Executive Team

Ryan Shorthouse


Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue.

Laura Round

Communications Manager

Laura Round is our Communications Manager and leads on all press-related issues and enquiries.

Sam Hall

Senior Research Fellow

Sam Hall is a Senior Research Fellow at Bright Blue and leads our work on energy and environment.

James Dobson

Senior Researcher

James Dobson is a Senior Researcher at Bright Blue.

Eamonn Ives


Eamonn Ives is a Researcher at Bright Blue.

Charlotte Laycock

Events and Administration Manager

Charlotte Laycock is our Events & Administration Manager.

Amin Khalab

Research Assistant

Amin Khalab is a Research Assistant at Bright Blue.

Associate Fellows

Ben Caldecott

Ben Caldecott is a Senior Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and Director of the Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise.

Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and former Editor of the Bright Blue’s magazine.

Kieron O’Hara

Kieron O’Hara is an Associate Fellow at Bright Blue and an associate professor and principal research fellow at the University of Southampton.

Board of Directors

Matthew d’Ancona


Matthew d’Ancona is a columnist for the Guardian and the Evening Standard.

Ryan Shorthouse

Chief Executive

Ryan is the Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Blue.

Rachel Johnson

Non-Executive Director

Rachel Johnson is a journalist, television presenter and novelist who has worked and lived in Brussels, Washington DC and London.

Alexandra Jezeph

Non-Executive Director

Alexandra is employed by Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate company.

Diane Banks

Non-Executive Director

Diane is the founder of literary and talent agency Diane Banks Associates.

Phil Clarke

Non-Executive Director

Phil is a journalist, mainly writing features for the Evening Standard and occasionally elsewhere.

Richard Mabey

Non-Executive Director

Richard Mabey is the CEO of Juro, a ‘legal tech’ software business backed by venture capital.


David Kirkby

David Kirkby now works at the Bank of England. He was Head of Research for Bright Blue.

Austen Saunders

Austen Saunders now works at the Bank of England in the Prudential Regulation Authority. He joined Bright Blue as a Researcher.

Sam Dumitriu

Sam Dumitriu is now a Research Economist at the Adam Smith Institute specialising in taxation and regulation.

Freddie Lloyd

Freddie Lloyd was a Research Assistant at Bright Blue and is now a civil servant in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.