Ms Rachel Hewitt (Treasurer), Chief Financial Officer at ClientEarth
Rachel has worked in the INGO sector for 10+ years, in Finance Director/Chief Operating Officer roles with International Rescue Committee UK and CARE International UK. Prior to this she worked for the British Council in a range of programme and finance roles in the UK and India. She brings significant experience of NGO financial management as well as a passion for fighting inequality and injustice.
Ms Jane Ellis (Chair), Chief Operating Officer at Center for Digital Resilience
Jane has over 15 years experience in international development and a Masters in Political Economy of Violence and Conflict from SOAS at the University of London. She is the Chief Operating Officer at the Centre for Digital Resilience, previous to that worked in the humanitarian sector as a Director at the UK-based International Rescue Committee. Jane has worked on projects across the world and has extensive experience in fundraising, strategic planning, and system implementation.
Ms Claire Falconer, Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building at the Freedom Fund and FLEX co-founder
As Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building, Claire is responsible for overseeing The Freedom Fund's legal, supply chains, and movement building programs. Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Claire was the Legal Director and co-founder of FLEX. Claire has also worked as an expert consultant on projects for international organisations - including the ILO, UNODC, and OSCE - and provided training and capacity building assistance to criminal justice practitioners as part of AusAID's Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project. A lawyer and former prosecutor, Claire holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics.
Ms Vash Arora, Chartered MCIPD, HR Manager at Bolt Burdon Kemp
Vash Arora is the Head of HR at Bolt Burdon Kemp. In her current role her remit spans talent attraction, performance management, diversity and inclusion, employee experience, wellbeing, engagement, learning and development, and pay and benefits. Vash is a Chartered Member of CIPD and her experience as a senior HR manager spans legal and not for profit sectors having previously worked for Leigh Day, Merlin, ThreeCs and WarChild. Vash has a MBA with a specialisation in HR and began her career in India, where she worked as Senior HR Manager with Edelweiss, a full services investment bank, before moving to the UK in 2007.
Mr Adam Weiss, Head of Ocean, Plastics, and Chemicals at ClientEarth
Adam is a lawyer who previously worked for NGOs defending victims of human rights violations in Europe, particularly migrants and ethnic minorities. Before joining ClientEarth, he had a wide-ranging practice at the European Roma Rights Centre, including litigation spanning eighteen countries, with cases before national courts, the European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies, and the European Committee of Social Rights. Adam is a member of the board of several NGOs, has published numerous academic articles and blogs, and has trained lawyers, judges, and NGOs. He holds an LLM from King’s College (University of London), a JD from Columbia Law School, a diplôme d’études approfondies from the University of Paris-IV (La Sorbonne), and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He speaks English, French, Spanish, and Hungarian.
Mr Ian Robinson, Partner at Fragomen LLP
Ian has worked in immigration since 2002, initially with the Home Office and now as a Partner with Fragomen, the global immigration law firm. At Fragomen Ian runs several teams advising employers on immigration in the UK and compliantly navigating them through immigration systems around the world. He also manages Fragomen’s government strategies function in the UK where he helps employers, think tanks and civil society interact with immigration policy makers and people who scrutinise or report on immigration.
Mr Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability Policy for the British Retail Consortium
Peter is the Head of Sustainability Policy at the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the trade association for retailers, and is responsible for the development and delivery of the retail industry's sustainable and ethical trade policies, including the Better Retail Better World campaign. As well as a Trustee of FLEX, he co-chairs the Home Office Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group on Transparency in Supply Chains. Prior to joining the BRC Peter worked on environmental issues for the representative body of the food industry, FDF.