Defending the
Human Right
to a
Fair Trial

Our Staff

JAGO RUSSELL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Jago imageJago has been the Chief Executive of Fair Trials since September 2008. Before joining Fair Trials, he worked as a policy specialist at the human rights charity Liberty and worked as a Legal Specialist in the UK Parliament, assisting the Human Rights, Home Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Select Committees. Jago is a qualified solicitor and has published and lectured widely on a range of criminal justice and human rights issues.


London

CLAIRE DIXON

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

DSC02217Claire is responsible for developing relationships with funders at Fair Trials, including Trusts, Foundations and Corporate Givers. Before joining Fair Trials, Claire worked at the Howard League for Penal Reform in their development team and in the fundraising departments of the Prisoners’ Advice Service and British Red Cross. She has an MSc in International History (Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation) from the London School of Economics and studied History at Goldsmiths.


ADELIS GONZALEZ

PROJECT COMPLIANCE OFFICER 

adelisAs Project Compliance Officer, Adelis coordinates all the restricted grants for Fair Trials. In addition,she is also the main contact for all the partners and deals with any administrative matters. Adelis previously worked for Merlin, a medical NGO, in their finance department where she gained relevant experience in the charity sector.


LIBBY McVEIGH

LEGAL AND POLICY DIRECTOR
 

Libby manages all of Fair Trials’ legal and policy activities, including research, training, litigation, advocacy, network coordination and casework. Libby is a qualified solicitor with a wide range of human rights law experience. Before joining Fair Trials, she established and managed the Anti-trafficking programme at the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, worked as a Legal Officer at The Equal Rights Trust and was a Litigation Solicitor at Refugee and Migrant Justice.


ALEX MIK

CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

DSC05324As Campaigns and Communications Manager, Alex is responsible for Fair Trials’ core communications. Working with the Chief Executive, Alex also helps to develop Fair Trials’ public campaigning activities and coordinates public campaigns. Before joining Fair Trials, Alex worked for the Azerbaijan Migration Center in Baku, and for a busy solicitors’ practice in North London.


BRUNO MIN

LEGAL AND POLICY OFFICER

Bruno works on various aspects of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work, and he coordinates the assistance we provide to criminal defendants across the world. Before joining Fair Trials, Bruno gained experience at a number of charities and organisations, including the UNHCR, and he worked as an advocate and caseworker at a leading London firm specialising in asylum and human rights.


ROSALYN SALMON

OPERATIONS MANAGER

As Operations Manager, Ros provides logistical and administrative support to all members of the Fair Trials team and enables the charity to run its operations effectively. In addition she also supports the Director of Finance and Operations in maintaining the organisation’s financial records and has recently gained a certificate in book-keeping.  Ros has a background in administration management within the Business Advisory sector.


CHARLOTTE STEVENS

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Charlotte is responsible for developing and managing Fair Trials’ relationships with funders. Her background is in law – having trained as a solicitor she moved into the human rights and development sector. Previous roles include running the pro bono brokerage programme at Advocates for International Development and managing Amref Health Africa’s Global Charity Partnership with Allen & Overy LLP. She has a BA Hons in English Literature from Newcastle University, and studied law at BBP College of Law.


MIKE WORTHINGTON

Mike WorthingtonDIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Mike joined Fair Trials in June 2017 as Director of Finance and Operations. He is a qualified chartered accountant. Mike has spent most of his career working in listed and privately owned international publishing and information groups. This included roles as CFO of Wolters Kluwer U.K.  and, immediately prior to joining Fair Trials, as Deputy CFO of The Economist Group.


Brussels

RALPH BUNCHE

REGIONAL DIRECTOR – EUROPE

Ralph leads Fair Trials’ engagement in Europe.
He joined Fair Trials from the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, where he managed a 34-person team responsible for human rights and the rule of law, including the right to a fair trial. As a lawyer, Ralph worked for O’Melveny & Myers and Hausfeld on competition, financial fraud and human rights litigation. He has also served as the legal advisor to Liberia’s Minister of Finance and as a campaigns officer for the Global March against Child Labour.


MAIREAD AUDOUNET

FINANCE OFFICER

Mairead manages the Brussels offices’ finances and deals with EU grant submissions administration. She has held a variety of positions in European NGOs and associations in Brussels, in sectors ranging from disability, health and patient representation to poverty relief. In Dublin, she worked as an evaluator for the European Social Fund and the Rehab Group. Mairead holds a business degree and a post-graduate in social and vocational rehabilitation.


GIANLUCA CESARO

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

GianlucaGianluca manages the Brussels offices’ campaigns and communications. This includes dealing with media relations, leading on public events and engaging with key networks to build up the office’s public profile as an effective and respected hub of expertise on fair trial rights in Europe. Before joining Fair Trials, Gianluca worked for other human rights organisations based in Brussels, including the European Roma Information Office and the Open Society European Policy Institute.


JONATHAN EWING

RESEARCHER

A Researcher for Fair Trials, Jon is responsible for leading its efforts to research and document systemic and individual violations of the right to a fair trial. Jon’s background is as a journalist, previously serving as a Supervising Editor of the International Desk of The Associated Press, following various postings in East Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to joining Fair Trials, Jon was based in Sweden investigating and documenting the involvement of multinational corporations in human rights violations around the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.


SILVIA LORENZO PEREZ

LEGAL AND POLICY ASSISTANT

Silvia supports the legal and policy work of Fair Trials in Brussels. Before joining Fair Trials, she gained experience working and volunteering for several human rights NGOs in Cambodia, Spain and the UK. Silvia completed a degree in Law at the University of La Laguna (Spain) and an LLM in International Human Rights Law at Brunel University London (UK).


TZENI VARFI

LEGAL AND POLICY OFFICER

Tzeni works on various aspects of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work. Prior to joining Fair Trials, she led legal research at ICF International for various DG Justice and DG Home projects. Tzeni also worked at the European Forum of Restorative Justice (EFRJ), where she was the lead trainer of judges and prosecutors and coordinated an EU-funded project. She is a qualified lawyer and she holds a LLM degree in European Legal Studies from College of Europe.


Washington, D.C.

REBECCA SHAEFFER

SENIOR LEGAL AND POLICY OFFICER

Rebecca works on various aspects of Fair Trials’ legal and policy work. Rebecca is a member of the Bar of Pennsylvania, has a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and has worked in many countries including the USA, Ecuador, Guatemala, South Africa, Zambia, and Egypt. Before joining Fair Trials, she worked as a defence investigator on a federal capital case in the USA, and as a research fellow at Human Rights Watch.