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 | l.chipperfield@res.org.uk

Leighton has spent the past 25 years in roles spanning academic and clinical research, policy and education, including leadership positions in the private and charitable sectors.

Leighton is Treasurer of The Evidence Quarter (a hub for the UK What Works Centres), a Governor of the University of Northampton and a Trustee of the Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescence. He holds 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 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Marie-Luiza De Menezes

Member Operations Director | m.demenezes@res.org.uk

Marie-Luiza oversees the development and delivery of the Society’s key programmes and outreach for its members and potential members. She is the staff strategic lead on Diversity, Inclusion and Professional Conduct. As well as staff strategic lead on the Education & Training, Conference and Women’s Committees. 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 | events@res.org.uk

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 | finance@res.org.uk

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.

Jim Chirm

Office and Operations Manager | officemanager@res.org.uk

Jim has a background in operations management and business leadership from work in the education and charity sectors. At RES he is responsible for day-to-day operations and will be developing RES policies.

Adam Bryan

Commercial Director | a.bryan@res.org.uk

Adam has worked in senior positions in the media industry; in the charity sector and as an independent consultant and coach. He has extensive experience in launching and developing membership, partnerships and income generation. He has a post-graduate qualification in executive coaching.

Brooke Sperry

Senior Publications Manager | EJ@res.org.uk

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

Senior Campaign Manager, Discover Economics | discoverecon@res.org.uk

Sam is Senior 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. He is a Non Executive Director for the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust, a school governor and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Cesilia Sinur

Digital Communications Officer | media@res.org.uk

Cesilia has a BA in Advertising and a BSS in Visual Communications & Journalism, as well as a Masters in Media, Communications & Development. She has previously worked as a copywriter and copywriting/marketing & communications officer for several years within the corporate sector.

Abigail Carroll

Digital Communications Officer, Discover Economics | DiscoverEconComms@res.org.uk

Abby was previously the Head of Science in a secondary school in Bradford where she taught 11-18 year olds and specialised in Chemistry. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and has joined Discover Economics to support students from all backgrounds to access the wonderful world of Economics.

Anesha Seennapen

Events & Admin Officer, Discover Economics | DiscoverEconAdmin@res.org.uk

Anesha has recently graduated from the University of Warwick. She holds a BSc in Economics. She is responsible for events and admin within the Discover Economics Campaign.

Liza Aberkane Barranco

Governance & Advocacy Officer | RESoffice@res.org.uk

Liza holds an MA in Law and a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations. She is multilingual in English, Spanish, French, Spanish Sign Language, and Arabic. 

She supports the Chief Exec with the Governance cycle, and leading on the Advocacy Working Group. She is staff lead on the Standards of Conduct Committee; and supports the Council, Trustee Board and Nominations and Appointments Committee.

Victoria Parkinson

Programmes Officer, Diversity| ProgrammesOfficer@res.org.uk

Victoria previously worked at KPMG in various project and programme management roles within Management Consulting and Marketing. She has a background in Economics having studied Economics and International Studies at Warwick University.

She supports our two Diversity networks: The Diversity and Inclusion Network, and the UK Women in Economics Network (UK WEN); and facilitates delivery of their initiatives.