Sebastian Rees


I grew up in Sydney, Australia and moved to the UK to complete my Undergraduate degree in History and Politics and Graduate degree in Global History at the University of Oxford. Before joining Reform, I worked as a foreign affairs journalist for Al Bawaba News, where I focused on armed conflicts,  protest movements and technological change in the Middle East. I have also worked as a policy researcher, museum guide and debating coach. I have a strong interest in education, employment, and security policy and am especially keen on injecting perspectives from abroad into public policy debate in Britain. In my spare time, I like to travel, read and cook.

My favourite Reformer is…

Gough Whitlam, Australia’s Prime Minister, 1972-5

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The BBC World Service

8th September 2021

A State of preparedness: how government can build resilience to civil emergencies

The COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious civil emergency this country has faced in peacetime; unprecedented in its scale, complexity, and duration. Despite the fact that extensive central government machinery exists to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to civil emergencies, the pandemic has exposed critical shortcomings in preparedness and resilience.