Peter Tatchell – Director
Peter Tatchell was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1952 and has been campaigning since 1967 on issues of human rights, democracy, civil liberties, LGBT equality and global justice. His human rights inspirations include Mahatma Gandhi, Sylvia Pankhurst and Martin Luther King.
In 2009, he co-proposed a UN Global Human Rights Index, to measure and rank the human rights record of every country – with the aim of creating a human rights league table to highlight the best and worst countries and thereby incentivise governments to clean up their record and improve their human rights ranking.
He coordinated the Equal Love campaign from 2010, in a bid to challenge the UK’s twin legal bans on same-sex civil marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships. The following year, he organised four gay couples and four heterosexual couples to file a case in the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that sexual orientation discrimination in civil marriage and civil partnership law is unlawful under Articles 8, 12 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
He has proposed an internationally-binding UN Human Rights Convention enforceable through both national courts and the International Criminal Court; a permanent rapid-reaction UN peace-keeping force with the authority to intervene to stop genocide and war crimes; and a global agreement to cut military spending by 10 percent to fund the eradication of hunger, disease, illiteracy, unemployment and homelessness in the developing world.
Pliny Soocoormanee – Assistant to the Director
Pliny co-ordinated of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) seminar series on global citizenship and was the Administrator at the School of Sport at the University of Wolverhampton. He holds an MA in International Business and a Bsc (Hons) in Economics and Finance. Before joining the Foundation, he has supported various LGBT & human rights initiatives in the Midlands and Shropshire. He has a strong interest in the social sciences & history.
Anastasia Kyriacou – Advocacy & Press Officer
Anastasia has a background in campaigning for social justice and human rights. At sixteen years old, her inability to vote during the 2010 general election led her to establish the campaign Where’s Our Vote? with the aim of lowering the voting age to sixteen and to get compulsory political education on the UK government agenda.
While studying History at the University of Birmingham, she specialised in homelessness, genocide, radical right-wing movements and the power of the press. She campaigned on behalf of Amnesty International as the Campaigns Manager and then Vice Chair of the student group.
In 2014 Anastasia became a voluntary Communications Officer for the Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR), and currently sits on the LCHR Advisory Board. In the past year she has specialised in LGBT rights, having worked as a News Reporter and then Business Development Manager for PinkNews, and then on the communications team at legal charity the Human Dignity Trust.
On weekends, Anastasia runs her own weekly current affairs, politics and entertainment show on Shoreditch Radio
Alan Martin – Donor Administrator
Having qualified as an industrial chemist, Alan spent the last thirty years of his working life as an Employment Law specialist and running his own consultancy.
Since his retirement he has undertaken voluntary work for Stonewall, LAGER (Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights), The Albert Kennedy Trust, Age UK Camden as an IT Tutor and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.