Our staff and trustees

We are currently seeking two new Trustees, please see here for more details.


To contact individual staff members, replace [at] with @.

Tony Bunyan (Director Emeritus)

Tony is an investigative journalist and writer specialising in justice and home affairs, civil liberties, EU state-building and freedom of information. He has been Director of Statewatch since 1990 and jointly edits Statewatch News. He is the author of The Political Police in Britain (1977), Secrecy and Openness in the European Union (1999) and The Shape of Things to Come (2009) and edited The War on Freedom and Democracy (2005). He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

  • Email: tony [at] statewatch.org

Chris Jones (Executive Director)

Chris has been working for Statewatch since 2010 and has been Project Director since 2016. He specialises in issues relating to policing, migration, privacy and data protection and security technologies. He is the author of the reports Data Protection, Immigration Enforcement and Fundamental Rights; Market Forces; and Back from the battlefield: Domestic drones in the UK.

Jane Kilpatrick (Researcher)

Jane began working with Statewatch in April 2019 on the project 'EU justice and home affairs agencies: transparency, accountability and fundamental rights'. She is responsible for leading our research on Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and related topics. Jane has experience as a freelance researcher on a range of fundamental rights issues and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

  • Email: jane [at] statewatch.org
  • @JaneVKP

Yasha Maccanico (Researcher)

Sean Burke (Volunteer)

​Sean joined Statewatch in 2011 to provide administrative support to the staff team and the Board of Trustees, taking responsibility for day-to-day financial and administrative management and providing project management support. He has significant experience gained from working in local government.

Following his retirement in September 2020, Sean agreed to stay on as a volunteer to support the staff during the transition process following Tony Bunyan's retirement.

  • Email: sean [at] statewatch.org

Yurema Pallarés Pla (Volunteer)

Yurema joined Statewatch in January 2020 as an intern and continues to collaborate as a volunteer in the areas of research and communications. She holds a MA in the EU and the Mediterranean from Complutense University of Madrid. She is interested in pursuing a research career in the areas of migration and asylum in the EU, human rights and the MENA region.

  • Email: yurema [at] statewatch.org


Ann Singleton

Paddy Hillyard

Victoria Canning

Fiona Godfrey


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