Institute for Government
Reporter and features writer
The Guardian and The Observer
Matthew Taylor has been Chief Executive of the RSA since November 2006. During this time the Society has substantially increased its output of research and innovation, has provided new routes to support charitable initiatives of its 29,000 Fellows and has developed a global profile as a platform for ideas. In July 2017 Matthew published the report ‘Good Work’; an independent review into modern employment, which was commissioned by the UK Prime Minister.
Prior to this appointment, Matthew was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. Previous roles include Labour Party Director of Policy and Deputy General Secretary and Chief Executive of the ippr the UK’s leading left of centre think tank.
Matthew is a regular media performer having appeared several times on the Today Programme, The Daily Politics and Newsnight. He had written and presented several Radio Four documentaries and is a panellist on the programme Moral Maze. He has posted over a thousand times on his RSA blog site and tweets as @RSAMatthew.
Gemma is chief economist at the Institute for Government. Before that she spent two years as Economics Correspondent at the Financial Times, covering economic developments in the UK and globally.
She started her career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she spent 11 years, including leading the Institute’s work on public finances and pensions.
Carole Cadwalladr broke the story on the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal throwing a spotlight on the protection of personal data in the public domain, and how governments and companies use data to deliver services, target unsuspecting subjects and influence our lives. The ethical and legal dimensions will reverberate for years.
Tim Shipman is Political Editor of the Sunday Times and one of the most experienced reporters and observational commentators of Westminster life working today. His posts have included Deputy Political Editor at the Daily Mail, Washington Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph and Political and Foreign Correspondent at the Daily Express and Sunday Express.
His first book All Out War tells the story of this momentous upheaval in British politics, from PM David Cameron’s efforts to secure a new deal from Brussels, through the referendum campaign. His follow-up book Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem chronicles the most dramatic general election campaign in modern history and Theresa May’s battle for a Brexit deal with the EU.
Tim also writes for The Spectator and for Total Politics and has a growing following as an observer of the political scene on Twitter, @ShippersUnbound with more than eighty-thousand followers.