The Council is the governing body of the Society, with ultimate responsibility for its governance and administration. The Council consists of 15 members, elected every other year by the Single Transferable Vote.
Members of the Council elect five of their group to act as Officers and undertake specific administrative duties on behalf of the Council.
The Electoral Reform Society Council
Amy has spent the last several years managing and winning campaigns with the Labour Party - from local elections to national campaigns.
Her work on these campaigns has helped her to develop a broad and diverse network throughout the Labour Party and civil society organisations. She has an excellent knowledge and understanding of campaigns and campaign delivery, from budgets to strategy.
Jessica Asato, Vice Chair (Management)
Jessica is a former Director of the Labour Yes campaign for the 2011 AV referendum.
She is Chair of the Fabian Society and a Councillor in the London Borough of Islington, as well as School Governor at Tufnell Park School and Founder of the Gareth Butler History Trust.
Andrew May, Deputy Chair (Campaigns)
Andy May joined the ERS Council in September 2011. He currently works as a consultant at a public relations firm. He began his career five years ago working for the Liberal Democrats, scoring success in local election campaigns before moving to the marketing department at Amnesty International UK.
In 2010/11 he worked on several constitutional reform campaigns including Power2010, Take Back Parliament and Yes to Fairer Votes where he was responsible for a team of staff delivering the ‘Yes2AV’ regional activism and media effort.
He has a broad range of experience covering advocacy, grassroots campaigning, fundraising and direct marketing which he hopes to draw upon on ERS Council.
Keith Sharp, Deputy Chair (Group Relations)
Keith was Society Vice Chair from 2009 and previously served as Campaigns Committee chair, a position he held for five years. He writes and speaks on electoral reform, having joined the Society in 1978 with the belief that the First Past the Post system cripples our democracy.
He has also been a parliamentary candidate and local councillor, for the
Liberal Democrats, and is a charity trustee in north London. Away from
politics, Keith is a marketing and public affairs professional.
Chris Carrigan, Treasurer
Chris Carrigan is the founder of Esteliant a company that specialises in complex mutli-organisational change and the creation of networked organisations.
Before creating Esteliant Chris was a partner at Accenture one of the world’s leading management consultancy firms. He now works predominantly with International charities on global restructuring.
Chris is an active electoral reform campaigner and was responsible for the creation of the Reform Groups Network
following his role as chairman of the successful Oxford Yes to Fairer Votes Campaign.
Dr Crispin Allard
Crispin started as an Intern at the Electoral Reform Society in 1994, before being elected to its Council in 1995. He has been Campaign Committee Chair (1997 – 1998), Treasurer (1998 – 2008) and Deputy Chair (Group Relations) (2008 – 2011). He was a constituency organiser in the Yes campaign.
Crispin is Chair of Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform
, which he co-founded in 2011 to bring a more strategic focus to the party’s approach to delivering reform. He has also been a local councillor. Outside politics, Crispin works for a leading consultancy, specialising in operational research.
Keith Best is Chief Executive of the charity Freedom from Torture and previously the Immigration Advisory Service and Prisoners Abroad.
A barrister and former Member of Parliament; Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales, Keith was named in the Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public services in the UK. He served in airborne and commando forces for 19 years (rank of major: Territorial Decoration) and previously sat on the ERS Council for 14 years (as Chair for 5), convened Conservative Action for Electoral Reform for more than 20 years and is committed to the single transferable vote.
Currently Chair of Electoral Reform International Services and the World Federalist Movement based in New York and Freeman of the City of London, Keith is also the author of numerous books and articles and undertakes frequent speaking engagements.
I’ve been an active member of the ERS for some 20-years now. I'm based in Edinburgh and a fulltime elected member of the City of Edinburgh Local Authority.
I was first elected as a Local Councillor in 1999, again in 2003, and eventually re-elected by STV in 2007 and 2012! I’m a seasoned and experienced campaigner, and currently leader of the City of Edinburgh Council. I live in central Edinburgh with my wife and one child.
Clare Coatman has worked on a range of projects within the democratic reform sector including as National Coordinator for High Visibility with Yes to Fairer Votes, Head of Operations for Power2010 and Participation Manager for the Convention on Modern Liberty.
As one of the founders of Take Back Parliament Clare Coatman is an experienced activist and has been involved in activism since being a school student spokesperson during the Iraq War protests. She is currently Marketing and Fundraising Manager for openDemocracy.
George Gabriel is a democrat and community organiser, working to build powerful citizens' organisations to make change and rehabilitate public life in Britain.
As a founder of Take Back Parliament and staffer to the Yes campaign George has real campaigning experience of the sector and is focussed on developing the campaigning strength and imagination of the Electoral Reform Society.
Designer & Campaigner Amisha Ghadiali, is a creative communicator of ideas for social change.
Founder of jewellery label, amisha.elegance.rebellion, and of radical think-and-do tank, Think Act Vote, she has also worked as Associate Director of the Ethical Fashion Forum and as Vice-Chair of the Yes to Fairer Votes Campaign.
Amisha’s social entrepreneurship has been recognised by selection to the Cultural Leadership Programme and the Courvoisier Future 500, a Future 100 Award, and, among other honours, a Fellowship of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Annabelle was born in Kent, attended school there, read French and Spanish at Nottingham University and then trained as a translator at the Central London Polytechnic.
She has worked in the Lord Chancellor’s Department; as a freelance translator; at the National Assembly for Wales and as Director of ERS Wales. She is a longstanding member of the Labour Party.
She has two children and lives in Cardiff where she enjoys hearing Welsh National Opera and Hoddinott Hall concerts whenever possible.
Ben has been campaigning for electoral reform since he left university. He was an intern with Power2010, a campaign for political reform that spawned Take Back Parliament, and had the privilege of being a founding member of the purple movement for fair votes.
Ben has been a member of the ERS since 2011 and has attended ERS AGMs since 2010. He intends to represent the interests of the core activists of the reform movement during his time on the council.
Michael Meadowcroft has been active in Liberal politics for over fifty years and has been an elected officer at every level of the party.
Until recently he was chair of Leeds Liberal Democrats. He was a Leeds City Councillor for fifteen years and a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councillor for six years. He was the Liberal MP for Leeds West, 1983-87. Over the past twenty years he has led or been a member of fifty-two pro-democracy missions to thirty-six different countries, mainly for the United Nations or the European Union.
Michael was the Chair of the Electoral Reform Society, 1989-93 and is a trustee of the Arthur McDougall Trust. He has a large archive of publications - mostly available on his website - including three editions of "The Politics of Electoral Reform." He has been a regular performer on television and radio.