SCT’s Advisory Council

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.


  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

    Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

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    Jack Straw MP was educated at Leeds University and called to the Bar in 1972.

    He was first elected MP for Blackburn in 1979 and was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in June 2007.

  • Lord Richard Best OBE

    Lord Richard Best OBE

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    Lord Best retired at the end of 2006 after 18 years as the Director of both the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

    He is Chair of the Hanover Housing Association, Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Urban Development and Hon Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

  • Fiona Booth

    Fiona Booth

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    Chief Executive of the Hansard Society, and previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of the Citizenship Education Programme, Fiona is a qualified school teacher and has taught in several London primary and secondary schools.

  • Professor Stephen Coleman

    Professor Stephen Coleman

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    Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the Institute for Communications Studies, University of Leeds. He was previously Professor of e-Democracy at the Oxford Internet Institute and senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.

  • Marius Dragomir

    Marius Dragomir

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    Marius Dragomir is a media expert at the Open Society Institute and the principal author and editor of its report on Television across Europe: regulation, policy and independence.

  • Clare Ettinghausen

    Clare Ettinghausen

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    Clare Ettinghausen is Deputy Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission. She joined the Commission after a number of years as Chief Executive of the independent Hansard Society.

  • John Howell MP

    John Howell MP

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    John Howell has served as the Member of Parliament for Henley since 2008. Following the 2010 General Election he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young MP, and simultaneously to the Minister for Decentralisation and Cities.

  • Sunder Katwala

    Sunder Katwala

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    Sunder Katwala has been General Secretary of the Fabian Society since October 2003. He joined the Fabian staff from The Observer where he was a leader writer and internet editor, as well as editor of The Observer’s 2001 election guide.

  • Baroness Glenys Kinnock

    Baroness Glenys Kinnock

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    Born in 1944, Glenys Kinnock was educated at Holyhead Comprehensive School and graduated from the University of Wales College Cardiff in education and history. She has been a teacher in secondary, primary, infant and nursery schools.

  • John Lloyd

    John Lloyd

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    John Lloyd is director of Journalism at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and a Contributing Editor to the Financial Times.
    He has worked for the FT in various posts – Labour Editor, Industrial Editor, East European Editor and Moscow Bureau Chief. He has also worked for London Weekend TV and The New Statesman.

  • Emma MacLennan

    Emma MacLennan

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    Emma MacLennan retired as Director of the John Smith Memorial Trust at the end of 2007 after seven years in the post to establish her consultancy MacLennan Ward Research Ltd. She also provides research advice to the All Party Parliamentary Group on EU Enlargement. Emma was Deputy Director of the Low Pay Unit from 1980 before joining the Labour Party as Policy Officer on Social Security and Taxation, working closely with John Smith during his time as Labour Party Leader.

  • John Micklethwait

    John Micklethwait

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    John Micklethwait is the editor-in-chief of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business. After studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford, he worked as a banker at Chase Manhattan between 1985 and 1987 before joining The Economist as a finance correspondent in 1987.

  • Peter Riddell

    Peter Riddell

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    Peter Riddell is assistant editor and chief political correspondent of The Times and chair of the Hansard Society Council. His books include The Thatcher Government (1983), The Thatcher Decade (1989), Honest Opportunism (1993) and Parliament Under Blair (2000).

  • Michael Smyth CBE

    Michael Smyth CBE

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    Michael Smyth was for many years a partner in the leading law firm Clifford Chance and Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations. He is now a Senior Adviser to Quiller Consultants and a member of the Press Complaints Commission.

  • Matthew Taylor

    Matthew Taylor

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    Matthew Taylor became Chief Executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. He was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, Britain’s leading centre left think tank, between 1999 and 2003. During that time, the Institute tripled in size to become the largest independent public policy think tank in Europe.

  • Stephen Twigg MP

    Stephen Twigg MP

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    Stephen Twigg joined the Foreign Policy Centre as Director in August 2005. He was involved with the FPC from its conception in 1998 and since then as a Member of the Board from 1998 to 2006.

  • Lord Tyler of Linkinhorne

    Lord Tyler of Linkinhorne

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    Lord Paul Tyler has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2005, with previous experience in journalism, public affairs and environmental campaigning.

  • Monique Villa

    Monique Villa

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    Monique Villa is chief executive of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and formerly managing director of Reuters Media, the news, pictures and graphics service which transmits around eight million words and a thousand photographs around the world every day. A French national, Monique joined Reuters in 2000, from Agence France Presse (AFP) where she held a number of senior journalistic and management positions.

  • Lord Wright of Richmond

    Lord Wright of Richmond

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    Lord Wright of Richmond (previously Sir Patrick Wright) has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 1994. Educated at Marlborough College and Merton College, Oxford (of which he is an Honorary Fellow), he served in the Foreign Service from 1955 to 1991, ending his last five tears as Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service, having served as British Ambassador successively to Luxembourg, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

  • David R. Young

    David R. Young

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    David R. Young is managing director of Oxford Analytica which he established in 1975 as an international consulting firm drawing on the faculties of Oxford University and other major universities to provide business and government leaders with timely and authoritative analysis of world events.

  • RT Hon Sir George Young MP

    RT Hon Sir George Young MP

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    Sir George Young was elected Member of Parliament for North West Hampshire in May 1997. First elected to Parliament in 1974, he had previously served as MP for Ealing Acton, a constituency that disappeared as a result of boundary changes in 1997.

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