Mike Kaye Chair
Freelance consultant and former Advocacy Manager for Still Human Still Here
Mike has nearly 30 years’ international human rights research and advocacy experience, including working as Advocacy and Campaigns Manager for the Still Human Still Here coalition (2008-2016), Communications Manager for Anti-Slavery International (1999-2008) and three years documenting human rights violations during the civil wars in Central America (1990-1993). He currently works as a consultant and lecturers for the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths in the University of London.
Duncan Grant Treasurer
Corporate Account Manager for Place2Be
Duncan currently works in corporate fundraising for the children’s mental health charity Place2Be. He has varied experience in the charity, corporate and small business sectors having worked in account management, planning, sales and previously holding a company director’s position. He is passionate about humanitarian causes and advancing research for and removing stigmas from mental health. Duncan was a competitive bagpiper from the age of 11, winning the junior world championships aged 16. He has also released his own music on several different record labels, composed for orchestras and choirs, and performed live sets of his own music at clubs and festivals. Coming from the Highlands of Scotland, Duncan loves hiking, snowboarding and outdoor sports in general, and has a keen interest in nature.
Artistic Director at Ice & Fire
Christine is Artistic Director of ice&fire, a theatre company with a human rights focus. She founded ice&fire’s national Actors for Human Rights network in 2006. She has written and produced over a dozen scripts for the ice&fire and has been commissioned by a several third sector organisations because of her expertise with collecting and presenting first-hand testimony on typically thorny issues. Under Christine’s direction, ice&fire was shortlisted for the prestigious Liberty (Arts) Award for its contribution to building a human rights culture in the UK. She holds a Msc. in Forced Migration from the Refugee Studies Centre (Oxford University) and much of her work at ice&fire has focused on refugee and migrant rights.
General Secretary and Head of Legal Department at MUN2
Alfredo obtained a Degree in Law from Complutense University and a Master of Inmigration and Asylum from Carlos III University in Madrid City. He was called to the Madrid Bar in 2000. After an internship at the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR) in 1998, Alfredo worked as an Immigration & Asylum lawyer at Accem between 2000-2006. He represented asylum cases before the High Court (Audiencia Nacional) and the Supreme Court of Spain. Alfredo has provided training and written research and COI products on various topics and has served as the staff coordinator on the Migrant Temporary Stay Centre of Ceuta (CETI) 2006-2013 and as a case officer at the Spanish Refugee Office between 2015-2018. He is also a member of the Madrid Bar Association, MUN2 Association and registered as an independent expert for the DG Home Affairs database of the European Commission in the area of asylum, migration and integration. Alfredo is passionate about fighting for access to justice for all, including those fleeing persecution in their home country and COI research.
Senior Protection Associate at UNHCR London
Lucy is a Senior Protection Associate at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in London. At UNHCR she advises the UK government on improvements to its asylum process in line with international law. She has a particular specialism in the current systems dealing with statelessness claims and children’s asylum claims. She has co-authored numerous reports on asylum and immigration issues. Previously Lucy worked for Freedom from Torture, The Children’s Society and Asylum Aid. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the Human Rights Consortium, University of London
Barrister at Garden Court Chambers
Raza was called to the Bar in 2009 and specialises in public law, with an emphasis on refugee law and human rights at Garden Court Chambers. He specialises in judicial review and appellate work in the fields of unlawful detention, international protection and national security matters in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, acting in deprivation of citizenship and naturalisation cases.
Legal Researcher at Garden Court Chambers
David is a former barrister who practised from 2014-2018 specialising in immigration and asylum law. He is now a legal researcher at Garden Court Chambers. He is a contributor to Macdonald’s Immigration Law and Practice (first and second supplements to the ninth edition) and Butterworths Immigration Law Service, and has published journal articles in Judicial Review and Legal Action. He has a particular interest in asylum claims by Albanian children and young people and has delivered training and published materials on this subject.
Head of Research and Survivor Activism at Freedom from Torture
With an academic and professional background in the social sciences (anthropology) and social work, Jo has fifteen years of experience of conducting and publishing applied research for non-government organisations in the human rights and refugee/asylum field. At Freedom from Torture since 2010, Jo has researched and authored a number of reports, including on the treatment of expert medical evidence by asylum decision-makers in the UK, poverty as a barrier to rehabilitation for survivors of torture and on torture practices in the DRC, Sri Lanka and Iran. As Lead Researcher in the Policy and Advocacy Directorate she was closely involved in the development of research at the organisation and co-chaired the Research and Ethics Committee. Jo also worked closely with the Survivors Speak Out network over number of years to develop participatory approaches to the organisation’s research and advocacy programmes. In her current role, as Head of Research and Survivor Activism in the Policy and Advocacy Directorate, she is responsible for providing oversight, leadership and guidance to research and survivor activism teams to ensure delivery of high impact programmes of work aligned with the strategic aims of Freedom from Torture.
Christel is a Lecturer at the University of the West of England where she teaches Public Law, Refugee Law and Human Rights Law. Her doctoral research compared judicial decision-making of asylum appeals made by persons fleeing armed conflicts from a gender perspective in the European Union and was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2016-2019). Christel was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 (Middle Temple) and is an asylum, immigration and human rights barrister at Lamb Building. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Refugee Law Initiative (University of London) and was an Advisory Committee member of the Women’s Project at Asylum Aid from 2012 to 2019. Christel was previously employed at Asylum Aid (2010-2012) and Wilson Solicitors LLP (2009-2010).