Archives: Team

Keith Burge

Keith has worked in economic development for more than 30 years, both as a practitioner and a consultant. He began his career at HM Treasury in the Industrial Policy Division, working on labour market...

Kate Vittle

Kate joined ERS in 2012 and is based in our Bristol office. She is an evaluation and research specialist with 15 years’ experience across the public, private and NGO sector. Prior to joining ERS,...

Chris Barlow

Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in economic and community development. He began his career at the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation before joining Hartlepool Borough Council where he developed funding bids, managed...

Heulwen Hudson

Heulwen joined ERS in 2015 after three years working in research and evaluation consultancies in Wales. She previously worked in the NGO sector for organisations focused on sustainability including Change Agents UK (formally Studentforce...

Gordon Allinson

Gordon has worked as an applied policy researcher for nearly twenty years, working at a local, regional and national scale in the UK. He started his research career at Northumbria University’s Northern Economic Research...

Maxine Houston

Maxine joined ERS recently as a Principal Consultant. Her career began in local government, working in research and development for Dundee District Council, then for Newcastle City Council, where she led an intensive housing...

Francesca Haswell-Walls

Fran joined ERS in Jan. 2014, and has since developed a portfolio of regional, national, and international programme evaluations for a range of public and voluntary sector clients and funders. Fran is particularly interested...

Leyla Bagherli

Leyla joined ERS in 2017 and is an experienced researcher, specialising in quantitative analysis. Before joining ERS, she worked for almost five years at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) producing high-quality...

Mair Smith

Mair has been working in research and evaluation for five years and joined ERS in 2015 after working in Mid Wales. With an academic background in sustainability, Mair has particularly enjoyed working on projects...

Emma Cox

Emma has worked in the fields of regeneration and economic development for more than 15 years. She began her career working for local government, project managing physical infrastructure projects and developing regeneration strategies. Emma...

Dr. Matthew Hill

Matthew joined ERS in 2014 and has worked on evaluations and research studies across a wide range of Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and Public Sector services. His experience and interests include assessments of...

Amy Hale

Amy joined ERS in 2017 and has five years of experience in consultancy within the fields of sustainability and social enterprise. Amy has a strong academic background with a first class degree from the...

Claire Willis

Claire has been with ERS since 2004 and trained in accountancy and book keeping. She started her career by successfully managing the accounts at Riverside, one of Newcastle’s most popular music venues – now...

Dr. David Bates

David joined ERS in 2018 as a consultant, bringing over a decade of experience in the public and voluntary sector.  He began his career as a youth and community worker at North of England...

James Robertson

James began working for ERS in 2017, initially as a Research Assistant and more recently as an Economic Consultant. Prior to joining ERS James studied Economics at the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle, with...

Thea Ridley-Castle

Thea has recently begun working for ERS as a Research Assistant after graduating from the University of Glasgow. Prior to working at ERS Thea undertook an internship with the Global Institute of Health and...

Rebecca Tetteh

Rebecca joined ERS in 2016, having spent time working abroad following a stint at regional development agency One NorthEast.  Rebecca has a degree in Social Policy from Leeds University and is the Office Administrator...