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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides independent oversight and guidance on IDEAS’ strategy from senior practitioners.

Advisory Board Members


Gordon Barrass is a Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and a former Chief of the Assessments Staff.


Sir Colin Budd served in HM Diplomatic Service from 1967-2005. He was Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister Without Portfolio from 1968-69, and to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary from 1984-87; Chef de Cabinet to the Vice President of the European Commission from 1993-95; Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Head of the Overseas and Defence Committee of the Cabinet Office from 1996-97; Deputy Under Secretary of State (Europe and Economic) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1997-2001; and HM Ambassador to the Netherlands from 2001-5.


Julian Miller is a Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS.


Richard Mottram is a former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.


Jonathan Powell was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Blair from 1997 to 2007.


Patrick Salmon is the Chief Historian at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Professor Salmon's research focuses on the history of Scandinavia and twentieth century international relations. He is the author of Scandinavia and the Great Powers 1890-1940 and co-editor of Documents on British Policy Overseas and Slavery, Diplomacy and Empire Britain and the Suppression of the Slave Trade, 1807-1975.


Susan Scholefield held a distinguished career in the Civil Service.

Cato Stonex

Cato Stonex is founder and Director of Taube Hodson Stonex Partners. 


Lord Wallace of Saltaire an Emeritus Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and has a long distinguished record in British politics. He was made a peer in 1995 and became the Liberal Democrat spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Defence. 


Emmanuel Roman is the Chief Executive Officer of MAN Group.


Danny Quah is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Previously he was Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.


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