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 Professor Dimitris Ballas joined the Faculty of Spatial Sciences (Chair in Economic Geography) at the University of Groningen in September 2017. He has also previously worked as Associate Professor at the University of the Aegean, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield and has also held Visiting Research Scholar positions at the University of Cambridge, Harvard University, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and a Visiting Professor position at Ritsumeikan University (Japan). He is an economist by training (1996, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece) and also has a Master of Arts (with distinction) in Geographical Information Systems (1997, University of Leeds, UK) and a PhD in Geography (2001, University of Leeds, UK). He has published widely in the fields of social and economic geography and his recent work includes the book The Human Atlas of Europe: A Continent United in Diversity, co-authored with Danny Dorling and Benjamin Hennig (Policy Press, 2017).

Dr Michaela Benson joined Goldsmiths in 2013 after working at the universities of York and Bristol. She is internationally renowned for her contributions to the sociology of migration, and her research on the class, home, identity and belonging. Michaela is currently a research leader for the project BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons resident in the European Union funded by the UK in a Changing EU. This project examines the implications of Brexit for Britons resident in other European Union member states and their lived experiences as it unfolds. Her earlier work on the British in rural France received awards and recognition including the prestigious Sociological Review Fellowship, which enabled her to write The British in Rural France (2011, MUP), a book subsequently shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize (2012). Since January 2017 Michaela took over as Managing Editor of The Sociological Review, Britain’s oldest sociology journal. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Brendan Donnelly has been Director of the Federal Trust since January 2003. He is a former Member of the European Parliament (1994 to 1999). He was educated at Oxford, where he obtained a double first in classics, and later worked in the Foreign Office, the European Parliament and the European Commission. He is the author of “On the Edge: Britain and Europe” (jointly with Hugh Dykes; 2012) and numerous articles on the European Union, on Britain’s place in the European Union and on federalism.

Sue Ferns is Deputy General Secretary of Prospect. Sue's responsibilities in Prospect include leading the union's work on equal opportunities, campaigning and communications, and on science, engineering and sustainability. Sue has been a member of the TUC General Council since 2005, Deputy Chair of the Women’s Committee and a TUC Aid trustee. She has been an active member of the Trade Union Sustainable Development Advisory Committee since its inception, and is the General Council's lead on environment and sustainability. She is also at trustee of the Science Council. and Chair of Unions 21.

Interview with Sue Ferns, Europe House, 22 October 2018

Dr Majella Kilkey is a Reader in Social Policy, University of Sheffield; Co-Director of Faculty of Social Sciences Migration Research Group; Jacques Leclercq Chair, Université catholique de Louvain – Migration, Migrants and Social Policy: contradictions and challenges for European societies in an age of mobility (2017); Co-Convenor of White Rose DTC ESRC PhD Network on EU Citizenship – Freedom of Movement: Investigating Multi-level Citizenship (2016-2019); author of three books and numerous articles and research reports, and recipient of a number of conference and research awards, including from the Economic and Social Research Council, Fritz Thyssen Foundation and Riksbanken Foundation in the field of social policy / sociology with particular focus on intra-EU mobility in context of enlargement, economic crisis, gendered and family dimensions to migration, asylum and refugee policies; member of IMISCOE network, Young Adult Mobility and Economic Crisis and the Transnational Lives, Mobility and Gender Network (University of Lisbon).

Joan Pons Laplana is a multi award-winning Nurse, a change agent and a Care Maker He is on a mission to turn the healthcare system upside down and empower frontline staff & patients to lead together Joan is also a Dignity Champion, a Dementia Friend and a PFD Champion. He is involved in promoting Equality and Diversity across all his activities and because of his ongoing commitment to personalised care through inclusive behavior, NHS Employers have awarded him the 2014 PFD Champion of the Year Award and he’s also been shortlisted as Hero of the Year at the European Diversity Awards. In 2015 I was shortlisted for the Excellence in Diversity Awards and won the Equality and Inclusion of the Year at the ENEI Awards.

Jacqueline Minor is a retired official of the European Commission and served as Head of its UK Representation from 2013-2017. She continues to follow the Brexit debate  closely and is a member of New Europeans

Dr Heather Rolfe leads NIESR's Employment and Social Policy team. Her main interests are in immigration, education and barriers to employment. Her immigration research focuses on employers’ use of migrant labour and skills and workable immigration policies. She also researches public attitudes towards immigration and particularly understanding of economic and social impacts. She is also currently researching the integration of migrant pupils in schools, and integration of religious and ethnic groups. Her research is currently funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, DfE, Education Endowment Foundation and the Cavendish Coaltion. 

Professsor Louise Ryan, joined the University of Sheffield in 2016, having previously been Professor of Sociology at Middlesex University, London, where she worked for 12 years. Originally from Ireland, Louise is a graduate of University College Cork. Her research expertise is in the area of migration, social networks, gender and religion. She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2015, and she is currently chair of the editorial board of the journal Sociology. Member of the editorial board of International Migration and a member of the advisory board of the Irish Journal of Sociology. Trustee and currently treasurer of the British Sociological Association. Member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel. Series editor of the book series – Sociological Futures published by Routledge in association with the BSA. In 2015, her work on migration was recognised internationally when Louise was named on a list of leading international researchers on migration. In 2018, two of Louise’s books have been re-issued to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage: Winning the Vote for Women: the Irish Citizen Newspaper and the Suffrage Movement in Ireland, Four Courts press, 2018. Irish Women and the Vote: becoming citizens (co-edited with Margaret Ward), Irish Academic Press, 2018.

Tim Thomas is responsible for EEF's engagement with national and European governments on employment policy, their associated legal issues and pensions and workforce issues that impact the manufacturing sector. He provides expert legal input on key employment representation issues, frequently writing EEF’s formal responses to Government and also providing an employer perspective to key Government officials responsible for policy development. Tim regularly appears in print and broadcast media. He has also provided oral and written evidence to parliamentary committees on several occasions. Prior to joining EEF, Tim worked in the security sector, providing advice on policy and legal issues to a wide range of corporations. He also maintained a presence in Brussels, working closely with the employer’s sectoral organisation and a range of governmental departments and the European Commission. Tim began his career in general private legal practice, advising and representing private and public sector organisations. He has also served as a higher court advocate practising in the High Court and the Crown Court.

Lennard van Otterloo moved from Amsterdam to London in 2006 to work in public relations and tech marketing. He is now a consultant advising tech startups, is setting up a company to support business in the UK and the Netherlands survive any Brexit fallout and is a weekly Brexit columnist in Dutch entrepreneur magazine De Ondernemer. He is a European first, Londoner second.

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