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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Nat le Roux

Director of Strategy

Nat le Roux co-founded The Constitution Society in 2009 and is the Society’s Director of Strategy. 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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Dr Andrew Blick

Professor Andrew Blick

Senior Advisor

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 acts as senior adviser to The Constitution Society.

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Dr Dexter Govan

Communications Manager and Researcher

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. 

Research Fellows

Joanna George

Research Fellow

Joanna is a Research Associate specialising in public law at the University of Cambridge and a steering committee member of the Constitution Reform Group, a cross-party group chaired by the Marquess of Salisbury which proposes a new Act of Union Bill. Her political and cultural writing has appeared in The Times, Prospect and British Vogue among other publications. She has recently co-authored a forthcoming chapter on The European Union and the British Constitution with Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston (Hart Publishing).  

Dr John Ault FRSA FRGS

Research Fellow

John is the Director of the UK’s leading election observation group, Democracy Volunteers, and has worked in elections since the 1980s. He has also observed elections on behalf of the OSCE/ODIHR and been an election expert for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in parliamentary elections as diverse as Kazakhstan and the Isle of Man. He is also a former chair of the UK’s Electoral Reform Society. He has been elected to local government in the UK as well as being appointed to the South West Regional Assembly. He has also previously lectured at the University of Exeter, where he is still an Honorary Research Fellow.

Tabitha Troughton

Research Fellow

Tabitha studied English at Cambridge University. Her solo reporting on Afghanistan and Pakistan was published in the Sunday Times and the Guardian. She went on to report on social, environmental and legal issues and from Russia, Abkhazia, and Oman, for the spectrum of the national press. She was on the editorial team of the Spectator, News/features editor for Corporate Watch and Associate Producer for the environmental film documentary Trashed. In 2020 she completed an MA in Conflict Transformation at Queen’s University, Belfast. She is currently completing a PhD in Irish Literature and Culture.

Josh Kimblin

Research Fellow

Josh joined the Constitution Society in September 2021. He is working on a paper entitled ‘Climate Change and the Constitution’. It examines the constitutional implications of activist litigation and the impacts of recent legislation. Josh holds a BA and MPhil in History from the University of Cambridge and completed a Graduate Diploma in Law at City Law School in June 2021.

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 QC

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.

David Mundy

David is a partner in Bircham Dyson Bell, Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents. David specialises in public and administrative law with a particular interest in constitutional matters and the powers of public bodies.

David has a BA from Bristol University and a diploma in EU law.

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).

Professor Alison Young

Alison is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge. She has a wide range of publications in public law and public law theory, including Parliamentary Sovereignty and the Human Rights Act 1998 and Democratic Dialogue and the Constitution. She is currently working on issues arising from Brexit and the constitutional implications of populism.

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).

Advisory Board

Professor Sir John Baker QC

John is Downing Professor Emeritus of the Laws of England at the University of Cambridge. He is a leading authority on English legal history and the author of numerous publications in that field.

John is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Vernon Bogdanor CBE

Vernon is Research Professor at the Institute for Contemporary British History, King’s College London. He was formerly Professor of Government at Oxford University and Senior Tutor and Vice-Principle at Brasenose College, Oxford. He has written widely on government and politics.

Vernon has been an adviser to government and parliamentary bodies. He is a fellow of the British Academy.

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Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott

Sionaidh holds the Anniversary Chair in Law and is co-director of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to coming to Queen Mary she was for many years Professor of European and Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, and before that Professor of Law at King’s College London.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

George Foulkes is a Labour member of the House of Lords. He was a Member of the House of Commons from 1979 – 2005 and a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 – 2011.

From 1997 to 2001 George was Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department for International Development and from 2001 – 2002 he was Minister of State at the Scotland Office.

Professor Richard Gordon QC

Richard Gordon is a leading barrister in the fields of Public and Constitutional Law and Human Rights/Civil Liberties. He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong.

Richard has acted in many of the most important Constitutional and Human Rights cases in recent years and appears regularly before the UK appellate courts as well as before the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights.

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The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve MP

Dominic was Conservative MP for Beaconsfield from 1997 to 2019. Prior to this, he worked as a barrister and serving in the Territorial Army and as a Hammersmith councillor. He first joined the front bench of the opposition in 1999 as a spokesperson on Constitutional Affairs. He was Attorney General from 2010 to 2014.

The Rt. Hon. Mark Harper MP

Mark Harper has been Conservative MP for Forest and Dean since 2005. He was Immigration Minister and Minister for Disabled people during the Coalition government and then served as Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons from 2015 to 2016.

Professor Robert Hazell CBE

Robert is Professor of Government and the Constitution at University College London. He founded the UCL Constitution Unit in 1995 and served for many years as its Director before retiring in 2015.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Howarth of Newport

Alan Howarth sits as a Labour peer in the House of Lords. He was Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon from 1983 to 1997 and for Newport East from 1997 to 2005. Alan was Minister for Schools (1989-90) and Minister for Higher Education and Science (1990-92)

He resigned from the Conservative Party and joined the Labour Party in 1995, serving subsequently as Employment Minister and Minister for Disabled People (1997-98) and Minister for the Arts (1998-2001).

Professor David Howarth

David was the leader of Cambridge City Council from 2000 to 2005 and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cambridge between 2005 and 2010.

Since the 2010 election he has been a legal academic at the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Michael Kenny

Michael Kenny is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Bennett Institute at the University of Cambridge. At Queen Mary University of London, he held the position of the inaugural Director of the Mile End Institute. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at UCL’s Constitution Unit and is a member of an external experts panel convened by the Scottish Parliament to advise on the constitutional implications of Brexit.

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Eleanor Laing MP

Eleanor has been Conservative Member of Parliament for Epping Forest since 1997. She served in a number of opposition posts, including Shadow Minister for Justice from 2007-2010. She was from 2010 – 2013 a member of the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and during 2011-2012 was a member of the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill.

Eleanor has been a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons since 2013.

Sir Thomas Legg

Tom was Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. Since retiring from the civil service he has chaired a number of government inquiries; he also sits on the board of the Better Government Initiative.

Professor Alastair Sutton

Alastair Sutton has been immersed in European Union Law for nearly 50 years, as an EU official and as a practitioner. At White and Case, for nearly 20 years Alastair Sutton advised a number of large and small governments, including Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Bermuda.

Professor Richard (Rick) Rawlings

Rick is a Professor of Public Law at University College London, and Honorary Distinguished Professor at Cardiff University.

Rick’s areas of expertise range across constitutional law, administrative law and EU law. They particularly include administrative procedure and administrative justice, judicial review, devolution and the UK territorial constitution, and EU administrative law. His many works include leading monographs and edited collections such as Law and Administration (1st edn 1984) (with Carol Harlow); Pressure through Law (1991) (with Carol Harlow); Law, Society and Economy (1997); Delineating Wales: (2003); The Regulatory State: Constitutional Implications (2010); Sovereignty and the Law (2013); and Process and Procedure in EU Administration (2014) (with Carol Harlow).

The Rt Hon. the Lord Tyler

Paul Tyler is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) from February to October 1974 and from 1992 to 2005, and now sits in the House of Lords as a life peer.

He is currently co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Constitutional and Political Reform.