Steve Ballinger

Steve is Director of Communications at British Future, an independent and non-partisan think-tank engaging peoples’ hopes and fears about integration and immigration, opportunity and identity.  He grew up in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands, and went to University in Leeds.  After a spell working in advertising regulation, Steve worked in the press office of housing charity Shelter, before joining the media team at Amnesty International UK, where his brief included Iran and China as well as UK issues including counter-terrorism policy and refugee rights.  Whilst at Amnesty, Steve also launched the successful Control Arms campaign for an international Arms Trade Treaty and conceived and led a joint campaign with the Observer, irrepressible.info, to protect the online freedom of expression.  He then headed up the media team at international development charity VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) before joining British Future.  Since joining British Future in 2013, Steve has co-written and edited numerous publications including How to talk about immigration, which sets our the organisations’ theory of change and offers advice and challenge to all those involved in the debate about Britain’s approach to immigration and integration.  He plays a key role in developing and testing messages that are persuasive to the public, particularly the ‘anxious middle’ majority group who are neither wholly pro nor anti-immigration.  He advises immigration, integration and refugee protection advocates on how to be more persuasive, co-chairing the Refugee and Migration Sector Communications Group.  Much of his time is also spent working directly with the media to inform national debate. pitching stories, writing articles and giving broadcast interviews.  Steve is a keen cook ad loves travel and cinema.  He describes himself as an enthusiastic but unsuccessful golfer, poker player and Nottingham Forest supporter.  He lives with his partner Sara in Walthamstow, East London.