Advisory group

History & Policy has an expert advisory group with experience spanning history, politics, government, charities, business and the media. This group advises us on our aims and activities.

Peter Baldwin is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research covers the development of the modern state in Europe and the US. He is the author of The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State, 1875-1975 (Cambridge, 1990), Contagion and the State in Europe, 1830-1930 (Cambridge, 1999) and Disease and Democracy: The Industrialized World Faces AIDS (California, 2005).

Chris Bowlby studied history at Cambridge and Harvard. He has worked for the BBC since 1988: at the World Service, as a foreign correspondent, and as a presenter and producer of documentaries for Radio 4 and Radio 3. In recent years he has been a regular presenter on Radio 4, specialising in history. He also writes for The Times and BBC History Magazine.

Frank Field MP was Director of the Child Poverty Action Group from 1969-79 and of the Low Pay Unit from 1974-80. He chaired the Social Security Select Committee from 1990-7. From 1997-8, he was Minister for Welfare Reform. He served on the Public Accounts Committee in 2002-5 and now chairs the Pension Reform Group. In 2010, he conducted the Government's Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances.

Chris Harvie was a Scottish National Party MSP from 2007-11. He is Emeritus Professor of British and Irish Studies at the University of Tübingen. Chris has written widely on historical and contemporary issues, including intellectual politics in Victorian England, Scottish nationalism and North Sea Oil. His book Floating Commonwealth: Politics, Technology And Culture On The Atlantic Coast, 1860-1930 was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.

Patricia Hollis was formerly a senior lecturer in history at the University of East Anglia. From 1997-2005, she was Minister for Social Security. Since 2005 she has worked on pensions policy for women and serves on various pensions bodies and think-tanks. She is the author of Ladies Elect: Women in English Local Government 1865-1914 (Clarendon Paperbacks, 1989) and Jennie Lee: A Life (Oxford Paperbacks, 1998).

Sir Simon Jenkins is a journalist and author. He is a columnist for The Guardian and The Sunday Times, as well as broadcasting for the BBC. He is a former editor of The Times and the Evening Standard. He served on the board of British Rail and London Transport and was deputy chairman of English Heritage. His books include Thatcher and Sons: a Revolution in Three Acts (Penguin, 2007).

Paul Lay is Editor of History Today. He took a first in History at Birbeck, University of London, winning the Dakin Prize and was a founder of BBC History Magazine.

Mark Luetchford is a civil servant in the Department for Communities and Local Government. From 2004-2007, he co-ordinated the communication of housing, planning and regeneration policy for the Government and wrote speeches for Ministers. He has previously worked for various charities, researched the contribution of campaigning to policy and written, with Peter Burns, the authorised history of War on Want. He studied History at Oxford and SOAS.

Margaret MacMillan studied History at the University of Toronto and at Oxford. She is the author of Peacemakers: the Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to Make Peace, which won widespread acclaim and a wide range of prizes in several countries. Her most recent book is The Uses and Abuses of History. She is the Warden of St. Antony's College, Oxford University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The Rt Hon Peter Riddell is a senior fellow at the Institute for Government. He was Chief Political Commentator of The Times from 2001-10. He is the author of six books on political history, including Hug Them Close: Blair, Clinton, Bush and the 'Special Relationship' (Politico's, 2004). He has served on, and chaired, various inquiries into British politics and chairs the Hansard Society.

Tessa Stone is the Chief Executive of Brightside, which works to provide underprivileged young people with the confidence and skills to overcome social disadvantage. She was previously the Director of the Sutton Trust. She is a former Research Fellow in History and Admissions Tutor of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research interest is the role of women in military service in the Second World War.

Stefan Wagstyl is East Europe Editor of the Financial Times. He has worked for the Financial Times since 1983 and was previously Industrial Editor and International News Editor. He studied history at Clare College, Cambridge.

David Willetts MP is Minister of State for Universities in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He shadowed three different government departments between 2001 and 2010. He has worked at HM Treasury and the Number 10 Policy Unit. He is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a member of the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. David has written widely on economic and social policy.

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