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.
Lucinda is Development Lead at UnLtd: The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, where she leads their work on new partnerships. She has an extensive background in development roles for small to medium sized human rights charities. Lucinda was previously 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 is a television and radio presenter for Sky News and the BBC World Service. As a journalist he has covered major international news stories including US and UK elections, the 2016 Nice terror attack, the 2016 Turkish coup d’état attempt and interviewed leading politicians from across the world both on-air and in live Q&A settings. Tom has also presented podcasts and documentaries on a wide range of subject matter. His main area of interest and expertise is geopolitics and international affairs.
Nigel is a qualified English Solicitor. He specialised in commercial litigation before spending over 10 years as the Managing Partner of an award-winning, City of London based law firm. He subsequently worked as an in-house lawyer in the restaurant and technology sectors and then after retiring from full time legal work, he was appointed as the Chief Executive of a leading English barristers' chambers. In recent years, Nigel has obtained post graduate qualifications in change management, been appointed to carry out various consultancy roles and currently spends much time in coaching senior managers and leaders in both the private and charity sectors. Nigel retains his lengthy connections with the English legal profession through acting as the part-time Chairman of a boutique litigation law practice, based in Lincoln's inn, London.
Marieanne McKeown is KIND’s Regional Director for Europe. In this role she manages KIND’s portfolio of projects across Europe, in which NGO and legal partners provide quality pro bono legal assistance to help unaccompanied and separated children obtain protection and reach safety.
Prior to joining KIND, Marieanne held a number of leadership positions at PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law, most recently as Director of Global Programs. She was responsible for developing and managing projects that promote public interest law and strengthen local cultures of pro bono around the world. Her background is in human rights and strategic litigation for a range of non-profit organisations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was also awarded an LL.B. in law and an LL.M. in human rights from Queens University Belfast.
Jo has 20 years’ experience working for not-for-profits both in-house and, for the past 7 years, as a consultant supporting small and medium-sized charities with their fundraising, organisational development, strategy and systems development. Her consultancy work currently focusses on supporting charities to develop and build bespoke Salesforce databases that meet their specific needs. Before going freelance Jo held development roles at charities including Peace Brigades International, Children Change Colombia and Refugee Action. Jo speaks Spanish, French and (Brazilian) Portuguese; her passions include Tech for Good, Human Rights and international development.