The Manifesto Club is coordinated day-to-day by a Steering Committee based in London. Steering Committee members are all actively involved in running the club’s main projects and campaigns – as well as meeting monthly to guide the club’s overall development.
We welcome proposals for projects from Manifesto Club members, so do get in touch – see below for all our emails. We are also always keen to hear from members who would like to devote more time and responsibility to organising the club’s work.
Josie Appleton is convenor of the Manifesto Club; she oversees the club’s campaigns and publications, and coordinates the membership programme. She heads up the Campaign Against Vetting, and is author of its series of reports (starting with The Case Against Vetting in October 2006) and blog. She also founded and edits the Thinkpieces series and wrote a Thinkpiece on Hate Speech, A New Deal for public debate, and chairs Manifesto Club salons. As a journalist and writer, she writes on the freedom issues of the day for a number of publications. Email her here.
Dolan Cummings heads up the club’s work for free speech and against the regulation of public space. He has a particular commitment to the idea of a free and vital public sphere, going back to 1993, when at the age of 18 he organised a demonstration against a nightclub curfew in Glasgow. Recently, he has written a Manifesto Club Thinkpiece against the smoking ban, A civilised approach to smoking policies; a proposal to abolish instrusive licensing laws; and a statement against the ban on drinking on London transport; and he coordinates the Manifesto Club campaign for free speech. He also manages the Manifesto Club website and Members’ Room. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Ideas in London, and edits its online review Culture Wars. He is also the editor of Debating Humanism, a collection of essays exploring different conceptions of humanist politics. Email him here.
Manick Govinda is co-ordinator for the Manifesto Club’s Visiting Artists campaign, against the UK Home Office’s restrictions on non-EU artists and academics. He is an artists’ producer and head of artists advisory services at Artsadmin, having produced and commissioned artists such as Zarina Bhimji, Zineb Sedira, Franko B, Yara El-Sherbini, Peter Liversidge and walkwalkwalk. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Strategy Group and is a non-executive director of ArtRole, a-n: The Artists’ Information Company, and The Showroom.
James Panton is press officer for the Manifesto Club; he organizes and hosts the Club Nights. He writes regularly for the mainstream media on issues around education, politics, democracy and participation, as well as representing the Manifesto Club frequently on national radio and television. By day James is a politics tutor at St John’s College, Oxford where he works on intellectual and political history. He is the author of a number of academic articles and book chapters on politics, intellectual culture and education, and co-editor of the book Science versus Superstition: the case for a new scientific enlightenment. Email him here.