Communications Director, CAA
Chief Executive Officer, JD Global Advantage Ltd
Chief Executive, The TaxPayers’ Alliance
After more than a decade in political journalism – having worked for the BBC, Daily Telegraph and ConservativeHome – Jonathan joined the TaxPayers’ Alliance in 2011 as Political Director and has served as its Chief Executive since January 2014. He appears regularly in the media as a commentator on political, current and economic affairs, and is the co-author of Boris v Ken: How Boris Won London, which was published in June 2008.
Chair of the JAS Sub Groups
External Relations Director, Think Ahead
Matthew is the former lead of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s communications and campaigns team. He has worked in government, business, and academia. In roles at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, he provided scientific advice to Ministers and led a policy team. Before joining the Royal Society of Chemistry he was Head of Energy and Climate Change at the Confederation of British Industry. Matthew holds a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Cambridge.
Department of Energy & Climate Change
CEO of BritBangla
Taryn Khanam is the CEO of BritBangla, an association that provides a platform to reflect the views and aspirations of second and third generation Bengali professonals growing up within a dual culture. BritBangla acts as a source of inspiration, empowerment and enriches the Bengali community through mutual support and positive promotion.
Social Events Officer
Senior Policy Advisor, Home Office
Saima is senior policy advisor at the Home Office and participated in the IVLP in 2010 as part of a Muslim Women’s group. The trip took her to Washington, Chicago and San Francisco where she met a number of inspirational leaders making a real difference to the lives of people around them. Saima is very excited to be part of the JAS Committee again and is looking forward to meeting as many alumni members as possible in the coming months.
Digital Content Manager, Home Office
Samantha Watson is a trained journalist and digital communications specialist. Her career spans working as a local reporter to writing for national and international publications including the historical New York Amsterdam News. She has worked extensively with a number of charities to develop and lead communication strategies, and implement digital media plans to enhance engagement and campaigning.
As a former participant on the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) she has a keen interest in how international communities campaign and engage both socially and politically.
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Member at Large
Member at Large
Member at Large
Company Director, Barrister
Retired US Embassy Officer
Andrew Stephenson MP
Member of Parliament
Embassy Liaison Officer
Cultural Officer, US Embassy
Embassy Liaison Co-ordinator
Cultural Assistant, US Embassy
Naomi represents the Embassy on our Board. As Cultural Affairs Assistant within the Public Affairs Section, she is responsible for administering all exchange programs including the IVLP, Voluntary Visitors, and Embassy-Funded exchanges. Naomi also acts as the Alumni Co-ordinator, working with all Embassy Sections in addition to other alumni networks such as Fulbright, Marshall, and Gilman. If you’ve any alumni or embassy related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact her on RooseN@State.Gov.
Founder & President
CEO, Unitas Communications