Jamie Whyte on the day of the announcement of his selection as Leader by ACT
Jamie Whyte is the leader of ACT New Zealand, and became leader on 1 March 2014. He is not a member of New Zealand’s parliament. ACT now has one member of parliament, John Banks, who will be standing down at the next general election, which will be held in late 2014.
Whyte has worked as a management consultant, as a foreign currency trader and as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University. His philosophical publications in academic journals mainly concern the nature of truth and belief.  In 1991 he won the Analysis prize for the best article by a philosopher under the age of 30.
Since 2004, Whyte has been writing for general audiences. He is the author of Crimes Against Logic (McGraw Hill, Chicago, 2004), A Load of Blair (Corvo, London, 2005), Free Thoughts (ASI, London, 2012) and Quack Policy (IEA, London, 2013). He has written many columns, mainly for The Times, City AM, Standpoint, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. In 2006 he won the Bastiat Prize for journalism (jointly with Tim Harford of the Financial Times) and in 2010 he was runner up.
Whyte was born, raised and educated to BA level in Auckland, New Zealand. He then moved to the UK to study for an M.Phil and Ph.D at St John’s College, Cambridge University. Upon completion, he remained for three years as a research fellow at Corpus Christi College and a temporary lecturer in the Philosophy faculty. He then left academia and took up a job with the consultancy Oliver Wyman.