Our Boards of Trustees are responsible for the governance and overall strategic direction of the British Institute of Human Rights. Our Board is led by our Chairperson, Sir Nicolas Bratza, esteemed UK lawyer and former President of the European Court of Human Rights.  Our Trustees bring a depth and breadth of expertise with extensive backgrounds domestic and international human rights law, policy and practice. BIHR’s day-to-day activities are delivered by our well-respected staff team, under the leadership of our experienced Director, Stephen Bowen.


Trustee Board

Chair of Board: Sir Nicolas Bratza

Esteemed UK lawyer and former President of the European Court of Human Rights

Vice Chair: Jane Gordon

Independent human rights barrister, Fellow at the London School of Economics and co-founder of Sisters for Change

Treasurer: Rosalyn Parker 

Director of Corporate Services at Amnesty International UK

Imran Khan

Founding member of Imran Khan & Partners Solicitors, known for his representation of the family of Stephen Lawrence.

Stephen Pittam 

Retired Trust Secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

Paralympian, Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords, and broadcaster

Alan Wardle

Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the NSPCC

Staff Team

Director: Stephen Bowen
Stephen has 25 years’ experience as an international human rights practitioner, and has held a number of senior appointments with international organisations and the United Nations, including: Amnesty International UK; the United Nations Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina; the International Human Rights Law Group; and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Stephen is currently the Visiting Professor of Human Rights Laws at Queen Mary, University of London and co-Director of the Human Rights Collegium, in conjunction with the School of Law. 

Deputy Director: Sanchita Hosali
Sanchita is a recognised expert in human rights and equalities law, policy and practice, with over fifteen years of working both in the UK and internationally. As Deputy Director at BIHR Sanchita oversees operations and manages the delivery of BIHR’s education, outreach and information services, with a lead role in policy and campaigning. Sanchita has a particular expertise in addressing violence against women from a human rights perspective. She has been an academic researcher, worked as a freelance researcher, and lead policy and strategy development at other organisations. Sanchita holds an LLM Human Rights Law and an LLB in Law.

Senior Human Rights Officer: Helen Wildbore
Helen has over 12 years’ experience of working on human rights and equality in the third sector and academic settings. Helen leads on BIHR’s mental health and human rights projects with advocacy and service providers (funded by the Department of Health), as well as our research and policy work on the Human Rights Act and ECHR. Helen was previously the researcher for the LSE’s Human Rights Futures Project, headed up by Professor Francesca Klug. Helen holds an LLB in Law and an LLM in Human Rights Law.

Human Rights Officer: Amina Hussain
Amina joined BIHR in 2015 as an Assistant Human Rights Officer, becoming a Human Rights Officer in 2016. She works across BIHR’s policy and practice work, with particular focus on the delivery of the CQC programme. She previously worked as a Research Assistant for the Law Commission. Prior to this, she graduated from Queen Mary University of London with an LLM in Human Rights Law where she focussed her studies on children’s rights. During this time, she was also an intern at BIHR and Kids Company, working on a project looking at the child protection and mental health systems, which was funded by the Centre for Social Justice.

Executive Officer: Chris Curry
Chris provides support for BIHR's central services, working closely with our Director, to ensure the smooth running of our core operations. Chris also provides research support for BIHR’s policy and programme’s work, developing and maintaining BIHRs knowledge base. Chris previously worked as legal officer at Rights Watch (UK) working on policy, advocacy and training work related to ensuring that UK acts in a rights respecting manner with regards to involvement in conflict and counter terrorism. Chris holds a MA in Human Rights from UCL and a BA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University.

Digital and Fundraising Support Officer: Natasha Fagelman 
Natasha coordinates BIHR’s fundraising activities and provides support for digital, online and communications work across BIHR’s projects and programmes. Natasha joined us from Disability Rights UK where her work focused on business development and supporting the organisation’s digital presence, improving reach and engagement. She also brings experience of working directly with disabled people to ensure research and online tools reflect their lived experience and support needs. Previously, Natasha worked in marketing within the technology industry. Natasha holds a BA in Classics from Oxford University and an MA in Gender and Culture from Leeds University.

Administration and Events Assistant: Jasmine Powell
Jasmine provides administrative support across BIHR. She provides seamless logistical support for the 100+ capacity-building, awareness raising, engagement and consultation events BIHR delivers each year. Jasmine brings a range of office-based and customer service experience, having temped extensively, including in galleries and hospitality settings. Jasmine holds a BA in Hospitality Leadership and Management from Leeds Beckett University.

 

Volunteers 

BIHR is regularly assisted by our fabulous volunteers. We advertise volunteering opportunities here. During the summer we run a special placement scheme exclusively for law students at Queen Mary University London, which kindly provides us with offices.