Professor Linda Colley
Linda Colley is Shelby M.C. Davies 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University and a Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. She is an expert on British, imperial and global history since 1700 and has published several highly influential contributions to her field. Her works include Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (1992), which won the Wolfson Prize for History; and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007). She curated an exhibition at the British Library on the meanings of constitutional texts in 2008-9, and delivered a series of talks entitled Act of Union and Disunion for BBC Radio 4 ahead of the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. Her global study of constitution-writing: The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World will appear in 2021. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and was awarded a C.B.E. in 2009.
Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd
Lord Thomas served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales between 2013 and 2017. He was called to the Bar in 1969 and was a practising barrister until his appointment as a High Court judge in 1996. In 2003, he became a Lord Justice of Appeal, and was Senior Presiding Judge of England and Wales until 2006 and President of the Queen’s Bench Division from 2011 to 2013. He was also President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary between 2008 and 2010, having participated in its founding. After retiring as Lord Chief Justice in 2017, he chaired the Welsh Government’s Commission on Justice in Wales which published its Report Justice in Wales for the People of Wales in 2019, took up the Chancellorship of Aberystwyth University and the Presidency of the Qatar International Court. He is an active member of the House of Lords and sits currently on the Commons Frameworks Scrutiny Committee and is Chairman of the Consolidation Committee. He is also a founding member of the European Law Institute of which he is currently First Vice-President.
Professor Katy Hayward
Katy Hayward is Professor of Political Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast and a Senior Fellow of the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe think tank. She is a leading expert on the implications of Brexit for Northern Ireland, and has written extensively on the Irish border question and the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol. She has given evidence to parliamentary committees in the UK, Ireland and the EU, and was appointed to the technical expert panel of the UK government’s Alternative Arrangements Advisory Group on Brexit in 2019. She appears regularly in the media and received a special Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize for her use of Twitter (@hayward_katy) to explain the impact of Brexit on British-Irish and north/south relations. A member of the ‘Working Group on Unification Referendums on the island of Ireland’ (convened by the Constitution Unit at UCL), her book on the Irish border for the Sage series ‘What do we know and what should we do’ will be published in June 2021.
Professor Michael Kenny
Michael Kenny is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge and the inaugural Director of the Bennnett Institute for Public Policy, where he leads the place and public policy programme. He specialises in the territorial governance and constitutional future of the UK, as well as a range of related public policy questions. His 2014 book The Politics of English Nationhood was the winner of the UK Political Studies Association’s ‘Mackenzie’ prize. He has previously held positions at Queen’s University, Belfast; the University of Sheffield and Queen Mary University of London, where he was the inaugural Director of the Mile End Institute. He also served on the Leverhulme Trust’s Advisory Committee, co-directed the British Academy’s Governing England programme and is a Fellow of the Constitution Unit, UCL. He is currently writing a book about the UK’s constitutional futures.
Professor Aileen McHarg
Aileen McHarg is Professor of Public Law and Human Rights at Durham Law School. She is an expert in UK and Scottish constitutional and administrative law, with a particular focus on devolution and the UK’s territorial constitution. She also researches and publishes on energy regulation. Before taking up her position at Durham, she held a Chair in Public Law at Strathclyde University and positions at Glasgow and Bristol Universities. She is a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Constitutional Law Sub-Committee and co-chair of the British-Irish Chapter of the International Society of Public Law. She has given evidence to various parliamentary committees at Holyrood and Westminster and is joint general editor of Public Law.
Sir Richard Mottram
Sir Richard Mottram is a former senior civil servant, who led several government departments in the course of a lengthy career in public service between 1968 and 2007. From 1992-2007 he held Permanent Secretary appointments heading the Office of Public Service and Science in the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Department for Work and Pensions, and was, finally, Permanent Secretary Intelligence, Security and Resilience and Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the Cabinet Office. Since leaving the civil service he has held a number of Board-level appointments in the private, public and third sectors. He is a Visiting Professor in Practice in the LSE’s Department of Government.
Professor Petra Schleiter
Petra Schleiter is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is the joint Head of Department and a Tutorial Fellow of St Hilda’s College. She specialises in comparative political institutions, political parties, attitudes and behaviour; and is an expert on semi-presidentialism, confidence procedures, fixed-term parliaments and flexible election timing. She is an Editor of the British Journal of Political Science and a member of the Management Board of the Blavatnik School of Government. Her work has been published in leading journals in the discipline including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, Party Politics and elsewhere. She is also a Fellow of the Constitution Unit, UCL.