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What is Reaction? It is a media company dedicated to commentary and analysis on politics, economics and culture that seeks to make sense of the news.

Founded in 2016, we publish a website and produce podcasts and reader events with leading authors and thinkers. Reaction is paid for by its subscribers.

We are pro-market, but not slavishly so.

Reaction is produced by a team based in London and is edited by its founder Iain Martin, political commentator and author. Subscribers receive exclusive weekly newsletters from Iain Martin and a daily email from Alastair Benn, our news editor. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, you can e-mail us at iain.martin@reaction.life.

Our Team


Reaction Advisory Board


Viscount Ridley

Viscount Ridley is a world renowned author and columnist for The Times. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Sian Hansen

Sian is a non-executive director of a number of top-tier banks and funds and a Commissioner of the Social Metrics Commission in the UK and The Women's Refugee Commission in the USA. Formerly Executive Director of the Legatum Institute, and MD of the Policy Exchange think-tank.

Lord Hill

Lord Hill is a former European Commissioner, Leader of the House of Lords and Political Secretary to Prime Minister John Major.

Nicole Gray Conchar

Nicole is the founder of Apple Fundraising Consultants - she is a leading figure in the field of international fundraising, event management and philanthropic advisory.

James Olley

James is an adviser and strategist to corporates, institutions, and individuals, specialising in reputation management. He is actively involved with a number of national and cultural institutions including as a Trustee of St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation, Trustee of the City of London Festival, Secretary to the St Paul’s Cathedral Choristers’ Trust, and member of the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra.