Meet the Team

Alex Thomson

Chief Executive

Alex has more than a decade's experience as a policy maker both in government and in opposition. Prior to joining Localis in August 2010, Alex was the Conservative Party's specialist policy adviser for decentralisation and local government, leading on the development of the Party's policies on local government, housing and planning, and responsible for writing the Party’s green papers ‘Control Shift’, ‘Strong Foundations’ and ‘Open Source Planning’. Alex has also worked in central government for various departments including DCLG and DEFRA, and was part of Boris Johnson’s successful 2008 Mayoral campaign team.

Dr Richard Carr

Senior Visiting Fellow

Away from his visiting role at Localis, Richard is a Lecturer in History and Politics at Anglia Ruskin University and a contributing editor at the blog Left Foot Forward. He has previously worked as a Policy Adviser for an NGO, for a parliamentary candidate, and at various think tanks and universities. In 2010 he was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Grant for a By-Fellowship at Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

He has written four books and has appeared in national media from Radio 4’s the Today Programme to the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mirror. He has previously authored well received Localis reports on Local Enterprise Partnerships, entrepreneurial means to improve the functioning of councils, and new mechanisms for local infrastructure funding. His work has been endorsed across the political spectrum from Tristram Hunt and Chuka Umunna to Jesse Norman and Bob Neill.

Jack Airey

Research Fellow

Jack joined Localis in August 2014 after graduating from King's College London. His main political and policy interests lie in housing, healthcare and devolution; each of which he has helped to produce reports on at Localis. His final year dissertation at university focused on the displacing effects of an expanding private rental sector in East London; and it was shortlisted for an award at the Royal Geographical Society.

Ben Ramanauskas

Research Fellow

Ben joined Localis in April 2016 and has worked as an investment banker and as a management consultant. He studied at Cambridge and London and has undergraduate and advanced degrees in law, economics, and history.

He has been awarded several scholarships and awards, and often writes articles for various publications.

Dominic Leigh


Dominic joined Localis in December 2015 having previously worked for Liberal Democrat politicians in the European Parliament, UK Parliament and local government, including as Press and Communications Officer for Baroness Ludford from April 2013 to June 2014 when she was MEP for London. He has a First Class Degree in Political Studies from the University of Leeds and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from King’s College London. He is particularly interested in local government finance and wrote his postgraduate dissertation on the local income tax.