James Cornford – bio

James Cornford


Current activities: Chairman of the Dartington Hall Trust, trustee of the Institute of Community Studies, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs (UnLtd), The Elm Farm Research Centre, and Chairman of the Campaign for Freedom of Information.


Previous Career:


Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh 1968 – 1976


Director, the Outer Circle Policy Unit 1976 –79


Director, the Nuffield Foundation 1980 – 1988


Director, the Institute for Public Policy Research 1988 – 94


Director, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation 1994 –97


Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Cabinet Office, 1997 –98


Deputy Director, the Institute of Community Studies, 1998 – 2000


Other relevant experience: membership of research committees and panels of the Social Science Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council, of the Committee of Inquiry into the Education of Children from Ethnic Minority Groups (DES) 1981–85, and of the executive committee of the Association of Medical Research Charities. Literary Editor and Chairman of the Political Quarterly.


Education: Winchester College, Trinity College, Cambridge (scholar and Prize Fellow), the Universities of California at Berkeley and Chicago (Harkness Fellow). Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford.


Personal: Born 25.01.35. Married, four children, three grandchildren.


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