Migrant Help’s trustees are responsible in law for the charity, its assets and activities.

They are appointed because of their commitment to our values. Their experience and skills enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a national charity.

Lucy Bracken - Chair

For the past ten years Lucy has been working as an osteopath for two human rights charities specialising in the treatment and support of people who have been tortured or trafficked and are seeking asylum in the UK. As an osteopath she has specialised in the treatment of trauma and chronic pain.

She has also been working for Age UK on the national and London Boards and as the Chair of Age UK East London for the past five years.

Lucy also has skills in finance, running a business and understanding the third sector that helps her support Migrant Help.

"I have the day to day privilege of meeting and working with people who despite suffering the worst of humanity, show incredible resilience and kindness. I am very honoured to have the opportunity to work for Migrant Help as a trustee to support and champion the work of this very special organisation."

Martin Bunch - Vice Chair


Martin is currently the Managing Partner of Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP (BWB) which is the leading law firm in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector.

The firm has a strong history in the immigration field and Martin used to advise on immigration law matters including claims for asylum, work permits and general visa issues.

He has been employed at BWB since 1991 and now specialises in employment law, advising charities in employment and HR issues.

"I am extremely honoured to become a Trustee of the organisation which seeks to assist a particularly vulnerable group in our society."

Jan Annan

Jan has extensive experience of working with the NHS, central government, university settings and international organisations. She has also worked in policy, commissioning and service provision, and she is committed to the care and development of services.

Jan has particular expertise in health care, partnership working, implementation of new services and business development. She is the owner and director of a consultancy business (Shared Vision Consultancy Ltd), which focuses on working with organisations to deliver services to individuals in the areas of substance misuse and mental health.

"Being a Migrant Help Trustee gives me the chance to use my skills and experience to help an organisation that I know makes a real difference."

Neil Everett

Neil is an Equity Partner in a management consultancy that specialises in corporate responsibility and sustainability. They advise businesses, international institutions, and non-governmental organisations. The focus of my Niel's work is the social and environmental impact across global supply chains.

Neil began working with Migrant Help, pro bono, around four years ago and became a trustee two years ago. His work gives him a good understanding of the issues relating to employment opportunities and conditions for migrants in the UK – both directly and through the supply chains of large UK companies. He is also a Director of Clear Voice Interpreters and Translation Ltd.

"I’ve heard many stories, first hand, of how our organisation was there for people when they were in desperate need. The organisation offers practical advice and support to a community that is often vulnerable and exploited. I’m proud to be a part of that."

Phil King

Phil is an interim manager, currently a director of Impact Hub Kings Cross and an adviser/NED to a portfolio of early-stage social businesses. Previously he was the Head of Strategic Finance at Ecotricity, and Finance Director of Cafedirect during a period of rapid growth.

Recently he acted as Finance Director for three national charities, assisting them through periods of significant change. Phil is a Chartered Accountant and spent his early career in healthcare, leading start-ups and turnarounds in the UK and overseas. 

"I am happy to be joining the Board of Migrant Help and to offer my skills to contribute to the work the charity does in supporting some of the most vulnerable members of society."

Mark Leigh

Mark brings significant marketing, strategy and business development expertise to Migrant Help following an international career that has seen him lead operations across the globe – Asia, Middle East, US, UK and Europe. This experience is augmented by his early training and career in youth, community and education sectors and his current roles with UK based charities YGAM (Trustee) and NACRO (co-opted adviser).

"It is a real privilege to be able to contribute to the important work of creating access and growth avenues for people in great need – empowering them to take control of their lives and successfully contribute to their communities."    

David Noble QSO

David spent most of his career as a public service lawyer, working initially in local government in London then in senior roles in the UK Civil Service (in the Home Office and Cabinet Office, among other departments) and the EU Commission. He finished his full time career as the chief executive of a New Zealand government department.

Many of his roles included responsibility for legal advice and legislation relating to immigration, asylum, public procurement and grant-making.

“My past experience, particularly as deputy legal adviser in the Home Office, made me aware of the significance of the support and advice services that Migrant Help delivers. I am honoured to work, as a trustee, with others across the whole organisation in carrying out this vital assistance to the migrant community.” 

Robert Phillips

Robert spent his early career specialising in economics and credit risk management at international banks. Since the early 1990s, Robert has worked on establishing and developing migrant and refugee organisations, as well as other advice agencies locally and nationally. This included senior roles at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and the Immigration Advisory Service.

He is currently Treasurer of Money Advice Plus. Robert's specialisms include finance, strategy, quality, performance management, ICT and governance.

"It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute my experience in supporting the development of Migrant Help’s vitally needed services throughout the UK, as a Trustee and member of the Finance Committee."

John Smart – Treasurer

John is the Chief Finance Officer at HCT Group, a social enterprise in transport industry which provides over 20 million passenger trips on its vehicles every year. He is responsible for finance, procurement, HR and IT matters.

In the past, John held senior finance positions in a variety of organisations in both the public and private sectors.

"I am passionate about equality for all in our country. I see Migrant Help as playing a vital role in this area and feel that my finance and leadership skills can contribute to its efforts in supporting vulnerable migrants."