Stephen Cox CVO has been a member of the Round Table since 1992 and Chair of the Editorial Board from 2002-2007. Educated in Blackburn and then at Atlantic College in South Wales, he was one of the first students at this international sixth form school.
After VSO in Bolivia and a geography degree at Birmingham University he joined the British Council. He was posted to Warsaw Poland during the height of the Cold War. Postings to Ghana and Washington DC followed interspersed with several London postings.
In 1984 he was recruited by the Royal Society to head their international programmes liaising with scientists around the world, especially in the USA, Europe and the Commonwealth.
He later became Director General of the Commonwealth Institute in London in 1991.
After becoming Chief Executive of the Westminster foundation for Democracy, working with Parliament to support pluralist democracies in eastern Europe and Africa south of the Sahara, he returned to the Royal Society in 1997 as Executive Director. He ran the Royal Society for 14 years.
Since retiring in 2011 he has chaired the Council of Royal Holloway University from 2011-2018 and also chaired the governing body of Atlantic College from 2010-2015.