Observing elections to improve democracy
James Allen (Lead Observer) is a graduate of the University of Exeter in History. He now works for a national polling and research company. He has observed elections for the National Assembly for Wales in 2016, the US mid-term elections in 2014 and the Scottish independence referendum 2014. He co-produced the film Scotland Decides which followed the progress of the referendum in Scotland.
Dr John Ault (Director) is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and has previously lectured at Canterbury Christ Church University. He also teaches at the University of Manchester. He specialises in elections and campaigns. He has worked in elections throughout the UK and the United States. He has observed on behalf of the OSCE/ODIHR in parliamentary elections as far afield as Kazakhstan and is a former chair of the Electoral Reform Society.
Alex Ollington (Head of Operations) is a postgraduate student at the University of Exeter studying International Relations. He has observed elections for the National Assembly for Wales in 2016. He has conducted exit polling in the Canadian Federal Elections 2015 and the US elections in 2014 and 2016. As Head of Operations Alex plans the observation including all the advanced work on observer deployment.
Alex Rockey (Observer Coordinator) is an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter, currently studying Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University in Canberra. He observed the 2016 election for the National Assembly for Wales. He has also observed the Northern Ireland Assembly elections and UK general election in 2017. He has also observed numerous UK parliamentary by-elections.
Honor Taylor (Lead Observer) is an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter studying History and Politics. She conducted election observation in Central Cardiff for the National Assembly for Wales Election in 2016. She comes from South Wales and takes a keen interest in all areas of elections, with particular focus on observing and exit polling. She also observed the Tooting Parliamentary By-election.
Joshua Wakeford (Researcher) is currently an undergraduate student studying Politics and IR at the University of Manchester. In 2017, he observed both the UK General Election from Edinburgh and the Norwegian Elections in Oslo. He also observed the May local elections in May 2017. At the moment he researches social media and their effects on elections.
Max Wheeler (Observer Training) completed his MRes in History at the University of Exeter with a focus on regional politics in the Celtic Fringe. He has observed the National Assembly for Wales by-election in Ynys Môn in 2013 and the National Assembly for Wales Election in Cardiff in 2016. As Observer Trainer Max is responsible for mentoring new observers to the team and train them to identify different aspects of election activity.