Who We Are

Speakers’ Corner Trust is a registered charity, established in 2007, which promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship as a means of revitalising civil society in the UK and supporting its development in emerging democracies. It has a distinguished advisory council, chaired by the Justice Secretary Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, which includes representatives of the three main political parties, the universities, the law, business, the media and the voluntary sector. SCT’s patron is the playwright, human rights campaigner and former Czech President Václav Havel.

SCT is administered by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for its policy and management. SCT’s Advisory Council provides strategic direction as well as a reservoir of advice and guidance from individual members. SCT’s director is the former MP Peter Bradley.


  • SCT’s Founding Patron – Václav Havel

    SCT’s Founding Patron – Václav Havel

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    Václav Havel is a world renowned playwright, campaigner for human and civil rights and former political prisoner who became the first President of Czechoslovakia and subsequently of the Czech Republic following the fall of communism in 1989.

  • SCT’s Advisory Council

    SCT’s Advisory Council

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    SCT’s distinguished advisory council, chaired by the Justice Secretary Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, includes representatives of the three main political parties, the universities, the law, business, the media and the voluntary sector.

  • SCT’s Trustees

    SCT’s Trustees

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    Speakers’ Corner Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, governed by a formally adopted constitution. Day to day management is the responsibility of its Director who reports and is accountable to a Board of Trustees, chaired by David Pitt-Watson, which meets regularly to determine and oversee SCT’s development and direction.

  • SCT’s Director – Peter Bradley

    SCT’s Director – Peter Bradley

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    Peter Bradley is the director of the Speakers’ Corner Trust which he co-founded with Euan Edworthy. He was previously MP for The Wrekin.

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