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Meet the AIUK Charitable Trust board members

Independent Trustees

Nick Patrick (Chair)

Nicolas is a human rights lawyer and partner at the global law firm, DLA Piper. Nicolas advises governments, NGOs and UN agencies, and also runs strategic human rights litigation on behalf of individuals. Nicolas has a particular interest in improving access to justice for vulnerable groups and has served on the board of many NGOs and legal aid organisations.

Amie Ibrahimi Brown

Amie joined the board as an independent trustee in March 2017. Amie brings specialist expertise in fundraising, marketing and communications having held a number of senior roles across both the charity and commercial sectors. Amie now works at Arthur London as Strategy Director where she advises on fundraising and growth strategies.

Andrew Lines

Andrew is part of Oxfam where he is Head of Continuous Improvement and a member of their Operational Management Group.  

He brings strategic expertise, linking long and short term objectives to budgets, corporate measurement and evaluation.  He has worked previously as a consultant for organisational development in the finance sector, as well as building leadership frameworks for FTSE 100s.

Andrew first became involved with Amnesty during the Get Up Sign Up campaigns in the 1990s, he has a particular interest in the right to life and the corrosion of rights through climate change. 

He lives with his civil partner and their children and cats in Oxfordshire.

Deborah Charnock

Deborah completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 1989 and has since worked in health education, research, and policy development in local government, academia, and international not-for-profit organisations. Most recently, she was Chief Executive of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine from 2012-17. 

Throughout her career, Deborah has had a special interest in personal and community engagement and empowerment, which she has also pursued through voluntary roles including founder member of the British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Liaison Group and prison literacy support work. She also served as a Non-Executive Director with NHS Eastern & Coastal Kent from 2006 to 2012 where she championed patient safety, service user involvement and corporate and clinical governance. She has published widely for academic and public audiences on a range of health and social issues. 

Deborah is also a qualified piano accompanist and regularly works with performers and students in her local community. 

Deborah has been an active Amnesty Supporter since 1985.

Nic Vogelpoel

1st term: August 2016
Role: FARSC subcommittee

Nic Vogelpoel is a leader in the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions. He joined the Trust board in August 2016 and serves on the FARSC subcommittee. He holds a PhD in Public Health. He has held strategic appointments focused on linking insights and evidence with action for leading government and philanthropic foundations; senior management and operational positions focused on scaling and implementing health programs in complex settings; and developing impact measurement and management systems for assessing the success of initiatives. Nic draws on his broad experience in non-government organisations and charities, philanthropic organisations and foundations, universities and government. He has led teams designing programs, evaluations, impact frameworks and linking insights and evidence with action for Wellcome Trust, World Economic Forum, and UK Research and Innovation.

Nisha De Silva

1st term 11 July 2020
Role: Grants Subcommittee

Nisha joined the board in July 2020. She is a civil servant and is currently the Head of Commercial Analytics at the Ministry of Justice. She has a PhD in Operational Research and has worked across a number of sectors including the public sector, academia, and the oil and gas industry. She was part of the founding team of the Global Disaster Information Network established under a United Nations resolution, a global network of technology and specialist resource that is mobilised when disasters occur around the world. As a scientist she has published her research discoveries on designing spatial decision support systems extensively and has implemented evacuation systems using this technology.

Nisha is passionate about social justice and has focused her recent efforts in central government to improving value for money in public sector investment in the delivery of justice. She has a keen interest in astronomy and space exploration, and a thirst for discovery and knowledge of the unknown. Nisha was born in Sri Lanka and has lived her life in several countries and considers herself a citizen of the world.