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While our Board of Directors is the primary governing body for Amnesty International United Kingdom Section, it does not work alone. Subcommittees offer specialist advice in areas such as policy, human resources and finance.
Our subcommittees are:

Board members also participate in the Joint Consultative Committee with our senior management and union representatives.

Campaigns and Impact Sub-Committee (CISC)

The Campaigns and Impact Sub-Committee (CISC) is a new resource for the Board of AIUK.  It has the important task of helping to improve the effectiveness of our human rights and campaigning work at a strategic level.  It will provide support and scrutiny on monitoring, evaluation and learning across our campaigns, helping to maximise our impact throughout our body of work and within individual campaigns.

CISC sub-committee members

  • Cris Burson-Thomas
  • Jenny Ross
  • Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy
  • Mayur Paul
  • Celia Peachey
  • Paola Uccellari
  • Paul Dillane


  • Helen Horton 

Board Representatives:

  • Julia Pata
  • Rebecca Warren

Charitable Trust Representatives:

  • Helen Moulinos 
  • Shirah Mansaray

Read the Campaigns and Impact Sub-Committee Terms of Reference (PDF)

Activism Subcommittee

Activism is fundamental to achieving our goal of ending human rights abuses worldwide. The Activism Subcommittee exists to support the Board of Directors in monitoring and supporting the health, growth and impact of our activism in the UK.


  • Tom Chigbo – Chair, Board Representative 
  • Abigail Grant – Board Representative
  • Alexis Hatto - Regional Reps Representatives
  • Rhiannon Griffiths – Country Coordinator Representative
  • Julia Pata – Student Action Network Committee Representative
  • Maddy Stanford – Youth activists representative
  • Dave Beynon – Unreserved seat/Expert individual member post
  • Bob Barron – Trade Union Network Representative
  • Holly Shorey - Thematic Networks (LGBTI Network, Women’s Action Network and Children’s Human Rights Network)

Read the Activism Subcommittee's terms of reference (PDF)

Finance Audit and Risk Subcommittee

Ensuring our financial health is fundamental to enabling us to carry out our vital human rights work and, in a shifting economic climate, the Board often has to make important decisions in this area. The Finance Audit and Risk Subcommittee provides expert advice to the Board and Trustees - focussing particularly on the financial health of the organisation and any remedial action necessary.

The Finance Audit and Risk Subcommittee helps our finance team fulfil their responsibilities, including ensuring compliance with external regulation. It will also undertake specific project work such as auditing the efficiency of our fundraising activities or reviewing banking arrangements.

Read the Finance Audit and Risk Subcommittee's terms of reference (PDF)


  • George Ruiz
  • Jo Woods
  • Niels Pedersen
  • Martin Lunnon
  • Waseem Aslam
  • Meredith Coombs (AIUK Section Board)
    Board Representatives:
  • Hugh Sandeman
  • Rebecca Warren
    Charitable Trust Representatives:
  • Nick Vogelpoel
  • Deborah Charnock

Human Resources Subcommittee

The Human Resources Sub-Committee (HRSC) actively initiates, helps develop, monitors and evaluates strategic HR actions and policies that will enhance and embed our reputation as an employer, and enable us to recruit, develop, engage and retain the best staff, volunteers and Board members.

Read the Human Resources Subcommittee's terms of reference (PDF)


  • Helen Timbrell
  • Sarah Bond
  • John Murphy
  • Susan Jex
    Board Representatives:
  • Meredith Coombs
    Charitable Trustee Representatives:
  • Nicolas Patrick

Joint Consultative Subcommittee

We are a committed employer and staff well being is of upmost importance to us. The aim of the Joint Consultative Committee is to provide a forum in which our Board, Senior Management Team and Union can work together to ensure staff are managed in accordance with best practice, that they can work effectively for the benefit of the organisation, and that they maximise their own potential. They are not a sub-Committee of the Board as such but more a communications channel between the Union and Board.

The Joint Consultative Committee also ensures that we are complying with relevant legislation and identifies good practice in human resource management. In addition, the Committee has specific responsibilities to discuss our strategic plans and budgets, and also to receive reports on major organisational projects or changes at Amnesty more broadly.

The Committee is made up of a minimum of two members of the Board, two Union representatives and two members of our Senior Management Team. The Committee produces an annual report to the Board on employee relations.

Read the Joint Consultative Committee's terms of reference (PDF)

Nominations Subcommittee

Following a special resolution at the 2016 AGM, the Nominations Committee is now officially a subcommittee of the Board. It is important that the membership of our Board is diverse, and that it meets the skills and experience needed for the successful running of Amnesty UK. The members of our Nominations Subcommittee will help to ensure that these aims are achieved.

The Subcommittee makes recommendations to members on the skills and experience it considers needed by the Board. Where necessary, it also actively searches for members with such skills, and encourages them to stand for election.

In addition, the Subcommittee offers advice and recommendations relating to those members of Board Subcommittees who are not members of the Board.

The members of the Sub-committee are appointed by the Board and consist of at least three Directors or Individual members appointed by the Board.


  • Vinod Pachu
  • Sophie Ogunlesi
  • Verinder Kaur Poonian
  • Tom Harrison
    Board Representatives:
  • Susan Kerr
  • Emily Helsby
  • Charitable Trust Representative
  • Subo Shan

Read the Nominations Subcommittee's Terms of Reference (PDF)

Grants Sub-Committee (GSC)

The Grants sub-committee is a relatively new Sub-Committee of the AIUK Charitable Trust Board.  The purpose of the Grants Sub-Committee is to assist the Trustees of Amnesty International UK Section Charitable Trust in making decisions to approve the release of funds.  Their work includes ensuring that the appropriate degree of oversight is taken when assessing grant applications; reviewing and monitoring new and existing grants; assessing potential funders and approving the release of funds.


  • Joe Phillips
  • Rosie Chinchen
  • Tim Hancock
  • Nisha De Silva
  • Nic Patrick                     
    Charitable Trustee Representatives:
  • Nic Vogelpoel
  • Andrew Lines
Campaigns and Impact Sub-Committee Terms of Reference
Human Resources Sub-Committee Terms of Reference