Who we are

ILPA’s board of directors is its committee of trustees which is elected annually by the membership.  All members of the committee of trustees are members of ILPA. All ILPA’s work is carried out by its members, supported by the staff of the secretariat. Get in touch with any of us through info@ilpa.org.uk

ILPA’s committee of trustees

The trustees of ILPA are voted for by the membership and elections take place around the Annual General Meeting each year in November. If you would like to stand as a trustee and want to know more about what it entails then find out more here and contact Helen in the office info@ilpa.org.uk – we would encourage any interested members to stand.

I’m a trustee of ILPA because the organisation has been a great support to me throughout my legal career. Now having the opportunity to use my experience and skills to shape the direction of the organisation, and support it’s development, is really rewarding

Julie Moktadir, ILPA Trustee, Partner at Stone King LLP
Chair Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers
Treasurer tbc
Secretary Ayesha Mohsin, Solicitor, Kalayaan
Committee members Andrea Als, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
David Ball, 36 Group
Simon Barr, Simon Barr Immigration Law
Sophie Barrett-Brown, Laura Devine Immigration
Hazar El-Chamaa, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Helen Johnson OBE, Refugee Council 
Grace McGill, McGill and Co
Julie Moktadir, Stone King LLP
Daniel Rourke, Islington Law Centre

To get in touch with the chair or any of the trustees, please do so by emailing info@ilpa.org.uk 

I’m a trustee of ILPA because I place immense value on the work of the organisation and want to do what I can to support it. The coming years will place tremendous pressures on the sector and we need a thriving ILPA to support its members and to drive policy and practice in the right direction.

Helen Johnson OBE, ILPA trustee and Head of Children’s Services, Refugee Council, Sept. 2020

Staff of the secretariat

Chief Executive Nicole Francis
Finance assistant, Strategic Legal Fund tbc
Legal and parliamentary officer Robin Pickard
Office administrator Esme Kemp
Legal director Sonia Lenegan
Finance, and office manager Lana Norris
Training officer Amira Rady
Membership manager Helen Williams

ILPA’s working groups and convenors

ILPA organises its work into working groups.   The current range of working groups and their convenors is shown below.  All convenors are members of ILPA.   To contact a working group convenor, please email info@ilpa.org.uk  ILPA also convenes ad hoc working groups around particular topics and the staff of the secretariat can help you identify who would be the best person to speak to on a particular topic

CaseSpace Nigel Leskin, Birnberg Peirce and Partners, plus various – join us
Children (Convenors to be confirmed)
Courts and tribunals Rowena Moffatt, Doughty Street Chambers
Nicola Burgess, JCWI
Allan Briddock, One Pump Court
Economic migration Tom Brett-Young, Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP
Anushka Sinha, Kemp Little LLP
James Perrott, Macfarlanes LLP
European Alison Hunter, Wesley Gryk Solicitors
Elspeth Guild, Kingsley Napley
Jonathan Kingham Lexis PSL Immigration
Family and personal Katie Dilger, Senior Associate, Bates Wells LLP
Sue Shutter, volunteer with the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens and Slough Immigration Aid Unit.
Nath Gbikpi, Wesley Gryk Solicitors LLP
Immigration Professional Support Lawyers Network Shyam Dhir, LexisNexis
Tim Richards, Kingsley Napley LLP
Josh Hopkins, Laura Devine Immigration
Isle of Man NEW Watch this space – and get in touch to find out more info@ilpa.org.uk – Adrian Berry is the Comittee of Trustees Liaison
Legal aid Polly Brandon, Freedom from Torture
Laura Smith, JCWI
Ayesha Mohsin, Kalayaan
Legislation Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers and Chair of ILPA
New York Tanya Goldfarb, Clintons
Jenny Stevens, Laura Devine Solicitors
Northern Ireland Maria McCloskey, Napiers Solicitors
Sinead Marmion, Phoenix Law/STEP
Carolyn Rhodes, Gillen & Co Solicitors
Ashleigh Garcia, Law Centre NI
North West Lucy Mair of Garden Court North Chambers
Denise McDowell, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit,
Emma Morgan, Shoosmiths LLP
Shara Pledger, Lattitude Law
Refugee Ali Bandegani, Garden Court Chambers
Beya Rivers, Hackney Community Law Centre
Removals, detention and offences Bahar Ata, Duncan Lewis
Pierre Makhlouf, Bail for Immigration Detainees
Sairah Javed of JCWI.
Scotland John Vassiliou, McGill & Co Solicitors
Kirsty Thomson, JustRight Scotland
Barry Price of Latta and Co.
Southern Tamara Rundle, Redstart Law
South West Marie-Christine Allaire Rousse, South West Law
Sophie Humes, Avon and Bristol Law Centre
Dr Connie Sozi, Deighton Pierce Glynn
Glyn Lloyd, Newfields Law
Yorkshire and North East Chris Cole, Parker Rhodes and Hickmott Solicitors
Ish Ahmed, Bankfield Heath Solicitors
Emma Brooksbank, Freeths LLP
Nichola Carter, Carter Thomas Solicitors
Bryony Rest, David Gray Solicitors
Well-being Kat Hacker – Helen Bamber Foundation
Emily Heinrich of Fragomen
Aisha Choudhry – BWB LLP