Liberty team

Liberty team

Find out more about our team.

 

Cait Winter, Operations Director

Cait Winter Liberty

Cait leads our Operations team, which keeps the Liberty ship in working order. Cait joined Liberty in 2015 and oversees our finances, human resources, major events and infrastructure, while also providing support to the Executive Committee.

Cait started her career at the National Audit Office, qualifying as a chartered accountant while working across the value for money and statutory audit streams. She has also worked for the Treasury Select Committee in Parliament, as well as in humanitarian aid and criminal justice in the third sector.

Chloe Hough, Development Assistant

Chloe Hough Liberty

Chloe communicates with our members and supporters and supports the Development team in raising funds for our work.

Having previously worked in the art world, she wanted to apply her experience in an organisation committed to social justice.

In her spare time, Chloe is a silversmith and has contributed to the Journal of Whedon Studies.

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.

Claire Johnson, Senior Assistant to the Director

Claire Johnson Liberty

Before coming to Liberty, Claire worked in politics in Northern Ireland, and remains involved in the campaign for abortion rights in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Claire is a longstanding member of Liberty and joined us to play a more active role in our campaigns.

Corey Stoughton, Advocacy Director

Corey Stoughton

Corey leads our Advocacy team and supervises our legal, policy and campaigning work.

Before joining Liberty, she was senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama.

Corey also worked at the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she litigated on a broad range of US constitutional and human rights issues.

She has spent time as an adjunct clinical professor of law at New York University School of Law.

She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002 and the University of Michigan in 1998. Corey joined the Liberty team in order to continue to work on issues close to her heart after moving to the UK.

Blogs by Corey

David Mulcahy, Media Officer

David Mulcahy Liberty

After volunteering with Liberty in several roles, Dave joined the staff team in 2013 before moving into the press office 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

Donnchadh Greene, Advice and Information Officer

Donnchadh Greene Liberty

Donnchadh provides legal advice on a range of human rights issues to members of the public and co-manages Liberty’s legal advice line.

Before joining Liberty, Donnchadh worked as an asylum support assistant for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group supporting LGBTI refugees. He has also volunteered for various legal charities as a paralegal, including the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit and Just for Kids Law.

Donnchadh came to Liberty because of our dedication to fighting laws which prejudice the vulnerable and our commitment to changing the way people view their human rights.

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 justice system.

Emma is a qualified solicitor and has a background in prison law, mental health law and immigration detention work. She also sits on the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society.

Blogs by Emma

George Wilson, EU Law and Policy Specialist

George Wilson Liberty

George joined Liberty in March 2017 while finishing a doctorate in European labour law at the University of Leeds. His research has been published in academic journals and edited book collections, and he has presented his research internationally.

George is currently leading our response to Brexit, looking in detail at the potential implications for our rights and freedoms – and how best to make sure we leave the EU with our rights intact.

Blogs by George

Gracie Bradley, Advocacy and Policy Officer

Gracie Bradley Liberty

Gracie came to Liberty in July 2017 and leads our work to oppose the Government’s “hostile environment” policies on immigration.

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

Ian Browne, Advice and Information Officer

Ian Browne Liberty

Ian works as part of our Advice and Information team which assists members of the public on human rights issues.

He joined Liberty in 2016 after working at a social welfare advice centre in East London.

Blogs by Ian

Katie Bamber, Communications Director

Katie Bamber Liberty

Katie Bamber oversees Liberty’s external communications.

Before joining Liberty in 2014, Katie was part of the press and advocacy team of a leading national charity for girls and young women. She began her career as a translator and civil servant, before training as a journalist and working on newspapers in the North West and London.

Katie is particularly passionate about press freedom and challenging Government attempts to shut down transparency and accountability.

Blogs by Katie

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

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.

Laura Hickie, Campaigns Co-ordinator

Laura Hickie Liberty

Laura came to Liberty in 2010 with a background in publishing, marketing and events, on a mission to reinvent our annual Human Rights Awards.

She swiftly took on a wider campaigning role and now works in our Advocacy Team to plan Liberty’s campaigns and keep them on track.

Martha Spurrier, Director

Martha Spurrier Liberty

Martha is a human rights barrister. Before joining Liberty, she specialised in 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 a trustee of Medical Justice.

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 and stand up for people’s rights. Litigation is only part of the answer –and she loves being part of an ambitious campaigning organisation that has many different tools for achieving change.

Blogs by Martha

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. 

Miranda Bain, Operations Support

Miranda Bain Liberty

Miranda spreads her skills across multiple teams at Liberty. She co-manages our volunteer programme, assists the coordination of our legal advice service and provides administrative support to Liberty’s staff.

Prior to joining Liberty, Miranda carried out policy analysis and grassroots campaigning work for several women’s rights organisations. She is also a regular contributor to an online publication dedicated to women’s histories and recently trained as an Ask Me Ambassador for Women’s Aid to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

After her feminist training, she was keen to join Liberty to build her understanding of other human rights perspectives and how they interrelate.

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.

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

Rachel Robinson, Policy and Advocacy Manager

Rachel Robinson Liberty

Rachel She helps shape our policy and is an advocate for human rights in Westminster, Whitehall and beyond.

She specialises in promoting unity and equality in the face of divisive Home Office policies.

Before coming to Liberty, Rachel worked as an immigration barrister.

Blogs by Rachel

Sam Hawke, Advocacy and Policy Officer

Sam Hawke Liberty

Sam joined Liberty in 2015 after training as a barrister, completing pupillage in immigration and housing law.

He has a master’s degree in Law, focusing on human rights and constitutional law.

Sam works on policy development relating to the Human Rights Act, refugee law, freedom of information and other issues.

Blogs by Sam

Siân Nicholson, Philanthropy Manager

Sian Nicholson Liberty

Siân manages relationships with trusts and major donors.

Before joining the team in 2016, Siân worked at Spires, a small grassroots charity for homeless and vulnerable people in south London. She has a master’s in Welsh Politics and Society.

Having long been a campaigner for human rights, Siân joined Liberty to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people and work towards achieving social justice.

Silkie Carlo, Senior Advocacy Officer

Silkie Carlo Liberty

Silkie Carlo is our Senior Advocacy Officer. She leads our programme on Technology and Human Rights, advocating for the protection of rights in areas including state surveillance, new policing technologies, uses of big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online.

Liberty recently launched a landmark legal challenge to the mass surveillance powers in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

Before joining Liberty, Silkie provided technical training to journalists and lawyers at risk and worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund. 

Silkie is the co-author of Information Security for Journalists.

Blogs by Silkie

Sophie Armour, Media Officer

Sophie Armour Liberty

Sophie has a background in music journalism and political campaigning. She has long been a supporter of Liberty’s work defending free speech and freedom of the press.