Editorial team

The editorial group has reformed with some new members to pick up the challenge again, this time through a podcast series where external experts and party insiders explore the major policy issues now facing the UK.

Today’s editorial team includes:

Chris Bowers

Chris BowersChris Bowers is best known as a tennis commentator, and the biographer of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.  He’s a former district councillor and parliamentary candidate and was the founder director of the Environmental Transport Association.  He was also Nick Clegg’s biographer, co-edited ‘The Alternative’ with Caroline Lucas and Lisa Nandy, and was the lead author of the ‘New Liberal Manifesto‘.

Duncan Brack

Duncan Brack is an independent policy analyst and adviser, and an Associate of Green Alliance.  From 2010 to 2012 he was a special adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne.  He is an elected member of the Liberal Democrats’ Federal Policy Committee and Editor of the Journal of Liberal History.

Sally Burnell

Sally BurnellSally Burnell is a campaigns and communications director in the membership and not-for-profit sector where she has worked in the legal, social justice, and animal health and welfare sectors.  She previously worked for the Liberal Democrats in various roles in Westminster, Wales, and local government.  She is currently a member of the party’s Policy Committee.

Robin Stafford

Robin StaffordRobin Stafford has worked in business and management consulting, across private, public and third sectors, in the UK and overseas. Working for WWF, he led work on Green Economy. He set up and ran a council of leading economists for the party and has since provided support on business and economic matters.

Neil Stockley

Neil StockleyNeil Stockley works as a communications and policy strategist focused on energy, transport and the digital economy.  He is a former Policy Director for the Liberal Democrats and has also led working groups on climate change and net zero.  Previously he was executive assistant to former New Zealand Prime Minister, David Lange.

Mike Tuffrey

Mike TuffreyMike Tuffrey is a business sustainability expert who cofounded the consultancy Corporate Citizenship and serves on various boards as a non-executive director.  He chairs the e-waste campaigning charity The Restart Project.  He’s a former council leader, London Assembly member and Parliamentary candidate, and has undertaken diverse roles within the Liberal Democrats.

Jane Vaus

Jane Vaus is a political strategist working to advance sustainable growth. She’s worked with many environmental NGOs, think tanks, business and civil society as well as the Liberal Democrats both as a press officer and environmental researcher. She’s a Project Director at sustainability hub, a Director of PRASEG and a trustee of the Fairyland Trust.


The original editorial team in 2013 comprised Duncan Brack, Neil Stockley, Paul Burall – a writer specialising in environmental issues, especially the links between business, design and the environment, and a former local councillor – and Mike Tuffrey.