I am an academic, writer, broadcaster and public speaker specialising in contemporary values and generations.
I was born in south London, educated at Durham and UCL and received my PhD in history from the University of Warwick in 2010. Between 2010-2014, I lectured at Remnin University Beijing where I taught the history of capitalism, and latterly King’s College London where I taught, amongst other things, a history of the 1980s to those born in the 1990s.
In 2014 I started my own business, GradTrain, providing bespoke employability training for graduates. It is now one of the UK‘s leading training organization for universities.
I published my first book God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul in 2015 based on my PhD. I discovered that Margaret Thatcher had been a preacher before she had entered politics and that she had been heavily influenced in her politics by her lay-preacher father, Alfred Roberts, whose sermons revealed the true religious origins of Thatcherism.
My current project explores Generation Y and Z. Pulling together data, existing research, future trends as well as my own experiences of training grads from across the world, I help businesses, policy makers and the media try and navigate the Generation Gap dominating society right now.
I have debated at the Oxford Union, sparred at the Conservative Party Conference and led management workshops for the Church of England as well as addressed audiences at numerous universities, including Cambridge and Harvard. I have written for The Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Spectator and have reviewed for the Financial Times amongst others. I have appeared on BBC News, Radio 4, Radio 3, BBC World Service, LBC and BBC’s Daily Politics as well as broadcasters in Spain, China and North America. I regularly appear on the Sky News’ Evening Paper Review show.