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Elizabeth Taylor

Interim Chief Executive

Elizabeth has previous experience of membership organisations and has performed the role of Interim CEO before. Elizabeth has recently stepped aside from her position on the ERSA Board which she has attended since 2014. Elizabeth has worked in Employability Support since 1983 working as a business advisor, employment advisor and trainer. She has been the senior manager at Bootstrap Enterprises in Lancashire since 1989. Elizabeth has managed and delivered job creation programmes as a contract holder and sub-contractor funded by - local authorities, Manpower Services Commission, Training Agency, Training and Enterprise Councils, Urban Programme, ESF, ERDF, City Challenge, Single Regeneration Budget, Employment Services, Jobcentre Plus, DWP, City Strategy Pathfinder, DWP District Managers Flexible Support Fund, Primary Care Trust, Care Trust Plus, Department of Health, the Future Jobs Fund, National Lottery Building Better Opportunities, Esme Fairbairn, Tudor Trust and the Lloyds TSB Foundation. Elizabeth is with ERSA two days each week.

Roger Horne

Head of Membership Services

Roger has been working in the welfare to work industry for over 15 years. Prior to ERSA, Roger was at TBG Learning/The Rehab Group, a third sector organisation primarily working with disadvantaged people, in a number of Business Development roles. Roger was previously Head of Business Development at the time of the Work Programme competition. In has extensive experience working with commissioning bodies including the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and its predecessor the Learning and Skills Council, the Young people Learning Agency (YPLA) and Further Education Colleges.

David Mortimer

Interim Head of Policy and Communications

David joined ERSA in October 2018 as Head of Policy and Communications. David is a communications professional with 20 years of experience in blue chip companies in the public sector, NGOs and third sector organisations. His specialisms include change behaviour around new technologies, reaching excluded groups, public affairs and stakeholder engagement; high profile national infrastructure programs, policy issues, and service delivery of outreach and education initiatives.
Laura Benfield, Events and Marketing Manager

Laura Benfield

Events and Marketing Manager

Laura joined ERSA in October 2014. Laura has over 15 years experience working with professional forums, government departments, charities and professional institutes to deliver a range of successful events including awards, conferences, congresses, AGMs, workshops and exhibitions from concept to delivery. Laura is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).
Jack Thurston, Membership and Communications Officer

Jack Thurston

Membership and Communications Officer

Jack joined ERSA in October 2016. Prior to that, he was an Insight and Engagement Officer at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. During his time with CQC, he helped create and deliver the annual provider survey, which was sent out to over 7,000 providers. His previous roles include working as a Communications Assistant at Health Education North West London, one of the thirteen Local Education and Training Boards overseen by Health Education England.

Matt Byrne

Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Matt joined ERSA in November 2017 as the Communications and Public Affairs Officer. Previously, he worked for the Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, supporting his employment and welfare brief. Prior to that, he worked in Public Affairs for the Salvation Army. In this role, he worked on a number of key areas, including devolution, employment and homelessness.

Olivia Buse

Executive Officer

Olivia joined ERSA in September 2016. Olivia has over 15 years experience in finance and administration, having worked in both the private, public and not for profit sectors. She was in her previous role as Finance Administrative Support Officer at Hackney Learning Trust for 11 years, and organised school transport for children with complex special needs.

Howard Weinberg

Finance Officer

Howard joined ERSA in November 2017.