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.


Sian Penny

Communications Manager

Sian leads on events and communications at Localis. She previously worked for a member of parliament and, before that, a think tank.


Verity Hubbard

Research Intern

Verity is a recent graduate of Oxford University. Her research interests lie in education, heritage, and culture.


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.