Our People

Patrons

The Lord David Ramsbotham

Lord Ramsbotham's distinguished military career included periods as Commander of the UK Field Army, Aide de Camp General to HM the Queen and Adjutant-General. He later served as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales.
Lord Ramsbotham sits in the House of Lords as a crossbench peer. He is Co Chair of the All Party Penal Affairs Group.
He was elected an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 2001, and is Trustee of the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS). He is also the President of UNLOCK, the national Association of ex prisoners.

Nick Hardwick

Nick Hardwick (born 19 July 1957) Was appointed Chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales in March 2016, prior to this he was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was appointed to that role in July 2010, replacing Anne Owers. Prior to this he was the Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a British organisation which claims to make sure that complaints against the police are dealt with effectively. He was appointed in December 2002. From June 1995 to January 2003 he was Chief Executive of the Refugee Council. From 1986 to 1995 he was Chief Executive of the charityCentrepoint.Born in Surrey, he currently lives in south London. He has a wife and two children.

Trustees

Raymond Bewry (Chair)

Ray is a qualified and experienced Social Services Occupational Health and Safety practitioner. He was appointed in 2000 by the then Prison Minister Paul Boateng, the first black cabinet minister, to serve as a member of  the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB). His appointment, the first black member to HMP Norwich IMB, caused controversy among his fellow Board members, who threatened (ineffectually) to resign en masse.

In 2006 he was approved as a local authority foster carer looking after teenage boys with challenging behaviour, many of them already caught up in the criminal justice system.
 
In 2010 he was elected Chair of Norfolk Foster Care Association (NFCA), one of the oldest foster care associations in the country. He has demonstrated the will and ability to challenge authority at any level, having recourse to the law if necessary, when they fail to uphold statutory, procedural or moral standards. In this he has achieved significant successes, some of which have established case law in the United Kingdom.
 
Genealogy is a constant and long-standing interest. In this connection he maintains one of the largest databases in the world on his family name. In 2002 he was able to establish the Jamaican link between his family tree and that of Vivien Marshall nee Burey the first wife and significant influence on Thurgood Marshall, one of the greatest civil rights attorneys in American history who later became the first black Supreme Court judge.

Ruth Hamman

Ruth is a Criminal Solicitor at Hodge Jones & Allen LLP. She has a particlar interest in youth justice. Her extensive career started back in 2005 when she interned for a legal charity in Texas which provided representation to people facing the death penalty. She then worked as a Criminal Paralegal at both Bulivant and Partners and Lawrence & Co Solicitors in London. At Lawrence & Co, Ruth worked in the Youth Department, exclusively with young people that came into contact with the criminal justice system. During this time she helped set up ‘Just for Kids Law’, a charity that represents young people that are in difficulty in both a legal and extra-legal capacity. Ruth then went on to spend a year as an Education Law Coordinator and Advocate for Just For Kids.

Jabez Lam

Jabez is a campaigner and co-ordinator for the Chinese immigration concern committee. He has campaigned for equal rights for over 30 years and has led various high profile family campaigns for justice. He is also the founder of the Chinese civil rights organization Min Quan. In his spare time, Jabez enjoys travelling, cooking and is a motorbike enthusiast. 

Zahir Mubarek

Zahir is a member of the Mubarek family and was 15 years old when his brother Zahid died. “I hope that the Zahid Mubarek Trust will help to make the prison system a safer place for offenders and ensure that this won’t happen again. It’s important that no one else goes through what Zahid and my family had to go through”. Now an employee for SwissAir, Zahir enjoys motor vehicles, playing competitve football and cricket.

Ian Paul

Ian Paul is a Project Manager within the Broadcast and Media division of Arqiva, the company behind for the Digital TV Switch-Over in the UK.  With a technical background, Ian has spent the majority of his career within IT and Telecoms managing large scale technical and business engagements for organizations such as O2, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Optus (Australia) and Singtel (Singapore).  Ian is married with two children and lives in Berkshire, and when he's not working he likes to coach his son's football team, road cycling, and playing guitar in a local band with other like-minded Dads.

Daniel Rubinstein (Treasurer)

Dan Rubinstein qualified as a solicitor in 1992; since then he has been chiefly involved in bringing claims against the Police for wrongful arrest false imprisonment,  assault and malicious prosecution. In 2000 he joined Imran Khan and Partners as a Solicitor and was a key member of the legal team which challenged The Home Secretary David Blunkett`s refusal to hold a Public Inquiry into Zahid`s death. The decision of the House of Lords to overrule the Home Secretary was unprecedented in English legal history and paved the way for many other successful challenges to unaccountable state authority.

He has also represented bereaved families in a number of Inquests into deaths in State custody and has represented prisoners in actions against the prison authorities for assaults on  prisoners by staff. Dan likes all sorts of music, travelling and old cars.