CEO Keith Best, patrons and trustees

Keith Best, Freedom from Torture's CEO

CEO - Keith BestKeith Best became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Freedom from Torture in 2010. He joined the organisation from the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), where he worked as Chief Executive for 16 years, until 2009. A barrister and former Member of Parliament, he has previously been named in the Society Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public services in the UK. He was formerly Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Wales and Director of Prisoners Abroad.

Freedom from Torture patrons

Freedom from Torture patrons bring many talents to their support for the charity. From advocating on behalf of survivors to lending their public profile to endorse fundraising appeals, they are instrumental in raising awareness of torture and its impact.

Julian Barnes, Rex Bloomstein, John le Carre, Nick Hornby, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Baroness Glenys Kinnock of Holyhead, Hanif Kureishi, John McCarthy CBE, Dame Helen Mirren DBE, Michael Palin CBE, Sir Simon Rattle CBE, Ruth Rendell CBE, Professor Sir Nigel Rodley KBE, Juliet Stevenson CBE, Archbishop Emeritus Dr Desmond Tutu.

Freedom from Torture trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Freedom from Torture. The Trustees individually represent different skills and experience in clinical services, law and accountancy, management, fundraising, policy and audit and evaluation necessary for the setting of objectives and monitoring performance. Management of the organisation is delegated to the Chief Executive.

Read more about who out trustees are and what expertise they bring to their roles.