The Staff Team

Elizabeth Taylor

Chief Executive

Elizabeth is an award winning social entrepreneur and strategic leader with previous experience of membership organisations. 

Elizabeth is rooted in the employment support sector with a provider background, she secured her first job as an advisor in 1983 (aged 23). She soon became involved in national and international policy work. She spoke at the World Conference for Youth on Employment Strategies on Vancouver Island in 1986 and has continued to contribute, network and share.

From 1989 to 2019 she managed the delivery of employment support , enterprise support (including social enterprise) and training programmes, delivered with 23 different funding streams including- 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 was elected to the ERSA board in 2014.

Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.

Contact Elizabeth via [email protected]

Laura Benfield

Head of Membership

Laura joined ERSA in October 2014 in a newly created events role to develop its flagship conference and awards ceremony. Laura has over 20 years experience of project, events and marketing management and works with the team to deliver ERSA's programme of events, campaigns, benefits and opportunities to support the employability sector. Laura is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). 

Contact Laura via [email protected] [email protected] or [email protected] 

Calum Carson

Labour Market and Policy Research Officer

Calum joined ERSA in January 2021. He has recently completed a PhD on the UK Living Wage and in-work poverty, and has a research background which ranges from the implications for the world of work of the emergence of the gig economy, to the stigmatisation of social security support claimants across the UK welfare state. He has previously worked as a researcher at the International Labour Organisation, Geneva, and Leeds University Business School. As Labour Market and Policy Research Officer at ERSA, Calum's work has a particular focus on youth unemployment, and the strategies and means by which it can be effectively alleviated across the UK.

Contact Calum via [email protected]

Adam Byrne

Executive Officer

Adam joined ERSA in October 2020. Adam had a tough time before reaching his employment goals, suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for 15 years, which put his life on hold. In 2019 he was then referred to Transform Lives Company, a wellbeing and employability business, where he attended a group focused on getting him back on his feet. Adam volunteered in many different sectors, gaining various kinds of experience necessary for the role he has today and has a valuable perspective to offer, being on both sides of the employability journey.
Adam works for ERSA two days a week. 

Contact Adam via [email protected] or [email protected]