Meet our staff
Meet our staff
Our staff are based in offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
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 as a lobbyist and campaigner 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 the UK for a range of charities, public bodies and lawyers. Her first book Beyond the Courtroom: a lawyer’s guide to campaigning was published by Legal Action Group in 2005.
Katie is also on the Board of Fair Vote, a US organisation campaigning for electoral reform.
Campaigns & Research
Deputy Chief Executive
Darren joined the Electoral Reform Society in 2012, initially as Director of Campaigns and Research and in 2014 became Deputy Chief Executive. Originally from New Zealand, he was elected to the House of Representatives at age 24 and served across three parliaments. During that time he was a government minister; an opposition shadow minister; a party whip; and in addition to portfolio responsibilities such as transport; infrastructure; social development and employment; and education was deputy leader and then shadow leader of the House. New Zealand has had proportional representation for around 20 years and Darren is a firm believer in its ability to represent people more fairly and for the culture of politics to change more positively.
Head of Campaigns and Communications
Will's career has spanned politics, journalism and policy research. He has worked on a number of national magazines including the New Statesman and The Week, and has contributed to a wide range of journalistic, academic and policy-focused publications. As a parliamentary researcher he helped co-ordinate the national campaign to regulate payday lending. He has also worked as a researcher for the pan-European Augur Project, modelling future directions in European politics.
Jess joined ERS in November 2011. A former Senior Political Adviser, she has spent six years working in Parliament for Shadow Ministers and MPs. Jess is responsible for policy and research development for the Society. She has a Research Masters in Government, Policy and Politics and was formerly Chair of a youth-led volunteering charity.
Chris joined the ERS permanently in January 2012 after interning with the Society. He holds a Masters in Social Research, where he specialised in comparative politics and European political systems. He has previously worked in data and research for the Brussels office of Dods Parliamentary Communications and helped found the blog Britain-Votes.co.uk. Chris is responsible for the Society’s research output.
Nexus Officer / Research Assistant
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
Charley joined in the ERS in March 2015, after working as Parliamentary Researcher for an MP. He had previously interned with the British Humanist Association. Charley holds an MRes in Quantitative Political Science from the London School of Economics. He also blogs on London devolution, is Vice-Chair for Events of LGBTory and a governor of a primary school in his native South London.
Digital Communications Officer
Doug joined the ERS in March 2015. He holds an MA (hons) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and has worked for the last five years in digital marketing for major London venues, including the Hackney Empire and Rose Theatre Kingston.
Josiah joined the ERS in February 2015 after working for the Green European Foundation in Brussels. He graduated from the University of York in 2014 after studying Politics, and has written for a wide range of publications including the New Internationalist, OpenDemocracy and Huffington Post. Previously he interned at the Global Labour Institute, the Yorkshire TUC and Left Foot Forward, and in his spare time is a correspondent for the website Bright Green.
Chief Operating Officer
Operations and Membership Officer
Before joining the ERS, Stuart spent 3 years as Executive Officer at the campaigning charity the Town and Country Planning Association with responsibilities in the areas of governance, HR and facilities management. Stuart has also worked for Wandsworth Borough Council, Somerset County Council and for Evergreen, an environmental NGO based in Toronto, Canada.
Electoral Reform Society Scotland
Director, ERS Scotland
Willie is the Director of ERS Scotland. He has worked at senior levels in the business, voluntary and public sector. He was the Campaign consultant on the successful Fairshare Campaign for 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.
Willie 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.
Campaigns Organiser - Policy
Rory joined the ERS in October 2015. He holds an MA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex. While studying at Edinburgh he was a co-founder and political editor of National Collective, the "artists and creatives" campaign for Scottish independence. He has also worked as an assistant consultant for a leading Edinburgh public and third sector consultancy and has been a parliamentary intern for a Member of the Scottish Parliament.
Phil is an experienced campaigner and organiser who has worked in the democratic reform sector since 2007. His previous roles include working for Vote for a Change, Power 2010 and the Yes to Fairer Votes campaigns. He also currently works for the Scottish think tank Common Weal and is the coordinator of the proportional representation lobby group Make Votes Count.
Director, ERS Wales
Stephen joined ERS in April 2011 after 2 years as Head of the Sustainable Development Commission Wales. With a background in policy and campaigning, he has previously been Head of Oxfam Cymru/Wales, a director of Fair Trade Wales & chair of NGO coalition Stop Climate Chaos.
A former president of the National Union of Students Wales, Stephen also spent time working as a public affairs consultant in the private sector for various retail and pharmaceutical clients.
Owain Llyr ap Gareth
Campaigns & Research Officer
Dr Owain ap Gareth is Reseach and Campaigns Officer for Electoral Reform Society Wales. He has helped produce several research projects for ERS Wales including 'Reduce and Equalise' with Lewis Baston, and the Welsh Assembly Election 2011 report with Professor Roger Scully. He was lead author on the "Size Matters" Report on the need for a larger Welsh Assembly in partnership with the Wales Governance Centre.
Owain has a PhD from Aberystwyth University on Welsh cultural and political identities, and has taught seminars on subjects varying from Welsh and British Politics, 'Third World' Politics and International Relations Theory. Owain is a fluent Welsh speaker.
Photography: Gus Palmer