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 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.
Policy and Research Officer
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.
Head of Media
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 parliamentary researcher for Stella Creasy MP he co-ordinated 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.
Kate is experienced in financial, operational and HR management. Kate was previously Head of Operations at political think tank Demos where she led a two-year programme of internal restructure. She has worked for local and national government, including the Charity Commission, where she worked alongside the Board and Directors to ensure high standards of governance. Kate is also a Trustee of the charity Wikimedia UK.
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.
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 and Research Officer
Juliet spends most of her time working on the ERS Scotland 'Democracy Max' programme to improve engagement and participation in democracy, especially through innovative new methods.
She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with degrees in Politics and Law and has previously worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland and RSPB Scotland.
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.
Dr Owain ap Gareth is Reseach and Campaigns Officer for Electoral Reform Society Wales. He has helped produce research projects for ERS Wales including 'Reduce and Equalise' with Lewis Baston, and the Welsh Assembly Election 2011 report with Professor Roger Scully.
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.