Open Reason supports Nick Clegg in the development of liberal ideas and promotion of liberal causes through debate and fresh thinking, with particular focus on Brexit, the AI/tech revolution, drugs reform and social mobility.

About Sir Nick Clegg

Sir Nick served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015 and was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam for 12 years up until the General Election in June 2017.

Prior to his entry into British politics, he served as a leading Member of the European Parliament on trade and industry affairs and as an international trade negotiator in the European Commission

Read Nicks full bio here.

The Team

The small team covers policy, communications, operational and administrative support.

Vicky Booth

Director of Operations

Prior to joining Open Reason, Vicky was Head of Candidates and Diversity at Liberal Democrat HQ, overseeing leadership programmes and other key measures to address barriers for under-represented groups in politics. She has previously worked in various roles in the overseas charity sector, and has a particular interest in gender equality issues.

Sam Macrory

Director of Communications

Sam Macrory joined Open Reason from the BBC, where he worked as a political producer and reporter for programmes such as the Daily Politics, the Andrew Marr Show and the Westminster Hour. He previously edited both Total Politics and the House Magazine and was a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

Meliz Ahmet

Prior to joining Open Reason, Meliz worked at the London School of Economics, providing support to the Department of Government’s staff and students. She has also been a parliamentary assistant to several Liberal Democrat MPs and has worked in various roles in the charity sector, including Comic Relief and Friends of the Earth.

Tim Colbourne

Director of Policy

Tim Colbourne served as a special advisor during the Coalition government, spending time in the Downing Street Policy Unit and as deputy chief of staff to Nick Clegg. He previously worked for the Liberal Democrats as senior home affairs adviser, for HM Prison Service and for the Howard League for Penal Reform. Tim has a particular interest in drug policy, criminal justice, technology and civil liberties.