Our friendly staff are based at the RES's Westminster office and are responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Society under the direction of the Chief Executive. 

Leighton Chipperfield

Chief Executive |

A social scientist by background, Leighton has a postgraduate diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and a diploma in Charity Management from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is a Non Executive Director for The Evidence Quarter and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Leighton previously held senior roles at a large academic publisher and at the Microbiology Society.

Marie-Luiza De Menezes

Member Operations Director |

Marie-Luiza manages all operations within the Society, covering finance, human resources, events, grants and Council elections. She is also data protection lead on GDPR. Marie-Luiza has an extensive background as a senior manager within the charity sector specialising in new projects around organisational change and workforce development.

Georgina Jenkins

Training & Events Manager |

Georgina has worked in event management within the not-for-profit sector for many years, more recently at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She is experienced in coordinating complex, large-scale conferences. Georgina has a background in marketing and design and holds a BA in silversmithing.

Iara De Menezes

Finance and Membership Officer |

Iara holds a first class BA in Journalism from the Methodist University of Piracicaba, Brazil. She is currently studying for an AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting, and previously worked at The Nautical Institute as their Finance Assistant Manager.

Raj Chana

Governance & Grants Officer |

Raj has previous experience in office management for various organisations, including roles within logistics, media and aviation. Her responsibilities are to support the team across communications, events, and finance. She holds a BA Honours in History.

Stephanie Collier

Office Manager |

Stephanie has a degree in Music and Masters in Musicology where she specialised in Beethoven. She has predominantly worked in classical music industry and charity sector. She began working in touring and artist management, and has moved over to operations and office management supporting senior managers in business operations.

Brooke Sperry

Publications Manager |

Brooke joined the Royal Economic Society from the College of Optometrists where she managed the journal Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics and commissioned and collaborative research projects. Prior to that she was a higher education policy researcher. Brooke holds a BA in English Literature and History of Art and an MA and PhD in History and Theory of Art and Design.

Sam McLoughlin

Campaign Manager, Discover Economics |

Sam is Campaign Manager for Discover Economics, working to attract the brightest and best students to the subject irrespective of their background. He holds a BA in Economics from Newcastle University and has previously worked in the charitable sector, a secondary school and at an EdTech organisation.

Cesilia Sinur

Digital Communications Officer |

Cesilia has a BA in Advertising and a BSS in Visual Communications & Journalism, as well as a Masters in Media, Communications & Development. In addition, she has worked in marketing and communications and copywriting for several years within the corporate sector.