Meet The Team

At The Speaker, we deliver impartial and inclusive coverage of the latest political news on a mission to inspire the next generation in politics - but this would not be possible without our extraordinary team. Our team all come from different backgrounds, different places and with different ambitions. However, what brings them all together is a collective enthusiasm for politics and motivation to inspire the next generation.

Leadership

Meet the leaders driving forward our mission to inspire the next generation.

Nathan Shoesmith

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Nathan is our MD and oversees all of our operations here at The Speaker. Nathan is motivated towards making positive change - delivering more than just a news website, but a resource for all. 
Located in Norwich, Nathan has become well-known in his area, being awarded Young Person of the Year for both his constituency and region in 2017 in recognition of commitment to charities and the local community. Nathan usually has his best ideas either when swimming (his favourite sport) or at 1am in the morning. His favourite TV Show is Line of Duty and he is an avid supporter of Premier League team Norwich City FC.

Calum Paton

Deputy Managing Director

Calum is our deputy managing director. Working closely with our MD, Calum mainly focuses on business development though still produces some new content for our readers. Calum was formerly our Global News Manager, reporting from Melbourne, Australia.
Calum is a history and politics student and the University of Warwick. Originally from London, Calum has written for many political and non-political publications in the past and has a particular interest in American and Australian politics. Calum's favourite film is The Post and his favourite book is Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

Abigail Hunt

Head of Content

Abigail is our Head of Content, ensuring our newsdesk provides impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Abigail is originally from Guildford, Surrey but moved to Nottingham in 2015 to complete her BA in Media and Popular Culture. After her graduation, Abigail applied to pursue an MA in News Journalism, something which she has enjoyed immensely and since developed a real love for writing. Abigail is interested in social issues, the environment, technology and her favourite film is the drama, The Aviator.

Our Team

Every member of our team plays a key role in making political news accessible for the wider public.

Sam Haut

US News Manager

Sam is our US News Manager, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the US.
Sam is currently a junior at Ithaca College studying journalism in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, with a minor in politics. Sam's political interests include elections, the constituency link and public policy's impact on the public. His favourite movie is 12 Angry Men and a fun fact is that Sam has broken his ankle four times in the same place.

Jane Corscadden

Northern Ireland Correspondent

Jane is our Northern Ireland correspondent, providing impartial and understandable news and analysis relating to the region. 
Jane graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Politics, and is due to start her Journalism MA at University of Ulster, Coleraine in 2019. She volunteered in Miami, FL during the 2018 mid-term elections and is passionate about political engagement. Her favourite book is 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D Salinger and she lives for a good pint.

Emily Sims

Environmental Correspondent

Emily is our environmental correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political and environmental news stories from the UK and beyond.
Emily is currently studying Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. She has a keen interest in the environment, as well as UK politics and international relations and how this relates to environmental issues. Her favourite book is Becoming by Michelle Obama and her favourite TV show is House of Cards.

Charlotte Marsh

News Analyst

Charlotte is a News Analyst for our newsdesk team, providing impartial and understandable analysis of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Charlotte is half Filipino and has been raised in the UK her whole life. She enjoys volunteering abroad, collaborating with NGO’s and engaging in foreign affairs. Currently studying International Politics and Security Studies at The University of Sheffield, Charlotte is interested in left and right polarisations.

Alana Roberts

European Correspondent

Alana is our European correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from Europe.
Alana is currently studying for a masters in EU Politics. Her undergraduate degree was in European Studies and French and she spent a year living in Paris. Alana is interested in the EU as well as European affairs more broadly, with a particular passion for EU foreign policy. Alana has always been keen to make the EU more accessible and understandable to citizens. As a self-confessed Europhile, she is fascinated by European languages and cultures, and is a huge Eurovision fan.

Jasper Haywood

Brexit Correspondent

Jasper is our Brexit correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories surrounding the UK's departure from the European Union.

Jasper was born and raised just outside Coventry. At age 16, Jasper and his parents moved to Norfolk. It was here that Jasper began college, which sparked his interest in politics. After college, Jasper read History and Politics at the University of East Anglia. During his time at UEA, Jasper completed a Parliamentary Policy Report on the likely effects of Brexit on businesses in Norwich South. This experience transformed Jasper’s general interest in politics to specifically a concern regarding Brexit. 

Adam Walsh

News Correspondent

Adam is a news correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Originally from Grimsby, Adam is currently based in York as a third-year undergraduate student studying Media Production: Journalism (BJTC) at York St John University. Adam has experience writing news stories for his local student publication The Yorkie, of which he is a founding member, as well as this he has a monthly news show broadcast from York-based community station, Two Rivers Radio. Adam hopes to continue his studies at postgraduate level through a politics-related course. 

Freddie Hayward

News Correspondent

Freddie is a news correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Originally from Macclesfield, Cheshire, Freddie is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. Freddie has a keen interest in culture, international relations, and British politics. He has previously spent time working for the Bangkok Post, where he focused much of his time on human rights.

Ben Ibson

News Correspondent

Ben is a news correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Ben is a freelance journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester.  

Raynard Rabiul Tsani

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Raynard is our foreign affairs correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from across the world.
Raynard is an undergraduate student studying international relations in Japan from Jakarta, Indonesia. He is especially interested in International Political Economy, especially in the region of Asia. In addition, Raynard is interested in state development in general and how Asia stands in international relations and politics. His favourite book is Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl and he is an avid fan of martial arts.

Kai Nicol-Schwarz

News Correspondent

Kai is a news correspondent, providing impartial and understandable coverage of the biggest political news stories from the UK and beyond.
Growing up in Shropshire, Kai studied History at Newcastle University, and has been the Frivolity Editor for Kettle magazine. After moving to London, Kai began work as a content manager for a national fintech event, where he is a lead contributor to the fortnightly newsletter.

Jules de Jerphanion

News Correspondent

Jules is a news correspondent providing broad, impartial and understandable coverage of the main political stories from the UK, with a focus on Brexit.
Originally from Provence, France, Jules studied French Politics, Economics and History at Sciences Po in Lyon. He spent a year living in Bristol where he studied English Public Law, European Law and International Law. As part of his studies in Lyon, he completed a report on the political configuration surrounding Brexit and the negotiation of the withdrawal deal with the European Union. He is now finishing a masters in EU Politics in London. 

Henna Sharma

Social Media Assistant

Henna is our social media assistant, helping manage our social media accounts @speakerpolitics.
Henna is an English literature graduate from Keele University and has worked as a journalist for many media outlets such as MailOnline, Sky News and BBC. Other keen interests include social media, script writing and music.

Columnists

We regularly invite guest submissions and articles from a group of columnists, some of whom can be found below.

Matthew Chandy

Columnist

Mathew is a second-year university student studying Economics at the University of Warwick and is a columnist for The Speaker.
Mathew was born in India and lived there for the first 5 years of his life before moving to the UK. His initial interest in politics stems from his family, particularly his father who would frequently talk about Indian history and politics. Recent events such as Brexit and Trump have reaffirmed Mathew's interest in politics, particularly British politics, the intertwining of economics and politics and international relations, as well as learning about the shift of power and influence from West to East.

Patrick Maxwell

Columnist

Patrick Maxwell is a political blogger and writter and a columnist for The Speaker
Patrick Maxwell is a political blogger and writer. He is the editor of gerrymander.blog and a regular writer for Backbench and Comment Central. He is also a mainly inactive Liberal Democrat member and commentator on liberal affairs. Patrick currently lives in Oxford and is a former chorister.

Freya India Ager

Columnist

Freya India Ager is a columnist for The Speaker
Originally from Essex, Freya is currently based in London studying Politics at King’s College. Having interned for Bloomsbury Publishers and The Daily Mirror, she has a huge passion for writing and is particularly interested in current affairs, international relations and the psychology behind politics. Other keen interests include music and ballet.

Olive Lineham

Columnist

Olive is a columnist for The Speaker, writing articles mainly focused on the South Asia region.
Olive is going into her third year at the University of Sheffield studying Politics and International Relations. She produces and co-presents her weekly radio show ‘Politics Weekly’ and is a frequent contributor to her university’s student newspaper, Forge. She has previously worked with Reuters and Press Association and has an upcoming placement with the BBC. She hopes her contributions to the industry as a woman of colour will help to create a more diverse and inclusive space for young journalists.

Pawel Latoszek

Columnist

Born and bred in Poland, Pawel moved to Scotland to expand both his perspective on political affairs and, importantly, develop as a person.
Pawel is completing a master’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Glasgow having completed a joint honours programme in politics and journalism at Strathclyde University. Pawel is highly interested in American and European politics, democratisation processes and voting behaviour. He additionally conducted research on whether personal traits determined victory in the 2016 American Presidential Election.

Our Founders

The Speaker was co-founded by four politics students back in March 2018. Our co-founders spotted a gap in the market for an impartial and accessible political news website, especially one aimed at young people. Today, our co-founders continue to support and assist the growth and development of The Speaker.

Nathan Shoesmith

Co-Founder

George Bowman

Co-Founder

Emily Oxbury

Co-Founder

Henry Earl

Co-Founder

Join The Team

We're always on the lookout for individuals who share our mission to join the team here at The Speaker. If you think you could be a great addition to the team, tap the link below for more information.
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