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Jane Campbell, Baroness Campbell of Surbiton

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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.

Professor the Baroness (Ruth) Lister of Burtersett

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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

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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.

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.

John Powlton

John Powlton

Trustee - Treasurer

John Powlton joined Just Fair in November 2021 as Honorary Treasurer. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds degrees in economics & politics from the University of Sheffield and Real Estate Investment & Finance from Heriot-Watt University. John has worked in finance, specialising in the taxation of real estate investment, since 2003 including time spent with a large professional services firm, a sovereign wealth fund and a large asset management business. John participates in a number of industry bodies focussed on the property industry and as part of this regularly works with government agencies to provide input to new and proposed legislation.

Lianna Etkind 

Lianna Etkind 

Trustee

Lianna works for the RSA, a national charity focused on social impact. Having previously worked with Campaign for Better Transport; London CLT and Transport for All, Lianna has campaigned on issues including housing justice, environment, and disability rights. She has been involved in legal approaches to issues including part-time season tickets and gender; and disabled people’s access to goods and services. 

Lianna holds a Masters in Community Organising from Queen Mary University. She is particularly interested in how legal approaches to strategic campaigning can be better understood and used more widely by those directly affected by economic and social injustices. 

 

Parissa Najah

Parissa Najah

Trustee

Parissa is a barrister based at Trinity Chambers the North East of England. She has a multi-disciplinary practice, with her primary interest in social justice and working with clients experiencing discrimination and marginalisation 

Prior to pupillage, Parissa worked with victims of crime providing advocacy, support, and advice to those in crisis. From this she gained a firm understanding of the practices of public services after being based within local authorities, housing associations, the NHSand Police.   

Parissa is a Fellow of the Legal Education Foundation’s Justice First Fellowship programme, a scheme supporting advocates committed to public interest and social justice issues. As part of the scheme Parissa worked for the Bar Pro Bono Unit in London as an advocate case worker before commencing her pupillage at Trinity Chambers. 

Dr Katie Boyle

Dr Katie Boyle

Trustee

Dr Katie Boyle is a qualified constitutional and human rights lawyer and Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Stirling. She has published extensively on economic and social rights law and served as Expert Advisor to NGOs, governments, parliaments and the United Nations. Her recent book, “Economic and Social Rights Law: Incorporation, Justiciability and Principles of Adjudication” (2020), features as part of the International Association of Constitutional Law Emerging Scholarship Series, (available at https://bit.ly/2Nf32zw ). 

Dr Boyle has worked nationally and internationally on economic and social rights during periods of constitutional transition including work funded by the British Academy in Colombia and Brazil. Her work has featured in reporting procedures to the UN and she has worked with national human rights institutions, including with the Scottish Human Rights Commission on a project exploring the incorporation of international human rights law in Scotland. In 2018 Dr Boyle was appointed as an expert on the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership. The group’s remit was to consider how Scotland can be an international leader in human rights and its recommendations to incorporate economic, social, cultural and environmental rights are being implemented by a National Task Force. Dr Boyle now advises the National Task Force as a member of the Academic Advisory Panel. Other recent expert appointments include Scotland’s UNCRC Incorporation Advisory Group and working with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing on access to justice issues.  

 

Armin Houshmand

Armin Houshmand

Trustee

Armin joined the Just Fair Board of Trustees in October 2019.

Having previously worked with Liberty and the National Centre for Domestic Violence, Armin studied law before embarking on a career in academia and public law.

As a researcher at Doughty Street Chambers and City University, Armin focused on international criminal law and joins Just Fair as a committed advocate for social justice and economic and social rights in the UK.

Mary-Ann Stephenson

Mary-Ann Stephenson

Trustee

Mary-Ann is the director of the Women’s Budget Group and has worked for women’s equality and human rights for over twenty years as a campaigner, researcher and trainer. She was previously Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. Mary-Ann is a founder member of Coventry Women’s Voices and a board member at Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick.

Staff

Jess McQuail

Director

Jess joined Just Fair in April 2020. A passionate advocate for human rights in the pursuit of social justice, Jess has spent nearly 30 years in the UK and international not for profit sector working as a campaigner and senior leader. Alongside her Just Fair role, Jess is an independent charity consultant, chair of the UK equality network Equally Ours, and chair of a national children’s charity.  She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has held several CEO, Director, and board roles in the charity sector.  In her spare time, she is a keen swimmer.

Helen Flynn

Helen Flynn

Head of Policy, Research & Campaigns

Helen holds an LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice from Queen’s University Belfast. She has over ten years experience researching and campaigning on behalf of NGOs, community groups and grassroots organisations towards the better realisation of human rights. Helen has a particular interest in the domestic implementation of international human rights standards and has worked to find ways to better facilitate access to UN monitoring mechanisms for those engaged in grassroots human rights work both in the UK and Latin America. Outside of work Helen likes to read fiction, walk in the countryside, haphazzardly garden and drink copious amounts of tea.

Kate Ewing

Kate Ewing

Administrator

Kate joined Just Fair in November 2021 as Administrator.  Alongside her role at Just Fair, Kate is working on a PhD in law at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.  The focus of her research is on work time and the minimum wage.  Prior to her studies, Kate practised as an employment rights solicitor in the UK until 2018.   

Lyle Barker

Lyle Barker

Human Rights Officer

Lyle joined Just Fair in May 2022. He holds an LLM in International Human Rights from University of Essex, where he was also part of the University of Essex Human Rights Clinic and worked with Amnesty International UK to produce a report on the Human Rights Implications of Policing Protests in the UK. Alongside his role at Just Fair, Lyle is working under the initiative Human Rights Local at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, researching various projects on economic, social, and cultural rights with the involvement of local community groups and grassroots organisations. Outside of work, Lyle is a keen runner and likes to play drum kit and cook meals for friends.

Maddy Lawson

Maddy Lawson

Communications Advisor

Maddy Lawson is a communications specialist with experience across the UK charity and public sectors. She previously worked as Director of Communications for the public health charity Alcohol Change UK. More recently she has worked as a consultant, offering strategic communications support to organisations including social justice and care charities and an NHS network. Alongside her work as Communications Advisor for Just Fair she is working as a Communications Consultant for UNODC’s Global Prison Challenges Programme, and is studying for an MPA in Social Policy at the University of York. Outside of work Maddy likes to walk, undertake over-ambitious DIY projects and hang out with her cat.

Alex Firth

Alex Firth

Research and Communications Officer

Alex joined Just Fair in August 2022. Prior to joining, Alex worked for Human Rights Watch on research and advocacy, particularly on issues related to housing, poverty, and inequality in the UK. He has also worked in a variety of other roles, including with refugees, supporting an MP in the UK’s Parliament, and in Palestine on an education project.  Alex holds a degree in History and a MSc in the Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).