Liberty team

Amy Neal, Development Assistant

Amy Neal

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.

Andrew Taylor-Dawson, Development Manager

Andrew Taylor-Dawson Liberty

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.

Boris Knezevic, Trainee Solicitor

Boris Knezevic Liberty

Boris joined Liberty in 2018 on the Justice First Fellowship Scheme. Having previously assisted on Liberty’s work around military justice, Boris is currently involved in legal work on the criminalisation of poverty and homelessness, policing (safe reporting), as well as criminal injuries compensation. He is also developing a project assisting immigration detainees with complaints relating to detention conditions.

Previously, Boris worked as a paralegal at Leigh Day and did work experience at Deighton Pierce Glynn, assisting with high profile public law challenges involving discrimination and abuses in immigration detention. He has also volunteered at the Islington Law Centre and Amnesty International. Boris holds a law degree from University College London.

Having been inspired to study law and pursue a legal career by his commitment to social justice, Boris joined Liberty to train as a solicitor at an organisation devoted to human rights and civil liberties.

Charlie Whelton, Policy and Campaigns Assistant

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.

Clare Collier, Advocacy Director

Clare Collier

Clare is Liberty’s Advocacy Director. She oversees 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, Clare was Legal Director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has specialised in human rights, equality, and public law litigation, advisory and policy work since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002.

Clare trained in private practice at the legal aid front line, mainly focussed on community care and asylum support cases. Subsequently she 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 she also worked with the UN treaty bodies, particularly the Committee Against Torture, and a number of partner organisations.

Clair Owen, Finance Officer

Clair Owen Liberty

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.

David Mulcahy, Communications Officer

David Mulcahy Liberty

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.

Blogs by David

Debaleena Dasgupta, Lawyer

Debaleena Dasgupta Liberty

Debaleena joined Liberty in 2015 after 10 years in private practice, having qualified as a solicitor in 2007.

She specialises in taking cases on behalf of people whose rights have been breached by police misconduct and in working for victims of sexual violence, whether committed by police officers or others.

Debaleena has brought challenges on behalf of women against the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for refusing to pursue allegations of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. She has also lodged several claims against the police arguing that the State has a duty under the Human Rights Act to properly investigate rape.

Blogs by Debaleena

Eleanor Rose, Investigative Journalist

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.

Eleanor came to Liberty to shed light on human rights in the UK. Her focus areas include detention and immigration; and mass surveillance in the public and private spheres, particularly facial recognition tech.

Emma Finch, Philanthropy Manager

Emma Finch Liberty

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.

Blogs by Emma.

Emma Norton, Head of Legal Casework

Emma Nortion Liberty

Emma manages our legal casework and undertakes a variety of human rights test cases across a range of areas.

She's one of our leading voices on soldiers’ rights, acting for three of the Deepcut families and the family of Corporal Anne-Marie Ellement. Emma also conducts much of Liberty’s surveillance litigation and represents a number of women who have been the victim of sexual crime and let down by the criminal 

Gracie Bradley, Policy and Campaigns Manager

Gracie Bradley Liberty

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.

Blogs by Gracie

Hannah Couchman, Policy and Campaigns Officer

Hannah Couchman Liberty

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.

Blogs by Hannah

Jack Barton, Media Officer

Jack Barton Liberty

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.

 

Jasmine Barzey, Development Assistant

jasmine Barzey

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.

Joseph Maggs, Policy and Campaigns Intern

Joseph provides support to the Policy and Campaigns team, having previously worked and volunteered as a researcher, campaigner and caseworker in grassroots organisations. Joseph joined Liberty because he admired its commitment to opposing discriminatory and harmful laws and policies that diminish people’s freedom.

Katharine Quarmby, Investigations Editor

Katharine joined Liberty as Investigations Editor in September 2019 to set up a new editorially independent investigative journalism unit. 

Katharine Quarmby is an award-winning writer and journalist. She was previously production, digital  and engagement editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She has worked in TV as an investigative journalist, and has written for the Economist, Guardian, Newsweek, Prospect and online platforms. She was the LSE Royal Literary Fund Fellow from 2014-2016. She has written three full-length non-fiction books on human rights violations, along with shorter fiction and non-fiction. Her non-fiction books include Hear My Cry, with the British Yemeni ‘honour’ violence survivor, Diana Kader (Hachette Poland, 2015), No Place to Call Home: Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies and Travellers, (Oneworld, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses award and Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People (Portobello Press, 2011), which won the International Ability Media Literature Award. In 2012 Katharine was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for campaigning journalism.

She is passionate about reaching new audiences for human rights journalism which she hopes the Liberty Investigates team will achieve with their reporting. 

Lara ten Caten, Lawyer

Lara ten Caten Liberty

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

Since qualifying as a solicitor, Lara has specialised in public law challenges against the Government and local authorities. Lara has represented some of the most vulnerable people in society, including migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, children and the disabled, forcing public authorities to abide by the Human Rights Act.

Lara has previously been a member of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel, and is currently a volunteer advocate at the First Tier Tribunal (Asylum Support). She has a Masters in Refugee Studies.

A Liberty member since her student days, Lara now assists migrants and all those who are victims of the Government's "hostile environment" policies as part of our Legal team.

Blogs by Lara

Laura Smith, Philanthropy Manager

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.

Laura Taborn, Finance and Operations Director

laura taborn

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.

Laurence Holmes, Digital Manager

Larry Holmes Liberty

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.

Martha Spurrier, Director

Martha Spurrier Liberty

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. 

Blogs by Martha

Megan Goulding, Lawyer

Megan Goulding Liberty

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.

Mina Patel, Finance Assistant

Mina Patel Liberty

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.

Mirren Gidda, Investigative Journalist

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.

Monique Bouffé, Advice and Information Officer

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.

 

Nadia O'Mara, Policy and Campaigns Officer

Nadia O'Mara Liberty

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.

Blogs by Nadia

Nicke Adebowale, Office Manager

Nicke Adebowale Liberty

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.

Olivia Percival, Advice and Information Officer

Olivia Percival Liberty

Olivia provides legal advice to members of the public and helps support our efforts to further public education on human right issues.

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 also volunteers with RightsInfo and the Colombian Caravana UK Lawyers Group, a charity which works to support human rights defenders in Colombia.

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.

Pippa Johnson, Development Director

Pippa Johnson Liberty

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.

Blogs by Pippa

 

Polly Edwards, Media Officer

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.

Rosie Brighouse, Lawyer

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.

Sam Grant, Policy and Campaigns Manager

Sam Grant, Liberty

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.

Blogs by Sam

Sarah Kingston, Philanthropy Manager

Sarah works with Liberty’s Trust and Foundation funders, giving them the opportunity to support our work. Previous to joining Liberty in 2018, Sarah worked in fundraising for a variety of youth and digital charities. She is a Trustee of The Pleiades Foundation – a Montana based non-profit that focuses on supporting those who work for a better environment, specifically in the Northern Rocky Mountain Region and the Pacific northwest of the United States.

Sarah joined Liberty to be part of an organisation that has played a key role in defending human rights in the UK for the better part of a century.