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

    Rt Hon Jack Straw

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    Jack Straw retired from the House of Commons at the 2015 general election. He was first elected MP for Blackburn in 1979 and was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in June 2007 in which capacity he served until the general election of 2010.
  • 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.
  • Professor Matt Flinders

    Professor Matt Flinders

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    Matthew Flinders is Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and the founding director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre which has been established at the university to study and promote the public understanding of politics as a means of cultivating debate and encouraging engaged citizenship around the world.
  • Professor Angie Hobbs

    Professor Angie Hobbs

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    Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, a position created for her in 2012 and the first of its kind in the U.K. (and, as far as can be ascertained, the world).
  • 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 is the director of British Future. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society think tank from 2003 to 2011 and was previously a leading writer and internet editor at The Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan.
  • 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 Editor-In-Chief at Bloomberg. He was previously the editor-in-chief of The Economist from 2006 to 2014 which he joined as a finance correspondent in 1987 before setting up its bureau in Los Angeles where he worked from 1990 – 1993. He also served as the newspaper’s media correspondent, edited its business section and subsequently its United States section.
  • Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE

    Rt Hon Peter Riddell CBE

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    Peter Riddell is Director of the Institute for Government. He was a journalist for nearly 40 years, most recently as assistant editor and chief political correspondent of The Times and previously at The Financial Times and is a regular broadcaster.
  • 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 was elected as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby in 2010. Between 2005 and 2010, he served as Director of the Foreign Policy Centre prior to which he was MP for Enfield Southgate from 1997 to 2005 during which time he served as a minister in the Department for Education and Skills.
  • 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 Bt, CH

    Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt, CH

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    Sir George Young retired from the House of Commons at the 2015 election after 41 years as a Member of Parliament, first from 1974 to 1997 for Ealing Acton and then, when that constituency disappeared as a result of boundary changes, for North West Hampshire. He served in the Coalition Government first as Leader of the House (2010-2012) and then as Chief Whip (2012-2014).
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