About Us

Smart Thinking was set up to provide one platform that brings together the latest public policy research from the UK’s leading think tanks.


One of the reasons for its creation was to increase the reach of the important work being carried out in organisations across the political spectrum and feed into a more informed debate on government and public policy.  In order to effectively do this we do not take a view on the research but simply provide the platform for its aggregation and dissemination.

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We are always looking at how to further promote and collaborate with think tanks.  If you would like to know more please contact us at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter @SmartThinktanks

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The Team

Emily Redding

Founder/Director

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.

Joe Strong

Communications Executive

Joe is a postgraduate in the Methodology and Social Policy Departments at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His main research is in the relationship between gender social policies and populations demographics.


The Advisory Board

Ben Ullmann

Ben is a strategic communications consultant and CEO speechwriter. He advises businesses and their leaders on financial communications and reputation management. He has worked in Westminster as a communications advisor to Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and spent two years as a Research Fellow at think-tank Policy Exchange.

Susan Walton

Susan is a senior finance and media executive with over 20 years of experience in global top-tier investment banks. She serves as a board member and adviser to leading think tanks, universities, cultural institutions and social enterprises. Susan was educated at Harvard University and London Business School.

Sian Hansen

Sian spent 7 years as Managing Director of the think tank Policy Exchange following a successful career in finance. After Policy Exchange she became Executive Director of the Legatum Institute for 3 years.  She now has a portfolio of director level and advisory roles.