Chief Executive Officer
Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank she co-founded in 2004. Between 2010 and 2015, Philippa served as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In this post she played a key role in devising and implementing the government's social justice agenda, advising the Prime Minister on the the introduction of Universal Credit and other key reforms, including measures to increase social investment and alleviate child poverty. Philippa's early career was spent in the voluntary sector, working to rehabilitate drug addicts and former triad gang members in Hong Kong and Macau. In Britain, she has founded and run numerous social justice projects, including serving as Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women. Philippa was made a life peer in 2015 in recognition of her work tackling poverty and social breakdown.
Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies
Shanker Singham leads the Legatum Institute’s work on the Economics of Prosperity and is Chairman of our Special Trade Commission. He is a leading expert on international trade, and a regular commentator on the UK's future trade relationships after Brexit. He has advised governments and companies around the world on trade initiatives, including the accession of Poland and Hungary to the EU and of China and Russia to the WTO. Shanker has served as a trade advisor to the United States government and to a host of US political candidates, including working with Mitt Romney on his 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns. Prior to joining the Legatum Institute, he was head of market access at Squire Sanders and Managing Director of the Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities project at Babson Global. He is the author of A General Theory of Trade and Competition: Trade Liberalisation and Competitive Markets (Cameron May Publishing, 2007).
Director of the Centre for Cultural Transformation
Cristina Odone leads the Legatum Institute's Centre for Cultural Transformation. A former Deputy Editor of the New Statesman, Cristina has been a commentator for the Daily Telegraph since 2008. As a broadcaster, she contributes regularly a wide variety of national and international news programme, including Question Time, Any Questions, the Today programme, Woman’s Hour, Newsnight, The Jeremy Vine Show and Sky News. As a Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies since 2005, she has published pamphlets on faith schools, euthanasia and working women. She is the author of five books, most recently No God Zone, a best-selling Amazon Kindle Single. She has interviewed leading political and public figures, including Iain Duncan Smith, Nigel Farage, Lord Heseltine and Bianca Jagger.
Matthew's work at the Legatum Institute is focusing on a UK-US trade deal and researching the rise of Populism abroad. Having been Chief Executive of Vote Leave, the official Brexit campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, Matthew is now one of the UK's foremost political campaigners. He also led NOtoAV and won the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. As a policy entrepreneur, he has founded and run numerous award winning campaigns, starting with the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), where he won the Atlas Templeton Freedom Award for ‘The Single Income Tax’. At Business for Britain (BfB), the precursor to Vote Leave, he oversaw the publication of ‘Change, or Go: How Britain would gain influence and prosper outside an unreformed EU’, which became a key blueprint for Brexit and was serialised in the Daily Telegraph. Matthew has been described by the Financial Times as “one of the most formidable political strategists in Westminster”, and by the New European as "an unsung titan of the Brexit cause". He has written four books, numerous op-eds, appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a frequent speaker both in the UK and overseas.
Chief Operating Officer
Nathan Gamester is the Legatum Institute’s Chief Operating Officer. Prior to taking up this role, Nathan was the Chief Operating Officer for the Centre for Social Justice. Before that, Nathan spent 6 years at the Legatum Institute where he led the production of the Institute's signature publication, the Legatum Prosperity Index™. Nathan is also the Executive Director of the Atlantic Partnership, a non-partisan charity that promotes a strong relationship between the transatlantic nations. Nathan has worked in the House of Lords as a speechwriter and researcher and has authored many Legatum Institute reports and policy papers. His writing has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes magazine, the Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Nathan is the former Senior Parliamentary Researcher to Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and has worked for several campaign organisations providing independent writing, research and consultancy services. Nathan holds a degree in Business Studies with Law from the University of Brighton.
Director of Communications
Alastair oversees all aspects of the Legatum Institute’s communications, including broadcast, print, online and social media. Prior to joining us, Alastair spent almost a decade in politics and communications, serving latterly as a Special Adviser in two posts under David Cameron. As well as working in politics, Alastair has devised and implemented communications strategies for a range of clients including foreign governments, international charities and FTSE 500 corporations. He is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) and was awarded an MA (Distinction) in War Studies from King's College London in 2007. He is undertaking a part-time PhD at the same institution, examining UK-Nigerian development and security cooperation during the coalition government. Alastair is an Associate of the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) and has taught at the Ministry of Defence’s Joint Services Command Staff College (JSCSC) at Shrivenham.
Head of Business Development
Terrie is Head of Business Development. Her role is to head up the Institute’s fundraising efforts, managing a team to build partnerships and relationships with supporters, including individuals, corporations and foundations. Terrie has been in fundraising for 15 years, with recent roles as Development Manager at Sadler’s Wells and Senior Director at CSS Fundraising, where she worked with clients such as Christian Aid, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the Natural History Museum. Terrie holds an MA in History from Jesus College, Cambridge.
Danny is a former chief speechwriter to David Cameron, chief leader writer at The Daily Telegraph, and director of research at the Centre for Policy Studies. He is the founder and former chief executive of two charities working respectively with prisoners and ex-offenders (Only Connect) and with children and young people (West London Zone). He was awarded an MBE for services to charity in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He has an M.A. in history from Edinburgh University and a D.Phil from Oxford University, and is the author of On Fraternity: Politics beyond Liberty and Equality (Civitas, 2007).
Stephen’s work at the Legatum Institute focuses on the socio-economic drivers of prosperity. He is also building the Institute’s Centre for Metrics, which will host the Prosperity Index, and other UK and international social and economic metrics.Since 2015, Stephen has been a Senior Advisor to the Saudi Minister for Economy and Planning. He has been a Director at Social Finance; and he also advised the UK Department for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining DWP, Stephen spent 15 years at Oliver Wyman, where he was a Partner, and served a term as the head of its London Office. He is a board member of the Centre for Social Justice and also of Social Finance Digital Labs, and a member of the UK Social Metrics Commission. He is the author of Dynamic Benefits (the blueprint for Universal Credit) and Outcome-based Government.
James Sproule leads the Legatum Institute's work on Effective Government. He was Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors from 2014 to 2017 where he became a regular commentator on UK and European economic matters and business trends. Prior to the IoD he was with Accenture, where he led their UK Research team. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, and eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company. Before embarking on a career in finance, James was a signals officer in the Royal Navy, where he remains an honorary Commander. James Sproule sits on the European Advisory Board of LEK Consulting and he stood for Parliament at the 2005 general election and was for seven years a visiting fellow in the Department of Management Economics at the London School of Economics.
Nicola leads the Legatum Institute’s work on migration, refugees and human trafficking. She spent the last 10 years at The Portland Trust, with a particular focus on improving outcomes through sustainable economic development and social impact investment. Previously, Nicola worked as a lawyer, specialising in media and copyright. In 1998 she headed up the legal team which won the first private South African free to air terrestrial television license, subsequently launching e.tv in a record breaking six months. Interspersed with her legal career, Nicola worked in reconciliation and coexistence. In addition to compiling a report for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, she was a Board Member of Seeds of Peace (2011 – 2014) and the Eastern Mediterranean International School in Israel (2013-15). She is currently a Trustee of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and The Portland Trust and a Vice Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. She is a graduate of Cambridge University.