Who We Are
Nat le Roux, Director
Nat co-founded The Constitution Society in 2009. He spent most of his career in finance and was Chief Executive of IG Group plc between 2002 and 2006. Nat is an independent director of the London Metal Exchange where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He holds and MA in Law from Cambridge University and an MSc in Anthropology from University College London.
James Hallwood, Associate Director
James studied Ancient History at UCL before going on to complete an MSc in Public Policy. He was President of the UCL Debating Society and has worked subsequently in Parliament, the Court Service and in the think tank world. He joined The Constitution Society in April 2012.
Aaron Ritchie, Programme Administrator
Aaron attained a BA in History from UCL before subsequently completing an MA in Filmmaking at the Northern Film School, Leeds. He recently joined The ConSoc team in August 2013.
Amy Street, Research Director
Amy is a practicing barrister. She studied law at the Universities of Oxford and Bonn and holds an MA in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London. She was called to the bar in 2002 and has appeared in leading cases in the appellate courts. Amy is legal consultant to BBC Radio 4?s legal discussion programme ‘Unreliable Evidence’.
David Mundy, Chair of Trustees
David Mundy 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 is a BA from Bristol University and has a diploma in EU law.
Lisa co-founded The Constitution Society in 2009. She qualified as a solicitor in both London and Hong Kong and worked for Herbert Smith and Clifford Chance before moving in-house with Citigroup and then Morgan Stanley. Lisa now works as a legal consultant, most recently with Christies and MF Global Limited. She has an LLB from Bristol University.
Jo co-founded The Constitution Society in 2009. Her background is in corporate finance and commerce. She worked in the City and in Hong Kong, latterly as a partner of Richards Butler and a director of the Listing Division of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She has an MA in Law from Cambridge University and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and Hong Kong.
Professor Stuart Weir
Stuart is a journalist and author. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex and an Associate Director of the Democratic Audit, an independent research organisation which audits democracy and human rights in the UK. Stuart was a founder of the constitutional reform campaign group Charter88 and was editor of the New Statesman from 1987–91.
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.
Sir Christopher Foster
Christopher was Chair of the Better Government Initiative, which campaigns for more effective design and delivery of government policy in Britain. His career has spanned academia, business and the civil service. Christopher has held academic positions at Oxford, MIT and LSE where he served as Professor of Economics. He has advised governments on issues as diverse as rail privatization and the poll tax and is the author of numerous works on economic and public policy issues.
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 ECJ and European Court of Human Rights.
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).
David was the leader of Cambridge City Council from 2000 to 2005 and Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Cambridge between 2005 and 2010. He returned to academia after the 2010 election and now lectures in Law at Cambridge University.
Sir Malcolm Jack
Malcolm Jack was Clerk of the House of Commons from 2006-2011. He is editor of the current, twenty-fourth edition of Erskine May’s Parliamentary Practice, 2011. He lectures and writes on constitutional and historical subjects, having published books and papers on British, European and South African history.
Eleanor Laing MP
Eleanor has a long been at the forefront of constitutional discussions in Parliament, serving as Frontbench spokesman on Constitutional Affairs in 2000, a key member of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee since 2010 and an important voice on the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform. Eleanor is also the Chairman of the 1922?s Sub-Committee on Home and Constitutional Affairs and the government’s Special Representative to Gibraltar.
Sir Thomas Legg
Thomas Legg was Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. Sir Thomas was appointed to chair an independent panel with a remit to examine all claims relating to the second homes allowance between 2004 and 2008; he also sits on the board of the Better Government Initiative.
Professor Dawn Oliver QC
Dawn is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law at University College London and the current President of the Study of Parliament Group. She has served as a Member of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords and Chair of the UK Constitutional Law Group. Dawn is a Fellow of the British Academy and was Treasurer of the Middle Temple in 2011.