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Staff team

The Fabian Society has a staff team based in London and Edinburgh.

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General secretary

Andrew Harrop,  general secretary


@andrew_harrop
0207 227 4906

andrew.harrop@fabians.org.uk

Andrew has been general secretary of the Fabian Society since Autumn 2011 and in that time has led the society’s research on economic and social policy as well as the future of the Labour party. He was previously director of policy and public affairs for Age UK and before that was a researcher for the New Policy Institute and for a backbench Labour MP. He has also served as a board member, treasurer and vice-president of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and as chair of governors of a London primary school and children’s centre. He has degrees from Cambridge, LSE and London Business School. He has been a Labour party activist since 18 and was a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 general election.

Read Fabian publications written or edited by Andrew

Areas of expertise: demographics, the economy, education and skills, exiting the European Union, government, health and social care, housing, the Labour party, labour markets, pensions, poverty and inequality, public services, social security, taxation, UK politics

 

Research

Olivia Bailey,  deputy general secretary

@livbailey
0207 227 4912
olivia.bailey@fabians.org.uk

Olivia joined the Fabian Society as research director in July 2015. She was previously political advisor to a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet where she worked on Labour’s policy development and political reform. Prior to this Olivia worked for the BBC, as the chair of Labour Students and as an elected officer at the NUS. She was chair of the Labour Women’s Network. Read Fabian publications written or edited by Olivia

Areas of expertise: Labour party, UK politics, women’s representation and equality, political reform, education, media, culture, Brexit

 

 

 

 

Josh Abey,  researcher

@joshabey
0207 227 4913
josh.abey@fabians.org.uk

Josh joined the Fabian Society in September 2018, and is the society’s lead researcher for the Commission on Workers and Technology. He previously worked as a children’s policy researcher for a non-departmental public body, and before this studied at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick. His masters thesis considered the impact of board-level worker representation on earnings inequality across European economies. He was a Labour party candidate in the May 2018 Enfield Council elections.

 

 

 

 

Ben Cooper, researcher

@BenCooper1995
0207 227 4918
ben.cooper@fabians.org.uk

Ben joined the Fabian Society in September 2018. He previously worked for a Labour MP. He studied Development Studies at the University of Cambridge and British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Editorial

Kate Murray, editorial director

@kate_murray
0207 227 4911
kate.murray@fabians.org.uk

Kate is in her second stint at the Fabian Society, after a break travelling. She first joined the Fabians in September 2016. She was previously a freelance writer and editor, specialising in social policy, and before that edited Inside Housing magazine. She has a degree in modern languages from the University of Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Vanesha Singh, assistant editor

@_vaneshasingh
0207 227 4901
vanesha.singh@fabians.org.uk

Vanesha joined the Fabian Society in April 2018 having previously worked in research and communications for an international affairs organisation. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Global Issues from the University of Nottingham and wrote her thesis on the value of utopian and dystopian literature in an era of environmental crisis.

 

 

 

 

External Affairs, Membership and Operations

 

 

John Rafferty, finance and operations manager

0207 227 4903
John.Rafferty@fabians.org.uk

John joined the Fabian Society in November 2018. He previously worked at the Royal College of Physicians. He graduated from University College London with a degree in Russian, and subsequently spent three years working as a teacher in Moscow. After leaving Russia, he retrained in accountancy, and is currently studying with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

 

 

 

 

 

Shehana Udat,  membership officer

0207 227 4904
shehana.udat@fabians.org.uk

Shehana joined the Fabian Society in 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in human rights from University College London. Previously she has worked for several human rights organisations including working in parliament with a focus on the Commonwealth. She currently splits her time between working at the Fabians and for an organisation which has a focus on global development and social justice.

Shehana works at the Fabian Society on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

 

 

 

 

   Scottish Fabians

Katherine Sangster,  national manager 


@kath14sangster

katherine.sangster@fabians.org.uk

Katherine has experience in finance, marketing and project management both in the corporate and charitable sectors.  Prior to joining the Fabian Society she spent eight years as Head of Office for a prominent business leader.  She volunteers with Children’s Hearings Scotland and actively campaigns for fairer access to childcare.  She is vice chair of her local CLP.

 

 

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