About us


Open Reason supports Nick Clegg in the development of liberal ideas and promotion of liberal causes through debate and fresh thinking.

The small team covers policy, communications, operational and administrative support. 

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Sir Nick Clegg


Sir Nick served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015. He was Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015 and was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam for 12 years up until the General Election in June 2017. 

Prior to his entry into British politics, he served as a leading Member of the European Parliament on trade and industry affairs and as an international trade negotiator in the European Commission

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Tim Colbourne 

Director of Policy

Tim Colbourne served as a special advisor during the Coalition government, spending time in the Downing Street Policy Unit and as deputy chief of staff to Nick Clegg. He previously worked for the Liberal Democrats as senior home affairs adviser, for HM Prison Service and for the Howard League for Penal Reform. Tim has a particular interest in drug policy, criminal justice, technology and civil liberties. 

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Vicky Booth 

Director of Operations 

Vicky joined Open Reason in February 2016, after working for the Liberal Democrats for eight years on candidate diversity, including overseeing the Candidate Leadership Programme and other key measures. 

Vicky has a particular interest in gender equality issues - she has an MA in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and is co-Director of The Parliament Project, which provides information and support for women who want to get more involved in politics. 


Sam Macrory 

Director of Communications

Sam Macrory joined Open Reason from the BBC, where he worked as a political producer and reporter for programmes such as the Daily Politics, the Andrew Marr Show and the Westminster Hour. He previously edited both Total Politics and the House Magazine and was a member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.