Who we are

Bill Skirrow (Executive Director)

is a senior manager and business development executive with experience in the not-for-profit, digital media and communications sectors. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community, Bill was sales & marketing director of Localgiving.com, the UK’s leading online fundraising platform for small charities and community groups. Before that, he set up his own digital communications company, BigStream Interactive, in 2005 and was managing director of media services provider Intelfax.

Oliver Hyams (Chair of the Trustees)

is a barrister practising from Hardwicke Chambers. He has volunteered with both Camden Community Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit, and previously worked at the European Commission in Brussels. Oliver read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hatfield College, Durham, and completed a master’s degree at University College London. He studied for the GDL and BPTC at City Law School.

Livia Cullens (Co-Vice Chair of Trustees)

is a solicitor in the charity and social enterprise team at Bates Wells, having trained at another charity specialist law firm. Prior to her training she read law at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge and studied the LPC at BPP Cambridge. Livia is also a volunteer adviser at Waterloo Legal Advice Service, providing pro bono advice on a range of issues. 

Dinah Crystal OBE (Co-Vice Chair of Trustees)

was a legal aid practitioner for 15 years before joining the School of Law at the University of Manchester where she became Director of External Relations and Clinical Legal Education. During this time, Dinah established five legal advice centres and was a trustee of Law Works. She is currently chair of the North West Legal Support Trust as well as being a member of Liberty’s Policy Council and an ambassador for Women in the Law UK.

David Dowling (Trustee)

is a solicitor at Ropes & Gray, focusing on private equity and impact investing. Prior to Ropes & Gray, he worked at Gibson Dunn and trained at Baker & McKenzie. David obtained a first in Theology at Oriel College, Oxford and was awarded the Gibbs Prize, following which he completed the GDL at City Law School and the LPC at College of Law Moorgate. David is also a board member of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact, and lectures on the law of international private equity finance on the LLM at King’s College London.

Stephanie Cunningham (Trustee)

is an associate at Sidley Austin LLP, specialising in international trade law and dispute settlement.  Alongside her primary practice, she has an active pro bono practice working on a wide range of domestic and international law projects for charities, international organisations and individual clients .  A keen advocate of access to justice, before joining the board, Stephanie participated in Pro Bono Community’s training programme and volunteered at Citizens Advice Kensington & Chelsea. 

Adam Johnson (Trustee)

is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Adam has practised in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration for 25 years and has experience of a wide range of cases, in particular disputes involving a cross-border element. Since 2006 Adam has been a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Advocacy Unit. He is a member of a number of legal organisations, including the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (of which he is a former trustee). He is also the Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate Responsibility partner, and in that capacity is a strong supporter of pro bono legal initiatives both within the firm and externally.

Stephen Levett (Trustee)

After training with the Government Legal Service and working as a litigator for the Treasury Solicitor, Stephen established the first ever student law clinic at the University of Law. Stephen subsequently joined the University of Sunderland Law and Business School as Deputy Dean for Recruitment and Development before moving to King’s College London in 2016 where he became the university’s first Director of Clinical Legal Education. In 2018, Stephen joined the University of York Law School as Director of Professional Practice.

Daniel Laking (Trustee)

is a barrister at Temple Garden Chambers where he specialises in civil and public law. He sits as a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association Executive Committee and volunteers for the Battersea Law Centre (part of the South West London Law Centres Network). He is a sincere supporter of access to justice, having previously undertaken pro bono work for Greenwich Housing Rights and the Free Representation Unit. Whilst studying the GDL at City University, Daniel undertook a Pro Bono Community course and has therefore experienced first-hand the benefits that such training provides.

Juliana Ajibade (Operations Manager)

is an experienced service manager who has worked within the third sector for several years in employment, training and advice settings.  She managed an award-winning project which gained Women in Housing recognition for ‘Improving the Lives of Women’ in the community.  A holder of an MA in Counselling, Juliana is passionate about mental well-being and advocates for affordable talking therapy and has volunteered with several organisations offering low-cost or free counselling to those most in need.

Emma Bland (Training & Volunteer Coordinator)

is a qualified Solicitor with experience of working with volunteers in the charity sector. She is founder and Chair of Bromley Brighter Beginnings, which helps families living in poverty in the London Borough of Bromley. She has also volunteered as a supervising Solicitor for City University’s Legal Advice Clinic.