Research council

Clare George-Hilley – Head of Research

Clare George-Hilley – Head of Research

Clare George-Hilley joined Parliament Street shortly after its inception in 2012 and manages Parliament Street’s research output. Clare also leads Parliament Street’s campaigns on social and community issues and doubles up as our Director of Communities and Social Justice. She is a former Councillor in the London Borough of Croydon. Clare has a passion for international aid projects, supporting African countries with […]

David Bean – Director of Policy

David Bean – Director of Policy

David Bean joined Parliament Street as Director of Policy in 2016. Since the summer of 2012 he has worked at the House of Commons for the Policy Research Unit (PRU), a team of specialist researchers and communicators dedicated to getting Conservative MPs the information they need in a format they can use. Following a change of career, he began there […]

Elizabeth Anderson – Research Secretary

Elizabeth Anderson – Research Secretary

Elizabeth Anderson joined Parliament Street in 2013. She works for a prestigious charity in central London, and volunteers for charities around her interests, including a charity that supports girls to access education in Africa, the Forever Hounds Trust, and the UK Chagos Support Association.  She led campaigns for Vote Leave in South East London for the 2016 Referendum.  She is […]

Tim Focas – Director of Financial Services and the City of London

Tim Focas – Director of Financial Services and the City of London

Tim Focas is a columnist for City A.M. online and has appeared in the Independent providing expert analysis to a wide range of financial institutions. Over the past decade, Tim has cemented a reputation for creating and implementing innovative and strategic publicity campaigns for brokers, fund managers and exchanges across the City.  Currently plying his trade as an Account Director at Aspectus, Tim developed a campaign […]

Georgia Kirke – Director of Enterprise

Georgia Kirke – Director of Enterprise

Georgia Kirke joined Parliament Street in 2016. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker with a passion for helping successful business leaders communicate their ‘why’ and share their values, personality and unique capabilities, as well as their business processes. Georgia founded Write Business Results Ltd, a revolutionary business book company created specifically for successful entrepreneurs. Her book,”The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Book Marketing […]

Danny Bowman – Mental Health Spokesman

Danny Bowman – Mental Health Spokesman

Danny Bowman joined Parliament Street in 2016 and is the author of our report into Mental Health and Social Media. He is a leading mental health campaigner who has appeared on television, radio and in magazines around the world. These appearances include Good Morning Britain and Attitude Magazine, in the UK and ABC News and Time Magazine in the USA. Danny has […]

Camilla Hayselden-Ashby – Director of Environment and Rural Affairs

Camilla Hayselden-Ashby – Director of Environment and Rural Affairs

Camilla Hayselden-Ashby joined Parliament Street in 2016 bringing with her direct experience of our agricultural sector. Camilla believes strongly in the need for change in agriculture to make it economically viable for farmers and environmentally sustainable. Integral to this is an improved dialogue between producers, consumers and policy makers. She is also a strong advocate for the role of technology […]

James Downes – Director of British and European Politics

James Downes – Director of British and European Politics

James joined Parliament Street in 2015. Since then he has written a number of research papers for us on the Decline of the Left in Europe, why polling companies keep getting it so wrong, the Future of the Transatlantic Partnership and ISIS – The Case for Intervention – Understanding Public Opinion. James also co-wrote the chapter Immigration – Public Opinion and […]

Emily Payne – Director of Middle East Affairs

Emily Payne – Director of Middle East Affairs

Emily Payne joined Parliament Street in 2016.  She is Director of Middle East Studies with an MSc from SOAS in International Politics, specialising in the Middle East through which she has travelled extensively.

Will Burstow – Director of Constitutional Affairs

Will Burstow – Director of Constitutional Affairs

William Burstow joined Parliament Street in 2015 and is the author of Where now for Scotland’s Unionist Parties. Originally from Belfast, he is a Unionist through and through, with an enduring interest in our Constitution. His current focus is on how all shades of Unionism can unite to secure the future of the Union in the face of the separatist […]

Cllr Richard Harris – Disabilities Spokesperson

Cllr Richard Harris – Disabilities Spokesperson

Councillor Richard Harris joined Parliament Street in 2016. Elected as a Councillor in 2015 on Erewash Borough Council, Richard sits on the Scrutiny Committee and the General Purposes Committee providing him with invaluable experience in personnel management and best practice. Richard has a track record of successfully working with and representing students having served two years as Disabled Students’ Officer […]

Cllr. James Pearson – Director of Behavioural Economics

Cllr. James Pearson – Director of Behavioural Economics

Councillor James Pearson joined Parliament Street in 2016. James grew up in Altrincham and went to Knutsford High School. He has been involved in local government for over 10 years and previously served two terms as a local councillor. He served for over 10 years as a school governor and was elected as a Governor of Wythenshawe Hospital NHS Foundation […]

Christopher Hanley – Director of Public Opinion and Polling

Christopher Hanley – Director of Public Opinion and Polling

Chris officially joined Parliament Street as Director of Public Opinion and Polling in 2016 and has previously co-authored research articles spanning from the battlegrounds of the 2015 General Election to the rise of ISIS and support for intervention. Chris is based in the heart of the EU institutions in Brussels, moving from London shortly after graduating with a first class […]

Steve Mastin – Director of Education

Steve Mastin – Director of Education

Steve Mastin is the Chairman of the Conservative Education Society. He is Head of History at a maintained secondary school in Cambridge. He is passionate about a knowledge rich curriculum for all pupils regardless of ability or social background, empowering each one of them to become part of the cultural discourse that some pupils from privileged backgrounds take for granted. […]

John Strafford – Director of Democracy and Political Participation

John Strafford – Director of Democracy and Political Participation

John Strafford is a tireless campaigner for greater democracy within the Conservative Party and chairs the Campaign for Conservative Democracy. In 2009, he wrote Our Fight for Democracy – a history of democracy in the United Kingdom. He was also the Chairman of the Conservative Yes Campaign in the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. John was born in Sheffield, […]

Shaun Dias – Research Fellow

Shaun Dias – Research Fellow

Shaun Dias joined Parliament Street in 2015. In addition to producing his own research, Shaun has been instrumental in commissioning research and thought articles for Parliament Street. Shaun is active in local politics and in 2014 when he was the Youngest British Sri Lankan Political Candidate in the United Kingdom according the newspaper Ceylon UK. His work in his local […]