ERSA CEO at work

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 policy@ersa.org.uk

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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 membership@ersa.org.uk events@ersa.org.uk or accounts@ersa.org.uk 

Andrew Morton

ANDREW MORTON
Labour Market and Policy Research Officer

Andrew joined ERSA in August 2021. He has a PhD from the University of Leeds in labour relations and labour market regulation and has a research background that encompasses labour market policy, welfare policy and health policy. He currently holds a Research Fellowship as part of a WHO project on global health policy at the University of Leeds.  Prior to his work in academia, Andrew worked as a research consultant and as a research assistant in Holyrood, Edinburgh and Westminster. As Labour Market and Policy Research Officer at ERSA, Andrew’s work focuses on youth employment and the strategies to address youth unemployment in the UK.  Contact Andy via policy@ersa.org.uk

Henry Foulkes

HENRY FOULKES
Labour Market and Policy Researcher

Henry joined ERSA in September 2021 through the Kickstart Scheme as a Local Labour Market and Policy Researcher. Before this, he studied History and Politics at the University of Liverpool and helped co-found the Professional Boxers’ Affiliation, an association body for professional boxers in the UK.  His educational and professional experience has given him a solid foundation to become a valuable member of the ERSA team. Contact Henry via policy@ersa.org.uk