It is with considerable regret that we are saying goodbye to Koldo next month. He has been an excellent employee and ambassador of Just Fair since he joined the team in June 2016. He arrived at a critical juxtaposition of events: we along with many others had just helped secure strident Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which, amongst other things, underlined the negative human rights implications of six years of austerity policies and widening social inequality whilst, almost simultaneously, the people of the UK had voted to leave the European Union. Through the political uncertainties that followed, Koldo navigated a path of considerable difficulty with great skill, patience and ingenuity and has contributed to a growing recognition and respect for human rights, including increased prominence for economic, social and cultural rights. He has also overseen the growth of Just Fair’s team, expanded its geographical reach to the North East of England and initiated some fantastic partnerships with social justice organisations and people with lived experience of human rights violations. It is his insight and commitment to real change that saw the Board invest in a strategy designed to bring effective human rights advocacy to places and communities it has previously failed to reach. We were all particularly proud to see how Koldo’s brilliant work alongside Philip Alston’s visit to the UK in 2018 shone a clear and unblinkered light on the day to day injustices caused by persistent poverty and for those injustices to then become the subject of so much media attention, here and abroad.
We have no doubt that Koldo’s work advancing the case for human rights will continue unabated in his new role at Essex University. On behalf of the Board I wish him every success with his new adventure and thank him for his great contribution to Just Fair.
Chair of the Board