Claire is a Non-Executive Director of Media for Development and a member of the UK Advisory Board of Board Apprentice, and formerly a Non-Executive Director of Sports Direct International plc and Retro Classics Fund, as well as being a Co-Chair of Amicus. Prior to building her non-executive portfolio, her most recent executive role was as Group Director, Corporate Affairs, responsible for the company’s sustainability and communications activities, and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at Rexam PLC, a leading global beverage can maker (acquired by Ball Corporation in 2016). Prior to that she was a member of the Management Committee of international tobacco company Gallaher Group Plc (acquired by Japan Tobacco in 2007) where she was responsible for investor relations and Group planning. Claire has also gained corporate experience in various consulting roles, including as co-founder of an investor relations consultancy in the mid-1990s, and at Laing & Cruickshank. She began volunteering for Amicus in 1993, became a Trustee in 2001 and Co-Chair in 2006.
Jo is Assistant General Counsel for Dispute Resolution with the BP Group. She is based at BP’s headquarters in London and handles material high risk disputes globally, as well as advising on contentious risk at the Group level. Jo trained and qualified at Slaughter and May and also practiced as a Dispute Resolution specialist at Herbert Smith before joining BP’s Dispute Resolution team in 2003. Prior to this she studied Mandarin Chinese at St. John’s College, Oxford University and spent several years as a commodity trader specialising in Chinese commodities before becoming a lawyer.She has considerable experience in human rights law and advises on human rights issues in the business context, as well as having a longstanding commitment to providing fair representation for those facing the death penalty. She was one of the founding directors of the Andrew Lee Jones Fund (now Amicus) and is now Co-Chair of Amicus. She is also a trustee of the Caribbean Capital Cases Trust and has represented a number of Caribbean death penalty prisoners in their appeals to the Privy Council.
Hannah is a UK attorney (solicitor-advocate) working within the Florida Center for Capital Representation (FCCR) in Miami, USA. She previously practised criminal and public law in the UK and spent time in the Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oregon working on capital cases. More recently, she spent time working in South-East Asia and the Middle East focusing on similar types of work. She has worked with the United Nations, European Union, foreign governments and local legal teams to provide effective assistance to those facing the death penalty around the world. Hannah is a former Amicus intern and committee member responsible for Amicus trainings. She has sat on the charity’s intern interview panel and assisted with its casework. She has also helped to write a number of amicus curiae briefs to the US Supreme Court where international law has been relevant.
MARK GEORGE QC
Mark is a barrister, bencher of Inner Temple and Head of Chambers at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester where he specialises in criminal law. For the last two-and-a-half years he has been representing 22 of the families involved in the Inquests of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989. In 1998 he assisted two local attorneys working on a capital murder case awaiting trial in Lamar County, Texas. He has been involved with Amicus for over fifteen years. A regular speaker at the training sessions in London, he also writes articles on death penalty law and procedure in the United States for the Amicus Journal. Each year he speaks at a number of universities and law colleges about the work of Amicus. He has helped to write a number of amicus curiae briefs to the US Supreme Court where comparison with the law of England & Wales has been relevant.
Trustee and Company Secretary
Robert joined Amicus as trustee in 2017 after being shocked at the level of legal support received by many of the prisoners on death row. Robert works for IKEA where he is responsible for customer experience process design, he has held various other positions in the company, including two years as UK & Ireland Treasurer. He is a qualified accountant, having trained in industry with a FTSE 100 plc. Robert also sits on the London regional committee for the Charted Institute of Management Accountants.
Trustee and Treasurer
Heather is a chartered accountant, currently working for Duff and Phelps in their Disputes and Investigations team as a forensic accountant. Heather trained and qualified in the charity audit department of a London based accountancy firm and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales. Prior to this, she studied Art and Design at the University of Leeds. Heather developed an interest in the US Justice System through listening to the podcast Serial and joined Amicus as a trustee and treasurer to help ensure justice is fair for everyone, regardless of their circumstances.