Open Europe’s mission is to conduct rigorous analysis and produce recommendations on which to base the UK’s new relationship with the EU and its trading relationships with the rest of the world. We aim to ensure that Government policy and public debate is rational and well informed.

Our programme of research currently focuses on:

  • The political and policy considerations arising from the ongoing Brexit process, particularly negotiations with the EU, the question of the Irish backstop, and the parliamentary impasse;
  • The UK’s future relationship with the EU, including trade, security, foreign policy, and political cooperation;
  • The opportunities for new trading relationships with nations outside the EU;
  • The future of the European Union after Brexit;
  • International cooperation across areas such as immigration, research and development, cross-border investment and financial services.

Our starting point is the promotion of democratically grounded economic, trade and investment policies which foster growth, employment and freedom under the rule of law. Guided by these free market and liberal principles, we are committed to an open Europe and an open Britain.

Open Europe was neutral during the 2016 EU referendum, confining ourselves to commenting as accurately as possible on the arguments and facts advanced on both sides of the debate (see here for full statement on this).

Open Europe was founded and chaired, for over a decade, by the late Lord Leach of Fairford. To read a tribute to him, from the Open Europe team, please click here.


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International Think Tank of the Year 2012.

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Open Europe has few, if any, equals in the rigour of its research.

Lord Owen, former UK Foreign Secretary

Independent, critical, factual and well informed.

Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Conservative Member for Chelsea and Fulham

Open Europe is one of the most important platforms for the public discourse on the continent.

Hans-Werner Sinn, former President of Ifo Institute

Open Europe is an impressive think tank.

Kamal Ahmed, Editorial Director, BBC News

In the business community, we value Open Europe’s drive to develop solutions for problems of regulation, protectionism and economic growth.

Adam Marshall, British Chamber of Commerce

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Open Europe has a long tradition of producing high-quality research and analysis.

Kemi Badenoch MP, Conservative Member for Saffron Walden


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Advisory Council

  • David Ord, Managing Director, The Bristol Port Company

    David Ord

    Managing Director, The Bristol Port Company David Ord is the Managing Director of the Bristol Port Company and a Council member of the University of Bristol and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Society of Merchant Venturers.
  • David Reid Scott, Senior Adviser, Stonehage Advisory Family Office

    David Reid Scott

    Senior Adviser, Stonehage Advisory Family Office David Reid Scott currently serves as a senior advisor to Stonehage Advisory’s family office division having served as Stonehage’s Chairman between 2010 and 2014. David began his career at White Weld & Co in New York and London, before spending a number of years as Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency. In 1985, David became a founding partner of Phoenix Securities, which was sold to Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette in 1998 and where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of its international Financial Institutions practice. Between 2001 and 2009, he served as Chairman of Hawkpoint Partners: one of the leading European corporate advisory firms. David also works with a number of charities and endowments in the UK and Ireland, as well as in Mozambique where he has sponsored a major eco-tourism project.
  • Dr Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Strategist, Netwealth Investments; Former Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London

    Dr Gerard Lyons

    Chief Economic Strategist, Netwealth Investments; Former Economic Advisor to the Mayor of London Dr Gerard Lyons is the Chief Economic Strategist at Netwealth Investments and former chief economic advisor to Mayor Boris Johnson. He previously spent 27 years in senior positions in The City at Standard Chartered, DKB International, Swiss Bank and Chase. He currently has a number of pro-bono roles that include the Board of CityUK, Council Royal Economic Society and Advisory Board of Warwick University Business School.
  • Hugh Sloane, Founder, Sloane Robinson

    Hugh Sloane

    Founder, Sloane Robinson Hugh Sloane co-founded Sloane Robinson in December 1993, serving as the CEO and manager of the International and Japan portfolios since the firm’s establishment. Hugh began his investment career at GT Management in 1979, where he initially worked in Hong Kong as an economist for the Asian Region. In 1986 he became Investment Director of GT Japan, responsible for Japanese equity portfolios, and chaired the Asian regional investment committee. In 1991 he moved to London to become GT’s CEO for Europe.
  • Johanna Möhring, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Statecraft

    Johanna Möhring

    Senior Fellow, The Institute for Statecraft Johanna Möhring, is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Statecraft. She has on worked on the political systems, economy, defence and security of Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, as well as of the European Union and of its member states, focusing on questions of governance and public administration. Johanna has previously worked for NATO and the OECD; and has been a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
  • Justin Dowley, Chairman, Intermediate Capital Group

    Justin Dowley

    Chairman, Intermediate Capital Group Justin Dowley is the Chairman of Intermediate Capital Group. A founding partner of the independent advisory firm, Tricorn Partners, he has previously served both as Head of UK investment banking at Morgan Grenfell, and as Head of European investment banking at Merrill Lynch.
  • Lord Renwick of Clifton, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, JP Morgan Europe

    Lord Renwick of Clifton

    Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, JP Morgan Europe Lord Renwick currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Investment Banking at JP Morgan (Europe) and the Vice-Chairman of JP Morgan Cazenove and Chairman of Fluor Ltd (UK). Lord Renwick is also a member House of Lords where he has sat as a cross-bencher since ennoblement in 1997. He is a Trustee of The Economist and a former Director of British Airways, having also served as the British Ambassador to the United States from 1991 until 1995.
  • Lord Salisbury, Director, Gascoyne Holdings Ltd

    Lord Salisbury

    Director, Gascoyne Holdings Ltd Lord Salisbury serves as Director of Gascoyne Holdings Ltd and as Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire. Lord Salisbury also served as the Conservative MP for South Dorset between 1979 and 1987, and as Leader of the House of Lords between 1994 and 1997.
  • Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, CEO, Next Plc

    Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise

    CEO, Next Plc Lord Wolfson is the CEO of high street clothing giant Next Plc - a FTSE 100 company. Lord Wolfson was inducted into the House of Lords in 2010, and is known for his investment in political and philanthropic projects. Most recently he has invested his time and assets into creating affordable housing for the UK’s swelling population.
  • Maria Borelius, Partner, Living Waters Ltd

    Maria Borelius

    Partner, Living Waters Ltd Maria Borelius is a communications consultant specialising in fundraising and CSR-related strategies. She is also a regular columnist for Sweden’s leading business daily Dagens Industri. Maria has served as a member of the Swedish Parliament and as the Swedish Minister for Trade, as well as the CEO of Hand in Hand International. She has a BSc from Lund University and an MSc from New York University.
  • Nigel Smith, Former Chairman, The No (Euro) Campaign

    Nigel Smith

    Former Chairman, The No (Euro) Campaign Nigel Smith is the former Managing Director of the Glasgow-based manufacturers David Auld Valves Ltd. He served as Chairman of the cross-party No (Euro) campaign from 2002-2004 and as Chairman of the successful cross-party ‘Yes’ to Scottish devolution campaign in 1997.
  • Oliver Pawle, Chairman Board Services UK, Korn Ferry

    Oliver Pawle

    Chairman Board Services UK, Korn Ferry Oliver Pawle is the Chairman of Korn Ferry Board Services Practice, focusing on chairman, non-executive and executive board appointments. He also serves as a Senior Client Partner in the Firm’s London office. Oliver has advised on board recruitment for many major companies, including GSK, Cobham, Amadeus, Weir Group, the Prudential, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England.
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth, Director, Open Europe Berlin gGmbH

    Prof. Dr. Michael Wohlgemuth

    Director, Open Europe Berlin gGmbH Prof. Dr. Wohlgemuth is the Director of Open Europe Berlin gGmbH, the independent partner organisation of Open Europe. He is Professor of Economics at the Private University of Witten/Herdecke. An Affiliated Fellow at the Walter Eucken Institute, Prof. Wohlgemuth is also a speaker of the Jena Alliance for the Renewal of the Social Market Economy.
  • Rupert Hambro, Chairman, JO Hambro Ltd; Non-Executive Partner, Robinson Hambro Ltd

    Rupert Hambro

    Chairman, JO Hambro Ltd; Non-Executive Partner, Robinson Hambro Ltd Rupert Hambro is the Chairman of J O Hambro, specialising in mergers and acquisitions and investment management. Rupert also directs Robinson Hambro Ltd, his own private-equity firm with investments in a number of businesses, having formerly served as Chairman of Hambros Bank. Rupert’s voluntary positions include: Chairman of Trustees of The Silver Trust; Deputy President of The National Association of Clubs for Young People; Vice Patron of the Royal Society of British Sculptors; Chairman of the Trustees of Chiswick House & Gardens Trust and Honorary President of British Association of Adoption & Fostering.
  • Sir Martin Jacomb,  Advisory Board Chairman, First Avenue Partners LLP

    Sir Martin Jacomb

    Advisory Board Chairman, First Avenue Partners LLP Sir Martin Jacomb holds is the Chairman of the advisory board for First Avenue Partners LLP. Sir Martin is also the former Chairman of Prudential Plc and former Chancellor of the University of Buckingham - a post he held between 1999 and 2010. Prior to this, his Chairmanships included Barclays de Zoete Wedd; the British Council and Delta Plc. He has also held directorships at The Telegraph Plc; Marks and Spencer Plc and Canary Wharf Group Plc.
  • Sir Simon Robertson, Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings Plc

    Sir Simon Robertson

    Deputy Chairman, HSBC Holdings Plc A pivotal figure in the business world, Sir Simon Robertson joined the board of HSBC Bank in 2006 as Deputy Chairman. Sir Simon has an extensive background in international business and trade – having previously served as Chairman of both Goldman Sachs and Rolls Royce – and was awarded his knighthood for services to business in 2010. He holds broad cultural and environmental interests, including a place on the boards of both the Royal Opera House and the acclaimed Eden Project. His own company, Simon Robertson Associates LLP, supports the 30% Project, a group of FTSE 100 Chairmen committed to having at least 30% female representation on their boards

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  • Stephen Booth, Acting Director

    Stephen Booth

    Acting Director Stephen is Acting Director at Open Europe and heads its policy and research team. While at Open Europe he has written on EU regulation, justice and home affairs and EU aid policy. Stephen holds an undergraduate degree in political science and was awarded the Jean Monnet Prize for his master's degree in European studies from the University of Sussex. Stephen's professional interests include democracy and transparency in the EU, the interaction between domestic and EU law and European cooperation in crime and policing. He is half Dutch.
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  • Pieter Cleppe, Head of Brussels Office

    Pieter Cleppe

    Head of Brussels Office Pieter is the Head of the Brussels office of Open Europe (Open Europe Brussels VZW). He is a frequent contributor to the broadcast and print media across Europe, frequently discussing EU reform, the refugee crisis and the eurocrisis. A trained lawyer, Pieter previously practiced law in Belgium, and has worked as a cabinet advisor and speechwriter to the Belgian State Secretary for Administrative Reform. Pieter also previously worked as an analyst at the Belgium’s Itinera Institute, which he helped to found. He received his legal training at the Catholic University of Leuven, and also studied law and economics at the universities of Hamburg, Bologna and Vienna. Pieter is fluent in Dutch, English and French. He also speaks German and intermediate Italian. See Articles
  • David Shiels, Policy Analyst

    David Shiels

    Policy Analyst Dr David Shiels holds a PhD in History from Cambridge, where he also studied for his masters and undergraduate degrees. His academic interests include Euroscepticism in the UK, immigration and domestic British politics. He is writing a book on the career of Enoch Powell and is an expert on the Thatcher era. David is from Northern Ireland and has written widely about Ulster Unionism and UK-Ireland relations. See Articles
  • Dominic Walsh, Policy Analyst

    Dominic Walsh

    Policy Analyst Dominic joined Open Europe in 2017. He holds an MA in British Politics and Contemporary History at King’s College London, where he obtained a Distinction. His areas of expertise include the UK-EU relationship, British political parties, and Euroscepticism in the UK. His research focuses on Brexit and Parliament. He has previously worked as a researcher for the UCL Constitution Unit, and holds a first-class undergraduate degree in History from Durham University. See Articles
  • Anthony Egan, Research Analyst

    Anthony Egan

    Research Analyst Anthony joined Open Europe in 2018. He holds an MA in Legal and Political Theory and a BSc in Economics, both from UCL. His research focuses on the economics of European affairs, demographic change and immigration. Anthony has experience in the media industry, having worked for a business and finance media outlet prior to joining Open Europe. See Articles