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

Senior Researcher

Jack joined Localis in August 2014 after graduating from King's College London. His main political and policy interests lie in industrial strategy, housing and the bits in between.

Kulvir Channa


Kulvir joined Localis in July 2016 having studied History at Durham University. Whilst at University, he concentrated on political history and the roles that various stakeholders have had in influencing the political agenda. He has a strong interest in local politics, especially in the expanding devolution agenda.