Legatum Institute

Our team

Leadership

Baroness Stroud

Baroness Stroud
Chief Executive Officer

Philippa 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.


Shanker Singham

Shanker Singham
Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies

Shanker 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).


Cristina Odone

Cristina Odone
Senior Fellow

Cristina leads the Legatum Institute's Cultural Transformation programme. 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 Elliott

Matthew Elliott
Senior Fellow

Matthew leads our Populism and Political Change programme. 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.


Nathan Gamester

Nathan Gamester
Chief Operating Officer

Nathan 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.


Alastair Masser

Alastair Masser
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.


Terrie McCann

Terrie McCann
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 Kruger

Danny Kruger
Senior Fellow

Danny leads the Legatum Institute's The Country We Want To Be programme. He 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 Brien

Stephen Brien
Senior Fellow

Stephen’s work at the Legatum Institute focuses on the socio-economic drivers of prosperity. He also leads 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 an Advisor to the Saudi Government. 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

James Sproule
Senior Fellow

James leads the Legatum Institute's Effective Government programme. 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 Cobbold

Nicola Cobbold
Senior Fellow

Nicola leads the Legatum Institute’s Global People Movements programme, which examines 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.


The Team

Shelley Hartland

Shelley Hartland
Director of Operations

Shelley is Director of Operations at the Legatum Institute. Her role is to oversee the Institute’s events programme and facilities, promoting the Institute’s ethos of hospitality and excellence through these activities. She has worked in operations in the charity sector for over 10 years, with her most recent role that of Director of Operations for the HTB Group. Throughout her career Shelley has run a diverse range of events at venues including O2 Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre and Central Hall Westminster; overseeing events both throughout the UK and overseas, in countries including Australia, Mexico, Hong Kong and Chile. Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queensland University of Technology. She is passionate about alleviating poverty and gender equality; and has co-founded two networks in support of these causes. 


Georgiana Bristol

Georgiana Bristol
Corporate Membership Director

Georgiana is Corporate Membership Director of the Legatum Institute and runs our Business Forum. She also works part-time for BrexitCentral as their BrexitCircle Director. Georgiana was most recently Head of Regional Fundraising for The Conservative Party. Prior to that, she ran the fundraising for the referendum campaigns; Vote Leave (2016) and NOtoAV (2011). She has also worked for Boris Johnson and the Imperial War Museum. 


Victoria Hewson

Victoria Hewson
Senior Counsel, Special Trade Commission

Victoria is a Senior Associate at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, currently seconded to act as counsel to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. In practice, she advises banks and financial institutions on technology, outsourcing and fintech. She has an LLB from University College London. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked for Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and Newcastle upon Tyne on finance and employee services projects.


Dr Radomir Tylecote

Dr Radomir Tylecote
Senior Research Analyst, Special Trade Commission

Radomir is Senior Research Analyst of the Legatum Institute's Special Trade Commission. He has an interest in trade and challenges for high technology sectors, and before Legatum he developed a harm reduction system for gambling using algorithm-based detection of addictive behaviours. He was formerly at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), where he was an external advisor to HM Treasury and helped develop the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, launched in the Industrial Strategy 2017, then at Communicators for Britain within the Vote Leave campaign. He has an MPhil from Cambridge University, and his PhD from Imperial College London Business School studied the impact of China’s innovation system on its technology firms and trade.


Rushmila Alam

Rushmila Alam
Economist, Special Trade Commission

Rushmila is an Assistant Director at Deloitte LLP, currently seconded to the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. Rushmila has wide experience of undertaking economic analysis of public policy issues for both government and private sector clients. Rushmila has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and an LLB from the University of New South Wales, Australia.


Molly Kiniry

Molly Kiniry
Programme & Research Manager, International Development

Molly is helping set up our new 21st Century International Development programme. Prior to that, she was on our Economics of Prosperity team where she co-authored a number of publications on trade, competition and property rights. Previously, she worked with Babson Global, the International Roundtable on Trade and Competition, and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Molly graduated with honours from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Law (PPEL) and French. She has published and presented papers in both English and French, specialising as an undergraduate in Sub-Saharan economic development.


Amelia Campbell

Amelia Campbell
Communications Manager

Amelia is Communications Manager at the Legatum Institute. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Social Justice, as well as at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She grew up in New Zealand where she worked as an research and communications advisor in the office of former Prime Minister, John Key, before serving as Private Secretary to New Zealand's Speaker of the House. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics & History from the University of Auckland. Amelia is passionate about ending human trafficking and being involved in the local community. To this end, she volunteers her time with an anti-trafficking charity and also sits on the boards of two charities.


Thea Pope

Thea Pope
Executive & Events Assistant to Baroness Stroud (CEO)

Thea is Executive and Events Assistant to Baroness Stroud, supporting her work at both the Institute and in the House of Lords. Previously she worked as Parliamentary Assistant and Researcher to the Bishop of Ely, the lead Bishop in the House of Lords for education, and supporting the parliamentary work of the Lords Spiritual more widely. With a lifelong interest in politics, Thea has experience of both the House of Lords, the House of Commons and the European Parliament. Thea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. 


Daniel Herring

Daniel Herring
Research Assistant, Prosperity Index

Daniel is an analyst in the Prosperity Index team. He grew up in New Zealand where he worked in the New Zealand Treasury on improving investment management practices in government agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.


Josiah Judson

Josiah Judson
Data Analyst, Prosperity Index

Josiah is a Data Analyst at the Legatum Institute, working on the Prosperity Index. Originally motivated to understand natural hazards and the threats they pose to communities, Josiah trained as an earthquake seismologist at the University of Cambridge, gaining Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and working as a researcher within a leading volcanology group. Underpinning all of his work is a desire to see the lives of the poorest transformed, on both an individual and national level, and this has led him to volunteer in many different areas. In 2010 he spent a year living alongside recovering drug addicts in Hong Kong, and more recently researched and coordinated projects for The Besom, a development charity in southwest London.


Matt Smith

Matt Smith
Director and Co-founder of the Centre for Entrepreneurs

Matt is co-founder & director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and co-founder and secretary of the European Startup Network. Previously, Matt co-founded NACUE – the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs – and founded the consultancy firm Entelligence. He's an advisor to the Enterprise Research Centre, a member of the Social Angels Movement and a judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.


Michael Patrikalakis

Michael Patrikalakis
Research Assistant, Centre for Entrepreneurs

Michael holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London. His interest in economic policy and innovation led him to join the Centre for Entrepreneurs in 2016. While at King’s, Michael was on the committee of King’s Think Tank, the largest student-led think tank in Europe. In its Business and Economics Policy Centre he led the organisation of events, which included a panel discussion between lawmakers and business leaders about London’s prospects as a global tech hub. Outside of entrepreneurship, Michael is passionate about international political economy and geopolitics, and has worked as an English language tutor in Athens.