DA Trustees

Simon Burall (Chair) 

Simon has long and extensive experience the fields of democratic reform, governance, public participation, stakeholder engagement, and accountability and transparency. He has worked at the national level in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as on related issues of global governance and democracy.

Simon is also the Director of Involve, an Ambassador for WWF UK and a member of the Steering Committee of the ScienceWise Expert Resource Centre.

Before moving to Involve in 2009, Simon was a Research Fellow at ODI from 2006 – 2009. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of the One World Trust from 1999 – 2005 where he initiated and oversaw the development of the influential Global Accountability Index. Simon has taught both science and English in Namibia and Zimbabwe and was an election monitor in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1997.


Clare Coatman (Trustee)

Clare Coatman has worked on a range of projects within the democratic reform sector including as National Coordinator for High Visibility with Yes! to Fairer Votes, Head of Operations for Power2010 and Participation Manager for the Convention on Modern Liberty. She has been involved in activism since being a school student spokesperson during the Iraq War protests. She can be contacted at clare@democraticaudit.com


Tufyal Choudhury (Trustee)

Tufyal Choudhury is a Lecturer in Law at Durham University.His research and publications cover the areas of racial and religious discrimination, integration, human rights and counter terrorism, contributing to advancing both academic and public policy debates.

He has held national level advisory positions to government (Department of Communities and Local Government, Community Attitudes Survey), NGOs (JUSTICE, Discrimination Law Project), Charities (Trustee at the Muslim Youth Helpline http://www.myh.org) and other bodies (Judicial Studies Board’s Equal Treatment Advisory Committee http://www.jsboard.co.uk). He is a member of the Muslims in Britain Research Network and the Durham University Human Rights Centre.

At the international level, he has provided briefings on issues relating to his research to the European Union Parliamentary group on anti-racism and diversity, the OSCE, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Professor Tim Bale (Trustee)

Tim Bale graduated from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.  After teaching English in Spain, he did a Masters Degree at Northwestern University in the USA.  Following a few years spent working for the NHS, he returned to do a PhD at the Department of Politics at Sheffield University, where he then lectured for a year.  After Sheffield, he taught politics at Victoria University of Wellingtonin New Zealand.  He joined the department at Sussex in 2003 and has been the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Politics since 2004.  Tim is also the Department’s Official Representative for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) and for four years was the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research‘s annual Political Data Yearbook.  In 2008 he won the Political Studies Association‘s Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching.  He is also the convenor of the PSA’s specialist group onConservatives and Conservatism and provides an Internet Guide to European Politics. Tim’s media work includes writing for theFinancial Times and the Guardian, and he has appeared on various BBC radio and television programmes.  He occasionally tweets@ProfTimBale.


Professor Helen Margetts (Trustee)

Helen Margetts is Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is a political scientist specialising in e-government and digital era governance and politics, investigating the nature and implications of relationships between governments, citizens and the Internet and related digital technologies in the UK and internationally. She has published major research reports in this area for agencies such as the OECD and the UK National Audit Office, in addition to important books and articles. In 2003 she won the ‘Political Scientists Making a Difference’ award from the UK Political Studies Association. She is co-director of OxLab, a laboratory for social science experiments and editor of the journal Policy and Internet.

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