Adrian Hilton is a conservative academic, theologian, author and educationalist. He is presently based in the Department of Education, Oxford University, researching into the legal and historical development and political philosophy of ‘Free Schools’. He has spent more than 20 years in secondary and university education, teaching, writing and lecturing in politics, jurisprudence, philosophy and theology in the UK and the US.
He was Head of Politics & Philosophy (A level & IB) at a grammar school for 10 years, where he was appointed Assistant Principal with responsibility for whole-school Learning & Teaching. During this time he was also an adviser in eduction to Michael Gove, then Shadow Secretary of State.
An alumnus of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has directed numerous theatre productions and holds a Guinness World Record for the longest marathon theatre performance by an individual for a non-stop dramatic recital of the Complete Works of Shakespeare, which was inaugurated by the Duke of Edinburgh on the site of the Globe Theatre in July 1987.
He has twice been selected as a parliamentary candidate (Stratford-upon-Avon, 1997; Slough, 2005). He is a Council member of The Freedom Association and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has written on matters relating to politics, religion, arts, culture and education for ConservativeHome, The Spectator and The Daily Mail.