Populism - with Nick Timothy & Stewart Wood

18th February 2019

Moser Theatre, Wadham College, 5.30pm

Join Nick Timothy and Stewart Wood at Wadham's Human Rights Forum discussing Populism - a liberal response.

Nick Timothy was Theresa May’s joint chief of staff in Downing Street from 2016 -2017 and her special adviser in the Home Office from 2010 to 2015.

Between 2007 and 2010 Stewart Wood was Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, covering foreign policy (Europe, USA & Middle East); culture, media & sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs.

Join them in conversation with the Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald QC.

Wadham Human Rights Forum is a continuing series of lectures, seminars and discussions hosted by the Wadham College Law Society and open to all. Please register for your place at the link above.

Speaker Biographies

Stewart Wood is a Labour peer in the House of Lords and Fellow of Practice at Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government.

From 2001-2007 he served on the Chancellor’s Council of Economic Advisers in HM Treasury, where he worked on issues ranging from London’s Olympics bid to the 2003 Treasury assessment on joining the Euro. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, covering foreign policy (Europe, USA & Middle East); culture, media & sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs. From 2010-2015 he was Shadow Minister without Portfolio in the Shadow Cabinet, and advised the Leader of the Opposition on strategy and foreign affairs. 

Lord Wood has been a don at Oxford since 1996. He was a Tutorial Fellow in Politics & University Lecturer at Magdalen College from 1996-2011 (where he is now an Emeritus Fellow).  He is now a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a Professor of Practice at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.  His academic research focused on political economy in Europe & the USA, welfare state development and other issues in European public policy.  Prior to teaching at Oxford, he obtained a PhD in Government from Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. 

In 2015, Lord Wood succeeded Jeremy Greenstock as the Chair of the United Nations Association (UK).  He has also been appointed to be a member of the new House of Lords Committee on International Relations, and is a Labour member of the Lords Committee translating EU legislation into UK law.  Since 2006 he has been a Board member of London’s Royal Court Theatre, and has just become a Director of the Good Law Project.

Nick Timothy became a Visiting Fellow at Wadham in October 2018.  

A columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the Sun, Nick intends to use his time at Wadham researching political philosophy. 

Previously he was Theresa May’s joint chief of staff in Downing Street and her special adviser in the Home Office. He is a former Director of the New Schools Network, a charity that helps people to set up free schools, and a former Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department. 

He is the author of Our Joe and Restoring the Balance, pamphlets about Joseph Chamberlain and the scrutiny of EU laws in Parliament. In addition to his existing newspaper columns, he has written for the New Statesman, Spectator and Sunday Times, and is a regular public speaker on politics and current affairs.