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’ programme focuses on climate and energy, development cooperation and humanitarian affairs.

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Robert Grant

Robert’s programmes includes security and defence policy, civil-military operations, building stability in fragile and conflict states, Russia and Europe’s Eastern neighbourhood, and the Western Balkans.

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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’s programme focuses on religion and conflict, countering violent extremism and the Wilton Park dialogues on youth: how young people can become resilient and thriving citizens in a challenging world.

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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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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, with a programme of work focusing principally on non-proliferation and disarmament issues, especially the future of the NPT; chemical and biological weapons non-proliferation; conventional weapons trafficking, clearance of landmines and improvised explosive devices. He also works on nuclear deterrence, and space security.

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