The Public Law Project is a registered charity. Our trustees are unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring we properly discharge our role as a charity, meet our legal obligations and set our strategic direction.

Jonathan is the founding Chief Executive of VoiceAbility, a leading national rights and voice organisation, at the forefront of advocacy and participation services.

Bringing extensive governance experience, Jonathan was the board chair of SHP (the Single Homeless Project), a major provider of support services and accommodation to homeless people and people at risk of social exclusion. He oversaw the development and performance of organisation’s strategy to multiply its social impact.

Jonathan was appointed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as chair for national guidance recommending system change to better respect the human rights and support the well-being people with learning disabilities. Jonathan has played an influential role shaping social care, mental capacity and mental health law and policy, including leading work to secure a major expansion of statutory rights to advocacy through the provisions of the Care Act.

Bryan spent 25 years as a solicitor and now works in a rights based workers’ co-operative which seeks to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of different communities. He was Director of Personal Legal Services at Simpson Millar LLP and his work covered a range of areas including education law, community care, Court of Protection, public law, employment and litigation. His work as a solicitor has covered both legally aided casework and representation and also representation for trade union members. Bryan has studied at Ruskin College on the International Labour and Trade Union studies course with a particular interest in labour rights and human rights in Colombia and the UK. He is a member of the National Committee of Justice for Colombia. Bryan was previously a member of Birmingham City Council and also chaired Birmingham District Citizens Advice Bureau. 

Richard works for sustainable development NGO Forum for the Future, managing the global financial planning for an organisation that has offices in London, Mumbai, Singapore and New York. He is a chartered accountant, having completed his ACA qualification with PwC, spending the first six years of his career there. He has been with Forum for a two years and has a keen interest in helping charities structure their funding and cost base in the most strategically effective way to allow them to reach their goals and in optimising systems and processes to ensure charities can operate with the best possible balance of compliance and agility.

Andrew is a partner at Fieldfisher LLP specialising in UK and EU public, regulatory and trade law and has advised a wide range of Governments, companies, trade bodies and NGOs.  Andrew previously spent 13 years as a Government legal and policy adviser, working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU.  Andrew spent his last two years in Government as the Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office and as the first General Counsel to the Prime Minister, working under David Cameron.

Sarah worked for Greenpeace both in the UK and globally for over 20 years, and created their legal strategy, which lead to a number of high level public law challenges in the UK and abroad.  She was the International Campaign Director for Amnesty International, and served as a Board Member for English Nature and Natural England.  Sarah works as a consultant to NGOs and as a coach and mentor to senior level campaign and management staff.

Renata has over 20 years’ experience in the UK and international NGO sectors as a fundraiser and project manager. Her sectoral interests are social and environmental justice, particularly refugee and minority rights. She spent a number of years working in Central & Eastern Europe with Greenpeace, Amnesty and UNHCR among others, and is a former trustee and treasurer of Amnesty International Hungary. She is currently the Head of Business Development at Refugee Action in London, where she leads a team responsible for major grant partnerships and data insight.

Outside of work, Renata has a Masters degree in International Relations from Cambridge and another in film editing from the National Film & Television School; her interests include film, photography and the study of traditional shamanic practices.

Carien Rai is a leading entrepreneur, specialist in national and international business development and former UK Government consultant. She is a rising author and keynote speaker of Leadership and Lean Business Practices providing consultancy to public and private sector CEOs in innovation development, regional economic development, and formation of international partnerships.

As Co-Founder of The Outreach Group, Carien Rai is committed to drive economic growth, by working with the Government and prominent leaders to de-risk, enable and support innovation and business transformation, while unleashing private sector investments in health and law. She is a business leader with strong communication, relationship building and political skills she has a track record of business development, organisational growth and securing commercial opportunities. As a member of UN Women UK, she is an advocate for gender diversity in the board room to improve equality across all areas in representation, promotion, and equal pay.

Carien Rai has had a distinguished career, one that has seen her receive awards in Leadership and Women’s Business Awards recognising her as a trailblazer across International footprint, with lived-in and demonstrated experience of Product Invention, Business Scalability, SME’s, Start Ups and Angel Investments. In 2023 her career steps have taken her to Public Law and Organisational Forensics as part of Public Policy and Law Reform commitments. 

Harbi is enthusiastic about organisational growth, people, and supporting senior leaders by creating diverse income streams. Harbi is the Head of Development at The London Community Foundation; through good philanthropy and partnerships, he uses his knowledge and expertise to convene donors to invest in charitable organisations working to overcome the issues affecting London. Harbi joined us to bring his fundraising expertise to the board. Harbi has also worked in the refugee sector, working for charities like Refugee Action, leading the development and strategic planning of their corporate income and partnerships. Harbi is passionate about having a strong and diverse civil society that tackles disadvantages, and believes that the work of The Public Law Project is vital in achieving this in the UK.

Ravi is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, with a particular expertise in a range of areas involving regulatory and commercial disputes, including EU and competition law, public law, environmental litigation, data protection, sports law, and international human rights law.

Simon works at ClientEarth, the global environmental law NGO, where he is responsible for leading their global operations. Previously he worked for over 21 years in a variety of senior leadership roles in the global law firm of Clifford Chance, advising senior management on operational management and business development. Simon was also the Secretary to Partnership Council where he was responsible for oversight on governance and risk management as well as establishing and then leading the firm’s corporate foundation and responsible business initiatives which focused on access to justice.

Simon has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Masters in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment from Cass Business School.