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Staff

Chief Executive

  • Andrea Coomber

    Andrea Coomber QC (Hon.)

    Chief Executive

    Andrea was Director of JUSTICE from 2013 to October 2021, where she shepherded significant growth in the size and clout of the organisation. Between 2002 and 2013 she was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS, litigating strategic cases before regional human rights courts. She previously worked at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and at the South Asia Documentation Centre in New Delhi. She is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia. Andrea has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an LLM (Dist.) from the London School of Economics. She sits on the advisory panels of several human rights organisations and is a trustee of BAILII. Andrea is an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple and an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds. Since 2019 she has served as a Lay Member of the House of Lords Conduct Committee. In 2022 Andrea was appointed Queens Counsel (Honoris Causa) for making a major contribution to the development of the law in England and Wales.

Executive Management Team

  • Andrew Neilson

    Andrew Neilson

    Director of Campaigns

    Andrew Neilson is the Howard League’s Director of Campaigns. He has directed a number of inquiries on a range of issues for the Howard League, from topics such as sex in prison to former armed service personnel in the criminal justice system. Prior to joining the Howard League, Andrew worked in government communications.

  • Anita Dockley

    Anita Dockley

    Research Director

    Anita Dockley is responsible for developing the charity’s research capacity, forging links with academics and universities, funders and partner organisations. Her own research interests include suicide and self-harm in prisons, women in prison and order and control in the prison environment. She has been appointed a user member of the Research Excellence Framework 2021 sub panel for social work and social policy, and held the equivalent role in 2014 REF exercise on the law sub panel. She is the managing editor on the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. She is a honorary visiting fellow in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. She is also a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee.

  • Euginia Lolomari

    Euginia Lolomari

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Euginia Lolomari is responsible for finance, administration and business development. She leads on finance, resources, membership and personnel issues.

Staff Team

  • Adriana Matrigiani

    Trainee Solicitor

    Adriana joined the Howard League in January 2022 as a Justice First Fellow. She works with the solicitors to provide advice and representation to children and young adults in custody and in the community on a variety of prison and public law issues.

  • Ana Rosenthal

    Caseworker

    Ana works with the legal team to provide casework and administrative support, including answering the advice line and responding to queries on behalf of children and young people.

  • Anna Spencer

    Senior Caseworker/Trainee Solicitor

    Anna works with the Legal Director to provide advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including prison conditions and treatment cases, resettlement, adjudication and parole.

  • Barbara Norris

    Events, Website and Publications Manager

    Barbara organises the charity’s events from conception to delivery, as well as manages the website and the marketing of publications.

  • Catryn Yousefi

    Catryn Yousefi

    Programmes Manager

    Catryn Yousefi has managed several projects for the Howard League including the Citizenship & Crime project for 10 years, working with 20,000 children in schools across the country. She manages the Community Programmes Awards which celebrate the country’s most successful community projects encouraging desistance from crime. She also manages the Commission on Crime and Problem Gambling, scheduled to run for three years and will aim to answer the following questions; what are the links between problem gambling and crime; what impact do these links have on communities and society; and what should be done?

  • Claire Salama

    Claire Salama

    Managing Solicitor

    Claire jointly manages the Howard League’s legal service which provides advice to children and young people aged 21 and under on a range of prison law and community care law issues. She has a particular interest in child lifers.

  • Dr Helen Churcher

    Research and Project Officer

    Helen works to develop, disseminate and promote the charity’s research activities, liaising with stakeholders, academic networks and early career researchers. Her research activities include monitoring safety in custody statistics, and developing and conducting the research activities of the Commission on Crime and Gambling Harms. Helen compiles and edits the ECAN bulletin and is working to develop the network. She also assists with the organisation of research events, including the Howard League’s international conference. She has a PhD in history and has previously worked in education.

  • Dr Molly Corlett

    Policy and Public Affairs Officer

    Molly is responsible for policy and public affairs work in the campaigns team, including drafting consultation responses, monitoring parliamentary and policy developments, and collaborating with the legal and membership teams to make sure that the campaigns work reflects what is happening in prison. Molly recently led on the Howard League's response to the Prisons Strategy White Paper and is currently helping the charity to review and develop its evidence base. She previously worked on youth justice policy in the Howard League's legal team and at a crime and justice consultancy.

  • Lorraine Atkinson

    Lorraine Atkinson

    Senior Policy Officer

    Lorraine leads on our work on women, including providing secretariat support to the APPG on Women in the Penal System. She has previously worked on our inquiry into suicide prevention and the Commission on Sex in Prison, aiming to bring about change through engagement with those who work in the criminal justice system.

  • Marie Franklin

    Marie Franklin

    Solicitor

    Marie works as a solicitor providing advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including resettlement, adjudications, recall and parole.

  • Maya Ward-Lowery

    Legal Administrative and Project Support Officer

    Maya supports the work of the legal director and the rest of the legal team. She is responsible for legal administration and helps the team to deliver its project work. She previously worked for Duncan Lewis and has a degree in German and Spanish.

  • Philip Goring

    Philip Goring

    Finance and Administration Officer

    Philip works in the corporate services team with responsibility for design and production of our publications. He provides administrative support to the team.

  • Poppy Cubbage

    Membership and Projects Officer

    Poppy focuses on supporting and developing our membership base and helps to organise events to showcase Community Awards winning projects.

  • Rob Preece

    Rob Preece

    Campaigns and Communications Manager

    Rob has worked on some of the charity’s most successful campaigns, including Books For Prisoners, which overturned government restrictions on prisoners receiving books from family and friends. A trained journalist, he engages with decision-makers and gives media interviews and presentations about the charity's work.

  • Sinead MacCann

    Sinead MacCann

    Managing Solicitor

    Sinead jointly manages the Howard League’s legal service which provides advice to children and young people aged 21 and under on a range of prison law and community care law issues. She has a particular interest in the rights of care-experienced children in the criminal justice system.

  • Sophie Lumsden

    Sophie Lumsden

    Membership Development Manager

    Sophie Lumsden is responsible for the Howard League's membership.

  • Steve Gallant

    Development Support Officer

    Steve joined the Howard League in January 2022 and works as a fundraiser within our corporate services team, developing our work with trusts and foundations, corporates and individual donors. Having served the minimum term of a life sentence, Steve has lived experience which is invaluable to our work. Whilst serving his sentence, Steve acquired a large number of mentoring and representative roles, supported and advocated the wellbeing of his fellow prisoners, co-wrote, directed and performed in plays and taught an introduction to law and legal research by Cambridge University-based charity Learning Together. In August 2021, Steve was released early from prison after being given a Royal Prerogative of Mercy in recognition for his heroic actions on London Bridge during a terrorist attack.

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