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Chief Executive

  • Andrea Coomber

    Andrea Coomber KC (Hon.)

    Chief Executive

    Andrea was appointed Queen's Counsel (Honoris Causa) in 2022 for making a major contribution to the development of the law in England and Wales. She joined the Howard League in 2021, having previously worked at JUSTICE, INTERIGHTS, 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.

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Executive Management Team

  • Andrew Neilson

    Director of Campaigns

    Andrew leads on the charity’s policy, public affairs, and communications. He previously worked in government communications, has an MSc in voluntary sector management and is a trustee of the Poetry Society.

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  • Anita Dockley

    Anita Dockley

    Research Director

    Anita is managing editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, a Perrie Lectures Committee member, and an honorary visiting fellow at the University of Leicester.

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  • Euginia Lolomari

    Director of Finance and Operations

    Euginia leads on finance, resources, membership, and personnel issues. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and politics and a certificate in charity accounting. She is active in her local church and local community.

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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 is a trainee solicitor in the legal team. Anna works with the solicitors 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, adjudications, parole and resettlement.

  • Catryn Yousefi

    Programmes Manager

    Catryn has managed several projects, including the 10-year Citizenship & Crime project, the Howard League Community Awards and the Commission on Crime and Gambling Related Harms.

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  • Claire Salama

    Claire Salama

    Managing Solicitor

    Claire jointly manages the Howard League’s legal service, providing advice and representation to children and young adults on a range of prison, public and community care law issues. She co-hosts a legal advice show with National Prison Radio.

  • 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. She has a PhD in history and has previously worked in education.

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  • Katie Logue

    Katie Logue

    Communications Coordinator

    Katie joined the communications team in 2022. Before this she led FLIC's communications, evidencing the need for trauma-informed approaches and system change to improve the lives of people experiencing multiple disadvantage.

  • Lee Brown

    Lee Brown

    Operations Coordinator

    Lee is inspired by the movement for progressive penal reform, and hopes for a society that is fairer, happier and safer, with fewer people locked up.

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  • Leela Jadhav

    Leela Jadhav

    Policy Officer

    Leela works in the campaigns team, and is the lead for our new programme on reducing racial disparities in youth justice.

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  • Marie Franklin

    Marie Franklin

    Solicitor

    Marie is a solicitor in the legal team. She provides advice and representation to children and young adults on a variety of public and prison law cases including prison conditions, resettlement, adjudications, sentence appeals, recall and parole.

  • Maya Ward-Lowery

    Legal Administrative and Project Support Officer

    Maya works as part of the Legal Team, supporting its legal and project work and providing administrative support. She previously worked as a support worker in a psychiatric hospital. Maya has a degree in German and Spanish.

  • Noor Khan

    Noor Khan

    Press and Public Affairs Officer

    Noor joined the Howard League in 2022 after previously working as a consultant for a firm specialising in policy and public affairs, helping small charities and NGOs achieve policy change.

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  • Poppy Cubbage

    Legal Administrative and Project Support Officer

    Poppy works as part of the Legal Team, supporting its legal and project work and providing administrative support. She previously worked with Howard League members. Poppy has a degree in Social Policy.

  • Rob Preece

    Rob Preece

    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. He was formerly a journalist.

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  • 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

    Development Manager

    Sophie leads on fundraising from trusts, foundations and individuals. She manages our membership and leads on strategy to develop our member base. Sophie has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 15 years and has a diploma in fundraising management.

  • Steve Gallant

    Development Support Officer

    Steve works as a fundraiser, and he has lived experience which is invaluable to our work. In 2021, he was released early from prison after being given a Royal Prerogative of Mercy in recognition of his heroic actions on London Bridge during a terrorist attack.

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  • Tim Kerr

    Membership Officer

    Tim joined the Howard League in June 2022, and is our membership officer. As a recent prison leaver, he is keen to expand our prisoner membership base, to give a voice to those still inside. Outside of work, Tim runs for an athletics club, competing in races nationally.

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