The Briefings for Britain Editors & Contributors

Briefings for Britain is comprised of professionals from a wide range of academic, business and other backgrounds. Below is a brief introduction to our editors and contributors.

Briefings for Britain is a small group of volunteers, mainly academics, who set up the website in 2017 in order to provide reasoned factual material to help to inform the national debate on Brexit.  Most of its members did not previously know each other. The two co-editors are Graham Gudgin and Robert Tombs, both of Cambridge University.  Its contributors come from a range of academic disciplines and universities, and cover the whole political spectrum: their names can be found on our website.  The group has no links with any political party.  Neither of the editors receives any payment, not do any of the contributors.  The newsletter editor, a student, receives a small payment.  Briefings for Britain is entirely funded by well-wishers.

It receives no financial support from any group or organization


Dr Graham Gudgin, Economist, Centre for Business Research, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Posts by Dr Graham Gudgin

Professor Robert Tombs, Emeritus Professor of French History, University of Cambridge. Posts by Professor Robert Tombs

Editorial Consultant: Dr Anna Bailey, political scientist, author of Politics Under the Influence. Vodka and Public Policy in Putin’s Russia (Cornell University Press)

Newsletter Editor: An Oxbridge-based PhD Student (who prefers to remain anonymous)

Advisory Committee



Rt Hon Sir Richard Aikens, former member of the Court of Appeal, and former Vice-President of the Consultative Council of European Judges. Posts by Sir Richard Aikens

Professor David Collins, Professor of International Economic Law, The City Law School, City University of London.

Baroness (Ruth) Deech, former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and former Principal of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. Posts by Baroness Deech

Dr Richard Ekins, Associate Professor in Law, St. Johns College, University of Oxford. Posts by Richard Ekins

Professor Carol Harlow, QC, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Law at the London School of Economics.

Dr Bryn Harris, barrister and freedom of speech campaigner. Posts by Bryn Harris

Professor Peter Ramsey, Professor of Law, London School of Economics.

Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, Professor of International Law King’s College, London.

Professor Joseph Weiler  Jean Monnet Professor of Law at New York University

Danny Nicol is Professor of Public Law at the University of Westminster and author of EC Membership and the Judicialisation of British Politics (2001) and The Constitutional Protection of Capitalism (2010)

Business, Finance and Economics:

Professor David Blake, Professor of Finance and Director of the Pensions Institute, Cass Business School, City University of London.

Nick Busvine OBE is mayor of Sevenoaks. An ex-diplomat he is a partner at Herminius a Corporate Advisory firm.

Mr. Alexander DarwallJupiter Fund Management.

Mr Martin Davisonretired tax consultant, now following academic pursuits in early Christianity, palaeoanthropology, mathematics and Latin.

Ruth Lea CBE Economic Advisor and Non_Executive Director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group, and Fellow of the RSA and the Royal Statistical Society

Mr Robert Lee, Former Chief Economist, Board of Executors (South Africa), Economic Consultant (UK), and private investor.

Sir Paul Marshall, chairman of Marshall Wace.

Mr Rory Maw, Bursar, Magdalen College, Oxford.

Mr John Mills, Entrepreneur and Economist. Chairman of JML. Chair of Labour Leave and Labour Future. Posts by John Mills

Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing. Legal and General Investment Management. Formerly Chief Executive, Newton Investment Management.

Professor Paul Ormerod, Economist at Volterra Partners, a Visiting Professor at the UCL Centre for Decision Making Uncertainty. Posts by Paul Ormerod

Professor David Paton holds the Chair of Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School and is a member of Economists for Free Trade.

Professor Robert Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Kings College, University of Cambridge. Posts by Robert Rowthorn

Dr Paul Sheard, Former Vice-Chairman and Chief Economist of S&P Global, now Senior Fellow, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School.

Mr Rory Sutherland, Executive Creative Director at OgilvyOne, Ogilvy Group UK.

Mr Edmund Truellco-founder, the Pension Superfund.

Mr Peter Udale, CEO Pembridge Analytics.

Mr Harry Western, pen-name of a senior economist working in the private sector who wishes to remain anonymous.

Professor Phil B Whyman Professor of Economics University of Central Lancashire Business School and Director of the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.



Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, and Canon of Christ Church, University of Oxford.

Professor Paul Elbourne, Professor of the Philosophy of Language, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Professor John Gray, political philosopher, broadcaster and writer. Formerly Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics.

Dr James Orr, McDonald Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology, Ethics and Public Life, Christ Church, University of Oxford.

Dr Tom Simpson, philosophy of public policy, Blavatnik School, University of Oxford. Posts by Tom Simpson

Professor John Tasioulas, Director of the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy, and Law, King’s College, London.

Foreign policy/diplomacy/defence:

Professor David Betz     Professor of war in the Modern World, Kings College, London

Dr Philip Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer in International Conflict, University of Kent

Sir Richard Dearloveformer head of the Secret Intelliegence Service, former master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Chair of the Trustees, University of London  Posts by Sir Richard Dearlove

Mr John Forsyth, former member of the Council of the Royal Institute for International Affairs and Centre of International Studies, Cambridge

Mr Adrian Hill, former head of Commercial Department, British Embassy, Seoul, and former British Army Officer.

Dr Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics, Queen Mary, University of London

Sir Peter Marshall, formerly of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Assistant Secretary-General of the

Dr Thomas Mills, Lecturer in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Lancaster

Professor Gwythian Prins, Emeritus Research Professor, London School of Economics, visiting academic professor, École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. Posts by Gwythian Prins

Professor Michael Rainsborough    Professor of  Startegic Theory, Kings College, London

Dr Philip Towle, Emeritus Reader in International Relations, and former Director of the Centre of International Studies, Cambridge

Sir Andrew Wood, former UK Ambassador to Yugoslavia and to Russia, and currently Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House.

Political and Social Sciences:

Dr Anna Bailey, political scientist, author of Politics Under the Influence. Vodka and Public Policy in Putin’s Russia (Cornell University Press)

Dr Robin Dunbar, Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.

Lord (Maurice) Glasman, Labour peer, political theorist, and Director of the Common Good Foundation.

Professor Robert J. Jackson, Distinguished Professor at Carleton University Ottawa, and Emeritus Fletcher Jones Professor of International Relations at the University of Redlands, California.

Michael James, former university lecturer in Politics, assistant editor of Economic Affairs.

Professor David Lane, Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Emeritus Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.

Dr Tara McCormack, School of History, Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester.

Professor Jonathan Rutherford, Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies, Middlesex University. Writer, political adviser, and co-founder of Blue Labour.

Professor Richard Tuck, FBA, Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government at Harvard University.

Professor George Yarrow, Chair of the Regulatory Policy Institute, and Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.


Professor David Abulafia, FBA, Professor of Mediterranean History, Cambridge.

Professor Robert Colls, Professor of Cultural History at De Montfort University.

Professor Jonathan C D Clark Professor Clark  is a leading political and constitutional historian of early modern Britain. He has held prestigious posts at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Kansas.

Sir Noel Malcolm, FBA, Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.

Professor Andrew Roberts, historian, Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Dr Daniel Robinson, international history, Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Former Senior Policy Adviser to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Dr Peter Sarris, Reader in Late Roman, Medieval and Byzantine History, Cambridge.

Professor Michael Vickers, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

Education, Arts and Culture:

Pamela Dowformerly director of strategy at the Ministry of Justice, now chief reform officer, Catch22.

Professor John Wilson Foster, former Professor of English Literature, University of British Columbia, and member of the Institute of Irish Studies, Queens University, Bellfast.

Dr Munira Mirza, Executive Director, Culture at Kings College, London

Dr Nicholas Shrimpton, Emeritus Fellow in English Literature, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

Demography and Social Policy:

Professor David Coleman, Professor of Demography, University of Oxford Institute of Population Ageing.

Dr Ian Moody, Associate Lecturer with the Open University from 1987-1997 and Head of Psychology at Hayesfield Girls’ School in Bath from 1998-2013. Posts by Ian Moody

Dr Joanna Williams, author and commentator. Education Editor of Spiked magazine. Author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (Palgrave/McMillan).

Natural Sciences:

Dr Ian Winter, senior lecturer, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge.

Website Administrator:

Mark Chaskelson, Creative Monarchy Website Design Agency Ipswich