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Audit Staff

06/06/2011
  • Dr. Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Executive Director

    Dr. Stuart Wilks-Heeg

    Executive Director

    Expertise
    Elections and electoral systems, electoral fraud, electoral registration, party funding, political participation, local government
    Email
    swilks@democraticaudit.com
    Telephone
    0151 794 3012

    Stuart has been Director of Democratic Audit since May 2009. His principal areas of expertise include electoral integrity, electoral registration, local government and local democracy, and the funding of UK political parties.  Prior to joining the Audit, Stuart had completed a major study of the state of local democracy for the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (2006) and produced a hi...

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  • Dr Andrew Blick, Senior Research Fellow

    Dr Andrew Blick

    Senior Research Fellow

    Expertise
    British constitutional history, Parliament, the office of Prime Minister, the civil service, special advisors
    Email
    ablick@democraticaudit.com

    Andrew first joined Democratic Audit in 2004. A constitutional historian by training, his principal areas of expertise include the office of Prime Minister, special advisers to ministers and constitutional reform in the UK. He has worked as a consultant on numerous research projects, including for the UK National Audit Office, the European Parliament and the United Nations Development Progr...

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  • Professor Stuart Weir

    Associate Director

    Email
    sweir@democraticaudit.com

    Stuart was Director of Democratic Audit for 15 years and is a Visiting Professor with the Government Department, University of Essex, and a research fellow at Essex's Human Rights Centre.  He assisted Professor Beetham in developing the democracy audit methodology and is the joint author of three democratic audits of the UK and handbooks on democracy for the International Institute fo...

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  • Lewis Baston

    Lewis Baston

    Senior Research Fellow

    Expertise
    electoral systems, constitutional reform, the history of elections, boundaries and redistricting and devolution
    Email
    lbaston@democraticaudit.com

    Lewis Baston has been Senior Research Fellow at Democratic Audit since July 2010. His principal areas of expertise are electoral systems, constitutional reform, the history of elections, boundaries and redistricting and devolution. Before joining Democratic Audit Lewis was Director of Research at the Electoral Reform Society and had worked at ERS since 2003. From 1998 to 2002 he was a research ...

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  • Professor David Beetham

    Associate Director

    Email
    dbeetham@democraticaudit.com

    David is Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds, and Honorary Fellow, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. He contributed to the development of the democratic audit methodology used in the UK and internationally, and has acted as consultant to many audits overseas. He has written a guide to good democratic practice for parliaments for the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Geneva, and co-authored...

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  • Callam Weldon

    Web & Communications Officer

    Email
    cweldon@democraticaudit.com
    Telephone
    0151 794 2986

    Callam has been Web & Communications Officer for Democratic Audit since September 2010; however he first joined the organisation in June 2010 as a Research Assistant.  He is responsible for the audits online content and presence.  Callam is a Politics Graduate of the University of Liverpool BA (Hons).  Before joining the Audit, Callam participated in various voluntary roles c...

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  • David Ellis

    Administrator

    Email
    admin@democraticaudit.com

    Dave works part-time as Democratic Audit’s administrator and is Secretary to the Board of Trustees. Dave holds a BA in Sociology and Social Policy  (First Class) and an MA in Research Methodology (with distinction) from the University of Liverpool, where he is currently  completing an ESRC-funded PhD in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy.

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