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Honorary Staff

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.

Our honorary staff are not based at the Unit, but can be contacted via the Administrator.

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.
Paul Evans
Clerk of the Committees House of Commons
Oonagh Gay Former House of Commons Library, expert in parliament and constitutional watchdogs.
Hilary Jackson
Former senior civil servant with 30 years' experience of several government departments. Formerly Head of the Northern Ireland Office.
David Laughrin

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 .
Peter Waller
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.