Godfrey William Bloom TD (Honorary President) began his career in the City of London in 1967. In a varied 35 year-long career in finance, he won a number of awards for fund management, before retiring in 2004 to take up his seat in the European Parliament, where as a UKIP and then Independent MEP, he represented Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. His speeches from the floor of the European Parliament, where he has quoted Murray N. Rothbard and put the Austrian School case against fractional reserve and central banks, have had millions of views. As a guest lecturer at Cambridge University in the 1990s, Bloom predicted the failure of the Euro and, in 2006, Bloom gave a prescient paper to the National Defence University of Washington on procurement, warning of the coming crisis. Recent speaking engagements have included the advent of Basel III banking regulation in London, Vienna and Warsaw. He is a popular speaker at universities and has enjoyed, among others, engagements at Durham, Newcastle, St Andrews, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Syracuse and York universities, the Mises Institute in Alabama, Forum da Liberdade in Brazil and Joint Services Staff College in Shrivenham. A keen military historian he was commissioned from The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and is an associate member of The Royal College of Defence Studies. He has been published in the Army Review and holds the Territorial Decoration and bar, Sovereigns’ and Parliamentary Medal. He is a patron of The Association of British Drivers and is married to one of the country’s leading equine physiotherapists.
Sean Gabb (Honorary Vice-President) is the author of more than forty books and around a thousand essays and newspaper articles. He also appears on radio and television, and is a notable speaker at conferences and literary festivals in Britain, America, Europe and Asia. Under the name Richard Blake, he has written eight historical novels for Hodder & Stoughton. These have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Slovak, Hungarian, Chinese and Indonesian. They have been praised by both The Daily Telegraph and The Morning Star. He has produced three further historical novels for Endeavour Press, and has written two horror novels for Caffeine Nights. Under his own name, he has written four novels. His other books are mainly about culture and politics. He also teaches, mostly at university level, though sometimes in schools and sixth form colleges. His first degree was in History. His PhD is in English History. From 2006 to 2017 he was Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is currently an Honorary Vice-President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK, and is Director of the School of Ancient Studies. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter.
Andy Duncan (Honorary Vice-President) is a highly experienced financial trainer within investment banking, with past clients including JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, UBS, and Barclays, along with many other clients, such as the London Business School. He has worked in many parts of the world, including London, New York, Singapore, Frankfurt, Dubai, and Hong Kong. He teaches a wide range of courses, such as Behavioural Finance, Traders’ Economics and Austrian Economics, Credit Products and Risk, Private Banking, Wealth Management, and Banking Regulation, and others. He has in the past also lectured on the ‘Certificate of Quantitative Finance’ program. Because of his educational background in psychology and Neuro Linguistic Programming – graduating from the University of Sheffield with a First – he has also executed many training courses in these, and related, areas. He is also a software developer and a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), with a particular interest in open source software, mobile development, science, FinTech, and educational applications. He has written two books for O’Reilly on open source programming. With this knowledge and background, plus a desire to combine finance, technology, and education, he is the CTO at FinLingo.Com, which provides online financial training services. He is also a podcaster and interviewer, having produced the ‘Sound Money’ show for Casey Research, worked as an interviewer and podcaster for GoldMoney, and produced the FinTales podcast for FinLing.Com. More recently, he has lectured at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Vice-President of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK.
Keir Martland (Director) is the Director of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK, having previously been Director of Publications for the Libertarian Alliance. He reads History at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he is a member of a number of societies including the Cambridge University Heraldic and Genealogical Society, of which he is Publicity Officer. A member of the Conservative Party, he has previously held elected posts in local Conservative Future branches, and he identifies with both the traditionalist and libertarian elements within that party. He is a regular speaker at libertarian conferences such as at Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey. Other speaking engagements have included at universities. He also appears in the news media from time to time, such as on Dublin City FM discussing the European Union Referendum in 2016, and on Cambridge University student radio station Cam FM. His writings have been published by The Salisbury Review, The Backbencher, Quadrangle Magazine, among others, and he has published a book of selected essays under the title Political and Cultural Essays. In his spare time, he is a Warden and Sacristan at his College’s Chapel, volunteers for the Order of Malta, plays the piano in which he holds Grade 5 Practice, and holds a 4th Kyu in Shotokan Karate. He is to be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Davis (Scientific Adviser) was a founder member of the Libertarian Alliance back in the 1970s. He read Biochemistry at Worcester College, Oxford before a long career in advertising, PR, and later picture-framing. He has also run a retail business in London. In 2000 he retired with his family to the north of England and for some years served as Northern Director of the Libertarian Alliance. In his retirement, he informally teaches advanced mathematics, Latin, cosmology, and the sciences. He also restores scientific instruments. He is Scientific Adviser to the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK.
Bishop Andrew Linley is an English paleolibertarian with particular interests in apriorism, praxeology, and Western culture. He is a founding member of the Ludwig von Mises Centre UK. A Freeman of the City of London, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Academician of the Pontificia Accademía Tiberina, Rome, Andrew holds degrees and diplomas in theology, humanities, and music. His academic interests lie primarily in the fields of sacramental theology, liturgical practice, church music, and vesture. Andrew is Bishop of Selby and Provincial of York in the Order of Corporate Reunion, and is a supporter of the cause of Anglican realignment. A member of GAFCON, the global fellowship of confessing Anglicans, he currently provides parish ministry within a Continuing Anglican church, and is also actively involved in freelance pastoral work. He is married and lives in London.
Jakub Jankowski (Universities Officer) is a Polish émigré, originally from Radomsko, who lives in the East Midlands region of England. He is currently studying Politics at Royal Holloway, London, where he is President of the Polish Society. Alongside being fluent in both English and Polish, he cultivates an avid interest in all things eastern European and Slavic. Jakub has written articles relating to Polish politics for the Blog as well as having participated in the Free Life Podcast. Jakub is a registered sympathiser of the Polish right-libertarian, monarchist KORWiN party. His greatest influences include his maternal grandfather, a former Solidarity activist who instilled in him a deep-rooted sense of Polish patriotism, and Janusz Korwin-Mikke MEP, an outspoken libertarian philosopher, politician and monarchist.
Andy Curzon is a regular attendee of Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society conference in Bodrum, Turkey, with a particular interest in law. He is also an experienced conference organiser, collaborating with others in the organisation of the 2013 ‘Intellectual Minds’ conference. The grandson of Peter Curzon, 3rd Viscount Scarsdale, his family seat is Kedleston Hall.
Josef Šíma is president of the CEVRO Institute (school of legal and social studies), a free-market college located in Prague, the Czech Republic.