Staff

  • Emma Norton

    The Centre for Military Justice was set up by lawyer, Emma Norton. She is the former head of the legal team at the human rights organisation Liberty, where she worked for ten years. Prior to that, she worked in the public law and civil liberties team at the law firm, Bindmans.

    Emma acted for the families of three of the young trainees who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995, cases that revealed a bullying, sexualised and abusive environment for young soldiers; and the family of the late Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement who died after reporting rape and bullying in the Army. Cpl Ellement’s inquest led to a prosecution and significant changes to Army policies on how victims of sexual crime should be treated. Emma represented Joe Ousalice, the LGBT veteran who successfully challenged the MoD’s refusal to restore his Long Service & Good Conduct medal after he was thrown out of the Navy because of his sexuality.

    Emma continues to represent many service women who have suffered sexual assaults and sexual harassment; and several Black soldiers that have suffered racism during their service. She supports many bereaved families who are seeking answers following the sudden deaths of their loved ones in the armed forces.

  • Lucy Baston

    Lucy Baston is a Solicitor at the Centre for Military Justice.

    Lucy qualified as a Solicitor in January 2021.  Prior to joining the Centre for Military Justice, Lucy worked in public and private family law. She specialised in sexual abuse and domestic abuse cases. She frequently made applications to the Family Court on behalf of survivors of abuse to secure protective remedies.

    Lucy undertook the above work in legal aid setting, as she is passionate about securing and promoting access to justice for those who would otherwise be unrepresented.  Lucy continues to work in voluntary capacity with the charity Rights of Women, providing advice to women who are in need of free, independent legal advice.

    Lucy Baston joined the Centre for Military Justice in January 2023 and aims to contribute to the important work which it undertakes on behalf of men and women in the Armed Forces and bereaved military families.

  • Stephen Povey

    Our finance manager is Stephen Povey. Stephen has worked as a freelance financial consultant and trainer for a number of small charities and projects. He is also an actor and singer.

  • Sandeep Kaur Michael

    Sandeep is our Race Equity Policy Advisor. She is leading a scoping project for the CMJ that will research and report on issues affecting racially minoritised communities within the armed forces. Sandeep is a solicitor working in private practice with a particular interest in human rights, inquests and representing people in the armed forces and their families. She joined us in August 2023.

Trustees

  • John Donnelly

    Our Chair of Trustees, as of March 2021, is John Donnelly CBE. John is a former Brigadier in the British Army. He served from 1982 to 2016 in a variety of operational roles, including commanding the Cheshire Regiment in Iraq and Northern Ireland and serving as Director of Personnel Services for the Army. John now works as Head of Integrity at UK Sport.

  • Majinder Randhawa

    Majinder Randhawa is our Treasurer. Majinder is a highly experienced finance manager and senior accountant. She joined the CMJ board in March 2021.  

  • Siân Nicholson

    Siân Nicholson is Philanthropy Manager for the national charity, Myeloma UK. She has worked in a variety of senior fundraising roles including at homeless charity FourSquare and digital youth support charity The Mix. 

  • Rosie Brighouse

    Rosie Brighouse is a Senior Lawyer at the Human Dignity Trust,  providing support to LGBT individuals and organisations with specialist legal advice and expertise and challenging discriminatory legislation. She formerly worked at Liberty specialising in strategic litigation on issues of poverty and human rights, free speech and discriminatory policing. 

Advisory Board

  • Des James

    Des James was our founding chair. He worked with our Director through 2018 and 2019 to set up the CMJ and then steered us through our first year before retiring in March 2021. Des continues to be very closely involved with the charity through the advisory board.  Des is the father of Pte Cheryl James who died at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in November 1995 amid allegations of bullying, sexual harassment, and a lack of care by the Army.

  • Nicola Lester

    Nicola is a registered Mental Health/Psychological Trauma Consultant, specialising in providing psychological trauma training, consultancy, supervision and clinical support to organisations and individuals. As a registered mental health nurse and trauma therapist specialising in working with traumatic bereavement and multiple fatality incidents, Nicola has worked extensively with the UK Armed Forces, delivering therapeutic interventions for serving personnel returning from operational deployment.

  • Sharon Hardy

    Sharon is the older sister of the late Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement who took her own life after reporting rape and bullying in the Army. Sharon worked for many years with young people in schools on overseas exchange programmes and, following her sister’s death, re-trained and is now an experienced foster carer working with vulnerable children. Since her younger sister’s death in 2011, Sharon has continued to campaign for better access to justice and support for female victims of sexual assault and those suffering mental distress in the Armed Forces.

  • Harriet Wistrich

    Harriet is a lawyer and founder and director of the Centre for Women’s Justice, an organisation that exists to hold the state to account and challenge discrimination in the justice system around male violence against women and girls. She is also the founder of Justice for Women and, through her extensive legal career has brought a range of ground-breaking strategic litigation which has had the effect of improving state responses to gender-based violence. https://www.centreforwomensjustice.org.uk/harriet-wistrich

  • Ahmed Al-Nahhas

    Ahmed is head of military claims and partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp where he manages high value personal injury, clinical negligence and harassment claims, involving allegations of assault or discrimination, serious accidents suffered during training or through failures to treat and rehabilitate. https://www.boltburdonkemp.co.uk/team/ahmed/

  • Philippa Tuckman

    Philippa is a counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in training, working in private practice and in the voluntary sector. Prior to re-training in 2017, she worked for many years as a solicitor representing military personnel in a number of ground-breaking cases and was head of military claims and a partner at Bolt Burdon Kemp.

  • Jocelyn Cockburn

    Jocelyn is a partner in the Civil Liberties team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors and has a wealth of experience representing bereaved families at inquests and in claims and other legal challenges against the state. She represented the families of UK soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in a challenge to the Ministry of Defence’s use of poorly armoured ‘Snatch Land Rovers’. The Supreme Court ruling established for the first time that the European Convention on Human Rights applies to procurement decisions affecting soldiers on the battlefield.

  • Deborah Coles

    Deborah is the executive director of the charity INQUEST. She leads INQUEST’s strategic policy, legal and parliamentary work and has considerable expertise in working to prevent death and ill treatment in all forms of detention and for more effective accountable learning. She has been an independent expert adviser to numerous government committees and inquiries, is a regular media commentator, delivers conference papers nationally and internationally and is author of numerous articles and publications.

  • Carl Watling MBE

    Carl served in the RAF Police for many years, working on a range of criminal and professional conduct cases. With Bedfordshire Police, he led the posthumous police re-investigation into the allegations of rape made by Cpl Anne-Marie Ellement and recommended a number of important changes to service policing in the context of serious crime.

  • Katie Bamber

    Katie is the head of the media team at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards office, former Media Director at Liberty and worked for many years as a journalist.

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