Charlie Winstanley is secretary of The Great Debate,
a role he took on in March 2013. Charlie has a colourful
political background dating back to his involvement in the
Socialist Workers Party in his teens. He got into competitive
debating through the Debating Matters competition
at his 6th Form College in Blackburn (winning the
Highly Commended Individual award at the National Final in 2007).
Since then, he has retained his links with the competition, chairing
regional debates in Manchester and Sheffield, and interned for the
competition in the summer of 2007. Over the past few years he has kept
busy, writing several articles published on online review magazines and
organising an economics reading group at Sheffield University.
In 2010 he worked as the project
co-ordinator for an undergraduate research bursary scheme, and is
currently writing an essay on symbology and propaganda he intends to put to tender.
Charlie has been working with The Great Debate since 2011 on
our Schools Programme
and was a judge at the
Newcastle University Year of Sustainability school debate event in November 2011.
He is currently developing our documentary-training programme,
co-facilitating workshops as part of the HYPODS project.
Charlie working with sixth form students in 2011