Sir Anthony Seldon is one of Britain’s leading contemporary historians, educationalists, commentators and political authors.
He was Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham from 2015 to 2020 after being a transformative head for 20 years, first of Brighton College and then Wellington College. He is author or editor of over 45 books on contemporary history, including the inside books on the last five Prime Ministers, was the co-founder and first director of the Institute for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street for ten years, was the UK’s Special Representative for Education to Saudi Arabia, is Deputy Chair of The Times Education Commission, was a member of the Government’s First World War Culture Committee, was chair of the Comment Awards, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the President of IPEN, (International Positive Education Network), Chair of the National Archives Trust, is patron or on the board of several charities, founder of the Via Sacra Western Front Walk, and was executive producer of the film Journey’s End. He appeared on the Desert Island Discs in 2016. For the last fifteen years he has given all his money from writing and lecturing to charity.
He has three children; his wife of 34 years, Joanna, died of cancer in December 2016.