Nigel Fletcher is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Opposition Studies, and recently completed his PhD at Kings College London, where he now teaches Politics and Contemporary British History. Born in Portsmouth, he graduated from Queen Mary, University of London, and was awarded the Professor Lord Smith Prize for his dissertation on the role of the opposition. He worked as a researcher at the London Assembly before joining the Conservative Research Department, where he was Special Adviser on Education between 2004 and 2008. In this role he served successive Shadow Education Secretaries, including David Cameron, David Willetts and Michael Gove. During this time he was also elected as a Councillor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, where he was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Conservative spokesman for Culture until 2014. He lives in Eltham, South East London.