Maurice 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 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.
Russell 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.
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.
Neil 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 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.
Heather 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  1 AC 109 HL (breach of confidence in relation to information about the security services), through the Esther Rantzen and Elton John appeals  QB 674 and  QB 586 CA (limiting jury awards of libel damages) to Flood v Times Newspapers (the “Reynolds” defence) in the Supreme Court  UKSC 11,  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  UKSC 38 (law relating to assisted suicide).