Dr Jon Davis – Director, The Strand Group, The Policy Institute at King’s & Postgraduate lecturer, Department of Political Economy
Dr Davis is Director of the Strand Group. His research and work focuses on British central government, past and present. Dr Davis is the lecturer and coordinator of four postgraduate modules at King’s:
He will also be launching in Autumn 2018 a new undergraduate module:
Dr Davis’s Cabinet Office-sponsored PhD was published as Prime Ministers and Whitehall, 1960-74 in 2007. He has recently completed a new book, ‘The Blair Governments Reconsidered’, for Oxford University Press with Visiting Professor John Rentoul of The Independent, Dr Davis is currently supervisor to the Strand Group’s three PhD candidates.
Before joining King’s, Dr Davis spent a total of eighteen years at Queen Mary, University of London, and rose to be Director of the Mile End Group (2004-14), overseeing more than 100 increasingly high-profile events over more than a decade. This pioneering unit was funded by the computer-giant HP, staffed by postgraduates and hosted the biggest figures in government past and present including Tony Blair, Sir John Major, Lord Adonis, Baroness Manningham-Buller, Sir David Omand, Sir Nicholas Macpherson and many more. Major project partnerships included those with No. 10 Downing Street and HM Treasury. Dr Davis was also a lecturer of the undergraduate courses ‘Cabinet, Premiership and the conduct of British Central Government since 1945’ and the MA courses ‘New Labour in Government’ and ‘The Hidden Wiring of British Government’. His undergraduate special subject ‘The Blair Government’ led to Dr Davis being shortlisted for the Times Higher Education’s Most Innovative Teacher award in 2010. Moreover, Dr Davis was Associate Director of Corporate Affairs at QM from 2008-2011.
Dr Davis worked for five years in investment banking, being a liquidity analyst at JP Morgan, a bond analyst at Paribas and a financial control clerk at Hambros Bank, and spent the year 2000 in the Modernising Government Secretariat of the Cabinet Office.
After studying for a Masters degree in Contemporary British History, Martin joined the Media Monitoring team in the Labour Party Press Office where he worked for 5 years, including two election campaigns, before joining the Strand Group in 2015. As Strand Group Manager, Martin’s role is to oversee all of the Strand Group’s operations and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Dr Jack Brown
Jack Brown is the first ever Researcher in Residence at Number 10 Downing Street, in partnership with the Policy Institute at King’s, the charitable organisation the Brilliant Club, King’s Widening Participation Department and HPE. He was also Research Assistant to the King’s Commission on London, and was awarded his doctorate at Queen Mary, University of London in November 2017, for his thesis on the redevelopment of London’s Docklands and the emergence of Canary Wharf in the 1980s. Jack is currently also a Senior Researcher at the Centre for London, working on a project investigating London’s relationship with the rest of the UK.
Michelle Clement is co-teacher on two of the Strand Group’s MA modules: The History of the Prime Minister and The Blair Years. Michelle is currently working on a PhD on Sir Michael Barber and the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit 2001-05, sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The PhD represents the first academic study of the PMDU with access to Barber’s private, unpublished diaries. Prior to this, Michelle was Strategic Partnerships Coordinator (Tech City) at Queen Mary University of London, where she worked closely with government, digital and creative industries and academia to facilitate collaboration.
Ashley Sweetman gained his MA in Modern and Contemporary British History from Queen Mary, University of London in 2013, which was sponsored by Hewlett-Packard. Ashley has recently worked for BP in Government Affairs and for the Sunday Times. Ashley is currently working on a PhD thesis on the history of financial sector cyber security.
Eleanor Hallam is completing a PhD on ‘HM Treasury and its Management of the Financial Crisis: 2007 – 2009’, while working as the HM Treasury Partnership Coordinator for the Strand Group and researcher for King’s Visiting Professor Ed Balls.
Before starting her PhD, Eleanor worked in the Media Monitoring Unit at the Labour Party and, before that, she worked in the charity sector for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Eleanor also has an MA in Modern and Contemporary British History.