Introducing
Our People

Keith Burge

Keith Burge

Keith began his career at HM Treasury, in the Industrial Policy Division. He went on to work for the Northern Development Company, working in inward investment, then Regional Development and finally in the Economic Research Office. Keith has led ERS since 1994 and is in his second term as Chair of the Institute of Economic Development.

Chris Barlow

Chris Barlow

Chris manages evaluation, business planning and forward strategy development contracts at ERS. He commenced his career in the public sector developing funding bids, managing multi-theme regeneration programmes and supporting community groups achieve their aspirations. Chris is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Economic Development.

Kate Vittle

Kate Vittle

Kate is an evaluation specialist with a Masters degree in economics. Prior to joining ERS she has worked in evaluation and learning roles at Oxfam GB, the South West Regional Development Agency and the Environment Agency. She is PRINCE2 qualified and a member of the Institute of Economic Development. Kate is the ERS lead for the Bristol office.

Paul Cornick

Paul Cornick

Paul is an economist with considerable experience in social and economic impact assessment. Prior to joining ERS, Paul previously worked as a Senior Economist at Birmingham City Council where he was responsible for economic research, forecasting and strategy development.

Tim Dixon

Tim Dixon

Tim gained his PhD in applied psychology at the University of Bristol, specialising in cognitive ergonomics. Following a postdoctoral position he moved to Barcelona, providing training to large and small businesses. He joined ERS in 2012 from TrustCSR; he also maintained a part-time lectureship at Bath Spa University. He now volunteers with Happy City CIC in his spare time.

Emma Ward

Emma Ward

Emma joined ERS having graduated with a first class BA (Hons) in Geography from Newcastle University. She previously worked for the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at Newcastle University and is an affiliate member of the Institute of Economic Development.

Francesca Haswell-Walls

Francesca Haswell-Walls

Fran graduated with a first class degree in BA (Hons) Global Development & Peace Studies, and most recently completed an MSc in International Development at the University of Bristol. Prior to working with ERS, Fran has held a variety of paid and voluntary roles in local government as well as the voluntary and community sector, including: Professional Associations Research Network; Manchester City Council; and British Red Cross.

Matthew Hill

Matthew Hill

Matthew graduated from Cardiff University with an MSc in Regeneration Studies from the School of City and Regional Planning. Matthew has most recently been studying for a PhD at the University of Bristol, focusing on measuring the impact of voluntary and community services and the coproduction of knowledge through University and voluntary sector partnerships. Prior to joining ERS, Matthew worked for the South West Forum as an Impact and Research Officer, supporting the development of the Impact Hub South West to assist voluntary and community organisations demonstrate the difference they make through service provision.

Heulwen Hudson

Heulwen Hudson

Heulwen joined ERS after working as a consultant for two research and evaluation companies in Wales. She graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Geography with Study in Continental Europe, and then completed an MSc in Spatial Planning at Oxford Brookes University. Prior to working in research consultancy she worked for two environmental NGOs and for a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultancy. Heulwen is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Emma Cox

Emma Cox

Emma has recently joined ERS and has over 10 years’ experience both in the public and private sectors. She has a Masters Degree in Urban Renewal from Liverpool John Moore’s University and is a Prince 2 Practitioner. Emma began her career with Easington District Council and has spent the last ten years working in the field of regeneration for Local Authorities and Private Consultancies. Her experience includes research, data collection and analysis, preparation of funding bids, management and monitoring of external funding, project management, community engagement and pre-project planning.

Mair Smith

Mair Smith

Mair graduated from Exeter University with a first class BSc (Hons) in Geography and Environmental Management and an MSc in Sustainable Development. After graduating, Mair undertook an internship with the Maltese Government and subsequently worked for a consultancy in Wales focussed on regeneration, social and economic research and evaluation for a range of clients, including Welsh Government.

Harriet Cutts

Harriet Cutts

Harriet is an Economist at ERS, having joined the team following her recent graduation from the University of Durham with a BA (Hons) degree in Economics.  She has experience in conducting economic evaluations and reviewing economic impact assessments through her previous work as an intern at the Department for Transport.