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Our spokespeople are available for press and broadcast interviews and can provide commentary on our democracy and the current political agenda.

For media enquiries call the media office on 020 3714 4078.


Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society

Katie Ghose became Chief Executive of the ERS in 2010. A campaigner and barrister with a background in human rights law and immigration, she served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission from 2006-2008, where she helped to conduct the biggest ever independent review of the UK asylum system leading to the government's commitment to get rid of the detention of children in immigration centres.

She has worked in campaigns for several third sector organisations including Age UK and Citizens Advice and spent five years as Director of the British Institute of Human Rights.

Katie has delivered lectures, seminars and courses on campaigns and public affairs across the UK for a range of charities, public bodies and lawyers.


Darren Hughes, Director of Campaigns and Research

Darren was a Labour MP in New Zealand over three Parliaments, serving as a Minister in the Helen Clark Government and later in the NZ equivalent of the UK Shadow Cabinet. In addition to portfolio roles he also held parliamentary positions as Shadow Leader of the House and Chief Whip.

New Zealand has had six General Elections under proportional representation and Darren believes that this has given every vote value; and has made Parliament look more like the country.

Darren joined ERS in 2012 as Director of Campaigns and Research. His team is responsible for developing ideas and themes to improve British democracy and then working to see that change brought into reality.


Stephen Brooks, Director of the Electoral Reform Society Wales

Stephen Brooks is the director of ERS Wales, joining the organisation in April 2011 after two years as Head of the Sustainable Development Commission Wales. With a background in policy and campaigning, Stephen has previously been Head of Oxfam Cymru/Wales, a director of Fair Trade Wales, and chair of NGO coalition Stop Climate Chaos.

A former president of the National Union Students Wales, Stephen also spent time working as a public affairs consultant in the private sector for various retail and pharmaceutical clients.


Willie Sullivan, Director of the Electoral Reform Society Scotland

Willie Sullivan is Scottish Director of the Electoral Reform Society. He has worked at senior levels in the business, voluntary and public sector. He was the Campaign consultant on the successful Fairshare Campaign for the introduction of STV for Scottish Local Government and was Campaign Director for Vote for a Change, the campaign to secure a referendum on electoral reform.

He was recently seconded to be Head of Field Operations for the Yes! Campaign in the UK-wide AV referendum. He also has been a paid political advisor to senior politicians in the UK and Scottish governments.
Recent News
30th January 2015
This is a guest post by Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas, discussing his recent speech on young people and democracy for ERS Cymru. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   I was 15 when the first referendum on […]
26th January 2015
Much excitement in the European press today as Greece’s left-wing, Eurosceptic and anti-austerity Syriza has come two seats short of an absolute majority in the Greek parliamentary election, allowing them to form a coalition with the right-wing, Eurosceptic Independent Greeks. Yet Syriza won only 36.3% of the vote, giving them 49.7% of the seats. And […]
22nd January 2015
Today’s publication of draft legislation to devolve powers to Scotland makes the case for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention ever more pressing.   All the parties vowed to devolve more powers to Scotland, and no one is suggesting this should be delayed. But ultimately, today’s announcement raises more questions than it answers. These new powers […]
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