Our Trustees

Robert Brown

CHAIR

Robert Brown is a criminal litigator and advocate with 30 years experience in criminal justice.  Much of his international work has been done in Russia, including projects on juvenile justice reforms, exchanges of best practice and training for criminal defence lawyers.  He has been part of an international team of experts developing training guidance for lawyers and police officers across Europe.  He has also worked on law reform programmes in Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, East Africa, China and Syria.  Robert is Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, a past President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association, and a member of the Times Law Panel.

Martha Blom-Cooper

TREASURER

Martha is currently responsible for the strategic direction and future design of the criminal courts in England & Wales working with the senior judiciary and criminal jutsice agencies. Martha has over 20 years experience working in prisons, the Parole Board and the criminal courts in England & Wales, transforming services through operational and strategic leadership.  She has provided training and consultancy in relation to public protection, service improvement and selection and training of the judiciary in the UK and internationally.

Andrew Bernhardt

SECRETARY

Andrew Bernhardt worked as a Probation Officer for 22 years specialising in risk assessment and the management of high-risk offenders.  He has worked with prisoners and staff in over 60 prisons.  His international work includes training of Criminal Justice staff in Russia, Georgia, Albania and, currently, Armenia.  He has helped devise the syllabus for Masters courses on Social Work with offenders in Georgia and Albania and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire.

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC is a retired barrister who practised in public and administrative law in the UK and international courts for over 50 years.  He has been an active campaigner and advocate for Human Rights, including chairing the Howard League for Penal Reform and the National Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.  He continues to lecture and write extensively on human rights and penal policy.

Thomas Price

Tom Price QC was called to the Bar in 1985.  He commenced practice in 1988 after some time abroad, practising in civil and criminal litigation.  Subsequently he became a specialist in crime (both defence and prosecution ) and began specialising in defence work in 1995.  His practice covers all areas of criminal defence.  He became a  QC in 2010 and has been engaged in the most serious areas of criminal law, including murder and particularly white collar crime and serious fraud.  He has written and lectured extensively on legal matters both in the UK and abroad, including Tanzania and Russia.

John Harding

John Harding spent 37 years in the Probation Service.  His final post was Chief Probation officer for Inner London 1992-2001.  He was a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales 2001-2007.  He also served  as Visiting Professor in Criminal Justice Studies at Hertfordshire University from 2001 to 2009.  Between 2007 and 2012 he worked for the European Union as a criminal justice expert, principally in Russia but also in Turkey and Serbia and Georgia.  He is a trustee of Addaction, a major drug and alcohol treatment agency, and the Pen-optical trust.  He has written widely on alternatives to custody and community based sanctions.  He was awarded a CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2001.

Keith Davies

Keith Davies is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Kingston University, UK and currently leads the BA in Social Work programme.  He has extensive experience as a probation officer and also as a Senior Lecturer in criminal justice in higher education.  He has worked as a trainer for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in the UK and has led training courses for prison staff.  He has worked on a number of occasions as a trainer of criminal justice practitioners in the Russian Federation.  Keith has published on criminal justice matters and is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Probation.  He has edited two books published in 2015, the first on the Troubled Families Initiative and the second on Skills for Social Work Practice.

 

Citizens' Watch International

Citizens' Watch International is a UK registered charity dedicated to promoting access to justice where human rights are at risk, particularly in Russia and the former Soviet Bloc countries.

UK Registered Charity No. 1161837