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...

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 in 2018 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...

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...

Jenny Wood

Jenny joined ERS in 2021, having previously worked as analyst, evaluator, and researcher in a local authority. She has a MRes in Social Research for Organisations and has worked as an embedded researcher in...

Mair Smith

Mair has been working in research and evaluation for six years and joined ERS in 2015 after working in Mid Wales. She has since managed evaluations for a range of public and voluntary sector...

Sachin Babbar

Sachin joined ERS as an Economist in 2021. He has four years of experience consulting UK and European Government on the economic and environmental impacts of climate and energy policy. Sachin provides supportive capacity...

Amy Hale

Amy joined ERS in 2017. She has seven years of experience of consultancy within the fields of evaluation, sustainability and social impact. Amy is adept at designing and delivering complex evaluations and research, and...

James Robertson

James is an Senior Consultant at ERS, having joined the company in 2017 after studying economics at Northumbria University. James provides supportive capacity across project evaluations, economic impact assessments and national studies. Specialising in...

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...

Cathryn Rogers

Cathryn originally joined ERS in 2018 as a research assistant. Since joining the team, Cathryn has contributed to both regional and national evaluation projects. Her contributions have included writing concise and engaging impact case...

Ashley Philp

Ashley is a Research Consultant at ERS, having joined the company in 2019 after studying Sociology MSc at Bristol University. Ashley provides supportive capacity across project evaluations, social and community impact assessments and small...

Safiyyah Karim

Safiyyah is a Research Consultant at ERS, having joined the company in 2020 after studying MSc International Development at the University of Bristol. Prior to this, Safiyyah studied Biochemistry at King’s College London. During...

Holly Nelson

Holly joined ERS as a Consultant in January 2021. She studied a BA (hons) in Sociology at Newcastle University and then an MA in Sociology & Social Research at Newcastle University. In between the...