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
  • Ross Fulton

    Publications Manager

    Ross joined BERA as Publications Manager in November 2017 to oversee the Association’s four peer-reviewed journals, our member’s magazine Research Intelligence, the BERA Blog and our website; to support editors and editorial boards; to develop BERA’s publications portfolio and processes; and to manage day-to-day relationships with publishing partners.

    His previous role was Managing Editor at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a social and economic policy think-tank, providing editorial, design and production management of research reports and other outputs, including in-house academic journal IPPR Progressive Review (formerly Juncture), as well as overseeing the website. Prior to that he worked as an editor in commercial and academic publishing for over seven years, at Bloomsbury Publishing, the Quarto Group and Tara Books, and in marketing for Oxford University Press.

    Ross completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2006, gaining an MA (Hons) in English Literature. In 2017 he completed an MSc in Sociological Research at the University of Manchester, his dissertation for which investigated how the experience of having a parent admitted to residential care affected how their adult-children in ‘early old age’ think about their own later lives.

    Contact Ross Fulton
  • 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
  • Marie Blythe

    Events Manager

    Marie’s main role is to manage the annual Conference, whilst also assisting the SIGs with their events programme, and managing other events the BERA office runs. Working as a Project Manager at the PCO in her previous role, Marie managed a full portfolio of international congresses, conferences and courses. Her previous experience at another membership organisation lends itself more closely to BERA – working with members to run events, increase membership and promote the organisation to reach its strategic objectives. Working for both a commercial company and charity has provided her with invaluable insights into how events are run extremely professionally, whilst understanding the limitations and budgetary constraints of working with a charity. Marie is a passionate movie fan and collector. She has also been learning British Sign Language, and has  successfully completed Level 1.

    Contact Marie Blythe
  • David Chatterjee

    Finance and Administration Officer

    David joined BERA as Finance and Administration Officer in April 2017. David’s main responsibilities include financial processing, secretariat duties and the BERA Blog. He works closely with the Executive Director, Events Manager and Membership and Engagement Manager to ensure smooth running of the BERA Office.

    David has a background in customer service from his previous role in the wine industry, where he was also responsible for financial operations and events management. 

    David holds a BA Honours degree in History from Lancaster University, specialising in the representation of war in media and wartime propaganda between 1929-1950.

    Contact David Chatterjee
  • Zita Dargužytė

    Events officer

    Zita joined BERA in July 2017 and works closely with Events Manager, and Membership and Engagement Manager to plan and deliver authoritative and inspiring events (see, e.g.:

    Having worked for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, organising a broad range of events, including on inclusive education, she is passionate about communicating evidence based research to influence policy making. Zita also provided frontline service when working with schoolchildren from disadvantaged background in Uruguay. Upon return, she graduated from University College London and backpacked in over 30 countries.

    Outside of her role at BERA, Zita runs a multiannual Holocaust education project at a school in Lithuania, and curates a series of art exhibitions advocating positive impact of migration and social diversity.

    Contact Zita Dargužytė