The Commissioner's Advisory Panel

The members of the Advisory Panel offer insight and knowledge in order to assist the Commissioner in assessing priorities and performance. Panel members include leaders in charity work, law, faith groups and academia.

Chair of the Commissioner's Advisory Panel

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Alastair Redfern
Bishop of Derby
Dr Redfern is the Chair for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel; Chair of the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Panel; the Vice-Chair of the Anglican Alliance; the Co-Chair of the Multi-Faith Centre Derby; and the Vice-President of the Derbyshire Community Foundation.

The Rt. Revd. Dr. Alastair Redfern has been Bishop of Derby since 2005, and was previously Suffragan Bishop of Grantham. He has expertise in the fields of theology, church history, social justice, clergy training, leadership and spirituality.  He is an author of twelve books.

Dr Redfern is a member of the House of Lords and is the Church of England’s spokesman for international development. He sat on the joint parliamentary select committee for the draft modern slavery bill and supported the legislation through Parliament until the Royal Assent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Internationally, he accompanied the Archbishop of Canterbury as the Church of England’s representative in Rome for the launch of the Joint Declaration, which has united world religious leaders to campaign against slavery. He has represented the Church of England at a number of international conferences in Rome and Madrid. Most recently, he gave a key-note speech to the International Bar Association in Vienna regarding slavery and employment law.

In the Diocese of Derby, he is working extensively to raise awareness of human trafficking and the value of partnerships between the police, statutory agencies, business, the voluntary sector, and faith groups; and is a founding member of the Derby and Derbyshire Modern Slavery Partnership

Dr Redfern is the Chair for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel; Chair of the Churches’ Legislation Advisory Panel; the Vice-Chair of the Anglican Alliance; the Co-Chair of the Multi-Faith Centre Derby; and the Vice-President of the Derbyshire Community Foundation.


Sir Matthew Baggott CBE, QPM
Former Chief Constable, Police Service Northern Ireland

In a police career of 37 years Matt Baggott served in four of the major Forces of the UK. His service started in London at the age of 18, walking the beat in Tooting and later taking on commands in Brixton, Peckham and New Scotland Yard. In 1998 he became Assistant and then Deputy/Temporary Chief Constable of the West Midlands before becoming Chief Constable of Leicestershire in 2002 and of the Police Service of Northern Ireland 2009-2014.

Matt was elected twice as Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Officers and has worked with successive governments on neighbourhood regeneration and policing, strategic partnerships and approaches to hate crime.

Matt was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service in 2004, made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008 and knighted in 2015. He is currently President of the Christian Police Association, advisor to the Santa Marta Board and a Trustee of the International Needs Charity.

Eamonn Doran
Partner, Linklaters

Eamonn is a solicitor and partner consultant at Linklaters LLP, the international law firm, and has thirty years experience principally in the Competition and EU law group in London, including as partner and head of department.

Eamonn’s client work involved regulatory, EU and commercial law and, as partner and department head, he had responsibilities in recruitment, HR issues and general management. For the past 5 years he has played an important role in developing an India competition practice, working with an Indian law firm.

Eamonn was founder chairman and chair of governors of a charitable school and remains a school governor and director. He is a London trustee of Missio, the papal charity for international development. As a trustee, he also gained experience of modern slavery issues, mostly in relation to Nigeria. He is a director of a family company in the construction sector.

TJ Birdi
Executive Director, Helen Bamber Foundation

TJ has 24 years legal experience including working with refugees in the UK and in a post-chemical disaster situation in Bhopal, India. She was the National Coordinator of the Fact Finding Mission on Bhopal and managed 15 research teams to assess the long term health, legal, socio-economic, environmental and other long term impacts of the disaster, and represented survivor organisations in public interest litigation. In 2008, she was requested by the late Helen Bamber to lead the Legal Protection work of the Foundation, including the production of medico-legal reports, in its work with survivors of torture, human trafficking, gender-based violence and other extreme human cruelty. She was appointed Executive Director in December 2012 and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Foundation, client referrals, legal protection, counter-trafficking, housing & welfare, policy and external relations.

Sandra Horley CBE
CEO, Refuge

Sandra Horley, CBE has worked with women and children escaping domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence for 37 years.  Since 1983 she has been chief executive of Refuge, the world's first refuge, founded in Chiswick, West London, for women and children escaping domestic violence.

She has 37 years’ experience designing, managing, delivering support services to vulnerable victims of crime; criminal justice expert; advises internationally; has acted as an expert witness in murder/manslaughter cases where the accused was an abused woman; advises Governments internationally, at highest levels on gender-based violence and criminal justice; directly supports families bereaved by homicide; sits on UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel and on the Home Secretary’s national oversight committee to improve police response to domestic violence.  Sandra is frequently consulted by foreign governments to advise on violence against women and girls strategies.  She was invited by the UN to participate in the publication of an international manual for criminal justice practitioners.  She acted as a consultant to the Canadian government when they funded five research centres of excellence and conducted a week-long road show with the British armed forces in Cyprus. She ran workshops for members of the judiciary and politicians in Malawi, devised strategies for a number of foreign governments and advised governments of Spain, St Lucia and others. In recent years Sandra, and Refuge more widely, have together advised the Governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Turkey. Sandra met the Egyptian Ministry of Justice delegation when they visited Refuge during their My Right study tour in 2015 and they were enormously impressed by the work of Refuge).

A committed campaigner on behalf of abused women Sandra has played a pivotal role in raising the Government’s awareness of domestic violence and campaigning effectively for changes in policy and legislation.  She gave written and oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiries into domestic violence and lobbied successfully for changes in policy and legislation (for example, the 2004 Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act).  In November 2014 she gave oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on its violence against women and girls consultation. 

Sandra has published two books (Power and Control and Love and Pain) on the subject of domestic violence and has written numerous articles for the national press and professional journals.  She also frequently gives talks and interviews and has conducted award winning advertising and media campaigns.

In 1999 Sandra was appointed OBE for ‘services to the protection of women and children’. In 2011 Sandra was appointed CBE for ‘services to the prevention of domestic violence’.

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE
Co-chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

(B. 10 August 1933). Ann Elizabeth Oldfield Butler-Sloss, Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE, PC, is a retired English judge. She was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and until 2004 was the highest-ranking female judge in the United Kingdom. Called to the Bar aged 21 (Inner Temple); practised from 1955 to 1970. She became a Bencher in 1979, Treasurer of the Inner Temple in 1998; after serving as a Judge of the Family Division from 1979-88 and first woman Lord Justice of Appeal 1988-99, she became President of the Family Division (1999-2005).

In 2006 Baroness Butler-Sloss was awarded a Peerage (as a Peoples’ Peer) and joined the Crossbench Peers. She consulted the government helping to shape and write the Adoption Act 2010, and continues to take a great interest in child welfare and family legislation. She was Chairman of the Post Legislative Adoption Committee (April 2012 -publication of Report March 2013); a Member of the Joint Select Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill (Lords Members appointed 15 Jan 2014 - Report published 7 Apr 2014). She is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and played a key role in advising on the Modern Slavery Act (2015). She is also a Trustee of the Human Trafficking Foundation and was part of the UK delegation to the International Judges’ Summit on Human Trafficking & Organised Crime held in the Vatican on 2 - 4 June 2016.

She is Chairman of the National Commission on Forced Marriage, expected to publish its findings early 2017; she is Chairman, Commission of Faith & Religion on Public Life (CORAB) (2013-2016) which launched its national survey findings in November 2015 to very wide press and public interest. She is a Member of the Ecclesiastic Committee and a Patron of the Westminster Education Forum. In 2015-16 she chaired the Working Group Review into St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster. Since 2015 she has been a Member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Rule of Law.

Lady Butler-Sloss was Chairman of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Advisory Committee 2000-2009; Chancellor of the University of the West of England (1993-2010 & now Emiratus Chancellor). She is a Visitor and Hon Fellow of St Hilda’s Oxford, Peterhouse Cambridge, Corpus Christi College Cambridge, King’s College London, The Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Psychiatrists & Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. She is an Hon. Doctor of Laws – University of Bath (2004) and The Open University (since 2005) and the LSE. She is a Governor of Merchant Taylors’ School, Coram & is President of the Grandparents’ Association as well as Vice-President of Hospiscare, Devon.

Gillian Rivers
Partner, Penningtons Manches LLP; Chair to the Family Law Committee of the IBA

Gillian is a Partner at Penningtons Manches LLP, and advises on all areas of domestic and international Family law and has an extensive international practice.

Gillian is the immediate past Chair to the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and has been an officer since 2007. She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). She is on the Editorial Board of the College of Law. She is  a recommended member of the Citywealth Leaders’ List in 2016 and also rated as a Super Lawyer in 2015. She is listed in the leading legal directories.

Gillian has a bias towards the financial aspects of relationship breakdown and highly complex, high-net-worth financial claims. She is also very experienced in private law children disputes and financial applications on behalf of a child.

She is the co-chair of the IBA Human Trafficking Task Force and is coordinating training in England and Wales to all police forces and the judiciary. She is also an invited member of the Santa Marta Group which has as its aim combatting human trafficking. Gillian’s work with the IBA and Santa Marta Group is carried out on a strictly pro bono basis. In 2016, Gillian was given Freedom of the City of London and became a Liveryman in The City of London Solicitors' Company.  She is a Governor at Farnborough Hill Independent School.

Lectures in family law and modern slavery both in the UK and abroad.

Francis Campbell
Vice Chancellor, St Mary’s University

Since 1997 Francis has been a member of HM Diplomatic Service.  Postings included on European Union, at the United Nations Security Council in New York, Italy and at the FCO in London.  From 1999-2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No.10 Policy Unit and then as a Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs.  He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy.

From 2005-2011 he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. From 2011-13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. From 2013-2014 he was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UKTI.  In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

He has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America.

Monsignor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo
Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo was born in Buenos Aires and was ordained a priest in 1968. He was lecturer in the History of Philosophy at the Lateran University in Rome where he became full professor. He was dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the same university and full professor of the History of Philosophy at the Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta, Rome. In 1998 he was appointed Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences by St John Paul II, who then consecrated him titular Bishop of Vescovìo.

Awards include: Cavaliere di Gran Croce (Italy); official of honour of the Légion d’Honneur (France); Grão Mestre da Ordem de Rio Branco (Brazil), Official of the Republic of Austria, Knight of the Republic of Chile, Member of Accademia dei Gergofili, Member of the Accademia Italiana del Vino; Corresponding Member of the Academia de Ciencias de Cuba; Orden del Aguila Azteca (Mexico).

Michael Clarke
CEO, The Passage

Mick started his career in the Voluntary Sector as a Youth Worker, and has worked in the Homelessness Sector since 1995. Starting as a volunteer, he then worked as a project worker in hostels and then moved into the area of employment and training, including establishing peer education projects, social enterprise schemes. After several years as Head of Services for a national charity, Mick moved to The Passage as Deputy Chief Executive in 2006, and in January 2009 was appointed Chief Executive of The Passage.

The Passage was established in 1980 with a mission to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. The Passage does this by being a leading provider of services to homeless people (running Europe’s largest Resource Centre for homeless people, based in the heart of Westminster), offering primary services, housing advice, health services and employment and training opportunities. Since 1980, The Passage has helped over 100,000 people and also provides emergency accommodation, supported housing services and homelessness prevention schemes, as well as working to address the issues of modern slavery and human trafficking.

Professor Bernard Silverman FRS
Former Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office and Emeritus Professor of the Universities of Bristol and Oxford

Bernard Silverman is a statistician whose research has ranged widely across theoretical and practical aspects of statistics. He is recognised as a pioneer of computational statistics, researching the ways that computing power has changed our ability to collect, analyse, understand and utilise data.  He has published widely in this field, covering aspects from the fundamental mathematical properties of new methods to computer packages for their implementation. He has collaborated in many fields in the physical, life and social sciences and with various areas of industry and government.

Following senior academic posts at Bath, Bristol and Oxford, where he was Master of St Peter’s College from 2003 to 2009, he was Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office from 2010 to 2017. A former President of the Royal Statistical Society, his main current research interest is in Modern Slavery, building on his work for the Home Office in producing the first scientific estimate of the prevalence of Modern Slavery in the UK. He also has particular interests in Research Integrity, as Chair of the UK Research Integrity Office, and in security.

Professor Silverman is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Academy of Social Sciences, and is the recipient of the premier award of the American statistical societies and two Guy Medals of the Royal Statistical Society.  He has been conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the Universities of St Andrews, Lancaster, Bath and Bristol. 

Yasmin Waljee OBE
International Pro Bono Manager, Hogan Lovells

Yasmin Waljee is the firm's International Pro Bono  Director. Her appointment in 1997 as a legally qualified, full time pro bono manager was the first of its kind in Europe.

Yasmin has been key to establishing and embedding a pro bono culture within Hogan Lovells.  Yasmin helped the firm achieve this by designing and implementing pro bono projects which focus the firm's specialist commercial legal expertise in the areas of women's rights, disability rights and social innovation. Yasmin is an international human rights lawyer and has advised on issues relating to compensation for victims of crime and terrorism including the July 7 bombing victims, the right to life and regularly works on public policy issues in this area.   Yasmin co-leads the firm's award winning social enterprise and social finance practice.

Yasmin is the Vice-Chair of Mosaic, the HRH Prince of Wales led initiative to support young Muslims and their peers growing up in deprived areas whilst breaking down the barriers and suspicions with British Society. Yasmin sits on the Advisory Panel to the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and is a member of the British Council's Society Advisory Group

In 2010 Yasmin was awarded an OBE in the HM Queen's New Year Honours list.

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