Meet the Team

Liam Booth-Smith

Chief Executive

Liam joined Localis as Chief Executive in July 2016. He has over a decade’s experience as writer and researcher on politics and public service reform. Before Localis he was Head of Research and Communications at a consultancy business and prior to this was Head of Communications and External Affairs at the think tank NLGN. He has also worked for a national charity and in the public sector. Liam has published many reports on policy, public service reform and democracy and been a contributor to a number of books and essay collections.

He is a regular commentator in the media on politics and culture, writing columns for national newspapers and magazines.


Jack Airey

Head of Research

Jack's main political and policy interests lie in industrial strategy, housing and the bits in between. At Localis he has written a number of reports on each.

He joined Localis in August 2014 after graduating from King's College London.


Jonathan Werran

Head of News and Events

Jonathan has extensive experience in communications and journalism. After five years as a reporter, commentator and features editor for The Municipal Journal, in 2015 he became the first strategic communications officer for the District Councils’ Network.

Prior to The MJ, he edited an online government property and public estate magazine and helped run communications and marketing for anti-poverty charity Elizabeth Finn Care.


Rosalind KennyBirch


Rosalind joined the Localis team in August 2017 after receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes College in the United States. While attending university, she studied International Studies and History. Rosalind’s main policy interests include education and immigration.


Joe Fyans


Joe is interested in creating public policy to promote a globalisation process which is responsible both culturally and ecologically. He is a graduate of UCL and Goldsmiths, University of London and has previously worked on public consultations.


James Boxer

Visiting Fellow

James' background lies in operational management and improvement in the NHS. He has managed a number acute hospital services, including; accident and emergency, acute medicine, cardiology and gastroenterology. More recently, James has worked in consultative improvement roles across a broad range of public sector services, including; local government, adults and children's services, clinical commissioning groups, broader health services and the voluntary sector.

David Godfrey

Visiting Fellow

David's interests lie in local growth, local communities and local leadership. He has worked with some of the most influential voices in the devolution debate and believes there's little that can't be improved by greater local decision-making and empowered local leaders.

David has been adviser to two Secretaries of State and prominent council leaders. He has directed a LEP and has (well over) a decade's experience in senior positions in local government. Prior to this, David worked in both private and voluntary sectors.