The Progress Team

Robert Philpot – Director Robert Philpot
Robert Philpot is director of Progress, editor of its monthly magazine and editor of The Purple Book published by BiteBack Publishing in September 2011. He was a special adviser to Peter Hain MP from 2006 to 2007 during his time as Northern Ireland secretary and was special adviser to Tessa Jowell MP from 2008 to 2010 during her time as minister for the Olympics and minister for the Cabinet Office.

Before joining Progress, Robert was a graduate teaching assistant at Brunel University, teaching American politics and history. He has written for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, New Statesman, Huffington Post, Total Politics, Tribune and Renewal.

Richard Angell – Deputy Director Richard Angell

Richard Angell is the deputy director of Progress, secretary of the Third Place First network, a member of the work and business policy commission representing Community Union on the Labour party’s National Policy Forum and co-founder and organiser of Lab3Seats. He is also the former national chair of Young Labour and national secretary of LGBT Labour.

Richard was the general election coordinator in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in 2010 and election organiser in Wolverhampton South-west in 2005, has run selection campaigns for a number of people who are now MPs, and speaks regularly to local CLPs and Labour groups about the future of the Labour party.

Adam Harrison – Deputy Editor Adam Harrison

Adam Harrison joined Progress in 2010 having previously worked in publishing and in market research. He has been a Labour councillor in the London borough of Camden since May 2010. He studied Russian and French at Cambridge University and international relations at the College of Europe, Bruges.


Ben DilksEditorial Assistant photoben

Ben joined Progress’ editorial team in May 2013. He was previously the vice-chair of Labour Students, where he was responsible for events and communications. He has also served on the LGBT Labour national committee. While studying English literature at the University of York, Ben was elected to the executive council of the National Union of Students.


Stuart Macnaughtan – Events Officer Stuart Macnaughtan

Stuart joined Progress in November 2013 as the events officer, having previously assisted at Progress annual conference. He has previously interned at the parliamentary research service in parliament and worked at Dods Monitoring. He studied international politics at Aberystwyth University.


.Sian Penny – Membership and Stakeholders OfficerSian Penny

Sian joined Progress in June 2014 after studying modern history and politics at the University of Liverpool. She has previously interned for Louise Ellman MP as part of a parliamentary placement scheme and was the vice-chair of the University of Liverpool Labour Students.

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