Stephen Aldridge is Director for Analysis and Data at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. A government economist by background, he was previously Chief Economist and then Director of the Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office. He has also worked in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Cabinet Secretariats and Her Majesty’s Treasury. He is a Continuing Policy Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at Cambridge and was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2007.
Tim Allen is inaugural Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa and is Professor in Development Anthropology in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has focused on international criminal justice, non-formal accountability mechanisms, forced migration, reintegration following displacements, war and conflict, aid programmes, witchcraft and social healing, tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS and health programmes. He has carried out long-term field research in several African countries, mostly in East Africa. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the five-year ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development. His publications include the bestselling textbook, Poverty and Development (Oxford University Press 1992, 2000, and now in preparation for a third edition) and books on ethnic conflict in Europe and mass forced displacement in Africa.
Lord Kerslake is Chair of Peabody, London Collective Investment Vehicle and the Centre for Public Scrutiny. He is also President of the Local Government Association, Chair of Be First, a regeneration company established by Barking and Dagenham Council, Chair of Sheffield Theatres and Chair of the Board of Governors for Sheffield Hallam University. He chaired the UPP Foundation’s Civic University Commission, a major independent inquiry in 2018/19 into the future of the civic university. A former Head of the Civil Service, he led the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2010 to 2015. Prior to this, he was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency. Before joining the Civil Service, he received a knighthood for his services to local government, spending eight years serving the London Borough of Hounslow and a further 11 years leading Sheffield Council. In early 2015, he was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.
Tony McEnery is an applied linguist whose work has centred on the use of large volumes of language data to explore questions related to the use and manipulation of language in society. He has worked with a wide range of partner organisations in his career, including companies such as British Telecom, IBM and Research in Motion (Blackberry), as well as public sector organisations, including the Home Office and NHS England. He began his academic career in the Department of Computer Science at Liverpool University in 1988. In 1990, he joined Lancaster University, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics. He was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster (2008-2013) and Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (2013-2016). From 2005-2008, he was the founding Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council and, from 2016-2018, he was Director of Research at the Economic and Social Research Council, where he also acted as interim Chief Executive from 2017 to 2018.
Judith Phillips is Deputy Principal (Research) at the University of Stirling and Professor of Gerontology. Her research interests are in the social, behavioural and environmental aspects of ageing and she has published widely on environmental aspects of ageing, social care and caregiving. She was previously Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University. She was also Director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research for Wales and the School for Social Care Research in Wales. She has been highly active in shaping the UK’s gerontological research landscape and her applied research has impacted on government policy. Between 2008 and 2010, she was President of the British Society of Gerontology. In 2016, she chaired the Welsh Government Expert Group on Housing an Ageing Population. She was part of the Futureage group developing the roadmap for ageing research under EU Horizon 2020.
Gill Valentine is Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield. Working closely with the Vice-Chancellor, she undertakes a wide range of portfolio roles in the university. She was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences with responsibility for 13 academic departments. Her main research interests include diversity and inclusion, intergenerational relations and family life and urban cultures and consumption. Although trained as a geographer, much of her work has been interdisciplinary involving collaboration with social sciences colleagues from other disciplines. She has published 17 books and over 170 articles.