John J. Studzinski CBE

An American-born British investment banker and philanthropist, John is Vice Chairman of PIMCO. He is heavily involved in hands-on philanthropy, patronage, and charity work. His numerous charitable activities revolve mainly around human rights, the arts, and homelessness. John’s own charity, the Genesis Foundation, supports and nurtures people in the creative fields in the early stages of their careers. He is chair of trustees and co-founder of the Arise Foundation.

Sr. Patricia Murray IBVM

A Loreto Sister and Executive Secretary of the International Union of the Superiors General, representing more than 350,000 women religious. Sister Pat has held a variety of leadership positions, each expressing her lifelong commitment to justice and peace. Notably, prior to coming to her current role, she served as Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan – a collaborative project which involves female and male religious in building the capacity of the people of South Sudan. Among her many other responsibilities, she works with the international coordinator to oversee the development of Talitha Kum – the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking.

HRH Madawi Al Saud

Chairwoman of Ibtissam, which she founded in June 2013 to advocate zero tolerance towards human trafficking, through legislation and awareness raising across the Arab world. She specialises in the structure and administration of shelters in challenging circumstances, a subject on which her view is regularly sought as a consultant. She holds degrees from Kings College, London, and the Sorbonne, Paris, and is working towards her doctorate in philosophy at Cranfield University. She lives between London and the Middle East.

Rt. Hon Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool

A Crossbench life peer in the House of Lords, Lord Alton has served in Parliament since 1979, when he was the “baby of the House” – the youngest Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. He is renowned for his tenacious commitment to human rights, leading him to take up causes from the Congo to North Korea. He is perhaps best known for his advocacy on behalf of persecuted minorities, discernible throughout his long and distinguished parliamentary career.

Jane Leek

UK and Ireland Regional Director of Porticus – the international organisation that manages the grant-giving programmes of charitable entities established by the Brenninkmeijer family. Jane brings decades of experience to Arise’s grant-giving. For eleven years (2004-2013) Jane and a colleague jointly coordinated Porticus’ Women of Faith programme which was particularly concerned with women religious in East and Southern Africa and their leadership in the areas of health, education, women’s rights and empowerment. Jane holds a degree in Psychology from Liverpool University, an MA in Theology from Heythrop College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Grant Giving Management from Cass Business School.

Lord Hogan-Howe

Lord Hogan-Howe was Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, the UK’s most senior policeman, from 2011 to 2017. During this time, he oversaw a massive reduction in murder rates and crime overall, as well as successfully policing the London Olympics. He is passionate about ending human trafficking and modern slavery. While Commissioner he was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Marta Group. This network bringing together heads of national and international police and law enforcement agencies from over 30 countries with the church in order to better serve victims of trafficking.

Sr Lynda Dearlove RSM, MBE

A Mercy Sister and founder of Women at the Wellan institution dedicated to serving women in street based prostitution and victims of human trafficking in Central London. Her voice is an established part of the national and international conversation surrounding women’s welfare, serving the National Alliance of Women’s Organisation, European Women’s Lobby, the Women’s National Commission and their Violence Against Women Working Group.

Wendy B. Strauss

Wendy Strauss is a marketing and business development consultant who has worked with global clients such as Morgan Stanley, National Grid and Deutsche Bank. From 2008-2013 she partnered with an ambassador of MTV EXIT, a campaign to end human trafficking and exploitation by raising awareness, promoting positive behaviour change and driving social action. Together they worked side-by-side in the United States and on the ground in Southeast Asia. Currently based in New York, she has lived in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Wendy is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

Peter Smith

Peter is a barrister, practising in commercial and media litigation. After time as an officer in the British Army, he was educated at Cambridge, where he read social and political sciences and international relations. At university Peter was treasurer of a large student-run charity and he has served a number of NGOs in various capacities since.  He is also is a sought after political commentator and writer of legal obituaries. Peter lives and works in the Middle East.

Aimee Barr, LSCW

Aimee Barr is a psychotherapist with private practices in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Union Square, Manhattan. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Post-Masters Certificate from The National Institute of the Psychotherapies (NIP). She has spent many years as a sexual assault response team volunteer and has extensive experience in counselling survivors of childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Well + Good, Monster and is a frequent lecturer at Fordham University. She is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

David Bringle

A former officer in the US Navy, David Bringle has dedicated his life to protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. David was intimately involved in the US Defense Department’s development of the Memex suite of counter human trafficking tools. These tools revolutionised the way law enforcement, both in the US and abroad conduct human trafficking investigations, by identifying the online footprint of those involved. He is the founder of Whistle Lake Consulting, a technology firm that provides expert strategies on the development and implementation of advanced technologies; aiding investigators and analysts to expand their understanding of criminal behaviour. He is a director of Arise Foundation America. 

Trixie Brenninkmeijer Schürholz  

Trixie brings to the board long and proven experience in the anti-slavery movement. She was a board member of the Helen Bamber Foundation and her commitment to women who have suffered sexual exploitation led her to train as a psychosynthesis counsellor in 2007-2010 and to work in a women only centre for two years. For the last four years she has been involved in the Thomson Reuters Trust Conference, a leading annual human rights conference. In addition to this she remains Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Woolf Institute - the leading centre for the study of Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations. Most important of all, she is mother to seven.