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Our Patrons

Jane Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton

Patron

Baroness Campell

Baroness Campbell was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001. In February 2007 she was made a crossbencher life peer in February 2007. She currently Co-Chair’s the All Party Parliamentary Disability Group (APPDG). She previously served on the Joint Committee of Human Rights.

In the 1980s Baroness Campbell pioneered the development of Disability Equality Training, setting up the first national register of Disabled Equality Trainers who worked in Local Authorities throughout the country.

In 2003, Baroness Campbell was awarded an honorary doctorate in law from Bristol University. From 2006–2008 she was Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). She also served as Chair of the Disability Committee and was Commissioner of the Disability Rights Commission 2006.

Baroness Campbell co-founded and directed the National Centre for Independent living (NCIL) where she worked for six years before being appointed as the chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). In 2006 Baroness Campbell was given her first political appointment as founding Chair of the Social Care Institute and after proving she could run a large NGO it was suggested she applied to be an independent member of the Houses of Lords.

Kate Green MP

Patron
Kate Green

Kate Green was elected MP for Stretford and Urmston in May 2010. She is currently shadow Minister for Disabled People. Prior to her election Kate was Chief Executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, and before that Director of the National Council for One Parent Families (now Gingerbread). She is a long standing campaigner against poverty and inequality, chairs the all-party parliamentary group on poverty, and serves as a member of the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission. Kate was previously a member of the National Employment Panel which advised Ministers on labour market policies, and Chair of the London Child Poverty Commission, reporting to the Mayor of London and local councillors.

Kate also served as a magistrate for 16 years, and takes a particular interest in the experience of women in the penal system, and how best to rehabilitate them to prevent reoffending.

Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

Patron
Baroness Ruth Lister CBE

Baroness Ruth Lister CBE is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer.  She is a former Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its Honorary President.  She served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty and the National Equality Panel.  She is a founding Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009.  She received a lifetime achievement award from the Social Policy Association in 2010.

She has published widely around poverty and social exclusion, welfare state reform, gender and citizenship.  Her books include Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives (2nd ed. Palgrave, 2003); Poverty (Polity Press, 2004); Gendering Citizenship in Western Europe (with F. Williams and others, The Policy Press, 2007) and Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy (The Policy Press, 2010).

Professor Paul Hunt

Patron
Professor Paul Hunt

A New Zealand and British national, Paul practised as a litigation solicitor in London before specialising in international and domestic human rights law. He has lived, and undertaken human rights work, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. In the 1980s, Paul was Legal Officer of the London-based National Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty). Between 1990-1992, he was Associate Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in Banjul, Gambia. Between 1992-2000, Paul was Senior Lecturer at Waikato University, in New Zealand. In 1998, he was nominated by the Government of New Zealand and elected by the UN to serve as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002). Between 2002-2008, Paul served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health and, in 2008, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health. In 2011-2012, Paul held part-time responsibilities with the World Health Organisation (Geneva), advising Assistant Director-General Dr. Flavia Bustreo on human rights issues. He is a member of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University and Adjunct Professor at Waikato University, New Zealand.

Board of Trustees

Jamie Burton

Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jamie Burton

Jamie Burton is co-founder and Chair of Just Fair. He is a public lawyer with expertise in judicial review. His main areas of practise are human rights, social and clinical care, housing, social security, criminal justice and environmental law. He has acted in many cases concerning the provision of support and/or accommodation to vulnerable groups in society and has a thorough understanding of both central and local government’s responsibilities in all areas of the welfare state. He regularly advises on NHS continuing care, clinical provision, community care (including charging), clinical provision, children services, welfare benefits, homelessness, housing allocations and asylum support.

Recently Jamie spent six months working on welfare and environmental issues in India. He was involved in a group action concerning the largest anti-poverty scheme in the world (“the Right to Food”) and assisted in various claims relating to environmental damage caused by mining in south India.

For many years Jamie has presented seminars and given lectures on human rights law and judicial review and is an experienced public speaker. He has written on human rights, public and housing law. Academically Jamie is interested in achieving a greater understanding and recognition of economic and social rights in domestic jurisprudence. Jamie is a member of the Housing Lawyers Practitioner’s Association, ALBA, Environmental Law Foundation and the Critical Legal Group.

Courtenay Barklem

Trustee
Courtenay Barklem

Courtenay Barklem is a Partner at McCue and Partners. He previously worked as the Human Rights Adviser at the Law Society of England and Wales. He is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales (solicitor-advocate) and California (attorney).

Courtenay has an LLM in human rights law from Birkbeck College, University of London. Courtenay is also a member of the Law Society’s Human Rights Committee, advisory board of the American Bar Association’s Business and Human Rights Project and the Lawyers’ Advisory Committee of Peace Brigades International.

Alice Donald

Trustee
Alice Donald

Alice Donald has been a Trustee of Just Fair since 2012. She is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and PhD (Law) programme leader at Middlesex University. Alice’s teaching focuses on the European Convention on Human Rights and on economic, social and cultural rights. She pursues socio-legal research on the implementation of human rights judgments and decisions and the relationship between human rights and democracy. She is co-author (with Philip Leach) of Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights (OUP, 2016) and co-editor (with Carla Buckley and Philip Leach) of Towards Convergence in International Human Rights Law: Approaches of Regional and International Systems (Brill, 2016). Among her research reports is one on how human rights have been used to develop new conceptions of poverty and new approaches to tackling it (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2009).

The first phase of Alice’s career spanned 15 years as a journalist, editor and commissioner in the BBC World Service, specialising in East Asian affairs.

François Holmey

Trustee
François Holmey

François Holmey is a lawyer with wide experience in international law, intellectual property, media law and commercial law. He trained and practised at the international law firm Jones Day for six years, where he worked on significant cases before the English courts and international arbitration tribunals. He has also carried out extensive pro bono legal work on human rights, environmental law and social issues. He has volunteered for Lawyers Without Borders on human rights projects, provided pro bono legal advice at the Waterloo Legal Advice Service on employment, housing and family matters, carried out advocacy work for the Free Representation Unit, and worked as a pro bono legal adviser at Liberty’s human rights clinic. He has also previously worked as an intern at UNESCO.

François is currently studying a Master’s degree in International Law, Development and Globalisation at SOAS University in London. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and first class Master’s degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Oxford University and studied law at BPP Law School in London with distinction.

Jon Knight

Trustee
Jon Knight

Jon Knight is a Regional Director at St John Ambulance. He previously worked as the Head of Fundraising at the RNLI and as a manager in the Leisure Industry.

Jon is alumni of Cranfield University. He is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and a Mentor supporting homeless people back to work with the House of St Barnabas. He brings his fundraising and organisational development experience and great passion for social justice.

Siobhán Lloyd

Trustee
Siobhán Lloyd

Siobhán is a lawyer practising in housing, community care, immigration and asylum law. She has a particular interest in the rights of women and children. She is involved in a number of organisation, including the Asylum Support Appeals Project, which provide pro bono assistance to those who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. She teaches European Union law at Birkbeck College alongside her practice.

Before becoming a lawyer, Siobhán worked in refuges for women fleeing domestic violence and volunteered with unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She also spent a short period working at the Council of Europe, where she drafted reports on human rights issues across Europe.

Vyaj Lovejoy

Trustee
Vyaj Lovejoy

Vyaj Lovejoy is a human rights lawyer focusing on housing, immigration and asylum law. Her work and career is fuelled by her commitment to national and international human rights and protecting those who are most vulnerable. She undertakes extensive voluntary work at grassroot level alongside her practice.

She has volunteered at Greenwich Housing Rights for a number of years, representing defendants to possession claims at court who would otherwise be unrepresented. She also volunteers with Hackney Winter Night Shelter advising homeless people on their housing and immigration cases.  She previously volunteered with the Equality and Diversity Forum promoting equality through advocacy and collaboration between network organisations.  Other charities she volunteers with include: Bail for Immigration Detainees, University of Law’s Legal Advice Centre and the Colombia Caravana – a group of international lawyers that monitor the human rights abuses faced by legal professionals in Colombia.

Vyaj has a long-standing commitment to Economic, Social and Cultural rights. Her LLB dissertation examined the nature and scope of the right to food under Article 11 of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Aoife Nolan

Trustee
Aoife Nolan

Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. She co-directs the University’s Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, the world’s largest cluster of rights and justice scholars, involving over 700 members from 22 different University centres. She is the founding director of the Human Rights Law Centre’s Summer School on Child Rights. She has published extensively in the area of human rights law and is a global expert in the areas of children’s rights and economic and social rights. She was founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI) and is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the Human Rights Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Children’s Rights.

In addition, she has worked with and acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national bodies and organisations working on human rights issues, including a range of UN Special Procedures, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe, a wide range of international NGOs and multiple national human rights institutions. Her books include Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts (Hart, 2011) and Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (CUP, 2014).

Bruck Teshome

Trustee
Bruck Teshome

Bruck Teshome holds degrees from Addis Ababa University (LLB), Hebrew University (LLM, International Law with a focus on International Trade) and University of Essex (LLM, International Human Rights Law).  He has worked as a diplomat, taught law, and was a guest researcher for the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on the topic of periodic reporting to UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies. He has held a variety of posts in the voluntary sector in the UK and Ethiopia and currently works as a consultant.

His interest is on the nexus of international business and trade and the discourse of rights – international as well as constitutional. He has written on the policies of economic development with a focus on the horn of Africa and consults international investors and businesses on the topic of investment and development in the same region.

Staff

Koldo Casla

Policy Director
Koldo Casla

Prior to joining Just Fair in June 2016, Koldo conducted research and policy analysis for Amnesty International on the human rights to health and housing in Spain (2014-2017). Previously, Koldo had been the co-coordinator of a European project on the prevention of homophobic bullying in schools, “Rainbow Has” (2013-2014), and worked as the Chief of Staff of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Parliament of the Basque Country, Spain (2011-2013).

Koldo holds a PhD in European and International Studies from King’s College London, a Fulbright MA in International Studies from the University of Denver, a MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from University of Essex and a LLB in International and European Law from the University of the Basque Country. Koldo has taught modules and seminars on International Human Rights Law, International Relations and European Politics.

Koldo is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society of Newcastle University.

Ella Playfair

Communications & Research Officer
Ella Playfair

Ella is passionate about social justice and has a particular interest in issues relating to migration and human trafficking. She holds an MSc in International Migration and public policy from the London School of Economics, during which time she conducted research into UK human trafficking policies, and a BA in Anthropology from Durham University.

Prior to joining Just Fair, Ella was involved with a number of Access to Justice initiatives including working with the Civil Justice Council to set up the Litigant in Person Network, a digital platform aiming to improve access to justice for those without means. She has also worked for the National Pro Bono Centre and the Salvation Army and has held numerous campaigning and fundraising volunteer positions.