Board of Trustees
Mark Beer OBE (Chair)
Mark is an experienced Chairman and non-executive board member. Having worked in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, with his work covering those geographies, Africa, Asia and the Americas, Mark has a good grasp of working internationally. Mark is a graduate of Oxford University, is a UK qualified solicitor, and is President of the International Association for Court Administration, which is committed to improving the rule of law around the world. Mark has spent the last 10 years developing an independent English language, common law court in the Middle East and was involved in the establishment of the first Court affiliated pro-bono scheme in the region, the first small claims tribunal and other initiatives designed to enhance access to justice.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant who has combined a paid career in the public and charitable sectors with extensive pro bono experience of working in and with charities, particularly law centres, most recently South West London Law Centres and arts focussed charities, most recently the Equity Charitable trust . Currently he is Treasurer of the European Network on Statelessness and Amicus. In his paid career Peter was, among other things, Financial Controller of the Arts Council, Finance Director of Centrepoint and Budget Manager at the Greater London Authority.
Jo has over 20 years’ experience working for not-for-profits both in-house and, more recently, as a consultant specialising in fundraising, organisational development, strategy and systems development. She is currently a Salesforce Consultant at social enterprise Giveclarity.org, supporting charities to develop and build bespoke Salesforce databases that meet their specific needs. Jo has held development roles at charities including Anti-Slavery International, Peace Brigades International, Children Change Colombia and Refugee Action. She speaks Spanish, French and (Brazilian) Portuguese; her passions include Tech for Good, Human Rights and international development.
Lucinda is Head of Business Development at Big Issue Invest, where she leads on income generation by securing partnerships, developing future programmes, and undertaking strategic planning. She is also the SMT lead for inclusion. She has an extensive background in high value corporate, statutory and foundation fundraising in the social investment and human rights sectors. Lucinda was previously Development Lead at UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. This followed on from her work as Head of Fundraising for ECPAT UK (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) where she increased turnover by 60%. Prior to this she worked in the national development team of Freedom from Torture and led the fundraising department of the Refugee and Migrant Centre. She founded and ran her own social enterprise and has also worked as a fundraising consultant to a range of charities, social enterprises and start-ups. She has a postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham and has studied human rights, the law of international organisations and peacekeeping.
Ian Matthew Kysel
Ian Matthew Kysel is a Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at Cornell Law School where he co-directs the Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic and is a founder and director of the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative. He has published academic work in a number of U.S. law review journals as well as peer-reviewed journals and has written several human rights reports; his opinion articles have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He previously held appointments at the University of Oxford, as a Plumer Visiting Research Fellow at Saint Anne’s College and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, and at the Georgetown University Law Center, as the inaugural Dash/Muse Fellow and an Adjunct Professor of Law. He has argued or participated in litigation before U.S. immigration, federal and state courts as well as international tribunals. He has provided testimony to various legislative bodies and executive or international commissions. He currently also serves on the Board of Ithaca City of Asylum (one of two U.S. affiliates of the International Cities of Refuge Network), the advisory committee of Human Rights Watch’s Children’s Rights Division and is a co-organizer of the ACLU’s national Youth Justice Network. Kysel holds an LLM in Advocacy, with distinction, a JD, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, and a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a BA, with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Swarthmore College.
Tom works in External Affairs for the Scottish Government. He focuses primarily on Scotland's relationship with the European Union and his main area of interest and expertise is geopolitics and international affairs. Tom was a television and radio presenter for Sky News and the BBC World Service. As a journalist he has covered major international news stories and interviewed leading politicians from across the world both on-air and in live Q&A settings.
Louise has over 20 years HR experience and holds a postgraduate diploma in Personnel Management from the University of Greenwich. For the last 10 years Louise has been working within the charitable sector. She is currently the Deputy Director for People at the National Deaf Children’s Society, prior to that she has worked in HR Business Partner roles for the Royal National Institute of Blind People and Shelter. Social justice and fairness are key areas of interest for Louise