PoC is fortunate in having committed and experienced directors of our corporate trustee, Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund (Trustee) Limited (Co. No. 07690599). The trustee board meets quarterly, is fully involved in the key decisions affecting PoC and is actively involved in every application for assistance by prisoners of conscience.
David Lock QC (Chair) – David is a practising barrister at Landmark Chambers, London. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench and Family Divisions. He is a public law specialist and is the Legal500 Public Law QC of the year. He acts in cases concerning human rights, healthcare rights and in a variety of governance matters relating to public bodies. David has had a varied career, having served as a councillor, Member of Parliament, Government Minister and has chaired national public bodies such as the Service Authority of the National Criminal Intelligence Service. He has served as a member of the Board of a major NHS Trust and chaired the Board of the Birmingham Science Park for 5 years from 2013 to 2018. He has been married to Bernadette, a medical doctor who specialises in supporting victims of torture, for 35 years and they have 3 adult children, all of whom are pursuing their own interesting and varied careers. David and Bernadette are both keen cyclists and regularly take time out from their busy careers for extended cycling trips, which are recorded on their blog www.decade2australia.org.
Diba Alikhani – Diba is a women’s rights activist from Iran, now living in the UK. She was born in Kurdistan of Iran and had most of her career and education in Tehran. Diba worked with women and children since the age of 17. Since then and throughout her education, starting at Tehran University, she became aware of the notion of inequality. While in Iran she started an independent organization for supporting women- named “Jamea ye Zanan” meaning “Organization to support Women and Children. It was the first institution of its kind in Iran. After obtaining two master degrees in psychosocial studies and clinical psychology, Diba started to work as a therapist in the UK.
Jonathan Taylor – Jonathan is a chartered accountant employed by a ‘Big Four’ accountancy firm in London where the majority of his work focuses on the audit of tax disclosures in the accounts of multinational groups. He has an undergraduate masters degree from the University of Oxford.
Keith Davis – Keith is a qualified accountant and has spent most of his career working on value for money in the public sector. He is currently Director of environment value for money studies at the National Audit Office (NAO), and has previously led the NAO’s work on international development. He has worked in senior communications roles at the NAO and in HM Courts and Tribunals Service. He is a serving magistrate.
Mandira Sharma – Mandira is a lawyer and human rights defender from Nepal. For the last two decades, she has been working to promote human rights in rule of law in Nepal and in the Asia region. She co-founded Advocacy Forum in 2001, Nepal’s trailblazing organisation of human rights lawyers advocating for human rights and rule of law. Leading a team of more than 120 lawyers and HRDs working in AF from 2001-2010, she became the leading voice against impunity for gross violations of human rights in Nepal. She has done her Ph.D. from the University of Essex, UK. Her research includes transitional justice and accountability. She has also earned L.L.M. (Master of Law) from the same university. Mandira Sharma works as a Senior International Legal Adviser, taking responsibility for South Asia and Myanmar at the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). She is also the Chair of the Asian Alliance Against Torture and continues to Advise Advocacy Forum.
Dr Roger Harrison – Roger has long experience in management and international business gained mainly in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. On completing his doctorate in cancer therapeutics, he first spent ten years in research management, before moving into a business career which focused on identifying important medical innovations, and moving them from the laboratory into routine clinical use. He has worked in the UK, USA and continental Europe, has built and led several skilled international teams, and has served on corporate executive management boards. He has extensive experience in high-value commercialisation of important new therapeutics, spanning development and marketing, contract negotiation, and the operation of the large trans-national partnerships often needed to bring major, first-in-class medicines to market.
Michael Morrison- Michael is an experienced digital consultant, currently working with a cutting-edge technology and marketing firm in Glasgow. He is a Knowledge Transfer Associate through InnovateUK, and works closely with the University of the West of Scotland, to leverage academic insight and research in industry. Michael also guest lectures at the university, sharing lessons learnt from many high profile digital projects and campaigns he has worked on over 15+ years in digital.
Nora Mbagathi– Nora is a Kenyan-German lawyer with experience working in human rights in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. She is currently a Strategic Litigation Officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative in London, an Initiative which uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights. She has previously worked for Reprieve, a non-profit organization of international lawyers who fight for victims of extreme human rights abuses. Here, Nora worked primarily on cases in Africa, aiding clients on death row in a number of East African countries.
PoC benefits from the support of many distinguished patrons:
Lady Brooke, Lynn Carter, Lucy Chandler OBE, Dame Judi Dench DBE, Lady Antonia Fraser DBE, Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC, Kurt & Caroline Jackson, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Neil Latchman, Caroline Moorehead OBE, Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, The Hon Jonathon Porritt, Lord Puttnam CBE, Rev Dr Nicholas Sagovsky, Sir Tom Stoppard OM, Zoë Wanamaker CBE.