Who we are

Bill Skirrow (Executive Director)

Bill Skirrow (Executive Director)

is a senior manager and business development executive with experience in the not-for-profit, digital media and communications sectors. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community, Bill was sales & marketing director of Localgiving.com, the UK’s leading online fundraising platform for small charities and community groups. Before that, he set up his own digital communications company, BigStream Interactive, in 2005 and was managing director of media services provider Intelfax.

David Dowling (Chairman of the Trustees)

David Dowling (Chairman of the Trustees)

is a solicitor at Ropes & Gray, focusing on private equity and impact investing. Prior to Ropes & Gray, he worked at Gibson Dunn and trained at Baker & McKenzie. David obtained a first in Theology at Oriel College, Oxford and was awarded the Gibbs Prize, following which he completed the GDL at City Law School and the LPC at College of Law Moorgate. David is also a board member of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact, and lectures on the law of international private equity finance on the LLM at King’s College London.

 

 

Oliver Hyams (Secretary)

Oliver Hyams (Secretary)

is a barrister practising from Hardwicke Chambers. He has volunteered with both Camden Community Law Centre and the Free Representation Unit, and previously worked at the European Commission in Brussels. Oliver read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Hatfield College, Durham, and completed a master’s degree at University College London. He studied for the GDL and BPTC at City Law School.

Lindsey Poole (Trustee)

Lindsey Poole (Trustee)

has been Director of the Advice Services Alliance since 2013. She began her career in advice in the 1980’s, working as a volunteer in a local advice centre before going on to work for a number of different advice organisations including  SHAC, Citizens Advice (as a regional training officer) and FIAC (now Advice UK). During a change in career direction to criminal justice and crime reduction (and a stint in central government) she continued volunteering and served as Chair of Trustees of two local advice centres. She is a qualified trainer and holds a Masters in Applied Social Research.

 

Martin Griffiths (Trustee)

Martin Griffiths (Trustee)

is a director of Richmonte Wells, a management consultancy with a specialisation in the legal sector. His core areas of work are recruitment, mergers, coaching and business development advice. He has previously worked with two market-leading consultancies, prior to which he had over 20 years senior management experience with chambers in London. Martin is a past chair of the Institute of Barristers Clerks and gained an MBA in Legal Practice from Nottingham Law School.

 

Adam Johnson (Trustee)

Adam Johnson (Trustee)

is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Adam has practised in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration for 25 years and has experience of a wide range of cases, in particular disputes involving a cross-border element. Since 2006 Adam has been a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills Advocacy Unit. He is a member of a number of legal organisations, including the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (of which he is a former trustee). He is also the Herbert Smith Freehills Corporate Responsibility partner, and in that capacity is a strong supporter of pro bono legal initiatives both within the firm and externally.

Atoosa Khatiri (Training & Volunteer Coordinator)

Atoosa Khatiri (Training & Volunteer Coordinator)

is a coordinator with experience in the charity sector, in particular with managing and coordinating student volunteers. After obtaining an LLB law degree at UEL and the LPC at Nottingham Law School, Atoosa went on to work in the legal sector in civil and human rights litigation. Prior to joining Pro Bono Community she worked as a coordinator in a refugee community charity and volunteered for an anti-trafficking legal charity.