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

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 produce reports on at Localis.

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.

Kulvir Channa


Kulvir joined Localis as an intern 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.