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. Together with their event 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

James Corré

James leads our work on climate, energy and the environment. His portfolio includes climate diplomacy, green finance, energy policy, adaptation and risk and resilience.

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Robert Grant

Robert has a core focus on conflict, stabilisation, peace processes and peacebuilding. His portfolio also includes good governance, the rules-based international system and China’s role within it, Central/Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

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Robin Hart

Robin is Senior Programme Director focusing on a wide range of issues including climatic change, education and skills and the climate-health-nutrition-food production / agricultural nexus.

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Alison Hilliard

Alison specialises in ethics and the role of religion in conflict and peace building. Her portfolio also focuses on countering violent extremism, peacebuilding and women, peace and security.

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Nancy Lee

Nancy’s current programmes focus on global health and health policy.

Nancy joined Wilton Park in October 2019. Until 2017, she was the Global Policy Lead for the Wellcome Trust and jointly managed their Global Health Policy Team.

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Nick Linfield

Nick’s specific focus is on counter terrorism, national infrastructure protection and cyber security. Prior to joining Wilton Park, he worked for 27 years in a range of government roles, primarily on security and defence issues. He is a qualified leadership coach (Institute of Learning & Management Level 7).

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Julia Purcell

Julia leads on the human rights series. Her thematic work includes migration, modern slavery, women, peace and security and organised crime. Julia convenes regular discussions on soft power and modern diplomacy. She is an ILM accredited Action Learning facilitator. Prior to joining Wilton Park, Julia was a senior manager and policy lead at the British Refugee Council.

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Rich Roberts

Rich’s current programme focuses on defence and security, cyber and climate.

Rich served in the UK military. He has experience in operational logistics, policy and strategy as well as operational analysis, contract monitoring and programme management.

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Dr Mark Smith

Mark is Senior Programme Director for security and defence and focuses principally on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament issues, landmine clearance and counter-trafficking of small arms and light weapons.

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