Who we are

Christopher Lake founded Syllogism in 2009. A former fast stream civil servant, he was Tutor and Fellow in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1995 to 2000, and has since advised on a wide range of board level appointments in the university and public sectors, including Vice-Chancellors, Chief Executives, Chairs, and Deans. Christopher has published articles on organisational justice and the role of senior economists, and he has a long-standing research interest in university succession planning.   

Joan Jones CBE played a key role in the establishment of the Local Government Association and was its first Corporate Director.  She was a member of the Cardiff Commission on Governance, chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, and was expert adviser to the Stoke on Trent Governance Commission in 2007–8. Joan was a Deputy Commissioner of the Electoral Commission and a member of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England from 2002 to 2010.  She was Vice Chair of the Public Policy and Management Association (PPMA) and is a member of the Council of Collaborate, to which PMPA transferred in 2013.

Sabine Tilly is a graduate of Bristol University and began her career working as an agent for illustrators launching their careers both in the UK and internationally, and as the administrator for the newly formed Society of Artists Agents, which was set up to unify and improve the working practices between illustrators, agents and clients.  She has since trained in integrative psychotherapy.  Sabine has been closely involved in Syllogism’s work in the university sector, working with Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle, and Aalto.  

Jennifer Aydelott holds degrees from Wellesley College and Brown University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Diego before being appointed University Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 1999. She was subsequently Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, where she served as Director of the Auditory Language Processing, Hearing, and Attention Laboratory (ALPHAlab). She has published research articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals specialising in linguistics, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience.