The Bar Human Rights Committee’s Executive is elected by BHRC members every two years, to oversee the organisation’s strategy and implement its work. Executive members contribute their substantial expertise pro bono to produce BHRC publications and statements, lead fact-finding missions, collaborate with local partners, and represent the Committee to the media, external organisations and the public.

Members of the Executive then elect specific Office Holders, who hold additional responsibilities for leading the work of the Executive, and BHRC as a whole.

BHRC’s 2018-2019 Executive Members


Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Co-Vice Chairs

Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, Matrix Chambers
Schona Jolly QC, Cloisters


Jodie Blackstock, Justice


Stephen Cragg QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Membership Secretaries

Michael Ivers QC, Garden Court Chambers
Gráinne Mellon, Garden Court Chambers

Executive Members

Jacob Bindman, Garden Court Chambers
Dominic Boothroyd, Angel Chambers
Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck University of London

Jo Cecil, Garden Court Chambers
Dr Theodora Christou, Queen Mary, University of London
Zimran Samuel, Doughty Street Chambers


Kate Stone, Garden Court North
Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court North
Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers

Co-Opted Executive Members

In addition to the 16 elected members of the Executive, two further places are available for Executive members co-opted by the Chair during the election period. The co-opted members serve in the same capacity as Executive members.

Melanie Gingell, Doughty Street Chambers

BHRC Advisory Board

BHRC’s Advisory Board is made up of previous BHRC Office Holders, senior members of the Bar and the judiciary, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and/or service to the field of human rights. Members of the Advisory Board are appointed by the BHRC Chair, following consultation with the Executive and a majority vote.

Peter Carter QC, Doughty Street Chambers
Mark Muller QC, Doughty Street Chambers

Executive Officer

BHRC employs one staff member, in the role of Executive Officer.

Amanda June Chadwick, BHRC Executive Officer