The Board of Trustees

Dr. Frank Margison (Chair)

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.

Daniel Dayan (Vice-Chair)

Daniel Dayan is Chief Executive of Fiberweb plc, a manufacturing business with 2,000 employees working in 16 plants across 8 countries. He has eight years experience at chief executive level in two companies and prior to that, worked as director of corporate development, as a management consultant and as director of finance. He has been a committed supporter of Freedom from Torture for several years and has experience in volunteer fundraising

Simon Erskine (Treasurer)

Simon Erskine is a not-for-profit auditor and accountant with over 35 years experience of charities. He helped found specialist not-for-profit accounting firm Gotham Erskine which came top in the latest Charity Finance audit survey for commitment to charities and technical competence. A charity trustee for over 30 years he has been trustee of Freedom from Torture for over 20 years, and Treasurer for most of that time.

Melanie Essex

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

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

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.

Gillian Fawcett

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. She is also to be proposed to Board as Treasurer-elect and work alongside Simon Erskine, current Treasurer, for a handover period.

Raj Chada

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

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

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.

Lady Alison Kelly

Lady Kelly works for the Audit Commission as an inspector of local public services and as strategy advisor for governance and accountability, with particular responsibility for assessment of public body governance of equalities, diversity and human rights. She has extensive experience in adult and community education and advocacy for children with special educational needs. A long-term supporter of Freedom from Torture, she joined the Board in March 2008.