Anshu grew up as an Indian immigrant in a northern working class town, moved to London to study architecture and was politicised through the Anti-Apartheid movement. He has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies and for the past fifteen years has run his own international design practice. Anshu has in the past served as a state school governor and is now a board member of Tamasha Intercultural Theatre Company and BoldVision, a local community charity.
Clive is the MP for Norwich South, since winning the seat in 2015. Prior to entering Parliament, Clive was Vice President of the National Union of Students, a BBC TV political reporter as well as Army reservist infantry officer, serving a combat tour of Afghanistan in 2009. He has been Shadow Minister for Climate & Energy Change, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He left the Shadow Cabinet on 8 February 2017 in protest over the Labour Party’s decision to whip its MPs into voting to trigger Article 50.
Sian Berry is a Green politician who stood as their candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and 2016 and was elected to the London Assembly in 2016. She has been a local councillor in the Highgate ward of Camden since 2014. In 2003 Sian co-founded the Alliance against Urban 4×4s, was a driving force behind the Reheat Britain campaign that secured a boiler scrappage scheme in 2009 and worked for Campaign for Better Transport from 2011 to 2015.
Martin works for a trade union and has also previously worked in thinktanks, academia, and for the Labour Party in parliament. From 2006 to 2012 he edited the policy and ideas journal Renewal. He was a founding signatory to the Compass launch statement in 2003 and has been involved in many of its projects ever since.
Kahra is a political campaigner, currently working at Global Justice Now. Her background is in managing youth programmes and she is passionate about encouraging and empowering young people and marginalised communities to build power and create change.
Hannah Peaker, Women’s Equality Party rep
Hannah is the Chief of Staff at the Women’s Equality Party, which was established in 2015 to push women’s equality to the top of the political agenda. She previously worked as an advisor on transparency at the Cabinet Office and as an international consultant on gender for the UN. Hannah is a Kennedy Scholar and worked on the Obama Presidential campaign in 2008.
Ruth Lister, Chair of the MC
Ruth is a Labour peer and academic with a particular interest in poverty and inequality, social security and asylum/refugee issues. She is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough and a former director of the Child Poverty Action Group whose hon president she now is. She’s a long-standing feminist. She has been an elected member of the Management Committee since 2011, having been co-opted the previous year.
Sue Goss, Vice-Chair of the MC
Sue writes at OPM and specialises in leadership, governance and strategy development at all levels of government. She is a published author and the interviewer for Compass’ ‘Open Tribe’ interview series.
Mark Cooke, Compass Treasurer
Mark is a chartered accountant, working as Finance Director of a large not-for-profit organisation. He has been active in the Labour Party for almost 40 years (!), being Treasurer of everything from branches to a large constituency party, and several organisations like Compass.
Paul Pettinger, Lib Dem rep
Paul is a Lib Dem activist of 25 years and long standing supporter of anti-Conservative alliance building. A former Exeter City Councillor, he has spent the last 7 years campaigning to ensure that the state funded school systems in England and Wales better promote integration and treat people of all religions and beliefs fairly and equally. He serves on the councils of the Electoral Reform Society and the Social Liberal Forum.
Russell Elliott, Welsh Rep
Russell is an advisor at an environmental agency, working on sustainable natural resource use. Having escaped a life of grime in car factories in the Midlands, he now lives in north west Wales. Following Raymond Williams’ example he joined Plaid Cymru and helped set up the Greens for Plaid section. Russell is learning Welsh (& some Dutch), hoping to find out what the rest of the family are talking about!
Francesca Klug has been a human rights activist, academic and author for most of her working life. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the LSE and is on the editorial Board of Political Quarterly. She is a former Commissioner on the Equality Human Rights Commission and Board member or Chair of a number of human rights NGOs. She is a long-time supporter of Compass and the plural, progressive politics it promotes.
Jeremy is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London and has written widely on culture, politics, music and theory. He has been a member of Compass since it was founded.