Meet Our 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, though what brings them all together is a collective enthusiasm for politics and motivation to inspire the next generation.

Key People

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

Nathan Shoesmith

Managing Director & Co-Founder

Nathan is our MD here at The Speaker and previously led our political coverage in England & Wales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nathan, who is also currently completing a degree at Lancaster University, is a multi-award winning social entrepreneur and is committed to helping others in local and wider communities. In 2019, Nathan was featured in the Independent’s Happy List as one of ’50 of the most inspirational people whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery have made Britain a better place to live’ – while he received the prestigious Diana Award in 2021. Nathan is a big sports fan and his favourite TV series is The Office.

Calum Paton

Deputy Managing Director

Calum is our Deputy Managing Director and mainly focuses on business development though still produces some of our long read analysis pieces. Calum was formerly our Global News Manager, reporting from Melbourne, Australia.

Calum graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History & Politics, and has since converted to law through a masters degree at the University of Law. Originally from London, Calum has written for many political and non-political publications in the past and has particular interest and knowledge in American and UK politics.

Rhys Jaques

Content Researcher

Rhys is a Content Researcher at The Speaker, working across our news and education content.

More details to follow.

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

George Bowman

Co Founder

Emily Oxbury

Co Founder

Henry Earl

Co Founder

Regular Contributors Past & Present

At The Speaker, we like to celebrate the work of external contributors. We accept a wide range of guest contributions which share views and analysis on key political issues – some contributors offer to share their work with our audience on a regular basis, and we like to recognise these individuals and their journeys here.

Jack Crockford


An aspiring journalist, Jack has been contributing his views and analysis on key political news stories since 2020.

Originally from Shropshire, Jack is a first year undergraduate student studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol. He has a particular passion for US politics, stemming from his fascination with historical events such as Watergate and the Vietnam War. His favourite film is Forrest Gump and his favourite book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

Sam Haut

US Contributor

Sam contributed his views and analysis on top US political news stories while studying journalism at Ithaca College.

Sam studied journalism at Ithaca College 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.

Emily Sims

Environment Contributor

Emily has been contributing views and analysis on news related to the environment since 2019 while studying at university.

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.

Adam Walsh


An aspiring journalist, Adam contributed his views and analysis of key political news stories.

Originally from Grimsby, Adam studied Media Production: Journalism (BJTC) at York St John University. Adam has experience writing news stories for a local student publication The Yorkie, of which he was a founding member, as well as this he was 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.

Olive Lineham


Olive has been contributing views and analysis on top political news stories since 2018, mainly focusing on the South Asia region.

Olive studied at the University of Sheffield studying Politics and International Relations. She produced and co-presented her weekly radio show ‘Politics Weekly’ and was a frequent contributor to her university’s student newspaper, Forge. She has previously worked with Reuters and Press Association. 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.

Hamza Ali Shah


Hamza been contributing his views since 2019.

Hamza is based in London and studied an International Relations Masters at Kings College London. He is particularly interested in the trajectory of the world amid a surge of authoritarian nationalism and shifting power relations. Other keen interests include football and tennis.