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 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 international development.

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James Corré

Programme focuses on climate and energy, development cooperation and humanitarian affairs.

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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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Robin Hart

Robin is Senior Programme Director for Peace and Prosperity at Wilton Park, focusing on issues that contribute to global prosperity including health, education, sustainable development and resilience.

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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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Thomas Hoare

Tom’s areas of interest and project work include; technology and innovation, multilateral cooperation, diplomacy in the information age, UK-German relations, security and governance in the post-Soviet space, and nuclear non-proliferation.

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Olivia Murphy

Olivia works on sustainable development and human rights, with a particular interest in gender and young people.

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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

Mark is Senior Programme Director for Security and Defence, with a programme of work focusing on non-proliferation and disarmament, nuclear deterrence, and space security.

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