BERA staff

  • Nick Johnson

    Executive Director


    Nick joined BERA in April 2012 with a considerable background of management and advising on strategic direction in organisations concerned with public policy. Between 2004-7, he was the Director of Policy and Public Sector for the Commission for Racial Equality. In 2007, he joined the Institute of Community Cohesion as Director of Policy later becoming a Principal Associate. He subsequently started his own consultancy working across public policy and research and worked, amongst others, with Chatham House, the Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Local Government Association and Ofwat. Previously, he was at the Association of London Government, where he was responsible for corporate and strategic policy. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a member of the Ethnicity Advisory Group for the United Kingdom Household Longitudinal Study. He is also a Research Fellow at the Smith Institute and the Treasurer of the Citizenship Foundation.

    Beyond education, his particular interests are in the areas of integration, equality and cohesion. Nick has advised government centrally, locally and internationally and has written extensively on citizenship, social capital, extremism, immigration and other related areas of policy and practice.



    Contact Nick Johnson
  • Sarah Fleming

    Membership And Engagement Manager

    Sarah joined BERA as Membership Officer in September 2014. Sarah’s main responsibilities as Membership and Engagement Manager include member services, network engagement, communications and activities related to promoting BERA's work in the wider community. She works closely with the BERA Events Manager on member activities for BERA Annual Conference, as well as managing the BERA CRM.

    Prior to her role at BERA, Sarah worked in the non-profit sector as the Membership & Partnership Coordinator for Canada’s Public Policy Forum, where she played a key role in the creation and delivery of the organization’s membership strategy. She has also worked as a Membership Administrator in the higher education sector at the University of Essex, and was employed for 3 years as a Junior Policy officer and Program officer in the Department of Canadian Heritage in the Government of Canada.

    Sarah holds an Honours degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Ottawa and moved back to the UK after being abroad for ten years in 2013.

    Contact Sarah Fleming
  • Farzana Rahman

    Office Manager

    Contact Farzana Rahman