Andrew Harrop, general secretary
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.
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
Olivia Bailey, deputy general secretary
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
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
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.
Kate Murray, editorial director
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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.
Rabyah Khan, media and communications manager
Rabyah joined the Fabian Society in June 2018. She previously worked in communications management at the University of Oxford and as a copy editor for a language consultancy firm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Rabyah holds a Masters in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Bachelors (Hons) in Arabic and International Relations from the University of Exeter. Her MSc thesis looked at soft power and foreign policy in the Middle East. She is chair of the Oxford & District Labour party and was a Labour party candidate for Oxford City Council in the 2018 local elections.
Vanesha Singh, assistant editor
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
Alexandra Sanderson, director of external affairs and events
Alex joined the Fabian Society in January 2016. She previously worked at a financial education charity, and prior to this, in the City. Alex joined the Labour party whilst she was a student at Durham University, and was a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 general election. She is a councillor in Hammersmith and Fulham. Alex sits on Labour’s London Regional Board as the Socialist Societies representative and is a school governor in her local area.
John Rafferty, finance and operations manager
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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.
Natasha Wakelin, events and stakeholder assistant
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Natasha joined the Fabian Society in February 2019, having previously delivered events and communications for the Institute for Public Policy Research, New Economics Foundation and Universities UK International. She holds a first class degree in politics and international relations from the UEA, and has front line experience in both children’s and adult social care.
Shehana Udat, membership officer
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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.
Deborah Stoate, local Fabian societies officer
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Deborah provides support and guidance to local Fabian societies, including supporting new societies to launch and established ones to work together on regional events. She has been secretary of Dartford and Gravesham Fabian Society for 12 years. She worked as constituency office manager for her husband, Dr Howard Stoate, whilst he was an MP. She teaches music in a primary school in Greenwich. She is a Dartford borough councillor and secretary of Dartford Labour party.
Deborah works at the Fabian Society on Thursdays.
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.