Posted on 13 August 2015
Raising the profile of the society, Vander Weyer will advise Union committee members on attracting distinguished public figures to debate at York.
Founded in 2013, The York Union has hosted guests including Jon Snow, Adam Boulton, Alastair Campbell, Jonathan Powell, Baroness Scotland, Dominic Grieve, Shami Chakrabarti and Lord Robert Winston. Panel debates have discussed topics as diverse as religion, the happiness agenda, Thatcherism, immigration and the welfare state.
Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor and Columnist at The Spectator and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, the Literary Review and other national publications. An author, playwright, poet and frequent public speaker, he is also a visiting Research Fellow at the University’s York Management School. Originally from Yorkshire, he is a governor of the Royal Northern College of Music, a trustee of Opera North and Helmsley Arts Centre, and formerly chaired the Ryedale Music Festival.
Martin Vander Weyer said: "I am delighted to be associated with The York Union as a Patron, and have been thrilled to watch its development over the past couple of years. Lively public debate and discussion is essential to civilised society — and done well it is also great entertainment. The York Union does it very well indeed."
Upcoming events this year include: