I’ve been a Council member for the last two years and in that time, I’d point to 3 key areas where I’ve helped support the UD Director and team:
1. To successfully link UD’s EU Withdrawal Bill efforts up with the work of campaigners in other sectors, primarily the environmental sector. This has improved the scale and impact of UD activities and helped campaigners in other sectors to see the fundamental relevance of constitutional issues to their own work.
2. To draft funding applications and advise on funding opportunities. To do this I have drawn on my experience both applying for funds myself as well as my experience advising funders.
3. To undertake analysis of the evolving political situation and how UD can best engage to ensure airtime for the issues that UD members care about.
I would like to continue my input in these areas over the next two years. What experience I would bring as a Council Member
• 7 years working in Government for Labour, Liberal Democrat and Conservative Ministers in the Department for Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Department of Energy and Climate Change, giving me a good grasp of the processes in place to keep power (of all political stripes) in check.
• Parliament/Legislation experience: Deputy Bill Manager while in Government and, since leaving Government, experience influencing Parliamentary Bills and working on a cross-party basis on Bills incl. Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2016 (Green Investment Bank provisions) and Infrastructure Bill 2016 (provisions on Parliamentary scrutiny, governance framework of new National Infrastructure Commission; compatibility with the Climate Change Act 2008).
• Coalition building experience: Working in coalition with other civil society organisations and Parliamentarians in both reactive and proactive capacities to influence Government when defending environmental policies or promoting policy solutions.
• Non-Executive Director, UK100 www.UK100.org
• Political Strategy and Analysis Consultant
• Member of Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Sustainable Futures Committee
• Head of UK Programme at think tank, E3G www.e3g.org
• Civil Servant (7 years) – Department for Constitutional Affairs; Ministry of Justice; Department of Energy and Climate Change
• Visiting Tutor – King’s College London, Law School (Jurisprudence and Legal Theory)
• Legal Researcher – Lord Justice Stephen Sedley