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.
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.
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.
Political Director and Head of the Family Policy Unit
Frank joined the Centre for Social Justice in 2015 and leads on political engagement ensuring that CSJ maintains its strong position as one of Westminster’s most influential think tanks. Alongside this he oversees the CSJ’s research on families within policy making as Head of the Family Policy Unit. 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.
Head of Education
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.
Alex Le Vey
Alex is the CSJ’s Development Director, responsible for the organisation’s fundraising, partnerships and events. Prior to joining the CSJ he spent the past 8 years in the charity sector delivering significant growth at Haven House Children’s Hospice, Fight for Peace and The London Community Foundation. Outside of work Alex is a Trustee of Fight for Peace International, advises a number of small charities, helps to run a political organisation and has been a Primary School Governor. He read Politics at Newcastle University
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.
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.
Patrick is Head of Work and Welfare Unit at the CSJ focusing on productivity, economic growth, skills and employment. He has a BA in Politics from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington DC. Prior to joining the CSJ he worked for 4 years in the financial services and public affairs industry.
After graduating with a degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Brighton in 2016, Sara launched her own vegan online business.
Sara has been a local activist against crime, solving homelessness and an advocate for animal welfare in west London for 8 years and continues to raise awareness to these issues.
As the Vice Chairman of her local Safer Neighbourhood board, Sara actively works to build the bridge between the community’s needs and the Metropolitan Police. As part of this role, Sara also manages several community projects that aim to reduce and prevent crime in west London.
Sara joined the Centre for Social Justice in August 2018.
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.
Alternative Provision Programme Lead
Cath leads on alternative provision in the education team, looking at how to improve education for young people excluded from school or at risk of exclusion. She is the coordinator for IntegratED, a nine-partner project trialling new approaches to reducing inappropriate exclusions and improving the quality of alternative education, which feeds into the Centre for Social Justice’s policy and advocacy work.
Prior to joining the CSJ, she was Commissioning Editor and Head of Digital for two respected trade newspapers specialised in schools and vocational education.
Cath spent her early career living and working abroad, first as a translator and editor in Spain, then at a research centre in Costa Rica designing study-abroad courses, teaching students and leading on service learning projects with the local community.
She has a degree in philosophy and modern languages from Oxford University.
Office Manager and Events Coordinator
Serena joined the CSJ in 2018 as the Office Manager and Events Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the office as well as supporting the delivery of all CSJ events and dinners with parliamentarians and other political 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.
Imogen joined the team in July 2017 and leads our research on transforming deprived communities. Since graduating from Newcastle University with a first class degree in Philosophy, Imogen spent three years working as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Parliament where she played an instrumental role in a number of successful campaigns achieving legislative change, including to reduce homelessness. During this time, Imogen was awarded a distinction for her Masters in Political Philosophy and continues to contribute to Philosophy networks and events. She also sits on the board of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. Imogen’s passion for social justice stems from her experience growing up with several of her cousins in the kinship care of her parents where she had the privilege of seeing them flourish given a second chance.
Researcher and Work Experience Lead
Ollie joined the CSJ’s policy team in November 2017, and is a Researcher and Work Experience Lead in the Education Policy Unit. His main focus to date has been school exclusions and the alternative provision sector. He has taken leading roles in the CSJ’s skills policy series, starting with a focus on post-18 education.
His policy interests include addressing the regional disparity in life chances in the UK, and ways to incentivise and encourage greater disadvantaged pupil participation in higher education. He is also interested in the links with criminal justice, and how better to target education reform to the 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.
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 sits within the work and welfare policy unit where she is leading the CSJ’s research on disability, with a particular focus on widening access to the labour market for disabled people. Emily’s previous research focused on family policy, having co-authored three reports for the family unit since joining the CSJ.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Emily worked for a charity on refugee resettlement. 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 in July 2018.
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.