The Progress Team

Meet 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 AngellRichard 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, events officer of LGBT Labour and an activist in the Lambeth Labour party. 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.

Felicity Slater - Membership and Stakeholders Officer
Felicity Slater Felicity worked on The Purple Book when at Progress in 2011, and joined the team as membership and stakeholders officer in January 2013. In October 2013, she was elected to the Young Fabians and Fabian Women’s Network executive committees. Previously, Felicity worked at the Institute for Government and for Seema Malhotra MP. Felicity studied politics at Sciences Po Bordeaux and Cardiff University and has a masters in European affairs.


Ben DilksEditorial Assistant

Ben Dilks

Ben joined Progress in May 2013 upon completing a degree in English literature at the University of York.  Having been elected to the NEC of the National Union of Students earlier in the year, Ben is also currently the vice-chair of Labour Students, where he is responsible for events and communications. He has previously served on the LGBT Labour national committee.



Stuart Macnaughtan – Events Officer

Stuart MacnaughtanStuart 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.

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