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The Team

Emily Redding


After 6 years working in think tanks in both fundraising and research Emily founded Smart Thinking in April 2017. A Chartered Accountant she also works in financial services.

Cat Morton

Cat Morton

Head of Marketing & BD

Cat has worked in a number of professional-services advisory roles, working with CEOs and leadership teams of dynamic mid-market businesses. Her work has mainly focused on the growth strategy of these organisations. She also has a background in Intellectual Property advisory.

Hana Kapetanovic

Communications Executive

Hana is a postgraduate student in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and is a member of King’s Think Tank. Her academic research focuses on ethnonational conflicts, particularly in the Middle East and Balkan regions.

The Advisory Board

Taryn Strong

Advisory board, Company

Taryn is Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Great Point Media and helped establish their Media Ventures Fund. Taryn has a wide range of investment experience in the early and growth-stage companies. She qualified as a corporate lawyer in 2012 whilst working at Freshfields and most recently worked as a commercial lawyer at Channel Four Television Corporation on their media for equity and Indie Growth funds.

Ben Ullmann

Advisory board, Company

Ben Ullmann is Chief Executive of Sanctuary Counsel, a communications advisory firm. He was previously a Managing Director at Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm and before that Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Ben is a keen follower of British and American politics having worked as a Research Fellow for Policy Exchange, a leading Westminster think-tank and for a US Senate election campaign in Kentucky.


Sian Hansen

Job Title, Company

Sian has a portfolio of Director and Advisory level roles in finance, policy and philanthropy. She was Executive Director of the Legatum Institute from 2013-2016 and before this, spent 7 years as Managing Director of the think tank Policy Exchange following a successful career in finance. She is now a Trustee is of the campaigning think tank Onward, a Trustee of the Almeida Theatre and a Non-Executive Director of two listed investment trusts.