The Unit is a hub of many networks and we also have a number of honorary researchers who contribute and advise on our activities. Many pursue their own research, and some have their own websites.
honorary staff are not based at the Unit, but can be contacted via the
|Sir David Beamish||Long career in the House of Lords 1974–2017, culminating with six years as Clerk of the Parliaments|
|Alan Cogbill||Retired senior civil servant with experience in the Home Office, Lord Chancellor’s Department and Department for Constitutional Affairs. Former head of the Wales Office, and former Chief Executive of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.|
||Clerk of the Committees House of Commons|
|Oonagh Gay||Former House of Commons Library, expert in parliament and constitutional watchdogs.|
Former senior civil servant with 30 years' experience of several government departments. Formerly Head of the Northern Ireland Office.
||Former senior civil servant with varied experience across a range of government departments in the UK, Australia and New Zealand|
|Dr Andrew McDonald||Founding CEO of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (2009-14). Constitution Director at the Department for Constitutional Affairs from 2003-05.|
|Lucinda Maer||Head of the Parliament and Constitution Centre, House of Commons Library|
Dr James Melton
Former Senior Lecturer at the Constitution Unit and School of Public Policy
|Dr Robert Morris||Formerly Home Office Under Secretary responsible for Constitutional Affairs. Leader of the Unit’s work on Church and State and also expert on FoI.|
Dr Patrick O'Brien
LSE Fellow & former Research Associate with the Unit, working on Judicial Independence
|Akash Paun||Fellow at the Institute for Government and former researcher at the Unit.|
|Mark Sandford||Senior researcher in the House of Commons Library, specialising in local and regional government|
|Brian Walker||Formerly of the BBC .|
||Former senior civil servant largely in DTI and its derivatives, specialist on policy making processes.|
|Alan Whysall||Former senior British civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office|
|Dr Benjamin Yong||
Lecturer in Law at Hull University and former Research Associate with the Unit.