Meet our staff
Meet our staff
Our staff are based in offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Katie Ghose is a barrister and campaigner. Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society since 2010, she has established the Society as the UK’s leading campaign for a better democracy. Previously Katie was Director of the British Institute of Human Rights (2005-2010) where she pioneered new initiatives to bring human rights to life for everyone in the UK. In 2009 she was awarded Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the Asian Lawyers’ Association.
Katie has worked in parliamentary and public affairs for organisations including Age UK and Citizens Advice and for seven years served as a trustee for LGBT rights charity Stonewall. Katie is a Board member of Fair Vote, a US organisation campaigning for electoral and democratic reform and in 2015 became an Independent Council member at the University of Sussex.
Katie’s first book Beyond the Courtroom: a lawyer’s guide to campaigning was published by Legal Action Group in 2005.
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 has been working with the society since 2012, having gained a Masters in Social Research, blogged, and worked in polling and in Brussels. Chris is responsible for much of the society’s research output, blogs and academic contacts. He has expertise in comparative politics. Chris has presented to government ministers from countries such as Jordan and Malaysia, observed elections in Ukraine and Armenia and written a chapter for the book More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box.
Research Officer - Democratic Innovations
Edward joined the ERS in March 2015 and is now developing the democratic innovations strand of ERS work, looking at how new modes of deliberation and participation can help build a better democracy. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Glasgow and an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently completing a PhD in politics at Queen’s University, Belfast.
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
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.
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.
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.
Katie joined ERS Scotland in December 2015. Also working as a consultant for Govanhill Baths’ redevelopment, she has been involved in a wide range of campaigns in Scotland, including the land reform campaign, improving engagement in the arts, and local currency projects. She has worked in campaigning, teaching, and research roles in the US, France, and Scotland, and regularly writes about Scottish politics and culture. Katie holds an honours degree in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.
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