BHRC elects an Executive Committee, led by the Chair, every two years to lead on the policy, strategy and delivery of our work. They are supported by an Advisory Board, two Project Officers (Job Share), and a part-time Project Administrator.

Executive Committee members contribute their substantial expertise pro bono to produce BHRC publications and statements, lead fact-finding missions, collaborate with local partners, and represent the Committee to the media, external organisations and the public.

Following each election, members of the Executive Committee then elect specific Office Holders, who hold additional responsibility for leading the work of the organisation as a whole.



BHRC’s 2022-23 Executive Committee


Stephen Cragg QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Co-Vice Chairs

Gráinne Mellon

Garden Court Chambers

Aswini Weereratne QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Office Holders

Jodie Blackstock

Treasurer, Garden Court Chambers

Jo Cecil

Secretary, Garden Court Chambers

Dr Theodora Christou

Membership Secretary, LSE / QMUL

Executive Members

Haydee Dijkstal

33 Bedford Row

Zimran Samuel

Doughty Street Chambers

Bill Bowring

Birkbeck, University of London

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh

Matrix Chambers

Diana Constantinide

33 Bedford Row

Louise Price

Doughty Street Chambers

Kate Stone

Garden Court North

Pete Weatherby QC

Garden Court North

Soraya Bauwens


Michael Ivers QC

Garden Court Chambers

BHRC Advisory Board

BHRC’s Advisory Board is made up of previous BHRC Office Holders, senior members of the Bar and the judiciary, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or service to the field of human rights. Members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the BHRC Chair, following consultation with the Executive and a majority vote.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

House of Lords, Doughty Street Chambers & IBAHRI

Christine Chinkin CMG FBA

London School of Economics and Political Science & Matrix Chambers

Kevin Jon Heller

University of Amsterdam & Australian National University

Kirsty Brimelow QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Mark Muller QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Peter Carter QC

Doughty Street Chambers

Schona Jolly QC


BHRC Project Team

BHRC’s Project Team consists of two Project Officers working in a Job Share arrangement, and a Project Administrator. To get in touch with any of BHRC’s Executive Committee or a member of the Project Team, please email us.


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