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Meet our staff

Our staff are based in offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh.


London Office

Katie Ghose
Chief Executive
katie.ghose@electoral-reform.org.uk

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

Darren Hughes
Deputy Chief Executive
darren.hughes@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.


Will Brett
Head of Campaigns and Communications
will.brett@electoral-reform.org.uk

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 Garland
Policy and Research Officer
jessica.garland@electoral-reform.org.uk 

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 Terry
Research Officer
chris.terry@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.


Josiah Mortimer
Communications Assistant
josiah.mortimer@electoral-reform.org.uk

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 section co-editor for the website Bright Green.

Operations

Kate West
Chief Operating Officer
kate.west@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.



Stuart Thomas
Operations and Membership Officer
stuart.thomas@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.
 

ERS Scotland

Willie Sullivan
Director, ERS Scotland
willie.sullivan@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.


Juliet Swann
Campaigns and Research Officer
juliet.swann@electoral-reform.org.uk

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. 


ERS Wales

Stephen Brooks
Director, ERS Wales
stephen.brooks@electoral-reform.org.uk

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
owain.apgareth@electoral-reform.org.uk

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.

Recent News
27th February 2015
David Cameron and Nick Clegg were in Wales this morning, announcing further powers to be devolved to the Assembly.   The UK Government is proposing to devolve control over elections to the National Assembly which would see AMs handed power to:   Change the voting system for Assembly and local elections Introduce votes at 16 for Assembly […]
25th February 2015
The ERS has long campaigned for devolution to the local level, but the Society also campaigns for proportional representation at a local level. Here ERS Deputy Chief Executive Darren Hughes outlines why they should go hand in hand.   Sign our petition for a fairer local voting system   The decision by the government to […]
23rd February 2015
Today saw the broadcasters agree – by lot – who would host each of the three upcoming televised General Election debates. It’s a welcome development in what has been a fairly chaotic few months for them, as they seek agreement on who will be on the platform, when to host them, who will moderate them, […]