Matthew Taylor

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Full name: Matthew Taylor

Area of interest: Current affairs, Politics, Arts, Education

Journals/Organisation: The Guardian

Email: matthew.taylor@rsa.org.uk | contact details

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Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/matthewtaylorrsa

Blog: Matthew's blog at the RSA (formerly mtblog - the view from the 4th floor of john adam street)

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Networks: https://api.twitter.com/#!/RSAMatthew

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About: Became Chief Executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister, see: http://www.matthewtaylorsblog.com/about

Education: Emanuel School (public school in Battersea); University of Southampton: BA Sociology (first); Warwick University: MA Industrial relations

Career: Set up a research unit at the teachers' union, the NASUWT, 1985/1988; Director, West Midlands Health Service Monitoring Unit, 1988/1990; Senior research fellow, University of Warwick, 1990/1993; Assistant general secretary, Labour party (during the 1997 general election was Labour's director of policy and a member of the Party's central election strategy team), 1994/98; Director, Institute for Public Policy Research, 1999/2003; Chief adviser on political strategy to the Prime Minister, 2003/2006; Chief Executive RSA, 2006-

Current position/role: Comments on education and other issues

  • also writes/has written for: The Observer, New Statesman, Prospect

Other roles/Main role: Chief Executive of the RSA info (VIDEO)

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  • Interview: For the good of society - As Tony Blair's favourite adviser, Matthew Taylor had to be careful what he said in public. Now, having left politics to head up the Royal Society of Arts, he wants to tackle issues no politician would dare touch. By Damian Thompson - The Daily Telegraph, 13th January 2007
  • BBC Politics Show: Matthew Taylor interview transcript - On the Politics Show, Sunday 14 January 2007, Jon Sopel interviewed Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA
  • Article: Why life is good - A dangerous gap exists between our personal experience, which is mainly happy, and our view of a society in decline - New Statesman, 3rd January 2008

Broadcast media: makes frequent appearances

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Controversy/Criticism: The limits of the 'think tank' revolution - By Gerry Hassan for openDemocracy.net, 9th September 2008 (from the International Relations and Security Network)

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Other: Son of sociologist and broadcaster Professor Laurie Taylor

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Section: Comment is free @ Guardian.co

Role: Reporter and occasional comment

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Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/matthewtaylorrsa

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