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.

Jo Habib - Chair

Jo Habib, now retired, worked in the field of funding information and advice, for over 30 years and has been both a grant-seeker and grant-maker. She established the national charity, FunderFinder, which developed software for grant-seekers, and was a trainer and facilitator on funding, legal structures and governance.


Dr Hilary Pickles - Treasurer

Hilary first became aware of immigration detention when the Director Of Public Health for Hillingdon, the district that hosts Colnbrook and Harmondsworth IRCs. Now retired, she continue to be concerned by the way how the system damages immigration detainees, especially their mental health.


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 former trustee of Medact. He has been visiting detention centres and writing medico-legal reports since 2010.


Christine Hogg

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 in running a legal advice clinic for female prisoners at HMP Send.


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.


Tom Southerden

Tom works as a legal and policy researcher in the Refugee and Migrants' Rights programme at Amnesty International UK. Prior to working at Amnesty he worked as an asylum and immigration caseworker at Lambeth and Islington law centres and the legal charity Refugee and Migrant Justice. He has a PhD in Law from the University of Sussex, focussing on litigation for migrants' rights in the UK.


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)