Programme Directors

Wilton Park's Programme Directors combine breadth of international relations experience with a capacity to identify and develop emerging themes in policy trends at their very earliest stages. Their backgrounds range from international institutions and the UK civil and diplomatic service to academia, journalism, NGOs, and the private sector. Programme Directors are often supported in the development and delivery of individual events by eminent visiting directors. Together with their conference teams, directors are at the centre of our global network, developing partnerships with individuals and institutions around the world to solve intractable problems through policy dialogue.

List of directors

Kirsty Cockburn

Thematic areas for potential future events and partnerships include soft power, digital communication, the creative industries and human rights.

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Robert Grant

Robert brings 20 years experience creating frameworks to promote candid exchange of views on sensitive issues and formulate effective policy solutions.

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Alison Hilliard

Alison worked as a journalist for the BBC for over 20 years living in Ireland, Africa and the Middle East and has been Deputy Director of the international environmental charity The Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

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Julia Purcell

Julia’s programme focus is on human rights, including migration, modern slavery, PSVI, drugs policy, privacy and security and counter-terrorism.

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Dr Mark Smith

At the heart of Mark’s programme is the identification of opportunities to eliminate the threats posed by nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

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