Meet the Board

Ruth Breddal, Chair

Ruth Breddal, Chair

An Amnesty member for nearly 30 years, Ruth was elected to the Board in 2013 and elected Vice Chair in 2015. The Board elected her to be Chair in May 2016. Ruth is also Chair of her Amnesty local group, and has been for over 15 years. She is committed to promoting human rights through local activism. Ruth works as a Company Secretary and Director of a private company and has a background of volunteering in the health sector.

Hannah Perry, Vice Chair

Hannah Perry, Vice Chair

Hannah became an Amnesty member at university where she chaired the Cambridge University group and served on the Student Action Network Committee. She was elected to the Board in 2011, chaired the Activism Sub-committee (2013-15) and became Vice Chair of the Board in 2013-15. She was appointed Vice Chair again in 2016.

Hannah leads research projects in fragile states and developing countries for M&C Saatchi World Services – M&C’s social and behaviour change agency. She started her career at Deloitte before focusing on strategy, innovation and research at YouGov and FreshMinds. 
Meredith Coombs, Treasurer

Meredith Coombs, Treasurer

A supporter of Amnesty International since his student days. Meredith has extensive experience of finance and accounting in both the commercial and charity sectors. He was latterly Director of Finance and Shared Services at St. John Ambulance for eight years before retiring in June 2015. He was appointed Treasurer in 2016.

Jeremy Paul Allen

Jeremy Paul Allen

An active member of Amnesty for two years and a Country Coordinator for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since early 2013. Has attended two AGMs and successfully raised resolutions at both. Helped organise the 2014 Country Coordinator Conference and produced the South Asia newsletter for local groups. A member of the Wirksworth group, active in local campaigns and fundraising activities.

Cris Burson-Thomas

Cris Burson-Thomas

Cris has been a member of Amnesty for nearly 20 years having joined while a student at Leeds University, where he studied Economics. He was co-opted to the Board in 2011 to provide marketing expertise, and then elected to serve a second term in 2014.

Cris started his career in consumer market research before moving into marketing when working at Boots. He has lived and worked in several countries including US, Switzerland, France and Sweden, and is currently Head of Marketing Europe at Novartis Consumer Health.
Eilidh Douglas

Eilidh Douglas

Elected to the Board in May 2014, Eilidh is Chair of the Activism Subcommittee. Eilidh is also a School Speaker, and served on the Student Action Network Committee in 2012-13. She is a trainee solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna, with experience in dispute resolution and a keen interest in pro bono, having previously worked co-ordinating case work and project development at the Edinburgh Free Legal Advice Centre. She is also a Trustee of Equality Network, Scotland's national LGBTI equality and human rights charity.

Tom Hedley

Tom Hedley

An individual and Trade Union Network Committee member since 1980, Tom has served on the Board a lot in that time and was most recently elected in 2015. He is also Chair of the Trade Union Network Committee, and a member of the International Issues Subcommitee and Chairs Forum Steering Committee.

Tom worked for over 30 years in the Inland Revenue and served over 15 years on the National Executive of its Union.
Harrison Littler

Harrison Littler

Harrison was first elected to the Board in 2011, and again in 2014. He has chaired the International Issues Sub-Committee since 2012. He has also chaired the Exeter University Amnesty Group and the Student Action Network Committee. Harrison teaches economics at a secondary school, as well as designing and delivering teacher training for a nationwide provider of ITT.

Tracy Newton-Blows

Tracy Newton-Blows

Tracy was co-opted onto the Amnesty International UK Section Board with a specialist focus on Human Resources in November 2015. As part of her role, she is also the Chair of the HR Sub-Committee. A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development and with an MBA from the University of Bath, she has over 25 years of HR experience both within the UK and internationally. A committed advocate of human rights and an experienced trustee of both Childline Gibraltar and The Kindred Project, an education-based NGO - she brings a wealth of experience.

Tom Sparks

Tom Sparks

Tom joined the Board in May 2014. Tom has been actively involved with Amnesty since joining his School group in 2005. During that time Tom has been President of the Durham University Amnesty Group and has previously sat on both the Activism Sub-Committee, and the Student Action Network Committee (2013/14 academic year).

Tom is also a Schools Speaker. He is currently reading for a PhD in International Law at Durham University.

Lucy Blake

Lucy Blake

Lucy was co-opted to the board in September 2016 to provide expertise in the governance of organisations and human rights law. She is a Managing Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at Linklaters LLP, with a specialism in anti-bribery and corruption work. Her experience in human rights includes working in Texas on death row appeals and at Liberty, as well as acting on numerous pro bono human rights interventions and other appeals. Lucy is also the co-founder of a grassroots refugee crisis fundraising initiative and has spent time volunteering in refugee camps in Greece and Serbia.

James Lovatt

James Lovatt

James has been appointed to the Board in November 2016 to fill a vacancy on the Board for the Country Coordinator reserved seat. He has been a Country Coordinator since 2013 and has been the coordinator for both the China & East Asia, and South East Asia. Now having recently returned from researching human rights in the field in Burma, he has once again taken over the coordinating responsibility for China. James works in campaigning and communications, whilst currently undertaking a master’s degree in this field, alongside notable experience within the service organisation Rotary International.