People

Core Team

Sir Malcolm Jack KCB PhD FSA FRAS

President

Malcolm was Clerk of the House of Commons from 2006-2011. During his career in the House he served in all the offices of the Clerk’s Department, specialising in procedure and parliamentary privilege. He has advised many  Commonwealth parliaments and LEGCO, Hong Kong where he was brought up. He edited the 24th edition of Erskine May. He is also an academic historian and author of a number of books and numerous essays and reviews. He has lectured and taught in various universities, most recently in Singapore on social and political philosophy. He was appointed KCB  in 2011, elected FSA in 2012 and FRAS in 2019.

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Dr Andrew Blick

Professor Andrew Blick

Director

Andrew has written extensively on constitutional issues and worked in academic, political and public policy environments. He is Professor of Politics and Contemporary History and Head of the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. He is the author of Electrified Democracy: the Internet and the United Kingdom Parliament in history (Cambridge University Press, 2021) and is currently writing for Oxford University Press Democracy in the United Kingdom. 

Andrew is Director of The Constitution Society.

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Dr Dexter Govan

Director of Research

Dexter joined the Constitution Society in 2022 after completing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. He is a historian of unionism in Britain and Ireland and has published extensively on the topic. Dexter worked as a Press Officer for the Scottish Labour Party at Holyrood from 2019 to 2020 and he now sits on the editorial board of Scottish Left Review, retaining an interest in contemporary Scottish politics. He acts as Director of Research for the Constitution Society.

Nat le Roux

Senior Advisor

Nat le Roux co-founded The Constitution Society in 2009 and remains Senior Advisor to the Society. He spent most of his career in finance and was Chief Executive of IG Group plc before retiring in 2006. He has subsequently held various non-executive positions, including serving as an independent director of the London Metal Exchange between 2008 and 2016. His current business interests include renewable energy, organic farming and mining.

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Research Fellows

Binendri Perera

Binendri Perera is a DPhil in Law candidate at the University of Oxford. She is on study leave from her position at the Department of Public & International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She read for her LLM at the Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was a Cogan Scholar (2018/19).  She completed her LLB at the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo. Her main research interests are constitutional law, feminist legal theory, pro-democracy movements, economic, social, and cultural rights, and rights of marginalised groups.

David McCann

Dr David McCann holds a PhD in relations between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from 1959-72 from Ulster University. He has worked as a Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at Ulster University and as Deputy Editor of Northern Ireland’s biggest current affairs website, Slugger O’Toole. He also works as an analyst for local and assembly elections in Northern Ireland. His work has featured on BBC Northern Ireland, Ulster Television and RTE. He is also a columnist with the Irish News. 

Keegan Shepard

Keegan Clay Shepard is a Research Fellow at NHS Resolution, where he leads the evaluation of two landmark maternity schemes: the Maternity Incentive Scheme and Early Notification Scheme. He completed his PhD at Edge Hill University, where he conducted a large qualitative study exploring the staff perceptions of patient safety in the NHS Ambulance Services. Following his PhD, Keegan’s postdoc was at the University of Oxford, where he was funded by an NIHR grant to research patient concerns and complaints with the Quality and Outcomes of Person-centred Care Policy Research Unit (QORU) under the direction of the Department of Health and Social Care. A BMJ publication from this work was selected as an NIHR Alert, which are chosen and developed to help inform policy and practice nationwide. Beyond his research background, he has also worked as a Policy Advisor for NHS Providers, as well as the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.

Matthew Heathcote

Matthew Heathcote is a final year PhD candidate, conducting research in German Studies at the
University of Manchester and Humboldt University, Berlin. He received his BA in History and Politics
and MA in Global Comparative History from the University of Warwick, and has twice received
funding from the Erasmus organisation to train and study in Germany. His published and presented
works involve the Krupp coorporation’s role in shaping the German identity in British media during
World War One and the colonial imagination at the 1896 Berlin Gewerbeausstellung.

Trustees

Clare Salters

Clare is a former senior civil servant with particular experience working on constitutional issues and Northern Ireland. She is a panel member at the Judicial Appointments Commission, a member of the Infected Blood Inquiry’s Expert Group on Public Health and Administration and the trustee of several charities.

Prior to leaving the civil service, Clare was EU Exit Lead at the Northern Ireland Office (NIO). Before this, she was Chief Executive of the Civil Service Commission, Deputy Secretary to the Iraq Inquiry and Deputy Director of Constitutional Policy and Liaison at the Northern Ireland Office. From the mid 1990s, she was involved in supporting the negotiation and implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Tom Hickman KC

Tom is a leading public and constitutional law barrister at Blackstone Chambers and Professor of Public Law at University College London (UCL).

He represented the FDA union in the FDA v Prime Minister case and acted for Gina Miller in both of the Miller claims. He is Standing Counsel to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office (IPCO). Tom also teaches on public law and human rights at UCL and is the author of Public Law After the Human Rights Act (2010), as well as many articles and book chapters on public law, human rights, constitutional theory and national security.

Andrew Kennon

Chair

Andrew worked for 39 years as a Clerk in the House of Commons, retiring in 2017 after five years as Clerk of Committees. He has written and lectured on parliamentary and constitutional issues throughout his career and is the editor (with Professor Robert Blackburn) of the second-heaviest book on Parliament – Parliament: Functions, Practice and Procedures (second edition of Griffith & Ryle, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell 2002).

Sebastian Payne

Sebastian is President of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association and a Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the Kent Law School and a Barrister of the Inner Temple. As well as publishing on the law relating to terrorism he is the editor (with Professor Maurice Sunkin) of The Nature of the Crown (Oxford University Press 1999).

Tom Price

Tom is a Managing Partner of J. Stern & Co., a long only asset manager that invests using its own research, for the long term and only in quality. As an investment partnership, J. Stern & Co. inherits the legacy of one of Europe’s oldest banking families, the Stern family, who set up their first bank in 1805 in Frankfurt (Bankhaus Jakob Stern). 

Tom read law at Worcester College, Oxford and was called to the bar in 1994 (Middle Temple).  Shortly after completing pupillage, he was sent on secondment by 11 New Square to Freshfields for 6 months and then a year, before being persuaded to stay working in the tax department, setting up investments and investment funds. In 2001 he completed an MBA at INSEAD in Singapore and Fontainebleau, before setting up the funds practice group at Shearman & Sterling in London, working at Dechert, before joining a small asset manager to take it pan-European in 2006. He joined J. Stern & Co as it started in 2014. Along the way he qualified as a solicitor and has retained a profound interest in constitutional law.

Contributing Writers

Lisa Claire Whitten

Lisa Claire is a Research Fellow on the ESRC-funded project ‘Governance for ‘a place between’: the
Multi-Levelled Dynamics of Implementing the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland’ based at Queen’s University Belfast. She completed her doctoral dissertation last year on the constitutional implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland. Prior to studying for her PhD, Lisa Claire held a variety of posts in the political and public sector including working for the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels and for a Member of the UK Parliament in Westminster.

Kate Dewsnip

Kate is a Graduate Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice. Her research focuses on emergency legislation, specifically the legislative scrutiny of emergency laws. She obtained her LLB from the University of Liverpool in 2017 and her LLM from the University of Cambridge in 2018. Kate is a non-practising barrister, having been called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in 2019. Prior to beginning her PhD she worked in legal practice for two years.

Laura Gherman

Laura was born in Moldova and moved to the UK at a young age. She completed her MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies at the University of St Andrews which inspired her to begin working in Parliament to better understand and have first-hand experience of the British legislative body. At present, Laura is a parliamentary aide to a senior backbench Conservative MP and the Vice-Chair for LGBT+ Conservatives. 

Elijah Granet

Elijah studied politics at Columbia University and the University of Cambridge (where his dissertation was on the House of Lords) and has worked as a law lecturer both in Germany and England, as well as working for the Harwood Institute in the US. 

Seán Patrick Griffin

Seán is a Scottish solicitor with experience practising in constitutional law and human rights. In 2019, he was appointed as Policy Adviser in the Leader of the Opposition’s Office to conduct a research project on reforming the UK constitution. He produced a report on reforming the state and currently works in the Governance and Legal Unit of the Labour Party. He has also written widely on constitutional reform and has been published in a number of books and journals on the subject.

David Klemperer

David Klemperer is currently a PhD student in History at Queen Mary University of London. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Constitution Society, and a Research Assistant at the Institute for Government.

Kelly Shuttleworth

Kelly is currently completing a PhD looking at constitutional conventions across the UK, New Zealand and Canada at the University of Auckland. Prior to this, she worked at various research organisations in the UK, including the Institute for Government and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, focusing primarily on devolution issues.

Colin Talbot

Colin is Emeritus Professor of Government, University of Manchester. He also has relationships with the Cambridge Judge Business School and the Federal Trust. Colin has worked extensively with all levels of British government and public services, including being an advisor to two House of Commons Select Committees and appearing as an expert witness over two dozen times in both Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, and the Welsh Assembly. He has also advised more than a dozen other governments, from the USA to Japan.

Alys Thomas

Alys has researched and written about constitutional issues for many years, particularly on the devolution settlement in Wales. From 2003 to 2019 she worked for National Assembly for Wales’ Research Service in the Constitution Team.

Stuart Wallace

Stuart is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds where he teaches constitutional law and international human rights law. Prior to joining the faculty in Leeds, he worked as a Lecturer and Director of Studies at Homerton College, Cambridge and as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge lecturing on civil liberties and human rights. Dr Wallace has also held posts at the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court prior to entering academia.  

Tasneem Ghazi

Tasneem is a PhD student at the UCL Faculty of Laws. Tasneem previously completed the Barrister Training Course while working part-time as a research assistant at the Constitution Unit. In 2021, she interned at the Institute for Government and at the UK in a Changing Europe. Tasneem holds an MA in History from King’s College London, and an LLB in Politics, Philosophy and Law. 

Since its foundation in 2009 The Constitution Society has been grateful for the support of its many friends including: Professor Sir John Baker KC, Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE, Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, Professor Richard Gordon KC, The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve KC, The Rt. Hon. Mark Harper MP, Professor Robert Hazell CBE, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howarth of Newport, Professor David Howarth, Professor Michael Kenny, Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Sir Thomas Legg, Professor Alastiar Sutton, Professor Richard (Rick) Rawlings, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Tyler.