Helping detainees in need of medical assistance

Our Trustees


The Trustees are elected by members at the annual general meeting.

They meet 4 times a year to develop strategy and monitor performance.

Peter Coltman

Peter  read English at Cambridge and then worked in educational television at home and abroad. In retirement, he works as an advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau and does a number of voluntary jobs for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

 

Dr Hugh Grant-Peterkin

Hugh is a Specialist Registrar in Adult & Older Adult Psychiatry working in East London. He is a founder member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists working group on mental health of refugees and asylum seekers and a trustee of Medact. He has been visiting detention centres and writing medico-legal reports since 2010.

 

Maria Gonzales

Maria has worked in a multinational company for 6 years within the finance sector - She worked in Spain, Portugal and then Switzerland and was responsible for handling fashion houses, celebrities, top models and million/billion pound brands. She has had the opportunity to work in a multicultural environment leading and managing people across different countries.

Maria holds a First class Honour’s degree in Business Management, a Master in Business Administration and a Diploma in Business Plans. She has been able to work as a Business Expert Advisor with Small to Medium Enterprises to collaborate with them in the creation of their business plans. She is an award winning Business Advisor for the Business Incubator at the most prestigious University in Latin-America.

 

Christine Hogg- Chair

Christine has worked in health policy and advocacy in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She has researched and written widely on health and social policy, in particular on user involvement, rights and developing rights based health care standards.  Before retiring, she was a research associate at London Metropolitan University.

 

Emma Norton

Emma is a lawyer at Liberty. She specialises in inquests, military abuses and representing women who have suffered male sexual violence. She has also acted for a number of detainees in immigration detention, including FGP, a detainee who was handcuffed while receiving outside medical treatment in hospital, and a female victim of sexual violence detained in breach of policy at Yarls Wood IRC. In her spare time she volunteers as a legal adviser for the Prisoners Advice Service and assists to run a legal advice clinic for female prisoners at HMP Send.

 

Ed Ross - Secretary and Honorary Treasurer

Ed grew up in New York, studied Mathematics at Harvard, and came to the UK in 1964, where he designed software for the Market Research industry, ultimately setting up his own company which became the leader in the field, and was then sold to SPSS and then to IBM.  He then changed directions, and did an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at SOAS (receiving a distinction, with his dissertation on racism in British Political cartoons).  He has been active in the voluntary/charitable sector, particularly involved with issues of immigration and refugees in particular, and Human Rights in general.  He has served as Treasurer and/or Finance Committee member of several NGO's.

 

Steve Simmonds - Vice Chair

Steve is Amnesty UK’s refugee and migrant rights programme director. He has several years’ experience representing on asylum appeals and immigration bail applications, advising and training lawyers on all aspects of asylum and immigration law, and undertaking policy and parliamentary advocacy on these areas of law and practice. Prior to becoming involved in asylum and immigration work, he was a member and at different times Chair and Treasurer of the Free Representation Unit, an organisation he joined after completing his Bar vocational course and for whom he volunteered in providing free representation before a wide range of social welfare tribunals.

 

Martha Spurrier

Martha is a human rights lawyer and campaigner. She is the Director of the human rights NGO, Liberty. As a barrister, she specialised in public law and civil claims against public authorities. She has particular expertise in human rights and her practice is focussed on cases involving the police and immigration authorities, inquests, prisons, community care, children's and women’s rights, mental health and mental capacity, and open justice issues. Martha has acted at all levels, including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Prior to joining Liberty, Martha was a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and in-house counsel at Mind and the Public Law Project.

 

Dr Teresa Wozniak

Teresa is a GP from West London. She has been a volunteer doctor with Medical Justice since 2009 and is experienced in writing medico-legal reports and providing medical advice for people in immigration detention.

 

Stephanie Youdom Tonmi

Stephanie is a refugee and ex-detainee. Since her release from detention she has volunteered with Medical Justice and other charities to support others still going through the process. She uses her experience of having been detained to speak out and raise awareness. Stephanie has a degree in  International Travel and Tourism Management and has just finished her MSc in Air Transport Planning and Management.

"Medical Justice has developed into the most authoritative organisation on immigration detention and its effects on detainees. ... Without Medical Justice there would be a lack of evidence about the conditions of immigration detention, and without that evidence challenging government policy would be virtually impossible. That is not to say that Medical Justice wins every fight. But in the last 10 years, Medical Justice has made each fight more of a contest. It has been a privilege to watch this process, and contribute in my own small way to Medical Justice's strategic litigation. This work has only been possible because of unwavering commitment of the Medical Justice staff and the assistance of lawyers working for free."

(Former trustee)