Liberty team

Find out more about who we are and what we do

Director

Martha is a human rights lawyer and campaigner. Before joining Liberty she practised at Doughty Street Chambers, defending access to justice, challenging state failures and fighting for the rights of women, children and disabled people.

She has worked with bereaved families seeking answers after loved ones died in state care, victims of rape, domestic violence and trafficking who have been failed by the police, and protestors and journalists whose freedoms have been under attack.

Martha was previously a lawyer at Mind and the Public Law Project and she has written books about human rights, policing and disability rights. She is an Associate Tenant of Doughty Street Chambers and a Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths University.

Martha joined Liberty because she wanted to be part of a team of passionate, principled people using their diverse skills to hold the powerful to account.

Advocacy

Grey is Liberty’s Advocacy Director. They oversee Liberty’s strategic litigation, policy work and campaigns, advice and information, and our investigative teams, who all work together to protect rights and hold the powerful to account.

Prior to joining Liberty in July 2019, Grey was Legal Director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. They have specialised in human rights, equality, and public law litigation, advisory and policy work since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002.

Grey trained in private practice at the legal aid front line, mainly focussed on community care and asylum support cases. Subsequently they worked at the Public Law Project and then the Equality and Human Rights Commission litigating on a broad range of human rights issues in the domestic courts and the ECHR, and advising on legislative change proposals. During that time they also worked with the UN treaty bodies, particularly the Committee Against Torture, and a number of partner organisations.

As manager of our Advice & Information team, Olivia is responsible for providing strategic direction to Liberty’s public advice service, including developing innovative approaches to advice provision and managing casework and training projects.

Olivia is a qualified solicitor who has worked in private practice, the Government Legal Service and the Council of Europe. Prior to joining Liberty she was Research Assistant at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, carrying out research and policy work on human rights and access to justice issues.

Olivia came to Liberty because she is committed to making law and human rights more accessible to everyone regardless of their education level or financial means.

Monique provides legal advice on a range of human rights issues to members of the public and co-manages Liberty’s legal advice line. Monique has a specialist interest in asylum and immigration and its impact on gender equality.

Before joining Liberty, Monique worked for Southall Black Sisters and Safer London, providing advice to BAME women fleeing domestic violence and gang-affected young women, and training local authorities on supporting survivors. She has also worked in Egypt, providing free legal representation to asylum seekers from across the Middle East and North Africa.

She has volunteered for various charities and is a regular volunteer at Crisis at Christmas. Monique came to Liberty because of our dedication to challenging the hostile environment and our commitment to fighting laws which discriminate against the vulnerable.

Sam provides legal advice about human rights to members of the public and co-manages the legal advice line.

Prior to working at Liberty, Sam worked as an Advocate for survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse. She previously worked as a Legal Fellow and Investigator on death penalty cases in Texas.

Sam has an interdisciplinary Masters in Human Rights from the LSE, and a legal Masters in Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law from the University of Texas. She was a Human Rights Scholar at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights, and a Research Assistant at the Texas School of Law Capital Punishment Center.

Sam has a particular interest in criminal justice reform and mental health. She believes in the importance of protecting the rights of individuals on both sides of the criminal justice system. She joined Liberty because it is an organisation committed to the ethos that human rights are for everybody.

Eleanor joined Liberty in October 2019 as part of the team establishing Liberty Investigates – an editorially independent investigative journalism unit pursuing human rights stories.

Eleanor previously worked for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on the Panama Papers global investigation; and The Khadija Project continuing the work of jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, which won the IRE’s Tom Renner Award. She lived in Bosnia for three years where she was correspondent for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and also reported from Kosovo, North Macedonia, Spain, Ukraine, Georgia and Lebanon for a range of outlets including Bellingcat, POLITICO Europe and Reader’s Digest International Editions.

Later, as part of the Evening Standard’s special investigation into modern slavery in London, Eleanor revealed how traffickers prey on homeless people and other vulnerable groups. Then, she helped uncover the sources of a slew of death threats against British MPs for an ITV Exposure documentary. She is a previous winner of the PTC’s New Consumer Journalist Award.

Mirren joined Liberty as part of its investigative journalism team in October 2019. As one of the journalists, her focus areas include policing and counterterrorism, as well as an interest in prisons.

Prior to joining Liberty, Mirren worked as the storytelling and digital media manager at the international human rights organisation The Syria Campaign, where she worked to uncover human rights abuses in Syria and tell them to a wider audience. An award-nominated journalist, she began her career as an intern at TIME magazine before taking up a place on the BBC’s Journalism Training Scheme. From there she joined Newsweek magazine where she reported on conflict and human rights abuses from countries worldwide, securing six cover stories. Mirren then moved into documentary journalism, presenting an episode of Channel 4’s award-winning investigative series Unreported World, before studying for her MA in Terrorism, Security and Society. Outside of Liberty, she volunteers as a visitor for people held in immigration detention.

Mirren joined Liberty for the opportunity to work on impactful, in-depth journalism that exposes injustice and holds the powerful to account.

Louise joined Liberty in June 2020, having practised as a solicitor in the NGO sector and in private practice for over 20 years.  Previously she worked at the Public Law Project, and Deighton Pierce Glynn, specialising in judicial review and discrimination cases. She is one of the leading practitioners on the public sector equality duty and has worked closely with the women’s sector and Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations on a number of human rights issues affecting them and their service-users.

Louise joined Liberty to help lead their strategic litigation working collaboratively across the organisation, and to build relationships with other organisations using the law to speak truth to power.

Lara joined Liberty in February 2017, having worked in private practice since 1998.

Lara specialises in public law challenges against the Government and local authorities. Lara has represented some of the most vulnerable people in society, including children, migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and those with disabilities. She has led on a number of our interventions, including in the recent Right to Rent case as well as in trafficking cases in the European Court of Human Rights.

Lara has previously been a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel,  and is currently a member of the Litigation Friend Network. She has a Masters in Refugee Studies.

A Liberty member since her student days, Lara now leads Liberty’s legal work challenging “hostile environment” policies and co-leads our work on work challenging Public Spaces Protection Orders, in particular those targeting the homeless.

Meg returned to Liberty in April 2018, having worked here during 2016 and 2017. Meg is a lawyer in Liberty’s Legal team, running our litigation in privacy and technology.

Previously, Meg worked as a solicitor in private practice. She has also volunteered with The Centre for Women’s Justice, The AIRE Centre, The Connection, and a children’s charity, and is determined to continue to work with the more vulnerable groups in our society.

Meg joined Liberty to use the law to strengthen and protect vital rights and freedoms.

Rosie has been a solicitor in Liberty’s legal team since 2013. During her time at Liberty she has helped a wide range of clients to uphold their human rights and challenge Government failings, including protestors, bereaved parents, victims of domestic abuse and whistleblowers.

Rosie also specialises in challenging overbroad policing powers, and she is one of our leading voices opposing the criminalisation of homelessness and the misuse of antisocial behaviour powers.

Gracie came to Liberty in July 2017 and leads our campaigning against the Government’s “hostile environment” policies on immigration, as well as work across policing, counter-terror, and privacy and surveillance.

Before joining Liberty, Gracie worked in casework, research and policy across several NGOs to support survivors of torture and working migrants to navigate the UK’s immigration system. She also trained public officials and third sector workers to use the Human Rights Act in their day-to-day work. She holds a Masters in Human Rights from the LSE and a degree in Philosophy & French from Oxford University.

Gracie joined the Liberty team after collaborating with us for Against Borders for Children on the Boycott School Census campaign. Her work at the frontline of small migrants’ rights organisations made her keenly aware of the need for bold, unapologetic campaigning for systemic change.

Sam started at Liberty at the start of 2018 and works on ending immigration detention, protecting the Human Rights Act, mental health and military justice issues.

Before joining Liberty, Sam was Campaigns Manager at René Cassin where he engaged and mobilised the British Jewish community on immigration detention, discrimination towards minorities, and modern slavery issues. He also was a volunteer for RightsInfo and a founding trustee of the Advocacy Academy. He holds a Masters in Human Rights from the LSE.

Sam joined the team to be a part of the incredible track record of positive change that Liberty has been involved with over the last 80 years.

Hannah leads our advocacy work on technology and human rights – including surveillance, the use of technology in policing, data rights and freedom of expression online. She was previously a criminal law barrister, before moving into justice policy and working on issues around the digitisation of the criminal justice system.

Prior to her practice at the Bar, Hannah was a prison law caseworker and Assistant Director of a children’s rights charity. She now volunteers with a duty scheme to provide advice, support and assistance to children and vulnerable adults detained in police custody.

Hannah joined Liberty to work with an organisation which fearlessly champions freedom, fairness and compassion in policy-making.

Nadia came to Liberty in July 2018. She works on protecting the Human Rights Act, leading our response to Brexit, and ensuring public authorities are held accountable for torture and mistreatment.

Before joining us, Nadia worked in policy and research at law reform and human rights organisation JUSTICE. Previously she was Assistant News Editor at US national security and rights blog Just Security. She has taught public law at UCL and has volunteered with legal charities including Hackney Community Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit.

Nadia holds a Masters in Law from the LSE. She has a law degree from UCL and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018.

Nadia joined Liberty to be part of an organisation that is fearless in holding the powerful to account

Charlie is the Policy and Campaigns Assistant at Liberty, providing support across the team on all aspects of our work, from facial recognition and immigration detention to counter-terrorism and policing, and helping coordinate our parliamentary advocacy.

Charlie came to Liberty in September 2019, most recently from a background in theatre production in London and New York, having previously spent time at human rights and criminal justice organisations in the UK. He holds a Masters in US History & Politics from UCL.

Charlie joined Liberty for the opportunity to help bring about genuine change on some of the issues that matter the most.

Development

Pippa Johnson joined Liberty in 2011 to work on membership and fundraising, before becoming Development Director in July 2017. Pippa has worked in fundraising for more than eight years at both environmental and human rights organisations.

Passionate about Liberty’s work, challenging injustice and holding the powerful to account, Pippa believes that whether you’re asking someone to donate £1 or £100,000 it’s incredibly important to believe in the organisation’s work and know that money is being spent effectively.

Laura joined Liberty in February 2019 to manage the organisation’s relationships with key supporters.

Laura has been a fundraiser for over ten years and prior to working for Liberty held similar roles in both human rights and campaigning organisations including Gingerbread and Prisoners Abroad.

Joining Liberty has allowed Laura combine her passions for human rights and campaigning and to work for an organisation that she has admired for many years.

Andrew joined Liberty in September 2017 to manage the organisation’s membership programme and fundraise from individual supporters.

Andrew has worked in fundraising for ten years and prior to working for Liberty was a freelance fundraising consultant. He has worked for organisations in the social justice, homelessness and international development sectors and is currently a member of Global Justice Now’s board.

He joined Liberty due to his passion for human rights and social justice and a desire to work for a campaigning organisation again.

Amy is one of our Development Assistants and the first point of contact for our members. She also supports the wider Development team with our fundraising efforts.

Amy has a varied background, holding a Masters in Wildlife Conservation from Edinburgh Napier as well as a postgraduate certificate in History from Birkbeck. Previously she has worked in the heritage industry in museums, Georgian houses and palaces, most recently at Hampton Court Palace.

A historian at heart, Amy joined Liberty to stop simply studying history and be a part of making it.

Jasmine is a Development Assistant at Liberty supporting our membership and individual giving functions.

Jasmine holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex. She has previously worked in fundraising and research for different charities. Jasmine has also volunteered in Freetown with Future for Children Sierra Leone – an NGO focused on the socio-economic empowerment and development of children who are homeless or vulnerable, and their families – and continues to work with and promote the organisation.

Jasmine joined Liberty because of her passion for supporting vulnerable people within society and protecting their human rights.

Emma works closely with our donors. Before joining Liberty in 2015, she worked in fundraising and communications for Canon Collins, an education and legal assistance NGO with its roots in the struggle against apartheid.

Emma holds a master’s in human rights law and a degree in human rights and journalism. She has previously worked as journalist in West Africa and taught English in Russia and South East Asia, where her passion for fundraising and human rights was born.

Sarah works with our Trusts and Foundations supporters producing applications and reports on Liberty’s work.

Before joining Liberty in 2020, she worked in the Arts and Culture sector fundraising for the Young Vic Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

Sarah joined Liberty so she could combine her personal passion for challenging inequality with her love of writing

Operations

Laura is the Finance and Operations Director at Liberty. She previously worked in a similar role for a city based executive search firm.

Laura joined Liberty to be part of an organisation which protects human rights and civil liberties.

Mina joined us in 2015 and works as part of our Operations team, ensuring Liberty’s finances are well managed.

Mina was keen to join the Liberty team because she believes that if we fail to take a stand against injustice and abuse, we are as guilty as the perpetrator.

Clair ensures good financial management at Liberty, so that money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively.

Clair was previously a business mentor at the Prince’s Trust, supporting young entrepreneurs who needed commercial and financial business expertise to help them set up their own business.

She joined Liberty because of its respected reputation and high public profile.

Nicke is our Office Manager. Before joining Liberty in 2013 she held similar support roles in the media industry.

Nicke came to Liberty because she wanted to put her organisational skills to good use supporting great work.

Naveed joined Liberty to manage its Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning work. This means working across the organisation to understand the different ways in which our work improves respect for human rights, and ensuring we learn lessons where necessary.

Prior to joining Liberty, Naveed worked primarily in the international development sector for over 10 years, on issues including labour rights, financial inclusion, and freedom of speech. He has a Masters in Economics and Development from the SOAS, and degree in Law from the University of Oxford.

Naveed has been interested in the work of Liberty ever since completing his degree, and was excited to join to take forward its work in impact evaluation.

Mattie is the Operations Intern at Liberty, providing support across the Operations Team on many aspects of our work.

She came to Liberty in July 2020 after volunteering in the LGBTQ+ advocacy sector, as well as campaigning on workers’ and tenants’ rights while undertaking a philosophy degree.

They joined Liberty for the opportunity to contribute to radical change and help challenge injustice against marginalised communities.

Communications

After volunteering with Liberty in several roles, Dave joined the Operations team in 2013 before moving into the Communications team a year later.

Dave previously worked in careers education in East London. He joined Liberty to play his part in a human rights NGO with a long track-record of achieving real, lasting change across society.

Larry oversees our public-facing digital presence and works with departments across Liberty to help coordinate our campaigns.

Larry has worked for Liberty since 2011, previously editing our newsletter and redeveloping the website in 2014. Before joining us, Larry worked in communications for an international development NGO.

Polly joined Liberty’s media team in 2019 after holding a similar role at the Green Party of England and Wales. Before that Polly trained and worked as a local journalist.

She came to Liberty to be part of an organisation with a track record of defending human rights and holding those in power to account.

Jack works on Liberty’s external media strategy. He joined Liberty in 2018 after working as a journalist, predominantly focusing on modern slavery and international finance.

Before this, Jack undertook an LLM in Human Rights and contributed to research into transitional justice, as well as volunteering at human rights NGOs.

He joined Liberty to be part of an organisation with a long history of successfully protecting and promoting human rights.