Our staff and trustees

Staff

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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 was Director of Statewatch 1990-2010 and edited Statewatch News (1999-2010). 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 Member of the Council of the Institute of Race Relations, a Lifetime Member of the National Union of Journalists and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. The position of Director Emeritus in Statewatch is a life-time appointment.

  • Email: tony [at] statewatch.org

Chris Jones (Executive Director)

Chris has been working for Statewatch since 2010 and in September 2020 was appointed as Executive Director by the board of trustees. He specialises in issues relating to policing, migration, privacy and data protection and security technologies.

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

Trustees

Jonathan Bloch

Jonathan Bloch studied law at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Economics. He was politically involved in South Africa in the worker and student movement and remains active in human rights circles in the UK. From 2002 until 2014 he chaired the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, one of the largest scholarship awarding organisations in South Africa. He was a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey 2002-14. He has co-authored several books on intelligence. He owns and runs a worldwide financial information business across four continents.

Victoria Canning

Victoria Canning is senior lecturer in Criminology at the University of Bristol. She has spent over a decade working on the rights of women seeking asylum, specifically on support for survivors of sexual violence and torture with NGOs and migrant rights organisations. She recently completed an ESRC Research Leaders Fellowship focussing on harmful practice in asylum systems in Britain, Denmark and Sweden, and the gendered implications thereof. Vicky has experience researching in immigration detention in Denmark and Sweden, as well as Denmark’s main deportation centre. She is currently embarking on a study of torture case file datasets with the Danish Institute Against Torture which aims to create a basis from which to better identify and thus respond to sexual torture and sexualised torturous violence with refugee survivors of torture more broadly.

Nick Fielding

Nick Fielding is a writer and traveller. He was Senior Reporter on The Sunday Times, where he covered the aftermath and implications of the 9/11 attacks, reporting from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Far East. Prior to that he was Chief Investigative Reporter of the Mail on Sunday, where he worked on many international stories, and a reporter for The Independent. He has published books on the workings of Britain’s domestic intelligence service, MI5, and on the detailed planning for the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

For six years Nick edited Asian Textiles, a magazine which covers the history and ethnography of textiles. He continues to travel extensively, mostly on horseback, over long distances in Central Asia, Mongolia and Siberia.

In November 2015 he published South to the Great Steppe: the travels of Thomas and Lucy Atkinson in Eastern Kazakhstan 1847-52, about the Victorian-era explorers, Thomas and Lucy Atkinson. He also writes a blog about the Atkinsons called Siberian Steppes. In September 2020 his book Travellers in the Great Steppe: from the Papal Envoys to the Russian Revolution (Signal Books) was published and in December 2020 that was followed by the Selected Writings of Chokan Valikhanov (CUP), which he edited. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Ros.

Nadine Finch

Nadine was a member of the Statewatch contributors group for a number of years and also previously a trustee. She was a human rights barrister between 1992 and 2015 and an Upper Tribunal Judge from 2015 to 2020. She is now an Honorary Senior Policy Fellow at the University of Bristol and an Associate at Child Circle, a children's rights NGO based in Brussels.

Fiona Godfrey

Fiona qualified as a solicitor in England and worked for trade union law firm Thompsons for four years before moving to Luxembourg in 1995. She has since specialised in EU and global public health policy and, since 2016, has been an volunteer advocate for citizens’ rights in the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement negotiations. She became a Trustee of Statewatch in 2017. She is also Co-Chair of British in Europe and a Board member of the EU Commission Mission Board for Cancer.

Lilana Keith

Lilana Keith is PICUM’s Senior Advocacy Officer on Labour Rights and Labour migration. PICUM - the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants, is a network of more than 165 organisations in 35 countries, mostly in Europe, working for human rights and social justice for undocumented migrants.

Lilana joined PICUM in 2011 and has had various roles, including leading PICUM’s work to advance the rights and inclusion of undocumented children, young people and families for many years. She has been involved in work to advance migrants’ rights since 2009, including through community development and funding. She has an academic background in international and European migration law and policy and anthropology.

Ann Singleton

Ann Singleton is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. She is an expert on asylum and international migration statistics and their use in policy. She advises NGOs, journalists, academic institutions and officials in the UK, the EU and UN Agencies.

 

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