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The Debating Matters Changing Age project team.

Justine Brian, Debating Matters National Coordinator

Justine loves good food and hates food snobbery. She learned to cook at Westminster College, and fantasises about giving up the rat race to sell high-class cupcakes. For her, the contemporary debate about food confuses the creative and adventurous impulse to try to make better food with a manipulative attempt to use food as a tool of social engineering in areas as diverse as health, parenting and ‘ethical’ living. When not thinking about, reading about or eating food, she is the National Coordinator of the Academy of Ideas and Pfizer Debating Matters Competition, an innovative and engaging new style of debating competition for sixth form students in the UK.


Phone: 020 7269 9233

Craig Fairnington, Debating Matters Assistant

Craig was the winner of the Best Individual award at the Debating Matters National Final 2006. Since then he’s been involved in the competition as a judge and chairperson on numerous occasions, and is currently working as Debating Matters Assistant in London. He graduated with a BSc in Physics from the University of St Andrews in 2009 and continues to have a strong interest in science, working on a number of relevant projects. He spoke at a session on space exploration and chaired a session on science education at the Battle of Ideas 2009, and has also contributed an essay to the Academy of Ideas publication What is science education for?


Tony Gilland, Debating Matters Director

Tony is Director of the IoI’s acclaimed Debating Matters Competition for sixth-form students, now in its fifth year. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programmes in the UK. Tony holds a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.


Phone: 020 7269 9231

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