Shane Ryan

Chair of Trustees

Shane Ryan has been with WWM since November 2007 when he joined as Deputy Director, he was then appointed Chief Executive in November 2009. Under his stewardship WWM have built a national reputation as a solution focused organisation offering evidence based approaches to community needs and issues particularly around conflict and transition, father’s development, masculinity and youth unemployment. Having worked in variety of inner city areas tackling drug use and managing the UK’s first mobile health care facilities for the NHS until 1995, Shane moved to the voluntary sector and into various managerial appointments in charities as well as a Home Office secondment and projects taking him to the USA and Japan. Shane has over 25 years experience working with young people and through WWM is a frequent advisor and speaker on non-profit matters covering the entire range of his charities work nationally.

Frances Nicholson

Frances Nicholson is Senior Regional Legal Officer at UNHCR’s Regional Representation for Western Europe in Brussels, Belgium. She has been working for UNHCR since 2000, including in Geneva, where she worked on numerous UNHCR guidelines, court interventions, and other publications, including Refugee Protection in International Law: UNHCR’s Global Consultations on International Protection (2003). Her work for over 20 years on refugee issues has included work for the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw and as a research fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Lorna McGregor

Lorna McGregor is a Reader in Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre. She researches and teaches in the areas of public international law, particularly international human rights law, international criminal law and transitional justice. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Journal of Transitional Justice. Lorna’s current research and practice is focused on the right of access to a court and ADR under international law; due diligence and state responsibility for the acts of non-state actors; detention and prison law; trafficking in human beings; human rights in Europe; and equality and non-discrimination. Her previous work on state immunity has been cited by the UK House of Lords and the International Court of Justice. In addition to her academic research, Lorna is a Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Interest Group on Transitional Justice, Co-Chair of the European Society of International Law's Interest Group on Human Rights, a member of REDRESS’ Legal Advisory Council and a trustee of the AIRE Centre.

Since 2012, she has led an expert group of academics and human rights practitioners on the review of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners and was an independent expert at the UN Intergovernmental Expert Meeting on the review of the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in Argentina in December 2012. She has also recently litigated a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on access to justice for a torture survivor and regularly carries out consultancies for NGOs in her areas of expertise. Prior to joining the Law School, Lorna was the International Legal Adviser at REDRESS where she litigated cases on behalf of torture survivors before the UN treaty bodies and regional human rights commissions; acted as amicus curiae before national and regional courts; and carried out research, law reform and capacity building activities on torture and reparation at the national regional and international level. She has previously held positions as a Programme Lawyer at the International Bar Association, the State Immunity Project Coordinator at REDRESS and in Sri Lanka at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies. Lorna holds an LL.B (First Class Honours) from Edinburgh Law School and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she was a Kennedy Memorial Trust Scholar and Henigson Fellow. She is admitted as an attorney in New York State.

Mark Day

Mark Day is head of policy and communications at the Prison Reform Trust and is a trustee of the Aire Centre. Previously he was deputy director of Progress and also deputy editor of Progress Magazine. Before that he was head of communications at the international thinktank Policy Network. Mark has worked in Parliament as a researcher for a Labour MP and also in the parliamentary office of the lobby group Stonewall. He has an MSc in social and political theory from Birkbeck College and a BA(hons) in English from the University of Cambridge.

Greg Mayne

Greg Mayne is a Program Officer in the International Human Rights Program of the Oak Foundation based in London. He is an Australian national and has degrees in Business and Law from Australia and a Masters in International Law from the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS, London). He previously has worked for the International Commission of Jurists and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights where he assisted the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers. He also worked at the International Bar Association where he worked on rule of law issues, in particular capacity building bar associations in Southern Africa. His grant portfolio at the Oak Foundation is varied in character with a thematic focus on fair trial, due process, litigation, detention and torture issues, as well as country focuses in Brazil and India.

Miren-Edurne De Frutos

An accomplished institutional relationship management, sales professional and NED with strong international experience in major asset classes. Successful track record of managing and developing a client base in Europe and Latin America working for top tier Investment Banks across major global markets.

Broad cross-cultural experience having studied and worked in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and US. Also fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese, and basic knowledge in German and Mandarin.

Brian Downey

Brian Downey is a business and technology consultant to the Charity and NFP sectors. He provides in-depth business and technical expertise alongside technology selection, research, measurement, training and implementation. Prior to starting his consultancy business Brian was an Operations executive for technology companies in the USA, UK and Ireland. Brian has worked with many leading Charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, RNLI and Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

Jonathan Seller

Jonathan Seller is a very experienced senior Human Resources and Development professional currently heading up the HR Team for the Parliamentary Digital Service, helping to make Parliament the leading digital democracy.  He has previously been the Deputy Director of Human Resources for the House of Lords, the Director of HR for Parentline Plus and the Head of HR for the Labour Party.  He is a qualified business coach and is particularly skilled at business transformation. 

Jonathan has been involved in numerous exciting projects such as the first TUPE transfer in the Labour Party, the TUPE transfer of House of Lords staff over to the Supreme Court and his current project is helping Parliament go digital.