Dean Godson

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(journalist, author)
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Alma materGonville and Caius College (Cambridge)

Employment.png Policy Exchange/Director

In office
2013 - Present

Dean Godson is director of Policy Exchange, a United Kingdom think-tank.[1]. He joined Policy Exchange in 2005 and ran its security research until becoming Director in 2013.[2]


Dean Godson attended St Paul's School and is a graduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

During the 1980s, Godson was Research Assistant to Sir Ray Whitney, MP for Wycombe. He also held the position of Assistant to Hon John Lehman, US Secretary of the Navy, Washington DC, and was a Research Fellow at both the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies.

From 1990–92, Godson worked as Librarian to Sir James Goldsmith.

From 1992–1995, he worked for The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph as an obituary writer, leader writer and feature writer. From 1995–2004, he was Chief Leader Writer of The Daily Telegraph, writing largely about mainland domestic politics and Northern Ireland.

From 1997–2004, he also worked as Associate Editor of The Spectator under Boris Johnson’s editorship (before the latter became Mayor of London), was a Contributing Editor for Prospect magazine and a Consultant Editor on the New York Sun.


In his political career, Godson stood as candidate in Great Grimsby in 1997 and served as Deputy Chairman of Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Association from 1995–98.


Godson is author of Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism[3] (Harper Collins, 2004) which was short listed for the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize. Andrew Marr called it "a great act of political reporting – instant history, if you like – about the drama of Northern Ireland's search for peace".[4] He was a visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.


  1. Dean Godson, "You'll never guess who's to blame for 7/7", The Times, 13-December-2005, Accessed 24-April-2009
  2. "Dean Godson Director Policy Exchange"
  3. Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism, Harper Perennial, 2011
  4. "Ulster's tough man" (Andrew Marr reviews Himself Alone: David Trimble and the Ordeal of Unionism by Dean Godson), The Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2004