About Us

Our mission is to create a positive space where well-researched, well-evidenced policy ideas from across the political spectrum can be discussed and disseminated. Where good policy debate is enabled by making it easy to access all the latest thinking and by widening the traditional policy audience so that the debate better reflects all parts of society.

We do this by presenting policy research and ideas without preference or favour. We aim to widen access to those ideas by making the policy world more transparent and the ideas easier to find and understand. Expanding access to the policy world itself also informs our work and we are always looking at how to help diversify those seeking to build careers in the sector.

We are the first to provide a one-stop-shop, non-political platform for policy research, events, thinking and careers.


The Team

Emily Redding


Emily is the Founder and Director of Smart Thinking which she set up after several years working in think tanks. Alongside experience in both think tank research and fundraising she has a background in business, initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She is responsible for Smart Thinking’s overall strategy and growth.

Fiona Oakley

Events & Business Development Officer

Fiona curates all of Smart Thinking’s events pages, ensuring all the latest public think tank events are highlighted for our audience. She is also responsible for working with our advertisers to place their latest policy and think tank job adverts.

Onyinye Nwulu

Senior Adviser

Onyinye has extensive legal experience in the private sector (private practice and in-house) and the public sector (NGOs, the European Commission, not-for-profIt community organisations) within the UK and internationally.

The Advisory Board

Taryn Strong

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

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

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 of the campaigning think tank Onward, a Trustee of the Almeida Theatre and a Non-Executive Director of two listed investment trusts.