Leadership Change at the Centre for Policy Studies

The Centre for Policy Studies, the leading UK think tank, has announced the departure of Tim Knox as Director and the appointment of Robert Colvile as Acting Director.

During his six years as Director, Tim Knox has kept the Centre for Policy Studies at the heart of the British political debate, overseeing pioneering work on the economy, the public services and other issues, much of which has shaped the governing programme of the Conservative Party.

During that time, he also initiated the Margaret Thatcher Conferences, as well as overseeing the development of its CapX website. Before becoming Director, Tim served as the CPS’s Editor in Chief, publishing reports by every Conservative leader from Margaret Thatcher to David Cameron.

Robert Colvile is one of the country’s most eloquent writers and policy thinkers. He has been working as Deputy Director of the CPS and Editor of CapX, where he will remain Editor-in-Chief. He is the former head of comment at Telegraph Media Group and author of ‘The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster’ (Bloomsbury).

Lord Saatchi, the chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, said: “Tim has been a great champion of the Centre for Policy Studies, and a great asset to it over many years. I am sorry to see him go, but delighted to welcome Robert as Acting Director.”

Tim Knox said: “After over 20 years at the CPS, it is time to seek new challenges and opportunities. I am so grateful to the many colleagues, authors, supporters and board members of the CPS whose efforts on my behalf have been extraordinary.”

Robert Colvile said: “This is a huge honour, at a time when the need to defend the principles of a free society has never been more pressing. The CPS has always been a home of fresh policy thinking, and we intend to devote ourselves to promoting a new generation of thinkers and ideas.”


  • The Centre for Policy Studies was founded in 1974 by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph, and develops and promotes policies to encourage enterprise and enable the institutions of a free society to flourish.
  • You can contact Robert Colvile on [email protected] or 07770 382438

Date Added: Thursday 5th October 2017