Dr. Frank Margison is a consultant psychiatrist specialising in psychotherapy. He works in Gaskell Psychotherapy Centre for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, and also works independently preparing reports for the Family Court on parenting. Until recently he was medical director of the Trust with responsibility for clinical governance and risk management. He has been involved with Freedom from Torture for some years and was involved in setting up the Freedom from Torture North West centre in Manchester.
The Board of Trustees
Gillian Fawcett is Head of Public Sector Policy at ACCA Global, was a member of the Audit Commission on implementation of the Human Rights Act, previously Senior Fellow at the Office for Public Management, and has been Trustee of Legal Action Group. Gillian will become a member of Finance Committee.
Michael Johnson worked in General Practice for 30 years , latterly in a Practice with a selected clientele comprising largely asylum seekers many of whom had been tortured. He has educational experience as a post graduate Tutor for General Practitioners and as a GP trainer. He gained experience of organisational governance as a Governor of Pennine Care Foundation Trust and as a Lead Fundholding Practitioner. Michael has experience in Clinical Governance through his work as a panellist for the General Medical Council and as an assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service
Claire-Louise is a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and lecturer with experience of working with children, young people and adults in a variety of sectors. She has a particular interest in conflict, violence, trauma and abuse and how the impact of any resulting inter-generational cycles can be thought about and addressed through local and national policy. Claire-Louise has taught extensively in this country and abroad, and is currently Programme Director of the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at IATE (validated by UEL). She is a national Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Women’s Organisation and Leader of the Opposition in Camden. She has also recently been appointed as Chair of the Ethics Committee at the Institute of Group Analysis. She has board level experience as a Governor of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and as Vice-chair of the British Association of Art Therapists. She will be a member of the Clinical Governance Committee.
Sanjeev Gupta has held senior fundraising management positions with various NGOs including SOS Children’s Villages International, Médecins Sans Frontières and Amnesty International. In the UK his experience includes managing large-scale individual fundraising programmes for Cancer Research Campaign and British Heart Foundation. He has contributed to raising an estimated £250M over the last 18 years. He has previously been a Trustee of MedicAlert Foundation and personally raised over £60,000 for various causes via running marathons and other sporting activities. He joined the Board in March 2015 and is a member of the Finance Committee.
Rebecca is a criminal barrister based in London. Before moving to London she worked as a human rights lawyer. Based in Egypt, she ran a strategic litigation programme spanning North Africa. She also lived and/or worked in countries including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Tajikistan and Qatar. Many of her cases have involved complaints of torture and state mistreatment. Rebecca will be a member of the Policy Committee.
Melanie Essex worked at the BBC for 23 years, where as Executive Editor, BBC News, she ran Outreach projects, including BBC News School Report,Democracy in Action and Schools Question Time. She was an Executive in BBC Learning and prior to that had a wide range of other media experience including being Political Producer on Newsnight. We have agreed Melanie will join Policy Committee.
Serge Eric has experience in industry in implementation and testing of software and electronic systems and telecommunication systems, both in Africa and in the UK. He has also worked in Citizens Advice Bureau as a volunteer and Gateway Assessor. He has worked extensively as a volunteer in Freedom from Torture since 2007 and led on setting up Service User Groups and establishing the programme of work in "Survivors Speak Out". Serge Eric will become a member of Policy Committee.
Neil Serougi worked at a Board level in the NHS for 10 years primarily focusing on ICT implementation, but previously has been a Probation Officer and held office as Secretary of West Midlands Association of Probation Officers, and has also worked on the West Bank and Gaza as a volunteer with UNRWA. Neil is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council. Neil has agreed to be on the Finance Committee.
Raj Chada is a lawyer with wide experience including working in Human Rights under Article 10 and right of free speech. He previously worked for Amnesty International as a lawyer, and was an intern in the Loyola Death Penalty Resource Centre. He has been Leader of Camden Council and Executive Member for Housing prior to becoming leader. He has extensive knowledge of the NHS also been a Non-exec Director at the Royal Free Hospital. Raj is to be a member of Clinical Governance Committee.
Dick Oosting is chief executive of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a think tank focusing on EU foreign policy. His many years of experience working in human rights and refugee organizations in different countries started in the 1970s when he co-ordinated Amnesty International’s first campaign against torture. Prior to joining ECFR in 2009 he spent ten years in Brussels heading Amnesty’s EU office and managing the Europe programme of the International Centre for Transitional Justice.
Peter Atfield is Interim HR Director at Forum for the Future. Prior to that his roles included being HR Director at Amnesty International's International Secretariat for 14 years, and for CLIC Sargent and ChildLine for about seven years each. He was chair of the Charities HR Network 2011-12. He has been chair and a member of a number of boards, governing bodies and committees in the voluntary and community sectors in Harrow.
I am delighted to be a trustee at FfT. My own family’s experience and my personal and political convictions mean I am passionate about the work of this important organisation. I have been a trustee since 2008. I lead on service user involvement and take a particular interest in good governance across the organisation. I was employed in senior roles in public bodies for many years, working with families with children with special needs, managing all the services to children and young people in an inner London borough and then in the Audit Commission where I became Head of Governance. I am now a Labour councillor in Camden, where I chair the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee. I live in Camden, and am an active school governor and grandparent.