Our Trustees

Thomas Price

CHAIR

Tom Price QC was called to the Bar in 1985.  He commenced practice in 1988 after some time abroad, practising in civil and criminal litigation.  Subsequently he became a specialist in crime (both defence and prosecution ) and began specialising in defence work in 1995.  His practice covers all areas of criminal defence.  He became a  QC in 2010 and has been engaged in the most serious areas of criminal law, including murder and particularly white collar crime and serious fraud.  He has written and lectured extensively on legal matters both in the UK and abroad, including Tanzania and Russia.

Duncan Jones

TREASURER

Duncan Jones is a barrister specialising in criminal law, with a particular emphasis on defence advice and advocacy in white collar and business crime investigations and prosecutions. He was called to the Bar in 2012 and is ranked as a leading junior in Business and Regulatory Crime (including Global Investigations) in the Legal 500. Prior to coming to the Bar, Duncan studied Law and Human Rights at University and was Chair of Essex Street Law, delivering citizenship and mock trial coaching to teenagers. He was an Amicus intern at the Mississippi Office of Capital Defence Counsel, assisting in the defence of death penalty cases at trial and appellate level. He is an Inner Temple advocacy trainer and has delivered training to lawyers at all levels in the UK and in Russia.

Andrew Bernhardt

SECRETARY

Andrew Bernhardt worked as a Probation Officer for 22 years specialising in risk assessment and the management of high-risk offenders. He has worked with prisoners and staff in over 60 prisons. His international work includes training of Criminal Justice staff in Russia, Georgia, Albania, Armenia and Ukraine. He has helped devise the syllabus for Masters courses on Social Work with offenders in Georgia and Albania and has been a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Hertfordshire from 2012 until retiring in May 2022. For the last eight years he has run a private counselling practice from his home in North London.

John Harding

John Harding spent 37 years in the Probation Service.  His final post was Chief Probation officer for Inner London 1992-2001.  He was a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales 2001-2007.  He also served  as Visiting Professor in Criminal Justice Studies at Hertfordshire University from 2001 to 2009.  Between 2007 and 2012 he worked for the European Union as a criminal justice expert, principally in Russia but also in Turkey and Serbia and Georgia.  He is a trustee of Addaction, a major drug and alcohol treatment agency, and the Pen-optical trust.  He has written widely on alternatives to custody and community based sanctions.  He was awarded a CBE in the Queens Birthday Honours in 2001.

Martha Blom-Cooper

Martha is currently responsible for the strategic direction and future design of the criminal courts in England & Wales working with the senior judiciary and criminal jutsice agencies. Martha has over 20 years experience working in prisons, the Parole Board and the criminal courts in England & Wales, transforming services through operational and strategic leadership.  She has provided training and consultancy in relation to public protection, service improvement and selection and training of the judiciary in the UK and internationally.

Keith Davies

Keith Davies has experience as Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, Kingston University, UK, having led the BA in Social Work programmes at Kingston and in Gibraltar. His practice background is as a probation officer and practice teacher. He has worked as a trainer for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in the UK and has led training courses for prison staff. He has worked on a number of occasions as a trainer of criminal justice practitioners in the Russian Federation. He has edited two books, the first on the Troubled Families Initiative and the second on Skills for Social Work Practice.

Robert Brown

Robert Brown has brought his knowledge, expertise and commitment into establishing CWI and serving as its first Chair from 2015 to 2020. His 30-year experience as a criminal litigator and advocate in the UK has been invaluable in our programmes. Much of his international work has been done in Russia, including projects on juvenile justice reforms and training for criminal defence lawyers. He has been part of an international team of experts developing training guidance for lawyers and police officers across Europe. Among many important voluntary jobs he took in addition to his professional career, Robert was Vice Chairman of the British Russian Law Association, President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences, President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and a member of the Times Law Panel.

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC (27 March 1926 - 19 September 2018)

Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC FKC was one of the founding trustees of CWI and supported our work from the very beginning and to the last day of his outstanding life. Sir Louis was a retired barrister who practised in public and administrative law in the UK and international courts for over 50 years.  He was an active campaigner and advocate for Human Rights, including chairing the Howard League for Penal Reform and the National Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

 

 

Citizens’ Watch International

Citizens’ Watch International is a UK registered charity dedicated to promoting access to justice where human rights are at risk, particularly in Russia and the former Soviet Bloc countries.