Our people

Stephen Kinnock MP – Chair

Stephen is the Member of Parliament for Aberavon.


Stephen chairs multiple All Party Parliamentary Groups on Steel, the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Electoral Campaigning Transparency. He is co-editor of the book “Spirit of Britain, Purpose of Labour: Building a whole nation politics to re-unite our divided country” and author of “A New Nation: Building a United Kingdom of Purpose, Patriotism and Resilience.” Stephen also serves as Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific.

Justin Madders MP – Advisory Board

Justin is Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston.


Following a career in employment law defending the rights of working people to be treated with dignity at work, Justin was first elected as a Labour MP in May 2015 for the constituency he grew up in. The first in his family to go to university, Justin qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and at the same time became a councillor. He later served as Leader of Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council. In Parliament he has founded the Labour for the North group, and currently serves as Shadow Minister for Health.

Carolyn Harris MP – Advisory Board

Carolyn is Member of Parliament for Swansea East.


Carolyn has been the Labour MP for Swansea East since May 2015. She is also the Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour. Carolyn is a determined and successful campaigner, having been a leading voice in the calls for a reduction in stakes for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and the introduction of the Children’s Funeral Fund.
She continues to campaign for change as Chair of APPGs on Menopause, Gambling Related Harm, and Beauty Aesthetics and Wellbeing.

Ruth Smeeth MP – Advisory Board

Ruth is the Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and was Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove 2015-19.


Index for Citizenship is the international campaign to protect and promote free speech around the world, which was originally launched in 1971 to provide a platform for Soviet dissidents to expose what was happening behind the Iron Curtain. While Ruth was in Parliament she was the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party and the Parliamentary Chair of the Jewish Labour Movement. Before her election Ruth ran HOPE not hate the anti-extremism campaign which defeated the BNP and EDL.

Gurinder Singh Josan – Advisory Board

Gurinder is a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee.


Gurinder is an English businessman who has served as a local authority Councillor and on the West Midlands’ Strategic Policing and Crime Board. He is a trustee of the HOPE Not Hate charitable trust, Vice Chair of Sikhs for Labour and is a governor at a large secondary school and Chair of trustees of a Multi Academy Trust. He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Year honours list for political service.

Cllr Michael Payne – Advisory Board

Michael has been Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council in the Midlands since 2011.


Michael is one of the UKs first openly Gay Deputy Council Leaders and has been a member of the Labour Party for more than 15 years. Knowing the positive changes a Labour government can make, he was the first in his family to attend university where he studied Law. He’s served as a Labour Borough Councillor since 2011 and County Councillor since 2013 – winning both seats from the Conservatives. He has played an integral role in helping Labour secure an unprecedented three term Labour majority administration on Gedling Borough Council.

Cllr Rachel Eden – Advisory Board

Rachel is a councillor and Deputy Mayor for Reading.


Rachel was first elected as a councillor in 2010. Professionally, she is founder of an award-winning accountancy practice that works with charities, social enterprises and growing businesses. Rachel was the Labour and Cooperative candidate in Reading West in the 2019 General Election.

Paul Lindley OBE – Advisory Board

Paul is an award-winning British entrepreneur, social campaigner and author.


In 2006 Paul founded Ella’s Kitchen. Built on a core social mission, it is now the UK’s largest baby food brand. He stepped back from the business in 2018. In 2018, Paul was appointed Chair of London’s Child Obesity Taskforce by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. In 2019 Paul founded just IMAGINE if… an annual innovation competition supporting entrepreneurial ideas designed to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Paul is Chair of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights UK and is a Trustee of Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street.

Paula Surridge – Advisory Board

Paula is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol.


Paula works on political and social values, education and social class and their relationship with political behaviour, and had a particular interest in the fragmentation of the British electorate into groups defined by value positions. She is co-author of the forthcoming book ‘The British General Election of 2019’.

Kate Dearden – Advisory Board

Kate is Head of Research, Policy and External Relations at Community trade union, and leads Community’s political work.


Kate’s research interests include the future of work, self-employment, the gig economy, as well as skills and lifelong learning. Kate also sits on Labour Women’s Network Committee, is a fellow for the RSA, researcher for the Changing Work Centre and represents the union on Labour’s National Policy Forum.

Charlotte Holloway – Advisory Board

Charlotte was the Labour and Co-operative candidate at the 2019 General Election.


Charlotte was the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Moor View in the 2019 General Election. She currently works for a tech company and is a Board member of industry body TechUK. She is a school governor and active community campaigner. 

Hugh Goulbourne – Advisory Board

Hugh is a business champion for his home town of Huddersfield, and works as a solicitor.


Hugh is joining the advisory board because of his current work to attract new industries and deliver renewed purpose to Huddersfield – where he lives with his family – and other northern mill towns. Hugh has been a Labour Party member for 20 years during which time he has led campaigns with businesses, community groups and trade unions to deliver action on climate change and fuel poverty.

Yvette Cooper MP – Advisory Board

Yvette is Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford.


Yvette served as a Minister and then Cabinet Minister in the 1997-2000 Labour Government, including as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. She has also served as Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary. Yvette has been the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee since 2016.

Joe Jervis – Director

Joe is a political adviser and director of Renaissance.


In 2017 Joe co-founded the English Labour Network to promote a civic, inclusive Englishness and to debate constitutional issues such as English devolution. Since 2018 Joe has been advising Stephen Kinnock on his work championing UK steelmakers and British manufacturing, and more recently on his shadow ministerial brief. In 2018, Joe co-edited the book ‘Spirit of Britain, Purpose of Labour: Building a whole nation politics to re-unite our divided country’, in partnership with senior Labour figures. Before entering politics he worked as a journalist and then in the press and public affairs teams at two social work charities.

Vaqas Farooq – co-founder

Vaqas is a co-founder of Renaissance.


Professionally, Vaqas is a senior partner at a national law firm. He is committed to rebuilding the Labour Party after its defeat in 2019.