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 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 – Executive Assistant to the Director
Pliny coordinated 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, where he was nominated ‘Friendly Face’. He holds an MA in International Business, specialised in cross cultural issues, management & leadership. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics & Finance.
He has supported numerous LGBT initiatives in Shropshire and the West Midlands as well as LGBT organisations in Mauritius.
Georgina Bagshawe – Fundraising Executive
Georgina has a background in fundraising for projects that encourage diversity and inclusion. Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in Classical Civilisation from the University of Warwick, she has been involved with a number of Arts charities who are working towards increasing the accessibility and transparency of the sector. Most recently she worked on the fundraising for the Illuminated River Foundation, a public arts initiative to illuminate central London’s bridges on a permanent basis.
She has a history of supporting charity and assisted with the organising of the 2015 Lloyd’s of London Diversity and Inclusion Festival – the first sector-wide festival of its kind.
Simon Harris – Communications and Campaigns Manager
Simon describes himself as a wannabe F1 driver but admits he is too slow so his sights are now set on writing a novel and is proud to have over 50,000 words already written.
A former BBC journalist who has reported from Rwanda and South Africa, Simon has recently worked on campaigns and communications in UK and European politics. In Brussels, he specialised in social media message and content creation.
Ask him if he was Prime Minister for a day what one thing would he change and his answer is to allow asylum seekers to work while they are processing their applications. Apparently, this really annoys him!