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The Policy Institute at King's appoints three new Visiting Professors

Posted on 13/03/2015

The Policy Institute at King’s is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Visiting Professors.

These three appointments further boost the reputation of King’s as a centre of international excellence across the disciplines, adding to an impressive and diverse growing group of Visiting Professors at the Policy Institute.

Professor Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King’s, said: 'I am delighted to be welcoming Alun, Patsy and Paul as Visiting Professors in the Policy Institute at King’s College London, and members of the Policy Circle. Their wide-ranging experience and knowledge will further enhance and diversify what is already an impressive hub of expertise being assembled here at the Institute.'

Paul Adamson OBE

Paul Adamson has held a variety of roles relating to EU affairs over the last 30 years. Currently Chairman of Forum Europe, as well as editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp, an online magazine dedicated to covering the European Union and Europe's place in the world. Paul is also a member of the advisory group of the Washington European Society, the American Security Project and British Influence. 

A member of Rand Europe's Council of Advisors, and sitting on the external advisory board of YouGov-Cambridge, Paul is also a patron of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES), a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and a trustee of the Citizenship Foundation. He also founded the consultancy firm Adamson Associates and 'think-do tank' The Centre, before selling them on.

In 2012, Paul was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) ’for services to promoting understanding of the European Union’, a part of the Queen's 2012 New Year Honours Diplomatic Service and Overseas List.

Alun Evans

Alun Evans is the Chief Executive (Designate) of the British Academy, the UK’s expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences. Previously a senior Civil Servant, Alun Evans most recently served as the Director of the Scotland Office from 2012-2015, covering 2014’s Independence referendum.

Joining the Civil Service in 1983, Alun has held a variety of roles within the Civil Service, including serving as Head of secretariat for the independent Detainee Inquiry in the Cabinet Office (2010-12), a variety of roles at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (2008-10), Secretary to the Independent Inquiry into the Lessons to be learned from the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak of 2001 in the Cabinet Office (2001-03), Head of the Strategic Communications Unit at 10 Downing Street (1998-2000), and serving as Principal Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State at the Department of Employment, including the Rt Hon Michael Portillo MP, the Rt Hon Gillian Shephard MP and the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP (1994-98). 

Patsy Robertson

Patsy Robertson is currently a Chair of Widows Rights International, the Commonwealth Association and the Ramphal Trust, and is a trustee of several charities including The Thomson Foundation, The Commonwealth Press Union and the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum. She is also President of the UK-based Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica, which seeks to preserve Jamaica’s Georgian heritage.

Formerly Director of Information at the Commonwealth Secretariat and Official Spokesperson for the Commonwealth (1983-1994), Patsy worked as a senior Media Advisor for the Fourth World Conference on Women and Beijing +5 and with UNICEF on the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children 1991-1992. 

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