Kate Maltby is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and former Editor of the Bright Blue's magazine. She has previously worked for Standpoint magazine, and was for two years the theatre critic for The Spectator's Arts Blog. Her contributions have appeared in, amongst others, The Spectator, Standpoint, The Financial Times, The Times, The Times Literary Supplement and The Huffington Post. After studying at Oxford and Yale, she is now at University College London, researching a PhD on the literary life of Queen Elizabeth I. She has particular policy interests in education and universities, Tory engagement with feminism, America, Germany and the arts.
Ben Caldecott is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He is concurrently an Adviser to The Prince of Wales’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, an Academic Visitor at the Bank of England, and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He is a regular peer reviewer and has a number of board and advisory panel appointments, including with the Green Alliance, Conservative Environment Network, Carbon Tracker Initiative, Natural Capital Declaration, and the University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee.
Ben has previously worked as Head of Policy at investment bank Climate Change Capital, as Research Director for Environment and Energy at the think tank Policy Exchange, as Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as a Deputy Director in the Strategy Directorate of the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, and as Sherpa to the UK Green Investment Bank Commission.
Rupert Myers is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and a practising barrister called to the bar in 2008. He is also political correspondent for British GQ and also writes about society, politics and law for the Telegraph and the Guardian.
Will Humphries is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue. He is currently undertaking a DPhil at the University of Oxford, where he is researching the construction of domestic and imperial British identity in early modern English literature. While studying he also teaches at the university, tutoring undergraduates for papers on Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature.
Kieron O'Hara is an associate professor and principal research fellow in electronics and computer science at the University of Southampton, researching into the social and political impact of technology, particularly the World Wide Web. His interests are focused on privacy, trust and transparency, especially in the context of 'big data'. He is the author of several books in this area, including 'The Spy in the Coffee Machine: The End of Privacy As We Know It' (with Sir Nigel Shadbolt), and 'The Devil's Long Tail: Religious and Other Radicals in the Internet Marketplace' (with David Stevens). He also researches into the theory and practice of conservatism, on which he has written books including 'After Blair: Conservatism Beyond Thatcher', and 'Conservatism', as well as books on the Enlightenment, Aldous Huxley and Joseph Conrad.
Kieron is a lead in the UKAN network of anonymisation professionals, developing best practice on how organisations can share data without compromising privacy. His report for the Cabinet Office on privacy and open data was published in September 2011, and from 2010-15 he chaired the transparency sector panel on crime and criminal justice data for the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office.