Sunder Katwala is the director of British Future. He has previously worked as a journalist. He was general secretary of the Fabian Society thinktank from 2003 to 2011, and was previously a leading writer and internet editor at the Observer, a research director of the Foreign Policy Centre and commissioning editor for politics and economics at the publisher Macmillan. He celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, Stacy, in 2011, and is the proud father of four children, Zarina, Jay, Sonny and Indira. His support for Everton and Southend United football clubs reflects an upbringing in Cheshire and Essex, though he was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, to parents who came to Britain from India and Ireland, to work for the NHS.
Rachael Jolley is director of communications and editorial director. She grew up in Bristol and studied in Hull, Sheffield, California and Norwich, and spent more than 10 years as a journalist, starting her career on the Eastern Daily Press. She has also edited magazines and websites, and has written for The Times, the Financial Times, New Statesman and The Guardian on business, travel, politics and personal finance. She wrote a series of articles on the last US election including interviews with Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Sidney Blumenthal. In the financial field, she was a contributing editor for many years for Chartered Accountancy magazine and for Investor Relations magazine, and wrote a book on the euro and business for FT Publishing. She has worked in politics and policy as Head of Policy, Advocacy and Communication for the Faculty of Public Health, Head of Communications for the Fabian Society thinktank, and a policy consultant for the Royal College of Physicians. She has recently worked as a social media consultant for charities, and on editorial development for commercial websites.
In her spare time she writes plays, and was the co-author of a play produced at Greenwich Theatre in 2010. She is also a trustee for the charity Sustain.
Matthew Rhodes is director of strategy and relationships at British Future. He was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, and reflects his family’s strong Yorkshire heritage in his passionate support of Leeds United FC, though he also grew up in Bedford and Brighton. After studying at Nottingham University, he qualified as a solicitor and specialised as an employment lawyer with a large commercial law firm, before deciding he would like to travel and see the world, and do something different with his life. He worked in Westminster for six years as a senior aide to The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, working on a wide range of issues and policy matters, during which time he very much enjoyed working with East Londoners. He also assisted Stephen in six different ministerial roles, including when he was in the cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He is married to Rebecca and is a dad to Poppy and Jotham. He enjoys watching and playing most sports, playing the drums, and enjoys philosophy, theology and spending time with his family.
Helena Stroud is the office manager and executive assistant at British Future. She was raised in Belgium by parents from London and Stoke-on-Trent and has subsequently lived in Glasgow, Birmingham, Taiwan, Barcelona and finally London, which she loves and considers home. As well as moving around a good deal, Helena has had a varied career, with jobs as an English teacher, an event manager at a publishing company and as the administrator at the Red Squirrel Survival Trust. In her spare time she reads and writes a good deal, and is currently working on two horror/fantasy novels. She likes to set herself interesting challenges and has recently been bridge-jumping and canyoning. Helena also enjoys practising a wide range of martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and western swordsmanship, and is in training for the London to Brighton Challenge.
Douglas Jefferson is the intern at British Future. Born and bred in rural Lincolnshire, he moved to Colchester to study politics at the University of Essex before going on to complete a MA in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. After university he travelled around Europe and became fascinated with the ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome. Since then he has worked on political campaigns, on behalf of an MP, and has contributed to a variety of media publications. He is a fan of many sports from tennis to cricket, but his first love is football and Grimsby Town, who he tries to watch whenever he can.