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

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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Kathryn Hingston

Kathryn’s portfolio of work covers global prosperity, economic development, transparency, governance, energy and climate change.

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Julia Purcell

Julia’s conference programmes focus on justice and home affairs, including migration, modern day slavery, drugs policy, organised crime, 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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