Here is a list of speakers at the 2017 Freedom Festival.
Prof. Ted Roosevelt Malloch
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch has since its inception been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Roosevelt Group, a leading strategic advisory and thought leadership company. He also started Global Fiduciary Governance LLC. He was a Research Professor at Yale University and a Senior Fellow of Wolfson College and Said Business School, Oxford University. He is the Founder and Chairman of the not for profit, Spiritual Enterprise Institute (SEI), created in 2005.
In 1994, Professor Malloch co-founded and has since directed, the CEO Learning Partnership SM for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Professor Malloch has been a Senior Fellow and Vice President of The Aspen Institute, where he previously directed all of its national seminars and ran the Wye River Conference Centers. He was also President of the World Economic Development Congress sponsored by CNN, “The common frame of reference for the world’s power elite.” That Congress focused on “Building the Integrated Global Economy” and offered some 2500 Chief Executive Officers, Ministers of Government, investment, and economic leaders from around the world a forum where new business relationships were established. At that meeting Margaret Thatcher, the Congress Chairperson, called him, ‘a global Sherpa’.
Professor Malloch has served on the executive board of the World Economic Forum, which hosts the renowned Davos annual meeting in Switzerland. He held an ambassadorial level position as Deputy Executive Secretary in the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland (1988-91), where EDI was founded; he headed consulting at Wharton-Chase Econometrics; has worked in international capital markets at the investment bank, Salomon Brothers, Inc.; and has served in senior policy positions at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and in the U.S. State Department. He has taught and lectured at a number of universities in the US, Canada and abroad.
The Rt Hon. Priti Patel MP
Conservative, Witham & Secretary of State for International Development
Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 14 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Witham in May 2010. Priti attended a comprehensive school in Watford before studying economics at Keele University. She completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Essex. Priti served as Minister of State for Employment from May 2015 until July 2016. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. In November 2013, the Prime Minister appointed Priti as the first ever UK Indian Diaspora Champion. Before becoming an MP, she worked in consultancy and worked internationally.
She tweets at @patel4witham
Head of Campaigns, The Freedom Association
Andrew joined The Freedom Association as Campaign Manager in February 2014, having previously been National Grassroots Coordinator at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, where he oversaw a large increase in grassroots campaigning. He was promoted to Head of Campaigns in January 2015.
Born and raised in Co. Durham, Andrew has been interested in all things political from an early age, and first campaigned in the 1987 General Election. In October 2013, a report he authored revealed the alarming number of councils in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire who were preventing members of the public recording and reporting at council meetings. The report was cited by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which then led to a change in the law.
Andrew makes regular appearances on radio and television, and has articles published in the Yorkshire Post, Sunday Express, and on the influential ConservativeHome website.
He now lives near Beverley in East Yorkshire with his wife, two sons, and three cats, and, prior to becoming a full-time political campaigner, he ran his own driving school business for over ten years.
He tweets at @Andrew_Allison
News Editor, Institute of Economic Affairs
Kate is News Editor at the IEA. She joined in February 2016 having previously worked as Head of Communications at the Adam Smith Institute, where she handled media and donor relations. Prior to that, Kate worked as an intern at Townhall.com, and as an IEA intern as well. As News Editor, Kate oversees the IEA’s digital platforms, creating and commissioning content for the website, social media, and ieaTV.
Kate regularly features across the national media, including appearances on BBC News, Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV and BBC’s Question Time. She has written for the Telegraph, Spectator Coffee House, The Times’ Red Box, Conservative Home, and is currently writing a fortnightly column for CityAM.
She tweets at @KateAndrs
Founder, Margaret Thatcher Centre
Donal Blaney is the founder of the Margaret Thatcher Centre and Principal of Griffin Law, a niche litigation practice with offices in London, Kent and the United States. He is a former National Chairman of the Conservative Graduates, Conservative Future, Conservative Way Forward and the Young Britons’ Foundation. He is a strong supporter of military veterans’ charities having been inspired by his wife’s service in the US Army in Iraq. A Liverpool FC season ticket holder, Donal divides his time between England, Florida and the British Virgin Islands.
He tweets at @Donal_Blaney
Dr. Ted R Bromund, Ph.D
Senior Research Fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom
Ted studies and writes on Anglo-American relations, U.S. and British relations with Europe and the European Union, the U.S.’s leadership role in the world, and international organizations.
Ted, who joined Heritage in 2008, previously served nine years as associate director of Yale University’s International Security Studies, a center dedicated to the study and teaching of diplomatic history and grand strategy. He was a lecturer in history and, from 2004, in international affairs for Yale’s Master of Arts program.
A columnist forNewsday and for the Yorkshire Post, he also writes regularly for National Review, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, FoxNews.com and Breitbart News’ National Security, and, in Britain, The Commentator. He has been interviewed or cited by BBC News, CBS News, Fox News Channel, CNN, Radio Free Europe, Christian Science Monitor, Time and the Financial Times, among others.
He tweets at @Bromund
Director, The Freedom Association
Rory joined The Freedom Association from his own consulting activities and has previously worked in the City of London for numerous small businesses and Westminster for a number of MPs including Theresa May, Sir Richard Shepherd and Graham Brady.
As Director of both The Freedom Association and the Better Off Out campaign, Rory is putting the positive case for freedom and why the UK would be better off being independent from Brussels. He is author of “Membership of the EU: There Are Alternatives”, “The EU’s Effect on the UK’s Place in the World” and “The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Global” and co-authored The Freedom Association’s entry into the Brexit Prize, a competition run by the Institute of Economic Affairs, which won a €10,000 prize in 2014. This entry was co-authored with Iain Murray of the US-based Competitive Enterprise Institute.
Rory is both a British and Swiss citizen and has previously been a Director and Board Member of the United Nations Association – UK. He holds a First Class degree in Politics from the University of York along with Masters degrees from both City University London and Warwick Business School.
He tweets at @RoryBroomfield
Conor Burns MP
Conservative, Bournemouth West
Conor was born in Northern Ireland in 1972 although at a young age his parents moved the family from Belfast to Hertfordshire where Conor grew up. On leaving school Conor took a degree in Modern History and Politics at the University of Southampton during which time he was also Chairman of the Southampton University Conservative Association.
In 1999 Conor began a short stint as a Councillor on Southampton City Council for the inner city St Lukes Ward. In the same year he was chosen to be Parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh a seat he fought in the general elections of 2001 and 2005 losing to Chris Huhne by 558 votes in 2005.
In his career in the private sector before entering Parliament Conor worked as Company Secretary and Head of Business Development for a start up Information Services company as well as roles in the communications and financial services sectors.
Elected to Parliament for Bournemouth West in the general election of 2010, he was returned with a greatly increased majority in 2015.
He tweets at @conorburns_mp
Christopher Chope OBE MP
Chris Chope has been an MP for over 25 years, and was first elected as MP for Christchurch in 1997 when he won his seat back from the Liberal Democrats. From 1983 to 1992, he was MP for Southampton Itchen.
Chris held Ministerial office in the Governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major between 1986 and 1992, latterly as Roads Minister. He also held shadow Ministerial posts under William Hague and Michael Howard. He was a member of the Health & Safety Commission from 1993-1997 and the Local Government Commission from 1993-1996.
Chris began his political career as Leader of Wandsworth Council in 1979 when he helped pioneer competitive tendering and cost-cutting in Local Government, ensuring that Wandsworth could achieve the lowest council tax in the country. Chris has held various positions in the Conservative Party. As Vice-Chairman for Local Government, he founded the Conservative Councillors Association. He was Chairman of the Parliamentary Candidates Association between 1995 and 1997. He also served as Joint Secretary of the 1922 Committee of Conservative Backbenchers from 2006-2012.
In the most recent Parliament, Chris was a member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen, the Privileges Committee, the Standards Committee, and the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. He chaired the APPGs on Mobile Homes and Road Maintenance and was Treasurer of the APPG on the Consititution. He was also a member of the Executive of the British-American Parliamentary Group. Since 2005, Chris has been a member of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2011, he chaired the Migration Committee.
Martin Cullip is co-founder and director of a family-run transport business based in Surrey employing 150 staff. In his spare time he is a passionate critic of nanny state policies and has written and blogged on the subject of lifestyle issues for outlets such as Spiked, The Free Society, International Business Times and others.
As a consumer of e-cigarettes, Martin recently agreed to become a spokesperson for the Freedom Association’s Freedom to Vape Campaign. He not only vapes himself but has also experienced the benefits of many of his staff quitting or reducing smoking by using risk-reduced products such as e-cigarettes. As such, he is a an advocate for tobacco harm reduction and has spoken at vaping consumer events and shows as well as industry conferences such as the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum in Brussels in September. He is also a consumer associate for the New Nicotine Alliance charity, where he writes for the blog.
He stood as a general election candidate for the Libertarian Party in the U.K. in 2010 and lives in Sutton, Surrey with his wife, two children and two cats.
Bill Etheridge MEP
UKIP, West Midlands
Bill was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands in 2014. Prior to that, he stood as UKIP’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands in 2012. He is also a councillor for the Sedgley Ward in Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Before entering politics in 2009, Bill was employed for 20 years in the steel and manufacturing industry.
He tweets at @BillDudleyNorth
Acting Head of Development, Institute of Economic Affairs
Angela Harbutt is Acting Head of Development at the Institute of Economic Affairs. Prior to that she was the campaigns manager for the smoker advocacy group FOREST (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco) running its ‘Hands Off Our Packs’ campaign, fighting the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products in the U.K. Angela has also worked with the campaign group N2ID fighting the introduction of ID cards and also did a stint working with the then Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Ming Campbell.
Before switching to the think tank and campaigning world, Angela worked in the TV industry for nearly 20 years, rising swiftly through various research roles to become director of research and development for the U.K.’s first TV sales house. In 1995, she was founder and CEO of Paradigm Worldwide, providing numerical analysis and strategic advice to a range of media companies.
Editor, Brexit Central
Jonathan Isaby has been Editor of BrexitCentral since its founding in September 2016. His journalistic career has seen him working for the full range of broadcast, print and online media, having initially joined the BBC as a political analyst in the corporation’s busy Westminster newsroom on graduating from the University of York in 1999. Four years later he was recruited by the Daily Telegraph, where he spent five years, latterly writing his own political column, as well as blogging about politics on its website. In 2008 he became Co-Editor of ConservativeHome.com, making him the first journalist from a British national newspaper to leave the mainstream media to become a full-time professional blogger.
After reporting on the run-up to the momentous 2010 general election, then covering and analysing the first year of the Coalition Government, he joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance as Political Director in 2011, becoming its Chief Executive in January 2014 until his departure for BrexitCentral. A fervent eurosceptic since his teenage years (he once got a detention for challenging his German teacher about the merits of the EU), Jonathan frequently appears as a commentator on current affairs on local and national television and radio.
He helped research Dean Godson’s acclaimed biography of David Trimble, Himself Alone, while Boris v Ken: How Boris Johnson Won London, which he co-wrote with Giles Edwards, was published in June 2008. Away from the political arena, Jonathan is married with a young son. He is a devoted fan of Coronation Street and enjoys listening to an eclectic mix of music: he owns every single Now That’s What I Call Music! album and his complete collection once saw him make an unlikely appearance on page three of The Sun.
He tweets at @Isaby
Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs
Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the IEA’s Ralph Harris Fellow. Under his leadership, the IEA has continued to communicate the benefits of free markets to an even wider audience around the world. In 2014, Mark was ranked 38th on The Times’ ‘Right-wing Power List’, and in 2011 was named ‘Liberal Voice of the Year’ by the Liberal Democrat Voice.
Mark frequently comments on political and economic issues on television and radio including BBC Question Time, Any Questions, Newsnight, Channel 4 News, Sky News, Radio 4’s Today Programme and LBC. Prior to the IEA, Mark was Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats before going on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank. Mark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford.
He tweets at @MarkJLittlewood
Cllr Daniel Moylan
Daniel Moylan has spent nearly thirty years in London government struggling to reconcile an intellectual libertarianism with an instinctive Toryism that seeks to make the best use of the institutions we have. Advancing years have not resolved this tension. As Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea between 2000 and 2011 he is best known for experimental recasting of streetscapes to embrace shared space concepts, in which all users decide how to interact with each other. As Deputy Chairman of Transport for London under Boris Johnson, he brought the disastrous London Underground PPP to an end, thus inadvertently accomplishing the largest non-financial nationalisation in the UK this century. As the Mayor’s chief spokesman on aviation he argued for a new airport to the east of the capital and the closure of Heathrow.
By taking these bold stances, he has repeatedly caused distress to an entrenched and purblind civil service and this has contributed to his having now the time and leisure to campaign for a full and early Brexit, for a Britain that embraces global free trade and for sound public finances and an honest monetary policy. He also frequently gets incoherently angry about the growth of corporatist patterns of behaviour between government and business that have so widely come to replace competition as the motor of large commercial activity in Britain.
He tweets at @danielmgmoylan
Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen
Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen has been a Church of England priest for forty-six years. He has served as a country parson, a school chaplain and most recently Rector of St Michael’s, Cornhill and Priest-in-Charge of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. In the millennium year he was Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London.
He has written numerous articles for national and local newspapers and magazines, written and presented documentary series for Radio Four on Mozart, Mahler and The Book of Common Prayer. He is the author of more than forty books: philosophy, theology, literary and musical criticism (including a history of the Promenade Concerts); six novels and two collections of poems.
Peter’s most recent book is the memoir “Unreal City: A Priest in the Square Mile.” (Bretwalda)
Tim Newark is an author, historian and political commentator. He contributes regular political comment pieces to the Daily Express and has written for the Telegraph, Financial Times, and Time Out, also appearing on ITV’s Good Morning Britain and BBC’s Panorama. In 2014 his book ‘Protest Vote’ was published to critical acclaim, anticipating the spectacular rise of populism over the last year. He once did Donald Trump a favour—a story he’s always happy to tell over a glass of wine…
Chief Executive, The TaxPayers’ Alliance
John O’Connell joined the TPA as an intern in 2009. Since then he has worked at every level of the organisation before becoming Chief Executive at the beginning of August 2016. As a researcher, and later Research Director, he wrote major reports for the TPA on quangos, government capital procurement, regional business policy and local government pensions. John oversaw the work of the 2020 Tax Commission. He also wrote and edited several sections of its final report, The Single Income Tax, which won the Templeton Freedom Award from the Atlas Network. John frequently represents the TPA on television and radio, including prominent appearances on flagship broadcast programmes and documentaries.
He tweets at @jjpoconnell
James Price is a Policy Analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, where he is focused on the dynamic effects of tax cuts and wasteful spending. He is also interested in how modern technology and trends are interacting with traditional institutions and ideas.
Before joining the TPA, James ran an educational charity and before that was a Team Leader for a political party. He holds an MSc in Public Policy from University College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He enjoys fruity ciders, classical archaeology and adding to the heaps of books he calls his ‘library’.
He tweets at @james_e_price
Chief Executive, The Freedom Association
Simon became a Member of The Freedom Association in 1976, when he was a school student. In 2002 he was appointed Editor of TFA’s magazine, Freedom Today, and, from 2004, also ran its web sites. He was made Director of TFA in 2008 and Chief Executive in 2014.
With Mark Wallace and Christopher Gill, Simon set up the Better Off Out campaign in 2006. He introduced Free Spirits events, to put the freedom message to young people, in 2007, and started setting up Freedom Societies at universities from 2008, when he also devised the first Freedom Zone, on the Conservative Party Conference Fringe. In 2014 he came up with The Freedom Festival, which proved so successful that it has now become an annual event.
Born in Llandaff, Cardiff, Simon read History at King’s College, London, where he was Chairman of the Conservative Association, a sabbatical student union officer and National Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students. Simon has worked in retailing and marketing, in both private and public sectors. Based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he enjoys having one foot in the Westminster Village and the other firmly planted in the real world beyond. Simon describes himself as a Thatcherite, with a strong belief in individual freedom and tolerance.
He tweets at @SimplySimonTFA
Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs
Chris is the Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He is the author of The Art of Suppression, The Spirit Level Delusion and Velvet Glove; Iron Fist. His work focuses on pleasure, prohibition and dodgy statistics. He has authored a number of publications including Sock Puppets, Euro Puppets, The Proof of the Pudding, The Crack Cocaine of Gambling and Free Market Solutions in Health.
He tweet at @cjsnowdon
Mark Wallace is Executive Editor of ConservativeHome.com, the UK’s leading independent, grassroots conservative blog. His political commentary regularly features on Sky News, and in national newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Guardian. Before entering journalism he worked in political campaigns, including as Campaign Manager of The Freedom Association, Campaign Director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance and Head of Media Relations at the Institution of Directors. He is a member of the Management Committee and Council of The Freedom Association.
He tweets at @WallaceME.
Sir Mark Worthington OBE
Chairman, The Freedom Association
Sir Mark was born in 1961, in Staffordshire. He has a BA Honours degree in History from King’s College, London. From 1986 to 1992 he was a parliamentary aide to several MPs. In 1992 he was appointed as political secretary followed by private secretary to Lady Thatcher and he continued in that capacity for the next 21 years until her death. He was also Director of the Margaret Thatcher Foundation from 1992 until 2010. Sir Mark was a founding board member of the Bruges Group and a board member of Conservative Way Forward from 2006-2010. He is an advisor to the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation in Washington and an advisor to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. With Lady Thatcher, he was involved with a number of charities and still maintains active links with those, such as the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the Falklands Veterans Assn. He is also a member of the Court of Patrons of the Thrombosis Research Institute.
Sir Mark is now an independent business consultant specialising in government/public affairs/international advice. He was appointed an OBE in 2005 and KB in 2014.