Andrew Harrop, General Secretary
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Andrew Harrop has been General Secretary of the Fabian Society since Autumn 2011 and in that time has led the society’s research on economic and social policy as well as the future of the Labour Party. He was previously Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Age UK. He has been a Labour Party activist since 18 and was a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 general election.
Areas of expertise: The economy, labour markets, demographics, public services, health and social care, welfare, pensions, poverty and inequality, government, UK politics, Labour Party
Olivia Bailey, Research Director
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Olivia joined the Fabian Society as Research Director in July 2015. She was previously Political Advisor to a member of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet where she worked on Labour’s policy development and political reform. Prior to this Olivia worked for the BBC, as the Chair of Labour Students and as an elected officer at the National Union of Students. She is also currently Chair of the Labour Women’s Network.
Areas of expertise: Labour Party, UK politics, women’s representation and equality, political reform, education, media, culture
Cameron Tait, Senior Researcher
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Cameron Tait joined the Fabian Society as Senior Researcher in August 2014. He was previously Head of Research and Secretariat at the Living Wage Commission, the independent inquiry into low pay in the UK chaired by the Archbishop of York. Prior to this Cameron worked in the House of Commons as Researcher to John Denham MP after serving as President of the University of Sussex Students’ Union.
Areas of expertise: Labour markets, low pay, business policy, poverty, food systems, retail industry, UK politics
Tobias Phibbs, Research and Editorial Assistant
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Tobias Phibbs is research and editorial assistant at the Fabian Society. Prior to working for the Fabians he was Head of Politics at the Institute of Art and Ideas for a year, having previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school. He has a degree from the University of Cambridge in Politics, Psychology and Sociology.
Ed Wallis, Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow
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Ed Wallis is the Editorial Director and Senior Research Fellow at the Fabian Society. Ed leads the Society’s Environment and Citizenship programme as well as its work on democratic engagement and is the Editor of the Fabian Review, the quarterly magazine of the Fabian Society. He is co-author of the Fabian reports Pride of Place: Land, community and a popular environment and In it Together: Labour’s new relationship with business, and has edited a number of Fabian pamphlets including Back to Earth: Reconnecting people and politics, Within Reach: The new politics of multiple needs and exclusions and The Fairness Instinct: How we can harness public opinion to save the environment. Ed joined the Fabian Society in October 2007 after completing a Masters in Contemporary British Politics at Goldsmiths and a BSc at the LSE.
Claire Sewell, Media and Communications Manager
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Claire Sewell joined the Fabian Society in March 2016. Previously, she worked in the communications team at Carers UK. Claire holds a History PhD from the University of Warwick. She wrote her thesis on the emergence of the carer in the context of post-war English and Welsh mental health care.
Partnerships and Events
Alexandra Sanderson, Head of Partnerships and Events
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Alex joined the Fabian Society as Head of Partnerships and Events in January 2016. She previously worked at a financial education charity, and prior to this, in the City. Alex joined the Labour Party whilst she was a student at Durham University, and was a parliamentary candidate in the 2015 general election. Alex sits on Labour’s London Regional Board as the representative for NW London, and is the CLP secretary of her local Labour Party.
Caitlin Griffith Otway, Events and Office Assistant
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Originally from the North West of England, Caitlin joined the Fabian Society in September 2015 as the Events and Office Assistant. Prior to working at the Fabian Society, Caitlin studied French with International Studies at the University of Warwick. She spent a year living in Paris where she worked as an English teacher and writer and contributor for a French publishing house. She is a trained classical musician and has played in venues including the Royal Festival Hall. She is particularly passionate about trade unionism, European studies, terrorism studies, and French politics.
Phil Mutero, Director of Operations
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Phil Mutero is chief operating officer for the society, leading its work on finance, operations and membership. He is a chartered accountant and has a degree in Business Finance from the University of Westminster. Prior to joining the Fabians Phil worked as a Senior Finance Officer at a Housing Association in Highbury and previously worked for Johnson & Johnson as a Financial Accountant.
Giles Wright, Membership Officer
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Giles Wright is Membership Officer at the Fabian Society. Giles works at the Fabian Society on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He is Chair of Central London Fabians, Treasurer of the Bloomsbury & Kings Cross branch of the Labour Party, in Holborn and St Pancras constituency, and a school governor.
Deborah Stoate, Local Fabian Societies Officer
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Deborah provides support and guidance to local Fabian Societies, including supporting new societies to launch and established ones to work together on regional events. She has been secretary of Dartford and Gravesham Fabian Society for 12 years. She worked as Constituency Office Manager for her husband, Dr Howard Stoate, whilst he was an MP. She teaches music in a primary school in Greenwich. She is a Dartford Borough Councillor and secretary of Dartford Labour Party. Deborah works at the Fabian Society on Thursdays.
Please contact her if you are interested in forming a local society or would like to find out more about Fabian activities in your area.