver is the author of thirteen novels and one collection of short fiction. She’s a widely published journalist, currently with a fortnightly column in the Spectator.

Dr Michael Shermer

Advisory Council

Dr Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of the Science Salon podcast, a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University and the author of a number of New York Times bestselling books.

Jim Sillars

Advisory Council

James Sillars is a Scottish politician and a leading figure in the campaign for Scottish independence. Sillars served as a Labour Party MP for South Ayrshire from 1970 to 1976. He founded and led the Scottish Labour Party in 1976, continuing as MP for South Ayrshire until he lost the seat in 1979. Sillars joined the Scottish National Party in 1980 and later served as MP for Glasgow Govan after winning a by-election in 1988, and was Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party.

Joshua Smith

Advisory Council

Josh Smith will be a Legislative Fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). He created and co-founded Open Inquiry, a forum for free discussion at Harvard Law School.

Prof David Starkey

Advisory Council

David Starkey is an English constitutional historian and a well-known radio and television personality.

Prof Doug Stokes

Advisory Council

Doug Stokes is Professor of International Security and Strategy at the University of Exeter.

Dr Zoe Strimpel

Advisory Council

Zoe Strimpel is a British journalist, writer, commentator, and historian of gender and relationships in modern Britain. She is a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.

Dr Joanna Williams

Advisory Council

Joanna Williams is the founder of the think tank Cieo and director of the Freedom, Democracy and Victimhood Project at Civitas. She is an author, commentator and a columnist at Spiked.

Dr Tim Williams

Advisory Council

Tim Williams is a management consultant based in Sydney. Before moving to Australia, he worked as a special advisor to various Labour ministers in the Blair and Brown Governments and was CEO of the Thames Gateway London Partnership.