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BBW Alumni

We’re proud to have worked with some incredibly talented and committed people since we were established.

Nick Pickles

Nick Pickles is a Law graduate of the University of Durham.He joined Big Brother Watch as Director in September 2011, with a background in corporate public relations and technology. Before joining Big Brother Watch he worked with small SMEs and multinational companies in corporate communications.

A candidate in the 2010 General Election, Nick stood against Yvette Cooper, achieving a 12.5% swing to the Conservatives. He has remained a commentator on a wide variety of issues including digital privacy and web-blocking, freedom of speech, civil liberties and terrorism legislation.

Since joining Big Brother Watch he has become one of the UK’s leading voices on privacy and civil liberties, giving oral evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Communications Data Bill and the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee.

Nick is also a renowned music photographer, with his work appearing across the world, in publications including Rolling Stone and the NME. His recent projects have included working with Coldplay, Madness and Fatboy Slim.

Alex Deane
A barrister by training, Alexander Deane was the first Director of Big Brother watch. He read English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and took a Masters degree in International Relations as a Rotary Scholar at Griffith University. He is a World Universities Debating Champion.

He is a regular writer for ConservativeHome, OnlineOpinion and Human Events. Alex also serves on the Advisory Board of Privacy International. He was David Cameron’s first chief of staff and has also worked for the Liberal Party in Australia.

Daniel Hamilton
Daniel Hamilton is a graduate in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway University of London. Before joining Big Brother Watch as Campaign Director in October 2010, he was Head of European Insight at the leading opinion polling and political research firm ComRes. He has previously worked in both the House of Commons and European Parliament and was praised in the Total Politics Guide to the 2010 General Election for his “remarkable… encyclopaedic knowledge” of British politics.

Aside from campaigning on civil liberties issues, he is a regular commentator on frozen conflict zones and the politics of the United States, Brazil and Serbia. A regular contributor to ConservativeHome and The Commentator , he has also written forTotal Politics, PoliticalBetting, the European Journal and Public Affairs News.

Dylan Sharpe
Dylan Sharpe was Big Brother Watch’s first Campaign Director and, alongside Alex Deane, launched the organisation with high profile reports on council-owned CCTV, powers of entry and the number of non-medical staff with access to your medical records.

Previously he had been a press officer on Boris Johnson’s 2008 London Mayoral campaign and, since leaving BBW, he has worked as Head of Press for NO to AV – the winning campaign against the alternative vote at the 2011 AV referendum, and the Head of Media for the Countryside Alliance. You can follow him on Twitter at @dylsharpe.

Maria Fort
Maria joined Big Brother Watch as Research Director having worked with political campaigns and research groups on both sides of the Atlantic. She was actively involved in politics in her home state of Virginia as well as in Washington DC before moving to London in 2008 where she became a Policy Analyst at the TaxPayers’ Alliance. Most recently, she worked with the successful No to AV campaign in the referendum on the Alternative Vote.

Maria is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she completed her Master’s degree in Politics and Government in the European Union. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Economics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.