The programme is managed and coordinated by a small team in London, who each recognise the importance of engaging young people in the political process. The team combines experience from the worlds of consulting, law, management, policy and politics.
Gordon Kerswell-Reid, Executive Director
Gordon is currently a mature business studies student at university in London. Prior to that he has trained as a professional chef and worked in some of the top restaurants in the East Midlands and has run his own nightclub. Although a successful business man, politics has always been his passion.
He was frustrated by the way the 2015 general election was conducted and the lack of relevant engagement with his generation by the national political parties. So Gordon decided to see if there wasn’t a better way we could connect politics with young people in the UK and with friends he set up 45 for the 45th.
Gordon is determined that this programme will leave a lasting legacy that will generate new ideas for UK politicians to consider that could really halt the continuing disengagement by young people in politics and the practice of voting.
To contact Gordon, please email: Gordon@45forthe45th.com
Katherine Kerswell – Executive Director
One of Katherine’s earliest memories was of campaigning for the RSPCA when she was 9 years old and of wanting to help make the world a better place.
She has worked in local and national government for 27 years and is now working in the health service.
Over time she has learnt that politicians all agree on one thing, they all want to make things better; just how to achieve their ideas is what they all disagree on! Thankfully it is the voter who decides who gets to put their ideas into practice. But too many young people in the UK are disengaged from voting and are not making that decision for themselves and their peer group.
Learning from America and working with the 45ers has given her hope we may make turning out to vote more engaging for young people and ultimately through that help make the world a better place…
To contact Katherine please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Gilchrist – Non Executive Director
Ines Talla – Non Executive Director
Ines is currently completing a Masters degree in Management at the London School of Economics. Prior to this, she worked for a range of international organisations including NGOs and in the private sector. Originally from Paris, Ines has spent the past five years living and working abroad. She joined the 45 team due to her strong interest in politics and political communications, and her belief that young people can make a difference to society through engaging in the political process.
Calum Handforth – Advisor
Calum is an international development consultant, and a Churchill Fellow learning how data and technology can best be used by governments.
Prior to this, Calum was a civil servant where he project managed primary and secondary legislation, worked as a policymaker on UK and EU policy, and in HMRC’s Behaviour Change Team where he ran one of government’s largest Randomised Control Trials. Before this he comanaged Christian Wolmar’s bid for the 2016 London Mayoral nomination, and worked as a strategy consultant for international development and civil society organisations.
Calum has an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Politics from Queen Mary, University of London.
Josie Torrice – Director of Communications
Josie Torrice works for a Public Affairs and Communications Consultancy and specialises in Strategic Corporate Comms and Digital Comms. Josie has a background in developing and implementing successful communication strategies in the charity sector, and is a Campaign Organiser for RegistHERtoVote, a grass roots action campaign created to encourage women to engage with the political process. She previously worked at a London think-tank, sitting on the Public Services and Welfare research team where she contributed to reports on Government Health and Social Care Policy. Josie is a member of the Fabian Society and has contributed to the Young Fabian BME Pamphlet.
Teresa O’Malley – Director of Social Media
Teresa works in procurement and has a background in developing social media strategies and managing social media channels. She recently joined the Labour Party and campaigned during the 2015 General Election for Wes Streeting MP.
Katherine Dew – Non Executive Director
Katherine Dew is a parliamentary policy researcher with a strong focus on education and foreign policy. Prior to life at Westminster, Katherine worked in the public sector as a Dip PC and community organiser,and also spent several years taking the ‘red-eye’ to NYC where she worked with young people at risk of offending in Harlem and other areas of New York.
Katherine’s passion for social justice and civil liberties translates well into 45ForThe45th as she’s keen to engage young people and help to facilitate a positive and strong voice for youth participation. Katherine will be working on the 45forthe45th strategy and operations. Whilst she’s a true Brit, Katherine is a huge fan of American life and culture and is very excited to be involved in 45 for the 45th’s unique vision.