Our team


Our administration deals with the day to day running of Centre.


Our administration deals with the day to day running of Centre.

Torrin Wilkins

Director and Founder

Torrin founded Centre in 2020. In the role has written numerous papers including one backed by the Gaps in Support APPG which contained 260 MPs. He has also written policies for political parties and appeared on a wide range of media including TV and radio. He has a Political Studies degree from Aberystwyth University.

Jasneet Samrai

Deputy Director (internal)

Jasneet coordinates our team and helps to set the policy direction for Centre. They work at Breast Cancer Now, previously worked at Oxfam and has also been a campaign organiser helping to elect 3 MEP’s. Jasneet is also Head of Safeguarding and Pastoral Care.

Will Barber – Taylor

Deputy Director (Outreach)

Will hosts Events and Podcasts for Centre. He also co-hosts the Debated Podcast and works as the Digital Campaigns and Media Officer for Generation Rent. Alongside this he hosts the Not A Day For Soundbites Podcast and is the Chair of the University of Warwick Young Fabians Society.

Ollie Rackham

Head of Fundraising

Ollie currently works as a Political Consultant at BB Partners and has a Masters Degree from the University of Cambridge specialising in postmodern British political history. His research has been used in the Guardian and he previously worked for the Centre for Social Justice.

Joe Gellman

Head of Reaserch

Joe is studying for a Masters in Philosophy at Durham University.

Penelope Hope

Centre Business Network Chair

Penelope is the Co-Founder of Rebel Energy UK and was Utilities Businesswoman of the Year in 2021. She is also a Supervisory Board Member at Carlson Investments SE and was previously an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Pushkin Defyer

Alumni Network Chair

Pushkin was previously on the executive of the Young Liberals and is now a member of the Labour Party. He has worked with candidates from multiple parties during election campaigns, mainly supporting them with his knowledge of digital campaigning.


Spokespeople represent Centre in diffrent areas of policy and help us to come up with new ideas in those areas.


Spokespeople represent Centre in diffrent areas of policy and help us to come up with new ideas in those areas.

Alicia Pearson

Education Spokesperson

Alicia is originally from Guildford, she now calls Cardiff her home and is going into her third year at Cardiff University, studying Journalism, Communication and Politics.

William Burrows

Economy Spokesperson

William lives in Accrington and studied Economics at Aberystwyth University.

Ashley Routh

Health spokesperson

Ash is our Health spokesperson. She is an active member of the Green Party where she is the Co-Chair of the LGBTIQA Greens, was the Green candidate for the 2022 Wakefield by-election and was a councillor.

Mark Bray-Parry

Environment Spokesperson

Mark was the 2019 Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford.

Lorcan Flahive

Democracy Spokesperson

Lorcan holds an Master of Philosophy in Early Modern History from the University of Cambridge. He has also written and edited for the Current Affairs section of the award-winning Newcastle-based paper The Courier.

Nathan Sands

Housing Spokesperson

Nathan has a BA (Hons) from Coventry University in Public Health & Community Studies.

Jack Hare

Transport Spokesperson

Jack studied Earth and Ocean Science at Brighton University with a focus on Environmental Policy. He has also been secretary of his local Labour Party branch. Jack has also worked with local transport groups and accross the South East to organise protests and petitions.

Lauren Davison

Justice Spokesperson

Lauren is the co-Policy Officer for Open labour, the Secretary of the Young Fabians Criminal Justice Network and has a Masters in Criminology.

Regional and State Chairs

Regional and State Chairs represent Centre in diffrent areas of the UK.

Md M Hamid

North East Chair

Md studies law through the Sanctuary Scholarship at Northumbria University and is an asylum seeker. He has been nominated for an Amnesty International award, volunteered for 5 organisations despite not being allowed to work and started his own food bank in Newcastle. He is also a campaigner on the rights of asylum seekers and his judicial review against the Home Office changed the rules on asylum seekers right to study in the UK.

Alex Hendy

Scotland Chair

Alex is a writer for PricedOut.

Khivi Samrai

South East Chair

Khivi is Chair for Centre in the South East.

Sebastian Teague

South West Chair

Sebastian studies economics, sociology, maths and music at A-level. They’re also the LGBT and youth officer for Tewkesbury Labour and helps run several campaigns, both partisan and non-partisan, local and national.

Tayla Dodd

West Midlands Chair (interim)

Tayla lives in Telford and is a also student at Aberystwyth University studying sociology.

Joe Stanley

Yorkshire and the Humber Chair (interim)

Joe was previously a Campaign Manager for both Sign Up For Sam and Our Media Matters. Joe is also the News Editor for The Rotherham Current and previously wrote for The Yorkshire Post. He also studied at the School of Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Sheffield.

Alex Tamblyn

Welsh Chair (interim)

Alex is a Law graduate now studying for a Masters at Aberystwyth University in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

James Taylor

London Chair

James is a third-year student studying Politics and International relations, at Goldsmiths UoL. He is also the campaigns officer for the youth branch of his local political party and on the approved candidates list for Croydon Council.

Digital Team

Our digital team runs our social media pages and our digital campaign.

Emma Bowman

Instagram Social Media Team member

Emma is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs at the George Washington University with Concentrations in Asia and Conflict Resolution. Currently studying abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Ryan Frendo

Digital team member

Ryan was previously a Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Assistant at Telford & Wrekin Council and he studied Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University.

Rowen Wilkins

Head of Photography

Rowen is a photographer and has a degree in social sciences.

Join our team

Joining our team is a great way to get involved with our work and to support Centre. Find out more here: