Who We Are
Dr. Andrew Blick, Senior Advisor
Andrew has written extensively on constitutional issues and worked in academic, political and public policy environments. In his consultancy role at The Constitution Society he focuses on strategic direction, research programmes and dissemination. He is Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King’s College London.
Aaron Ritchie, Programme Administrator
Aaron attained a BA in History from UCL before completing an MA in Film Editing and Production at the Northern Film School, Leeds. He joined The Constitution Society 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. 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.
Nat le Roux
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Rt. Hon. Dominic Grieve MP
Dominic has been Conservative MP for Beaconsfield since 1997 after working 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. Presently he is a member of the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.
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.
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 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.
The Rt. Hon. the Lord Maclennan of Rogart
Robert Maclennan is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. He was a Member of the House of Commons from 1966-2001. Robert was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Prices and Consumer Protection from 1974-1979. He was leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1987-1988 and joint leader of the Social and Liberal Democrats during 1988. He has served on numerous select committees in both Houses, and is presently a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution.
Professor Dawn Oliver QC
Dawn is Emeritus Professor of Constitutional Law at University College London. 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.
Sebastian is President of the United Kingdom Constitutional Law Association, 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).