Katie Ghose

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Katie Ghose is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society and the former Chair of the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign in the 2011 referendum on the Alternative Vote. The Electoral Reform Society's current campaign areas include local government reform in England and Wales, House of Lords reform, Individual Electoral Registration and increasing women's representation in politics. Katie has extensive campaigns and lobbying experience, having working for several not-for-profit organisations, including Age UK. She spent five years as the Director of the British Institute of Human Rights before taking up her current post in 2010.

Katie was named Pro Bono/Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in the Society of Asian Lawyers awards in May 2010. Katie practised as a barrister at 1 Pump Court Chambers, specialising in Immigration and Human Rights Law between 1997 and 1999. She served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission between 2006 and 2008, helping to conduct an independent review of the UK asylum system, resulting in the abolition of child detainees in immigration centres. She was also a member of the taskforce advising the Government on an integrated equality and human rights statutory body, which was created as the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2007. She is a former Chair of Asylum Aid and Bail for Immigration Detainees, and was a trustee of Stonewall from 2005-2011. Katie is on the Board of Fair Vote, the leading American electoral reform organisation. Her first book, Beyond the Courtroom: a Lawyer's Guide to Campaigning, was published by the Legal Action Group in 2005.

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