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Who we are

Staff

Maurice Frankel photographMaurice Frankel has worked for the Campaign since it was set up in 1984 and has been its director since 1987. He previously worked on access to environmental and safety information issues for the corporate accountability group Social Audit. He drafted the successful Private Members’ Bills which became the Access to Personal Files Act 1987, the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988, the Environment and Safety Information Act 1988 and the Access to Health Records Act 1990. He was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Group on Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and the Commonwealth Group of Experts whose Freedom of Information Principles were adopted by Commonwealth Law Ministers in 1999. He received an OBE for services to open government in 2004.

Katherine GundersenKatherine Gundersen is the Campaign’s research officer. She joined the Campaign in 1999 and was closely involved in its efforts to improve the Freedom of Information Bill. She gained distinctions in the BCS Certificates in Freedom of Information and Data Protection. She is the author of a chapter on Freedom of Information in ‘Unlocking Democracy: 20 Years of Charter 88‘ (Politicos, 2008). Before joining the Campaign, she worked in the constituency office of Estelle Morris MP.

 

Board

Russell Levy photographRussell Levy (chair) is a senior partner at law firm Leigh Day and is head of the firm’s leading clinical negligence department. He is a regular commentator on clinical negligence and civil law reform in the media and heavily involved in those issues. Russell has previously served as Honorary Secretary of the Clinical Disputes Forum, on the Civil Justice Council Clinical Negligence and Serious Injury Committee, and various Lord Chancellor’s Department/ Ministry of Justice, Association of Personal Injuries Lawyers and Action Against Medical Accidents committees. He is a Trustee of the Africa Educational Trust.

 

Tom Barns is currently Strategic Development Coordinator at Campaign Against Arms Trade. He has previously worked managing fundraising campaigns for several of the UK’s largest charities, and as a campaigner at ActionAid raising awareness of the impact of international tax avoidance. He has also had articles published on various topics related to civil society and international relations. Tom holds a master’s degree in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

 

Jonathan Bloch studied law at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He was politically involved in South Africa in the worker and student movement and remains active in human rights circles in the UK. From 2002 until 2014 he chaired the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, one of the largest scholarship awarding organisations in South Africa. He was a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey 2002-14. He has co-authored several books on intelligence. He owns and runs a worldwide financial information business across four continents.

 

Andrew Lownie was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh before going on to the College of Law. He has been a journalist, publisher and since 1988 run his own literary agency. He is the author of biographies of the writer John Buchan and spy Guy Burgess and a forthcoming life of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. He is a former committee member of EnglishPen, the President of the Biographers Club and a former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.

 

Neil McIntosh photographNeil McIntosh has been a director of the Campaign since it was established in 1984 and was its longstanding chair until 2014. Before retiring, he was the Chief Executive of the CfBT Education Trust, a top 50 UK charity providing education services for public benefit in the UK and internationally. He was previously Director of Voluntary Service Overseas and before that Director of Shelter.

 

 

James Michael photographJames Michael is a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the University of London Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He was the editor of Privacy Laws & Business’s International Report until 2011. He wrote ‘The Politics of Secrecy‘ (Penguin 1982) and ‘Privacy and Human Rights‘ (UNESCO 1995), and was special advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Freedom of Information Bill in 1999. He has degrees from Northwestern and Georgetown universities in the US, the London School of Economics and Stockholm University, and has taught in the UK, Sweden, Nigeria, and South Africa.

 

Frances Rafferty is a journalist and has worked for newspapers including the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Mirror and Times Educational Supplement, as well as for a range of publications, including women’s magazines, as a freelance. She edited the education journal 14-19 Skills Bulletin. She was the media affairs officer for the TUC’s unionlearn and now works for the National Union of Journalists, campaigning for press freedom.

 

Heather Rogers photoHeather Rogers QC practises as a barrister at One Brick Court. She specialises in media law, human rights and public law. She has been involved in many key cases in defamation and privacy/breach of confidence, from the “Spycatcher” litigation [1990] 1 AC 109 HL (breach of confidence in relation to information about the security services), through the Esther Rantzen and Elton John appeals [1994] QB 674 and [1997] QB 586 CA (limiting jury awards of libel damages) to Flood v Times Newspapers (the “Reynolds” defence) in the Supreme Court [2012] UKSC 11, [2012] 2 AC 273. She is co-author of Duncan & Neill on Defamation (4th edition). She appeared in the Supreme Court for the British Humanist Association, intervening in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice & R (AM) v DPP [2014] UKSC 38 (law relating to assisted suicide).

 

Katie Thompson is communications director at OVO Energy, leading strategic communications for the progressive energy brand. She has held senior communications roles at Guardian News & Media, both in London and New York, amplifying the Guardian’s award-winning journalism and commitment to openness, transparency and speaking truth to power. She previously led communications for Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and directed PR and reputation management campaigns for organisations including Google, Facebook and the Scout Association while working at Portland Communications. She holds a degree in Politics from Bristol University.

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