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

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.

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.

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

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.

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

Angus Brown

Angus is currently a PhD candidate in History at the University of Cambridge, where he works on debates about constitutional guardianship and the emergence of modern constitutionalism in the eighteenth century.

Cassandra Somers-Joce

Cassandra studied law at Oxford University, where she is currently a non-stipendiary lecturer. She has previously taught public law at King’s College London, in addition to holding research roles at the University of York and Durham University. Cassandra has published on the public record, Cabinet Office private communications policy, and disclosure duties.

Charlotte Sayers-Carter

Charlotte is a researcher interested in constitutional methodology, historiography, and pedagogy. She read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford, and for the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies at the University of St Andrews. Previously she worked as a research assistant in constitutional history at the Law Faculty, University of Oxford, and as a researcher at The Constitution Unit, University College London. Her doctoral project examines the development of prerogative in England. 

Ed Selkirk Ford

Ed is a PhD candidate and postgraduate teaching associate in history at the University of Exeter. He researches debates about parliaments and representation in Britain and British settler colonies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More broadly, he is interested in the way in which individuals and groups have understood their relationship to political decision-making and in international exchanges of political ideas and practices. Outside of academia, Ed has worked in various roles for MPs.

Jai Jethwa

Jai completed his BA in Politics at the University of York, before going on to work as a public affairs consultant in the private sector and in the BBC’s central press office. He then joined the civil service, working firstly at the Cabinet Office, working overseas as a communications consultant to international governments, and then at the Department of Transport, working on devolved issues. He is interested in civil service reform.

Jane Richards

Jane is a lecturer in international human rights and criminal law at the University of York. She is a fellow at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong. An Australian lawyer by trade, she relocated first to Shanghai and then Hong Kong, where she completed her PhD in human rights law. She has spoken before the House of Lords and the All-Parliamentary Group for Hong Kong on human rights since the introduction of Hong Kong’s National Security Law. She is a host on the podcast, the New Books Network. 

Kathryn Wainfan

Kathryn earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a dissertation on party motivations to grant and extend powers to devolved governments. Her academic research focuses on the interactions between political institutions and political parties. She has been a lecturer in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Merced, and Loyola Marymount University. 

James Sweetland

James is a freelance researcher, writer and consultant who works on government reform, policing and tech policy. He’s a contributing writer at Policing Insight and used to work on Reform’s Reimagining Whitehall programme as a senior researcher. He holds an MSc from Oxford University, where his thesis focused on the political philosophy of encryption.

Peter Heaton-Jones

Peter served as an MP for two terms from 2015, standing down in 2019. He was parliamentary private secretary to the lord chancellor and the secretary of state at the Department for Work & Pensions. He has international experience, including as policy adviser in the Parliament of NSW, Australia, and marketing executive at the ABC. Peter graduated with a BA in Sociology from London University followed by a post-graduate qualification in journalism, after which he had a 20-year career as a broadcaster, editor and media adviser in the public and private sectors.

Simon Griffiths 

Simon is a Reader in British Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London where he was, until recently, Head of Department. His work is focused on the relationships between ideologies, party politics and public policy. His academic roles have included positions at Oxford, Queen Mary, and the LSE, where he also obtained his PhD. He has worked in public policy at the British Academy, leading think tanks; as a parliamentary researcher; and for Professor Lord Anthony Giddens. Simon’s writing regularly features in national newspapers and he often appears on TV and radio to discuss British politics.

Steph Coulter

Steph is a researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy. He was part of a joint team across the Bennett Institute and the Institute for Government working on a large-scale Review of the UK Constitution. He has written articles on the future of Scottish secession, the politics of English devolution and the relationship between citizens’ assemblies and constitutional change. Prior to joining the Institute, he graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MPhil in Politics and International Studies.

Stephen Lynch

Stephen Lynch is an experienced writer on political and economic issues. Stephen’s work has been published in the Times, Daily Telegraph, and Independent, as well as leading accountancy publications. He has also given political analysis on live broadcast TV. Stephen has worked in a number of public affairs, speechwriting and comms roles, including Creative UK, Channel 4, the Law Society of England and Wales, the ACCA, and the Conservative Party.

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.