Meet the Team

The Mallard relies on its fantastic team of staff and contributors to provide you with regular, top-quality content. Meet our dedicated staff who keep the wheels of the Mallard moving.


Jake Scott - The Editor

Jake is editor for the Mallard, a Master’s student of Political Theory at the University of Birmingham, and Director on the board of the North England Student Conservative Alliance. He has written for the Imaginative Conservative and the Conservative Woman, and focuses specifically on philosophical conservatism, considering himself a traditionalist, small-c conservative, describing himself also as a ‘reluctant capitalist’.

Matthew Cowley - Senior Director

Matt is a final year student of Politics and Economics at the University of Southampton. In 2016/17, he was the President of the Southampton University Conservative Association and the Southampton Debating Union. In 2018, he ran unsuccessfully to be President of the Southampton University Students’ Union, placing second with 45% of the vote, before running as a candidate in the Southampton City Council elections for the Conservative Party.

Sarah Stook - Culture Director

Sarah is a student of Politics at Lancaster University. She joined the Conservative Party in 2016. As well as The Mallard, she writes for her own blog ‘Can’t Is Not An Option’ which focuses on women’s issues from a conservative perspective. She is a Thatcherite Eurosceptic and admires Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Nikki Haley amongst others.

Rory Johnston - Podcast Director

Rory is a graduate of the University of Birmingham having read History. Always one for having a keen eye on current affairs, Rory has hosted and produced the Duckhouse Podcast for the Mallard since the start of 2018. Rory has evolved from progressivism during his teens to somewhere between what may be considered classical liberal to a one nation conservative. This change of heart has been prompted by the intolerance that progressives uphold towards other political thought, and the toxicity shown towards freedom of thought that is becoming so prevalent upon university campuses.

Angus Gillan - Communications and Events Director

Angus was the Conservative Council Candidate for Bournbrook and Selly Park in Birmingham in 2018. He studied Ancient History at the University of Birmingham, where he was a senior educational Representative for students in the College of Arts and Law. While at university Angus co-hosted ‘Friday Night Politics’, a weekly current affairs radio show on BurnFM, the University’s radio station; he was also Secretary General of the United Nations Society and a commentator on Just Debate, discussing political affairs live on Wizard Radio. His previous work includes Digital Marketing for L’Oréal Paris in London, following winning U.K. Male Undergraduate of the Year with TARGETJobs and L’Oréal.