Author, political commentator & contemporary historian.
Sir Anthony Seldon MA, PhD, FRSA, MBA, FRHisS
Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors. He is an authority on contemporary British history and education and Vice-Chancellor (to October 2020) of the University of Buckingham, the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter.
Formerly Master of Wellington College, Anthony is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education and is the author on, and honorary historical advisor to, Downing Street. After gaining an MA at Worcester College, Oxford, and a PhD at the London School of Economics, Anthony qualified as a teacher at King’s College, London, where he was awarded the top PGCE prize in his year. He went on to be a transformative Head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College.
He is the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, UK Special Representative for Saudi Education, a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and is patron or on the board of several charities. He was executive producer of the film Journey’s End and appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016. For the last fifteen years he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity.