Philip Collins is a columnist on The Times, chair of the Board of Trustees of the think-tank Demos and chief executive of High Windows Ltd, a speech-writing company. He was, until 2007, the Chief Speech Writer to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. He has also worked as an investment banker and ran the Social Market Foundation, a political think tank. Since leaving Downing Street, he has written speeches for many chief executives in the corporate and voluntary sectors and for many senior government ministers. He writes a regular column analyzing important speeches for The Times.