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Brooks Newmark

Visiting Academic at the Middle East Centre

The University of Oxford

London, UK

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Brooks Newmark’s Biography

Brooks Newmark is an angel investor, philanthropist, academic and campaigner on homelessness.

Brooks served in the House of Commons for over 10 years, as the Member of Parliament for Braintree and in the Coalition Government as Minister for Civil Society, responsible for charities, the voluntary sector and youth. He served on the Treasury Select Committee as a Government Whip and Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury. In Opposition, Brooks served as a Whip, during which time, he founded Women2Win, set up to increase the involvement of women in the Conservative party, and the Million Jobs Campaign to increase youth employment.

Brooks is studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford’s Education Department focusing on Education Reform in Rwanda. He is also a Visiting Academic at the Middle East Centre, and is researching a book on Bashar Assad.

After leaving politics, Brooks pursued his passion for philanthropy and education reform. He is the Co-Founder of A Partner in Education, which works with Rwandan teachers to give children access to schooling and quality, inclusive education. Brooks is also committed to ending the plight of homelessness. He is a member of the Government's Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel and a volunteer for Crisis UK. In 2017 Brooks wrote a report at the Centre for Social Justice entitled Housing First: Housing led Solutions to Rough Sleeping and Homelessness.

Brooks is a recognised expert and author of various articles on security and foreign affairs. He currently sits on the Panel of Experts for the International Commission of Missing Persons, which is dedicated to locating people missing due to wars or disasters.

He also sits on the board of directors at Connaught Brown, the Catholic Herald, Mace Media and Brooks Newmark & Co. He holds an MSc in Education from the University of Oxford, a BA in History, Harvard College and an MBA in Finance, Harvard Business School.

Brooks’ Newsfeed

Mace Magazine
Housing First can end rough sleeping once and for all

In an article for Mace Magazine, Brooks Newmark examines homelessness in society, how it remains a huge issue and what policy could end it.

Mace Magazine
The death throes of the Trump presidency

For Mace Magazine, Brooks Newmark shares his thoughts on Donald Trump’s presidency and the attack of the Capitol building in Washington.

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Brooks’ Background

The University of Oxford
Visiting Academic at the Middle East Centre
Oct 2018 - Present
Oxford, UK
The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is a unique and historic institution. Brooks is a Visiting Academic at the Middle East Centre, Oxford University, where he is writing a book on the President of Syria, Bashar Assad.
The University of Oxford
DPhil Candidate Department of Education Oxford University
Oct 2019 - Present
Oxford, UK
Brooks is currently a DPhil Candidate completing his doctorate on Education Policy in Rwanda and his work is titled: "The Political Economy of Education Reform in Rwanda: A Systems Approach to Policymaking".
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Board Positions

Mace Media Limited
Director
London, UK
Mace Media Limited operates Mace Magazine, a magazine that focuses on the business of politics.
Catholic Herald
Director
2016 - Present
London, UK
The Catholic Herald was established in 1988 and is a trusted Catholic publication featuring news, analysis, and culture writing.
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Advisory Roles

International Commission on Missing Persons
Panel of Experts
London, UK
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is an international organisation that works with governments and institutions to locate missing persons from conflict, disasters, human rights abuses, irregular migration, organised crime and other reasons.
UK Government Advisory Panel
Sector Expert
London, UK
Brooks is a member of the Rough Sleeping Advisory Panel that advises the Home Office.

Media

What is the future for Cyprus?
Panel Host
Apr 2021
Brooks hosts a panel to discuss the current political climate in Cyprus and to explore possible outcomes for the future of the country.
Brooks shares his opinion on Zelensky/Putin contact
Interviewee
Jun 2019
London, UK
Brooks shares his opinion on the political climate in the East. He supports President Volodymyr Zelensky in his decision to contact Putin and elaborates on the relationship the UK has with both Ukraine and Russia.
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Publications

The Mace guide to being a novice MP
Author
Jan 2020
London, UK
Former minister Brooks Newmark gives an insight into being a novice Member of Parliament.
Why the Solution for Homelessness Won’t Be a One-Size-Fits-All Fix
Author
Apr 2019
London, UK
Brooks Newmark, social leader and academic, shares his opinions on the UK's homelessness pandemic and how solutions need to be curated.
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Academic Appointments

The University of Oxford
Research Associate Dept of Politics & International Relations Oxford University
May 2015 - Sep 2017
Oxford, UK
During his time as a Research Associate in the Department of Politics & International Relations at Oxford University, Brooks conducted research on the International Commission on Missing Persons in Bosnia and conflict resolution in the Middle East.
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Guest Lecturer
Oxford, UK
Saïd Business School at Oxford University is one of the most prestigious business schools in the world and offers eleven-degree programmes.

Charitable Interests

A Partner in Education
Founder & Trustee
London, UK
Brooks is the co-founder of A Partner in Education, which works with Rwandan teachers to give children access to schooling and quality, inclusive education
Crisis
Volunteer
London, UK
Brooks is a volunteer and supporter of Crisis, a national charity in the UK that is dedicated to helping homeless people rebuild their lives and never return to devastating living conditions.

Business Interests

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Brooks Newmark & Co. Ltd
Director
London, UK
Brooks is the Director of Brooks Newmark & Co, an investment vehicle. Brooks is an angel investor who invests in start-ups such as Addition Finance, Get it Rwanda, Native Finance and Nkoda Finance.

Community Engagement

Centre for Social Justice
Chair of the CSJ Working Group on Homelessness
London, UK
The Centre for Social Justice partners with nearly 400 grassroots charities from the UK’s poorest communities. Along with worldwide experts, the CSJ develops strategies to combat poverty and social decay.
Seed EIS
Investor & Supporter
2012 - Present
London, UK
Introduced by HMRC in April 2012, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) was created to support start-ups and small companies in raising funds. These funds are raised by individual investors, to encourage entrepreneurship and private sector job creation.
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Brooks’ Education

University of Oxford
DPhil, Education/Education Policy in Rwanda
2019 - 2021
University of Oxford
MSc, Education/ Comparative & International Education
2017 - 2018
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