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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.

Lianna Etkind 

Lianna Etkind 

Trustee

Lianna works for social enterprise Civic, leading their community engagement work on libraries. 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 and 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, working most recently on Oxfam GB’s UK poverty programme.  Prior to this, she held a number of interim CEO, Director and board roles in the charity sector, and in her spare time is a keen swimmer.

Melanie Hawthorne

Melanie Hawthorne

Administrator

Melanie joined Just Fair as a part time administrator in September 2020. A passionate advocate for equality and diversity, Melanie has worked for over 20 years championing representation and inclusion in the cultural, education and third sectors. Alongside her Just Fair role, Melanie is an independent arts and culture producer and has held a number of board roles in the cultural sector.

Rachael Gibbons

Rachael Gibbons

Social Rights Alliance Coordinator North West

Rachael is tenacious in addressing social inequality, with five years’ experience in the voluntary sector since graduating, particularly with a focus on the marginalisation of working-class people and the intersecting inequalities they face. Having worked with young people for three years, Rachael has since worked in campaigning and as an organiser for a Tenants Union based in Greater Manchester, equipping tenants, and renters with the tools necessary to fight for housing justice. Alongside her work in housing, Rachael has begun the early stages of delivering her own project of campaign training for women on council estates across Manchester and in her spare time enjoys photography.

Susanna Hunter-Darch

Susanna Hunter-Darch

Social Rights Alliance Coordinator

As a Youth Worker with over 20 years’ experience, Susanna brings her experience as an advocate, a community organiser and a trainer having worked at the grassroots, national and international levels. As a consultant Susanna has worked with young activists in the UK, the Middle East and South East Asia, to understand human rights, and how to mobilise and drive change. Outside of work Susanna is a Trustee for World at Play and spends much of her time on her allotment.