Phillip Blond is a philosopher and theologian who founded ResPublica in 2009 as an independent non-partisan think tank that seeks to establish a new economic, social and cultural settlement for the United Kingdom. He is well known for his work on Red Toryism, a political theory which promotes communitarianism, fiscal discipline and anti-market monopoly. Blonds thinking has been linked with the Cameron premiership and his ideas regarding the Big Society. More recently, he has made the case of a refreshed approach to employees, unions and collective bargaining to support a stronger UK economy, attempting to address issues around the UKs sluggish productivity and future prosperity. Formerly an academic at the universities of Exeter and Cumbria, Blond previously worked for Demos heading up their Progressive Conservatism Project. He is a fellow of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).