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 various campaigns. Clare also leads Parliament Street’s Research Council 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 volunteer work in Kenya, […]

Cllr. Dr. Peter Hill – Director of Policy

Cllr. Dr. Peter Hill – Director of Policy

Dr Peter Hill joined Parliament Street in 2017.  He works as a freelance academic with current roles at Royal Holloway and King’s College London.  His research focuses on welfare/labour market issues, but has recently centred on how public and social policy is evaluated.  His teaching interests are spread across public policy, economics, project management and strategy. Peter is a also Unitary Authority and Town […]

Elliot Van Emden – Director of Business and Innovation

Elliot Van Emden – Director of Business and Innovation

Elliot Van Emden is a qualified Barrister and an entrepreneur, having run several successful businesses from start-up. His particular interests in law are Commercial, Employment, Immigration & Crime. He has also previously worked in the office of the Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP & Conservative Campaign Headquarters.  He has used all of these skills in his role as Commercial Director […]

Dr. James Downes – Director of British and European Politics

Dr. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Steve Mastin – Director of Education

Steve Mastin – Director of Education

Steve Mastin 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. He trains history teachers for the University of Cambridge […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elizabeth Anderson – Tory Democracy Policy Group Chairman

Elizabeth Anderson – Tory Democracy Policy Group Chairman

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 a […]

Ava Elemadzadeh – Labour Now! Policy Group Chairman

Ava Elemadzadeh – Labour Now! Policy Group Chairman

Ava Etemadzadeh joined Parliament Street in 2017. Ava has been an active member of the Labour Party for the past 5 years and Chair of Essex Labour Students for the past two. She recently graduated from the University of Essex with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. During her studies, she worked for the then Shadow Minister for the […]

Steven George-Hilley – Technology Forum Chairman

Steven George-Hilley – Technology Forum Chairman

Steven George-Hilley joined Parliament Street soon after its inception in 2012. Since then he has spearheaded our technology campaign highlighting the importance of technology to improving our public services.  Steven has represented Parliament Street in a number of high profile national and broadcast slots including BBC Radio 4 with Edward Stourton,  ITV’s Daybreak programme, The Mirror, Daily Mail, The Evening Standard, […]