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.
David Dowling (Chairman of the Trustees)
is a solicitor at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on corporate M&A and private equity. Prior to Gibson Dunn he 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 was named Trainee Solicitor of the Year 2013 at the All About Law awards ceremony. Outside of law, David is also a governor of a school in Tower Hamlets.
Oliver Hyams (Secretary)
is a barrister practising from Lamb 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.
Lindsey Poole (Trustee)
has been Director of the Advice Services Alliance since 2013. She began her career in advice in the 1980’s, working as a volunteer in a local advice centre before going on to work for a number of different advice organisations including SHAC, Citizens Advice (as a regional training officer) and FIAC (now Advice UK). During a change in career direction to criminal justice and crime reduction (and a stint in central government) she continued volunteering and served as Chair of Trustees of two local advice centres. She is a qualified trainer and holds a Masters in Applied Social Research.
Imogen Proud (Trustee)
is a barrister at Monckton Chambers where her practice includes public law and human rights as well as competition, commercial and regulatory law. Whilst studying the law conversion course (GDL) at City Law School in 2013-14, Imogen was a member of the first cohort of volunteers with Pro Bono Community, completing the level 1 and level 2 training courses and volunteering in the welfare benefits department at Hackney Community Law Centre. Imogen obtained a double first in Philosophy at Corpus Christi, Cambridge and worked as a classroom teacher for four years in Hackney and Islington before coming to the bar.
Martin Griffiths (Trustee)
is a director of Richmonte Wells, a management consultancy with a specialisation in the legal sector. His core areas of work are recruitment, mergers, coaching and business development advice. He has previously worked with two market-leading consultancies, prior to which he had over 20 years senior management experience with chambers in London. Martin is a past chair of the Institute of Barristers Clerks and gained an MBA in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School.
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.
Atoosa Khatiri (Training & Volunteer Coordinator)
is a coordinator with experience in the charity sector, in particular with managing and coordinating student volunteers. After obtaining an LLB law degree at UEL and the LPC at Nottingham Law School, Atoosa went on to work in the legal sector in civil and human rights litigation. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community she worked as a coordinator in a refugee community charity and volunteered for an anti-trafficking legal charity.