Tim Hames Biography

Tim Hames

Tim Hamess has been an academic, a Lecturer in Politics at Oxford University (1989-1996) with a specialism in American politics (his doctorate was on the Republican Party) and British Government, but who also taught Western European politics and international relations.


He was then a journalist becoming an Assistant Editor of The Times serving as the chief leader writer, a political columnist and acting editor of the newspaper on multiple occasions.


He then entered the business community becoming the Director General of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) from 2013-2019.



He had published widely and to a variety of audiences including:


Co-Editor of A Conservative Revolution? The Reagan-Thatcher Decade in Perspective (1994).

Co-Author of Governing America (1996).

More than 25 scholarly articles and chapters on America and British politics.

More than one thousand editorials, columns and articles for The Times (1996-2008).

Co-author of Modernising the Monarchy (Demos, 1998)

Co-Editor of The Times Guide to the House of Commons 2001 and 2005.


More recently he has been the co-author (with Dame Kate Bingham) of The Long Shot: The Inside Story of the Race to Vaccinate Britain (Oneworld, October 2022 (hardback) and then October 2023 (paperback). This was a Sunday Times business book bestseller, a Financial Times science book of the year, and a Moneyweek politics book of the year.