TRUSTEES

Rosa Curling
Rosa is an international and UK human rights and public law solicitor. She has advised, and led litigation, on issues as wide ranging as freedom of information, privacy, anti-bribery, EU law, torture, immigration and refugee law, modern day slavery, right to life, right to death, welfare benefits, access to education services, death penalty, access to health services, the rule of law, international aid, unlawful detention, climate change and environmental law.
She has a BA in Anthropology and a Masters in Human Rights. Before becoming a solicitor, she worked at Liberty, the European Roma Rights Centre, ChildLine and the British Institute of Human Rights. She joined Leigh Day as a trainee in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007.
She is also currently a member of the EuroMed Working Group on the Freedom of Assembly and Association, Chair of Trustees at the charity, Platform, a consultant for the Consultation Institute and one of the founding directors of the NGO, Observe.

Professor David Peters MB ChB DRCOG DMSMed FLCOM
David is a Clinical Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster where he directs the Centre for Resilience. The Centre is researching ways of measuring resilience, researching it and improving it through biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotion and self-care. http://www.centreforresilience.co.uk
His clinical work (as a musculoskeletal physician) is informed by his time in general practice as well as by osteopathy, acupuncture and body-oriented psychotherapy. He has particular interest in health problems where resilience has broken down (including PTSD), or where pain and fatigue overlap, and in aspects of self-care for long-term conditions (for which he developed the online Self Care Library) http://selfcare-library.info Since the early 1990s He has led on a series of projects evaluating non-pharmaceutical treatments in the NHS. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework he was awarded a 4 star rating for his impact on this field of work. He is Editor in Chief the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.   http://www.bhma.org/pages/journal.php

Jess Mills
Jess Mills is part of the core team of Help Refugees, a UK Charity which has become the largest grass roots distributor of aid across Europe’s refugee camps in Greece, France, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon since its creation in 2015.
Help Refugees works where governmental and non-governmental bodies can (or will) not, filling the gaps and offering vital services and emergency aid to those affected by the global refugee crisis. They identify the most effective grass root groups, local people, individual volunteers and refugees themselves providing them with funding and support. The charity’s advocacy concentrates on both the macro and micro issues, with a particular focus on unaccompanied minors.

Laura Griffiths
Laura Griffiths has a Masters degree from the UN University for Peace, where she read International Conflict and Peace Studies. Upon graduating she has worked directly in the field, monitoring conflicts and recording Human Rights violence in India, Syria and Turkey. More recently she has run a NGO in the UK providing intervention in anger management and confliction resolution in prisons. She then became a consultant specialised in integrating project development, management and fund-raising. She made her first venture to Calais in the summer of 2015 to distribute some sleeping bags. After her 3 day trip, Laura realised there was potentially a legal solution for some of the children living in the camp and she didn’t want to focus on just providing aid to make their lives more comfortable, but highlight the fact they had a legal right to be transported to safety elsewhere. Through a series of extraordinary events, Laura connected to lawyers at Bhatt Murphy and Islington Law Centre and the amazing Community Organising Refugee Welcome Team at Citizens UK. Alongside this, and with the support and commitment of refugee leaders in the Calais camp, brought the Safe Passage project to fruition. Before this team had intervened, no children had been brought legally to the UK to be reunified with their families from France to Britain. Now in 2017, Safe Passage now hires 18 full-time staff and has directly facilitated the transfer of more than 150 children and opened routes that have seen more than 1,000 children reunited  into the arms of their loved ones from more than 3 countries. Laura is delighted to be on the trustees board of an organisation where she is able to offer direct field experience as well as vital expertise in scaling up projects and program management. Through her work at co-founding Safe Passage, she has realised the vital importance of a warm welcome and a fair hearing for children arriving in the UK and is committed to being a trustee of a charity that has the best interests of these children at its heart.

Chris Coffey ACCA MAAT Trustee
Chris is a Chartered Certified Accountant and member of the Association of Accounting Technicians. Originally trained as an auditor, working with a multitude of commercial and not- for-profit organisations, he has since specialised in estate planning and manages his firm’s private client trusts. He is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Away from the office Chris is a bona fide lover of running, competing regularly for his home town club in Lewes. In 2018 he completed the London Marathon, raising money for a youth education charity in the process. He also enjoys singing with a local community choir.

Andrew Holloway
Andrew is an enthusiastic designer and maker of things. Having completed an apprenticeship with a traditional terracotta manufacturer, he then went on to complete a BA in Ceramics at Farnham. He then ran a well respected studio pottery with his wife for seven years, before retraining as a carpenter. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in design and manufacturing. He is passionate about the built environment and good design as a means to improve the quality of life for all.
Andrew is currently the owner manager of a carpentry business manufacturing timber framed structures for houses, barns, schools, halls etc. See www.greenoakcarpentry.co.uk
Andrew believes being of service and giving something back to others is important. In this regard he is also a trustee of the Lewes New School, a small Independent School delivering a unique and compassionate approach to the education of our children.

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