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Electoral Reform Society announces new chief executive

Katie Ghose has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society.

Katie Ghose has been director of the British Institute of Human Rights for 5 years. An experienced campaigner and barrister, she has previously held positions at Age Concern England (now Age UK) and Citizens Advice

Katie Ghose said:
"I join the Society at an exciting time. The coming referendum will be the first time the British people have had the opportunity to decide how they elect the politicians who speak in their name.

"The year ahead will see a real national debate on the system that defines our politics. I look forward to working with the Society's members, supporters, staff, trustees and all members of the 'Yes campaign' to deliver an historic victory for political reform and for British voters."

Andrew Burns, Chair of the Electoral Reform Society said:
"I am delighted to welcome Katie Ghose to the Society.

"Katie has worked tirelessly for many years on issues of fundamental rights. The right to a fair vote is a matter of justice, and we are thrilled to have her in the driving seat in a decisive year for the cause."

Katie will start to take on ERS engagements from September 2010 and will formally take up her role by the end of October 2010 at the latest.

Contacts:
For further information or to arrange an interview with Katie Ghose when she takes up her role, please contact Ashley Dé on 020 7928 1622 or 07968791684

About Katie Ghose:

Katie Ghose has served for 5 years as Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, a national charity with a mission to bring rights to life for everyone in the UK. A public affairs specialist and barrister with a background in human rights law and immigration, she served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission from 2006-2008, where she helped to conduct the biggest ever indepedent review of the UK asylum system. She has worked in campaigns for several third sector organisations including Age UK (then Age Concern England ), where she was the Campaigns & Parliamentary Manager and Citizens Advice. Katie has delivered lectures, seminars and courses on campaigns and public affairs the UK for a range of charities, public bodies and lawyers.

About us:

The Electoral Reform Society is campaigning to change the way we choose our politicians. We believe that a fair voting system will improve our democracy, allow politicians to better represent you the voter and help them to tackle the serious issues facing our society. We believe that fairness, accountability and a real choice for voters should not be compromised. www.electoral-reform.org.uk

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