The school appoints Honorary Professors to share their expertise from the world of politics practitioners with students and staff at Nottingham. Find out more about our current special professors below.
Bob Bonwitt has been Honorary Professor of Public Administration since 2013. He was the founder and Director of SIGMA (Support for the Improvement of Governance and Management in Accession States, a joint initiative of the OECD and the EU, principally funded by the EU) from 1991-2012. Previously, he was the Deputy Director of the Public Governance Directorate of the OECD, 1976-1991.
Jeremy Browne is the Special Representative for the City to the Europe Union, where he represents the UK based financial and professional services sectors in Brussels and in EU Member States, with policy makers, regulators, central bankers, MEPs, commissioners and officials, national governments and other key opinion formers. He covers a range of EU issues including the UK EU Referendum and the Capital Markets Union. Between 2005 and 2015, he was Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane and served successively as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs 2010-12 and Minister of State for Home Affairs 2012-13. He is a graduate of the School of Politics and International Relations, and former editor of the student newspaper and president of the Students' Union (1992-93). Jeremy currently serves as an adviser to the University on its international strategy.
Professor Ted Cantle CBE
Previously Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council between 1990-2001, in August 2001, Ted Cantle was appointed by the Home Secretary to Chair the Community Cohesion Review Team and to lead the review the causes of the summer disturbances in a number of northern towns and cities. The Report - known as 'the Cantle Report' was produced in December 2001. Mr Cantle was asked to chair the Panel which advised Ministers on implementation. He has contributed over 200 articles and publications on a wide range of subjects including, 'social capital', 'housing defects' 'race and housing' 'sustainable development' - which is the subject of his book: Community Cohesion: A New Framework for Race and Diversity.
Neil Carmichael served as Member of Parliament for Stroud Valleys and Vale between 2010 and 2017, and as Chair of the Education Select Committee between 2015 and 2017. He has previously been a member of the Environment Audit Committee and also established two All Parliamentary Party Groups: Governance and Leadership in Education, and Vascular Diseases. Neil took the Antarctic Act through Parliament, safeguarding both the Antarctic environment and British interests in the area for future generations. Neil has also spent several years as a visiting lecturer in British political history, European Union policies and institutions, and rural economic development.
Michael Cockerell is a British broadcaster and journalist, the BBC's most established political documentary maker, with an Emmy award-winning career of political programmes spanning television and radio. Over the last decade, he made a series of documentaries, including the How to Be trilogy (How to Be Chancellor, How to Be Foreign Secretary, How to Be Home Secretary); a three-part series on the history of Anglo-American, Anglo-German and Anglo-French relations; an observational documentary on the workings of Alastair Campbell's press office in News from Number 10; and a three-part analysis of Tony Blair's ten years in office as Prime Minister. One of Cockerell's most recent series for the BBC is The Great Offices of State. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the Home Office, the Foreign Office, and the UK Treasury, three of the UK's Great Offices of State.
Major-General Tim Cross CBE
Major-General Tim Cross retired from the Army in 2006. In his military career he has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Balkans (SFOR and KFOR) and Iraq. He has worked extensively with other government departments, the US military, the United Nations and numerous non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Mark D'Arcy is Parliamentary Correspondent for the BBC News. He has produced and still occasionally presents The Westminster Hour on Radio 4, and has made a series of one-off documentaries for Radio 4 and BBC Parliament. Mark presents BBC Parliament's political book review show, Book Talk.
Air Vice Marshal Michael Harwood
Mike Harwood retired from the Royal Air Force in July 2012 after 34 years, during which time he was involved in instructing in the UK and also served around the world including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. Between 2008 and 2012, he worked at the British Embassy Washington DC as Head of British Defence Staff United States and Defence Attaché. He now runs his own consultancy company, Matrix Blue Ltd.
John Hess was the BBC's Political Editor for the East Midlands until 2015. He began his journalistic career in the 1970s working for newspapers in the West Midlands before joining BBC Radio Nottingham. John became Political Editor for BBC East Midlands in 1997 presenting on "East Midlands Today" and "Sunday Politics" on BBC One.
John Hilary is Executive Director of War on Want. He is the author of numerous reports and articles on international trade policy and its impacts, and of The Poverty of Capitalism: Economic Meltdown and the Struggle for What Comes Next, published by Pluto Press in October 2013.
Sir Peter Housden
Sir Peter Housden served as Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government (2010 - 2015), having been Permanent Secretary of the Department of Communities and Local Government (2005 - 2010). Before working in Whitehall, Sir Peter was Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council (1994 - 2001).
Graham Hutchings is Principal of Oxford Analytica, having served as Managing Director for 2 years. For the previous 13 years he was the firm's Managing Editor of Oxford Analytica Daily Brief where he led the company's Analysis team and the global contributor network in delivering analysis of political, economic and social events around the world each day for clients in government, international institutions and corporations.
In his various roles at the firm, Graham has undertaken a number of client engagements worldwide, speaking on the changing landscape of business and politics to clients in government, international institutions and corporations.
Graham was previously China correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph from 1987 - 1998, living in Beijing and then Hong Kong.
Professor Bernard Silverman
From 2010 to his retirement in 2017, Professor Silverman was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, a post with three aspects: to provide independent scientific advice to the Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers on the whole range of topics relevant to Home Office business; to lead Home Office Science, and to play a part in the interdepartmental network of Chief Scientific Advisers chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Silverman is a highly cited researcher whose published work is centred on computational statistics. His work has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics, and he has collaborated with researchers in many areas of medicine, social science, and the life and physical sciences
.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Social Sciences, a past President of the Royal Statistical Society and has served as Chair of the UK Mathematics Trust and the Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom. He has been a Council Member (Trustee) of Bath, Bristol and Oxford Universities and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a chair or member of numerous Royal Society and senior University committees.
Marc Stears was previously the Chief Executive of the New Economics Foundation and Professor of Political Theory and a Fellow of University College, Oxford, having held other academic positions at the University of Bristol and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Marc's research has largely focused on political ideology and the history of progressive political movements in the UK and USA. He was also a senior adviser to Ed Miliband during the period when the latter was Leader of the Labour Party (2010 - 2015)
Dr Andrew Whitehead
Andrew Whitehead is an expert on contemporary South Asia, and particularly on Kashmir. He is the author of A Mission in Kashmir (2007), which uses oral history and personal testimony to interrogate the established Indian, Pakistani and Kashmiri narratives of how the Kashmir conflict started in 1947. He was awarded a PhD by published work in history at the University of Warwick in 2013. Andrew is a longstanding editor of History Workshop Journal, and has also written on the history of London and was co-editor with Jerry White of London Fictions (2013).
Andrew's career has been as a news journalist. He was until recently Editor of BBC World Service News and has been the BBC's Delhi correspondent and a BBC political correspondent. He has a personal website and blog, and he tweets at @john_pether.