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.
Head of Secretariat to the UK’s National Preventive Mechanism
Lucy works for the UK NPM, the body that oversees the UK’s obligation under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). It is responsible for examining the treatment of people deprived of their liberty in all places of detention under the UK’s jurisdiction.
She was previously Senior Protection Associate at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in London where she advised the UK government on improvements to its asylum procedures in line with international law, and where she led UNHCR UK’s work on statelessness and child protection. Lucy has also worked for Freedom from Torture, The Children’s Society and Asylum Aid. She 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 has a wide public law practise, with an emphasis on refugee law and human rights at Garden Court Chambers. He specialises in challenges to state policy, deprivation of liberty, and appellate work concerning international protection and national security matters in the Special Immigration Appeals Commission.
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.
Kalvir Kaur (Founding trustee, 2016-2019), Solicitor at Freedom from Torture.
Jo Pettitt (Founding trustee, 2016-2020), former Head of Research and Survivor Activism at Freedom from Torture, now freelance research consultant.