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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 overseeing all of our operations here at The Speaker, while specialising in political coverage in England & Wales.

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.' 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 new content for our readers, specialising in US politics. Calum was formerly our Global News Manager, reporting from Melbourne, Australia.

Calum graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in History & Politics. 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 Australian politics. Calum's favourite film is The Post and his favourite book is Down and out in Paris and London by George Orwell.

Weronika Stelmaszak

Education & Marketing Strategist

Weronika is the newest member of our team, currently working on our exciting new Education Service for schools and organisations.

Weronika is currently studying for a degree in Marketing Management and is originally from Kraków, Poland. She is interested in digital marketing, with an emphasis on social media and SEO. Weronika has a huge passion for travelling and fascination with Spanish culture and Asian countries. She particularly hopes that thanks to initiatives like The Speaker, girls and women will be contributing more to the world of politics.

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

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

Contributor

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 has been contributing his views and analysis on top US political news stories since 2018 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

Contributor

An aspiring journalist, Adam has been contributing views and analysis of key political news stories since 2018.

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

Contributor

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

Contributor

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.

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