Who are we

Chair and Executive Director – Matthew Turner

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Matthew is a solicitor specialising in commercial disputes, but has a broad experience of public interest and human rights work. Having spent a year in Texas defending death row inmates, he has a particular interest in the rights to life and to a fair trial, as well as international human rights. Matthew has also worked at Liberty and volunteered for a wide range of charities, including Amicus, Fair Trials International, Age Concern Birmingham, Working Chance, and Together for Shorter Lives. He studied law at the University of Nottingham and the University of Texas at Austin.

Non-Executive Director – Andrew Noakes

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Andrew has worked for Amnesty International, Save the Children, and as an independent human rights investigator in West Africa. His particular interests include privacy, digital rights & technology, and security & human rights. He studied at Cambridge and King’s College London.

Non-Executive Director – Simon Sapper

Simon has 30 years’ experience as a senior national trade union official in the postal, telecommunications, and facilities management sectors. He has served on government and industry regulatory bodies associated with legal services, media, and local government. He is currently a member of Liberty’s Executive Council and a trustee of both Unions21 and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Simon also runs the Loudshirts blog and tweets at @simonsapper.


Non-Executive Director – Ailar Hashemzadeh
Ailar has worked for a range of charities, NGOs (including LCHR) and for an MP. She specialises in public affairs and campaigning. As the daughter of a political refugee, her interests include human rights, civil liberties, the environment and issues of gender. She studied at Birmingham University and the University of Manchester.


Non-Executive Director – Thomas McNeil 
Tom is the Strategic Adviser to Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner in the West Midlands: advising on policy, strategy, law and operations. Before his current role, Tom was working as a qualified lawyer, specialising in charity law, after a stint working in commercial practice. Tom also has considerable experience working with the third sector and with public services, outside of his main job. He has also stood in two general elections for the Labour Party

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights Ltd is a private company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Company number: 08647264. Registered office: 66 South Street, Taunton, England, TA1 3AF. We are a not-for-profit organisation.