Gavin joined the Centre for Social Justice in August 2020 and is now Head of Work & Welfare. Before this he was a Special Adviser in the Department for Exiting the European Union, successfully overseeing the UK’s exit and all Brexit parliamentary business. He worked for the Conservative Party as a researcher during the 2019 election campaign. Before government he worked in Public Affairs at a global consultancy firm, and as a journalist for news and comment site Reaction.
He holds Bachelor’s (1st class) and Master’s degrees in Theology & Philosophy from Cambridge as well as a Diploma in Law. Before coming to work in politics he had a previous career at Eton College, where he worked as an assistant house master and pastoral tutor as well as a classroom teacher. He has extensive experience coaching able teenagers from ordinary backgrounds prepare for applications to elite universities.
Gavin is interested in how employment and welfare policy can shape the lives of the economically and socially vulnerable, in how economic rebalancing can rejuvenate left-behind regional communities, and in how employment policy can promote family life. He has been published in The Telegraph, ConservativeHome and Reaction.
Sam is the CSJ’s Development Director and is responsible for generating income for the organisation. Before joining the CSJ, Sam spent seven years at International Relations think tank Chatham House after a decade working for UK youth charities. He is passionate about access to education, criminal justice and is a keen musician.
Sam qualified as a lawyer and is a non-practising barrister.
Florence has been the Office Manager here at the Centre for Social Justice since December 2019. She is from Llangollen in North Wales and came to us from a hospitality background in Brunning and Price.
She enjoys hiking, playing piano and travelling.
Sam is a Researcher for the Communities project which is a collaboration between the CSJ and NatWest. The project aims to understand how communities can best be supported, particularly as the pandemic reshapes local areas across the UK.
Sam grew up in Cheshire and completed his BA at University College Maastricht in the Netherlands and the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States. Sam built a broad academic background focusing on philosophy, social science, and neuroscience. He then completed his MPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford where he was awarded national funding to conduct his DPhil (PhD) research on the place of reflection in politics.
In addition to research, Sam tutored PPE students and gained strategy consulting experience at Oxford. He has been Trustee of an NGO supporting a school in Tanzania for nearly ten years, and co-developed a financial development project in Rwanda. Sam is married to Lucie, from France, with whom he loves to cook and improve his terrible French.”
Carolyn joined the CSJ in September 2020 as a Senior Researcher in the Financial Inclusion Policy Unit. She is leading research on social housing policy with a particular focus on housing affordability and increasing state-led public housing supply.
In her previous role as Homelessness Services Manager for Holy Trinity Brompton, Carolyn led one of London’s largest capacity day centres offering wrap around support services for people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. She also coordinated a seasonal night shelter and developed a new framework for service provision, partnership working, and volunteer engagement for use by network organisations delivering homelessness services.
Prior to that Carolyn worked in financial services for MetLife. She earned her BA in English Literature from Davidson College in North Carolina, USA.
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Policy Lead
Olivia leads on child sexual abuse and exploitation policy for the Centre for Social Justice and has a particular specialism in the detection and removal of open web indecent images of children. She has previously advised both the Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the Home Secretary on crime, safeguarding and vulnerability policy. In her role as Special Adviser in the Home Office, she oversaw the drafting and direction of key legislation including the Online Harms Bill and Domestic Abuse Bill. She has also worked as Head of Political Research for the Conservative Party and as a Director of a strategy and communications consultancy.
Grants Director, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
Jessica is the Grants Director for the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, based at the Centre for Social Justice. She has over 17 years’ experience working with charitable trusts and foundations in the UK. Her recent experience is in leadership positions across the charity, social enterprise and grant-making sectors. In her prior role as Connect Fund Manager at the Barrow Cadbury Trust she managed a £6 million fund to make social investment work better for charities in England. Previous roles include Founding Director of the Tellus Mater Foundation, Head of Grants at River Los Angeles, and Head of Access to Finance at the New Economics Foundation. She was recognised at the 2019 WISE100 Awards as a top 100 UK woman in social enterprise. Jessica is the Chair of Hatch Enterprise and a Trustee of the Association for Charitable Foundations.
Cristina joined the Centre for Social Justice as Head of Family Policy Unit in March 2020. Prior to joining the CSJ, Cristina founded the Parenting Circle charity, which she chairs. She is the author of several research reports published by the Centre for Policy Studies on issues ranging from faith schools to women’s employment choices. Her e-book “Concentrated Parenting: seven key moments in the lives of children” is published by Amazon. A journalist and broadcaster, Cristina sits on the External Advisory Panel of the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion.
Senior Researcher, Alternative Provision
Dennis is a Senior Researcher in the education policy unit. He is leading research focussed on developing quality benchmarks for alternative provision as well as contributing to our wider education work.
He Co-chairs Heads Forward (Teach First’s National Network of Ambassador Head Teachers) and works freelance to support schools and their leaders through Simms Coaching and Consultancy.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Dennis has worked in secondary education, post-16 and latterly Alternative Provision, as Head of School at CP Riverside School.
Dennis has a BA (Hons) in Business Management, Postgraduate Certificate in Education, M.A. in Educational Leadership and the National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Senior Researcher, Education Unit
Mehak is a Senior Researcher in the Education Policy Unit. Her research focuses on inclusive models of education, such as whole-child development, that could reduce preventable exclusions. She is also looking at fair funding models for alternative education.
Mehak comes to CSJ with experience as an educator and a careers counsellor, having taught mathematics and economics at secondary and sixth form levels in Canada, Tanzania, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
She most recently completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at University College London. Her dissertation explored the role of school networks in London on the agency of school leaders in driving innovation in teaching and learning.
Isabelle joined the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) in July 2019 as a Researcher in the Family Policy Unit. Her passion for understanding the effect of the family dynamic on the development of social issues began within her study of Psychology while completing the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Prior to joining the CJS, Isabelle studied Psychology at the University of Sussex where she dedicated much of her time to leading and participating within a wide range of campaigns, including racial justice and youth outreach programmes. Isabelle is particularly interested in the effect of the family environment on children and young people’s development into adulthood. At the Centre for Social Justice Isabelle works on projects that advocate for the importance of family stability.
Sabrina joins the CSJ as a Researcher in the Education Policy unit. Sabrina is passionate about the education sector and spent the last year working as a teaching assistant in a leading nursery school. Prior to joining the CSJ, Sabrina qualified as a lawyer at Slaughter and May where she specialised in Corporate, Finance, EU and Property law. She also served as a committee member on the firm’s newly created Mental Health Network and volunteered at the local state primary school.
Sabrina is particularly interested in the early years sector, the importance of learning through play and the benefits of outdoor education.
Sabrina graduated from the University of Bristol with a First-Class degree in Spanish.
Head of Modern Slavery Unit
Tatiana has joined the CSJ in October 2019 as the Head of the Modern Slavery Policy Unit jointly created with Justice and Care. She has an extensive experience working in the field of tackling modern slavery and human trafficking for over 15 years.
In her previous role as the Director of Strategy for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Tatiana had a responsibility for overseeing the development and implementation of the Commissioner’s strategic priorities working closely with the team of policy leads. She joined the Commissioner’s team as Victim Support and Partnership Adviser – her main area of expertise.
Previously, Tatiana worked for the Human Trafficking Foundation in a variety of roles starting as Anti-Slavery Day coordinator in May 2012 and taking on the Director’s role in February 2015.
Rhian is the CSJ’s Development Manager, responsible for the organisation’s fundraising, relationship building and development. Prior to joining the CSJ, Rhian worked for two years at ComRes as a senior consultant in the political and media team running regular voting intention and media polling for The Telegraph, Daily Express and the BBC. Rhian is a trained quantitative and qualitative researcher having contributed to polling for political parties, think tanks and pressure groups, for example Bright Blue’s Universal Credit ‘Helping Hand’ report, the CSJ’s ‘Why family matters’ report and JRF’s report on ‘What low-income voters want out of Brexit’. She also worked for a Member of Parliament in Westminster from 2016-2017 and led their campaign communications strategy during the 2017 general election. She read English Literature at the University of Exeter.
Regional Alliance Manager
Louise joined CSJ in May 2019 as Regional Alliance Manager for the Midlands. Based in Leicestershire, she works with charities, individuals and small organisations across the region to help inform the policy work. She is passionate about the good work being done in the region and is keen to facilitate development and sharing of good practice.
Originally a qualified teacher, Louise has worked for over 15 years in the charity sector, both in the UK and overseas. Most recently she was CEO of The Baca Charity that works with unaccompanied asylum seekers. She has provided advice and support to several charities and is currently a trustee of Eagles Nest, an innovative alternative educational provider in Staffordshire. In 2018 she completed a Masters in Development Management through the Open University.
Serena joined the CSJ in 2018. She is responsible for designing and delivering a varied and impactful programme of events aimed at a range of different stakeholders.
Before joining the CSJ, Serena read Politics and Sociology at the University of Bristol, graduating with a First-Class degree. She then went on to study law and passed her Bar exams in June 2018.
Serena is passionate about achieving social justice, particularly for vulnerable women and girls in the UK. This stems from her experience working with both victims of human trafficking in India and street sex workers in Bristol.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Claire joined the CSJ in June 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Her role is to organise, manage and keep the CEO on track, not an easy task. Claire graduated from New College Durham with an HND in Business and Finance, she then went on to complete a post graduate qualification in Executive PA studies. Claire has 18 years experience as a PA and Office Manager and has worked for a number of Board level executives.
Emily joined the CSJ’s policy team in July 2018. Since then, she has worked across a range areas, including family and work and welfare policy. She spent a year leading the CSJ’s research on disability, with a particular focus on widening access to the labour market for disabled people. She authored a report making the case for better commissioning practices in order to bring specialist and local providers back to the fore of government provision.
Emily is now a senior researcher in our Criminal Justice Unit, where she is leading a three year study into our prison and probation systems, with a particular focus on family ties and meaningful work. She has also contributed to the unit’s work on sentence reform, making the case for a new community-based custodial sentence for the criminal courts.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Emily worked for a charity facilitating the resettlement of refugee families in communities across the UK. She also spent time working in global health policy in Parliament. Emily studied theology at university and completed a law conversion course before joining the CSJ.
Alice joined the Centre for Social Justice in July 2018. She works in the Education unit, sourcing and analysing data to gain insights into the landscape of alternative provision in England. Before this, Alice worked in our Criminal Justice unit examining the government’s response to gang violence and the national prison crisis.
Prior to joining the Centre for Social Justice, Alice read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, graduating with a First-Class degree. Her degree specialisms included economics, security studies and quantitative research.
Alice’s interest in social justice stems from her youth work in her home town of Wigan. She has worked intensely with youth services, assessing how best to promote access to mental health services for children living in poverty.
Head of Addiction and Crime
Adrian is head of the CSJ’s Addiction and Crime Unit. Before joining the CSJ, Adrian practiced as a barrister in Chambers and later as a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS. He studied History before completing his bar exams at the University of Law in London.
Adrian advocates on behalf of those groups in the community that are committed to helping people fight their addictions.
Senior Researcher and Work Experience Lead
Ollie joined the CSJ’s policy team in November 2017, and is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Education Policy Unit, and Work Experience Lead. He has carried out research on school exclusions and alternative provision, apprenticeships, access to higher education, and lifelong learning, and has helped develop policy solutions in these fields. He is currently researching the quality of unregistered schools in England and will soon lead a project on basic skills.
His policy interests include addressing the regional disparity in life chances in the UK, and finding ways to incentivise and encourage greater disadvantaged pupil participation in higher education. He is also interested in how we can better link education reforms to problems of criminality.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Ollie graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First-Class degree in Human, Social and Political Sciences, specialising in Politics and International Relations.
Head of Financial Inclusion
Joe Shalam joined the CSJ’s policy team in 2016. Over the last two years Joe has managed the CSJ Housing Commission, chaired by Lord Best, as the policy programme’s lead author and researcher. As of June 2019, Joe became head of the newly established Financial Inclusion Policy Unit, looking at the wide range of financial issues holding people back in Britain today.
His previous research has focused on improving childcare support for disadvantaged families through Universal Credit, as well as widening access to the labour market for individuals with learning disabilities.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Joe graduated from the University of Oxford with Distinction, having completed a Masters on parliamentary politics in the late eighteenth century. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCL.
Jo joined the Centre for Social Justice in 2016 as Finance and Operations Director. Jo qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 followed by 10 years leading the Finance Department of one of the East Midlands largest housing providers.
Jo now works with a number of businesses in the not-for-profit sector, including the CSJ, helping to build efficiency and robustness into their everyday processes and working alongside senior management and Board to drive the business forward to a sustainable future.
Edward oversees the work of the policy research team at the CSJ. He joined the organisation from the Health Foundation where he was a Policy Fellow for two years. Prior to this he spent the majority of his career working as a journalist, specialising in health and social care policy. This included seven years as an editor at the BMJ and writing for a range of trade and general publications from Medeconomics to The Guardian. He began his career as a research analyst in the pharmaceutical industry.
James is head of the CSJ’s Education Policy Unit. James is a qualified lawyer; prior to joining the CSJ, he practised at Dentons, an international law firm, where he specialised in employment law. He is committed to improving lives through social policy and has a particular interest in education and labour market policy.
His academic background blends law, economics and politics. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, where he graduated with Distinction and won the course prize for the top performing student, and a First Class degree from the University of Bath.
Andy is the CSJ’s Chief Executive and is responsible for making sure that the CSJ remains one of Westminster’s leading policy think tanks. Andy leads the CSJ team, sets the strategy and oversees its implementation. Prior to joining the CSJ Andy co-founded the leading education charity, TwentyTwenty, growing it to be an organisation of regional prominence as well as national influence and developing strategy for its national roll-out. In addition, under Andy’s leadership, TwentyTwenty picked up multiple high-profile charity awards. Andy is a judge for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a board member of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, and an advisor to several philanthropists and industry impact awards.
Frank joined the Centre for Social Justice in 2015 and is Political Director. Before joining the CSJ Frank worked for a leading public affairs agency, where he worked with major clients to promote large strategic infrastructure projects. Prior to that he spent seven years working for the Conservative Party managing high profile election campaigns. Frank graduated from the University of York where he read Social Policy.