The Association is managed by the officers of the Association, headed by the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive is supported by the Deputy Chief Executive, one Executive Director and a number of other appointed officers. Providing ex-officio support to the appointed officers are the elected officers – Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Immediate Past Chairman. The names and contact details of the current elected and appointed officers are shown below.
Office Phone: 01442 390674
Mobile: 07855 589825
Peter has been involved in the world of electoral administration for over 30 years. He was appointed as the Association’s Chief Executive in March 2018, having previously served as its Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to joining the AEA, he worked at four different local authorities, in Hertfordshire and London, and was seconded to the Electoral Commission on two separate occasions.
He has been involved with the AEA almost since its formation, serving as its National Chairman in 2010 and London Branch Chair for many years. Alongside his role as Chief Executive, Peter is an accredited trainer, an examiner and a founder member of the Foundation Course writing and delivery team. He is also Chairman of the Qualifications Board having been appointed to that position in July 2019.
As Chief Executive, Peter has overall responsibility for ensuring that the Association continues to operate successfully as a business, enabling the AEA to provide professional support and challenge to key partners, maintain a highly effective support mechanism for its members, act as a champion for electoral administrators and deliver high quality training and development opportunities across the electoral community.
Peter is also a staunch supporter of Luton Town FC, a burden he has borne stoically for many years. Otherwise – in the classic words of Monty Python – he’s perfectly all right!
Deputy Chief Executive
Office phone: 01242 465063
Mobile: 07971 675169
Laura has worked in electoral administration since 2003 and became the AEA’s Deputy Chief Executive in March 2018.
Previously Electoral Services Manager at both South Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire District Councils, in 2015 she became a Programme Manager with responsibility for various council functions including programme and projects, the management of an HR and Payroll contract and Council-wide training. Laura became the AEA’s Training Manager in 2016, implementing changes and delivering programmes to meet the wider training needs of the membership.
Since joining the AEA, Laura has been an active member of Eastern Branch serving as both Secretary and Chairman before becoming an AEA Director and National Chair in 2014. She also sat on advisory groups for many years with partners such as the Electoral Commission and Cabinet Office.
Laura is an Accredited Trainer, an Examiner and holds the AEA Diploma and Bachelors Degree, as well as programme and project management qualifications.
Office Phone: 01437 775713
Glynne has worked in electoral services since 2003. He has administered polls at local, constituency, sub-regional and regional level. He has been involved with the Electoral Commission’s Elections Referendums and Registration Working Group since its inception and has also sat on the Cabinet Office Practitioner Panel. In Wales, he has sat on the Wales Electoral Practitioners Working Group, and the Wales Electoral Co-ordination Board. In 2012 he was seconded to the position of Regional Delivery Manager for Wales overseeing the introduction of individual electoral registration in the region.
In the Wales Branch he has been sub-regional Chair for Mid and West Wales and has acted as Deputy Chair at Branch level.
He has acted as an Observer for The Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq in their first ‘out of country’ elections in 2005 held in Wembley. It was all extremely interesting except for the building evacuation following a bomb threat!
He holds the Association’s Diploma qualification and is a member of the AEA Examining Board.
He lives, with his wife Kate on a small holding in a sleepy part of Pembrokeshire which is his sanctuary helping with the stressful moments associated with the service we all have to deliver.
In his spare time he likes to cycle and run (well, jog) – swimming is a skill still waiting to be conquered!
Office Phone: 01372 474182
With over 30 years’ experience, Alex has been involved with parish and parliamentary elections and everything in between so she is fully aware of the challenges facing administrators.
Immediate Past Chair
Office Phone: 020 7364 0872
Rob has worked in electoral services since 1993 for 5 different councils and joined the AEA in 1995. During that time, he has been an accredited AEA trainer, sat on the Cabinet Offices IER expert panel, prepared and presented workshops at national conference, spoken at national seminars and has recently contributed to the AEA training design team’s task of redrafting courses.
He says: “I decided to put my head above the parapet to stand as Deputy Chairman because I’ve witnessed at first hand the trials and tribulations that we have all had to overcome and that the support provided by the AEA has been commendable. I would like to continue to be part of this network to support members and friends alike.”
He still plays rugby on occasion, but these days just for medicinal purposes!
He is currently Head of Electoral Services at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, having joined the authority on 2nd January 2018.
Director of Resources
P.O. Box 201
Office phone and fax: 0151 281 8246
Mobile: 07809 556355
Gina started her local government career upon leaving school and moved into the electoral arena in 1986 where she spent 14 years managing the electoral services team in Liverpool. It was whilst working full time at Liverpool that she graduated in public administration and qualified as a Chartered Secretary before going on to achieve a second degree in computer science.
She has been a member of the AEA since 1987, its inaugural year, and been actively involved in the Association at a local and national level since that time in a number of roles which have included organising the first conference exhibition in Torquay in 1988, conducting training and public relations until joining the Association on a full time basis in 2000.
Gina also has considerable experience of overseas elections and has worked in various electoral support roles overseas in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and Afghanistan.
Assistant Conference & Seminar Organiser
Mobile: 07912 308233
Sue has recently retired from Scarborough Borough Council since starting her career there shortly after leaving school where after holding a number of varied posts with the Council, she was promoted to the position of Elections Officer in August 2000. She is the holder of the Association’s Certificate in Electoral Administration and has been a member of the Conference Working Party for a number of years.
Training and Education Officer
Mobile: 07772 495897
Tasha started her career in the Civil Service in 1997 based at the Prison Service Training College, Newbold Revel, working within Customer Services and then HR and Training; she then transferred to the North East to HMP Low Newton, working as the HR Officer. She moved to the National Policing Improvement Agency in 2003 working in the Academic Office and then HR and Training. She left there and joined the AEA in April 2010, where she is currently working.
Consultancy and Professional Services Manager
Office phone: 0151 641 0511
Mobile: 07809 164621
Lesley joined local government in 1977 and after working in Personnel (before it became Human Resources) for a number of years, began her life in elections at Liverpool City Council in 1987. She left Liverpool to become the Elections Manager at Wirral Borough Council in 2001 where she oversaw many changes before deciding in 2010 to move on from local government and to work for the AEA.
Lesley also joined the AEA in 1987 and has therefore been a Member since the beginning. She was for a time Secretary of the North West Branch and has helped in the organisation of the annual conference and assisted in various ballots that the AEA have conducted. Currently, she is the editor of ARENA and responsible for the management of the AEA’s Consultancy and Professional Services.
Richard Harris AEA (Cert.)
Education and Development Manager
Mobile: 07986 217620
Richard has been working in electoral services since 2004 and spent 9 years working at Chiltern District Council before moving to the Electoral Commission where he spent several years as a Senior Advisor. As such, he offers both extensive practical experience in delivering electoral services, and expertise in electoral law from writing the Commission’s guidance for EROs, ROs and candidates and agents.
As well as the AEA Certificate, Richard has a bachelor’s degree and MBA.
Most importantly (he says!), he is a Tottenham Hotspur season-ticket holder. Otherwise, he’s perfectly all right!
Office phone: 01344 625169
Mobile: 07752 630497
Angela started her career in local government in 1984 when she joined Ribble Valley Borough Council as a Youth Training Scheme Trainee. The majority of Angela’s career in local government has included responsibility for managing democratic and electoral services. In 1996 she moved to South Bucks District Council, becoming the Electoral Services Manager there in 1997. She continued to be responsible for Electoral Services over a period of 16 years whilst working for Runnymede in Surrey, Medway in Kent and the London Boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond.
In June 2013, she joined the Cabinet Office as an IER Regional Delivery Manager, predominantly for the London Region whilst also covering the East of England for a while.
In her role as Policy Manager, she responds to consultation papers, drafts the Association’s post-election reports, produces the members monthly updates and reminder lists and attends meetings.
Angela is an AEA accredited trainer, is a qualified Chartered Secretary, has an MBA, is a qualified Prince2 Practitioner and holds the Association of Electoral Administrators Diploma. She loves spending any spare time with her children, especially hiking together.
Office phone: 01606 598168
Mobile: 07414 571113
After a bewildering series of local government career twists, Nigel qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1985, and his legal training gave him a good basis for getting to grips with the complexities of electoral law in the years that followed. He joined the AEA in 1990, three years after its formation, and eventually became an accredited trainer (although he no longer undertakes duties as such); he was Chairman of the Southern Branch for three years.
He took early retirement as Bournemouth’s Electoral Services Manager in February 2004 after 14 years in the post and 37 gruelling years in local government altogether! “I’m really missing it,” he says, although his words are slightly distorted by the tongue in his cheek! He says: “Seriously, though, one of the things I felt quite apprehensive about before the website post was created was the inevitable loss of contact with the many friends and colleagues all over the country whom I have met over the years through the AEA. I am now enjoying a different perspective of electoral services, I’ve still got to keep my finger on the pulse and I’m in contact with more people than ever before. I am enjoying every minute of it.”
Business Support Officer
Office Telephone: 0191 680 9420
Mobile: 07872 641710
Kate started her career at Sunderland City Council 21 years ago, on what was supposed to just be a contract for a month….. She worked for the European Team which dealt with European funding and Town Twinning initiatives, then TyneWear Partnership as the Office Manager.
She joined the world of Electoral Services in 2009 and never looked back. She’s been involved in the AEA since that time, helping the team at Sunderland provide back office support for the AEA. She holds the AEA Diploma in Electoral Administration, and left Sunderland at the beginning of October 2019 to start a new adventure with the Association – although she’s not quite sure how her cats are going to cope with her working from home full time spoiling all their fun!
Mobile: 07957 424163
Kelly joined the AEA team on a temporary basis from April 2017 to work on our social media accounts after running both the Twitter and Facebook channels during the Brighton Conference a couple of months earlier. When the AEA created the new post of Communications Manager, she was successful in her application! Kelly officially took up the post from the 1st March 2019.
She has worked in local government communications since 2002, first at the now-abolished Bedfordshire County Council and more recently at South Cambridgeshire District Council.
Working alongside her election team colleagues, Kelly has overseen communications plans for local polls from parishes up to the EU Referendum. A regular presiding officer and count supervisor, she knows very well that electoral administrators don’t just work one or two days a year!
Kelly is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and holds both the Institute’s Diploma and Accredited PR Practitioner status.
Member Support and Advice Manager
Mobile: 07399 808781
Clare joined the electoral world 12 years ago and has graduated from Electoral Services Trainee to Electoral Services Officer to Senior Electoral Services Officer before becoming Electoral Services Manager in 2018. Her progression through arguably the hardest decade for the profession puts her in a great position to understand the challenges our members face at all levels. Clare was a regional lead for IER and Wales branch secretary for four years. She is currently a Canvass Reform Champion as well as regional chair for the South Wales West region. Clare is our newest officer and commenced her duties with us on Monday 4 May 2020.
Office phone: 01235 524449
Mobile: 07540 068626
Brian is a founder member of the AEA and was the Association’s Treasurer for about 10 years. He was the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer at Vale of White Horse District Council for 10 years, a position from which he retired several years ago. He is, as he puts it, “loving it”. His hobbies include cricket (watching, not playing, these days), kite flying, gardening, his grandchildren and the occasional pint or two with friends and colleagues, but only to be sociable, you understand!
Conference & Seminar Organiser
Mobile: 07912 310093
Jim has been involved in electoral registration and elections since joining Brentwood Council in 1986 and has been directly responsible for the management of European, Parliamentary, County, Borough and Parish elections, as well as working at the sharp end at polling stations.
He joined the AEA in 1987 (the year it was formed) and has served on the Management Board as the Education and Training Officer and subsequently the Executive Director (Commercial), as well as being Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Eastern Branch. He is the Association’s Seminar Organiser and also serves on the Association’s Qualifications and Examining Boards.
Jim also has considerable experience in overseas elections, including having acted as an election supervisor in Cambodia, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo. as well as being an International Observer in Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and Ukraine.