Staff and board
Board of Directors
CORE’s board of directors oversee our strategic direction and are responsible for all aspects of governance.
David Bowman works as a consultant providing finance director skills to a portfolio of organisations, mainly in the not-for profit sector. David is currently a non-executive director for Shared Interest Society, and a trustee of its charity – both of which provide financial services and business support to make livelihoods and living standards better for people as they trade their way out of poverty. He has also been a non-executive director of Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade company, and a trustee of its charity, and been the finance director and company secretary of a publicly quoted real estate investment trust. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the University of Durham.
Peter Frankental joined Amnesty International UK in 1998, and is currently the Economic Relations Programme Director. His previous career included six years as a business analyst with Johnson Matthey and four years as a project manager within the National Health Service. He has also worked in the field of social regeneration, running capacity-building programmes for community organisations in various parts of London. Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity and was on the Steering Group of a three year research project (2004-2007) coordinated by the Canadian organisation Rights & Democracy, to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities. He is currently a trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and of Music in Detention, an organisation that runs music workshops in Immigration Removal Centres.
Fiona Gooch works on private sector policy issues at Traidcraft, particularly looking at the link between business and their impact on poor people in developing countries. This includes work on supply chains, company law, social reporting and investment. She represents the Fair Trade movement on EU High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain and previously has represented Fair Trade at the EU’s Corporate Social Responsibility multi-stakeholder forum, been the UK director of the Responsible Purchasing Initiative, and acted as an elected NGO board member for the Ethical Trading Initiative. She regularly works with Traidcraft’s partners in developing countries to improve the impact of international supply chains. Previously Fiona has undertaken work for Casella Stanger, Thames Water, Global Action Plan, Sunseed Trust, London Borough of Merton, Anita Pollack MEP, Wessex Water, Jupiter Asset Management and Radio 4.
Anne Lindsay heads up CAFOD‘s (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) work on the private sector. She leads on the role of business in development and the issue of business and human rights. Her work also includes looking at global supply chains, including the electronics industry, and she represents CAFOD within the Ethical Trading Initiative. As part of CAFOD’s commitment to Publish What You Pay, Anne is working on country by country reporting requirements for businesses and following the progress of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Focus countries for her research include Timor Leste, Mexico and Peru.
As the Director of Shift’s Business Learning Program, Francis oversees Shift’s work providing expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights. Shift is committed to using the knowledge their work generates to build broader understanding of the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles and this is a key area of Francis’ responsibilities. Prior to joining Shift, he helped establish Unicef UK’s Child Rights and Business Unit. Francis’ role included advising businesses on their human rights due diligence processes and advocacy towards Government on the policy environment for business and human rights. Francis has also worked at Save the Children and other international development charities as well as in public affairs in the technology sector. Having lived and worked in Colombia for a number of years, he has a particular interest in corporate accountability in Latin America.
Dan Leader is a barrister and partner at Leigh Day with over 17′ years litigation experience. He specialises in international human rights and environmental litigation with a particular focus on group actions by claimants from the developing world. Dan has lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya where he worked with local lawyers on human rights and public interest cases. In 2001 he was awarded the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith award for his contribution to pro bono work in Africa. From 2014 to 2017 he was an independent expert member of the Government Steering Board which oversees the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Danielle is a Senior Researcher on Labour Rights at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre. Her work focuses on the full range of labour rights including freedom of association, modern slavery and living wage. Danielle is a human rights lawyer and her experience includes representing asylum seekers as a caseworker at Refugee & Migrant Justice. She started her career at the law firm Mayer Brown where she was a solicitor in the litigation department.
Mustafa Qadri is the Founder and Executive Director of Equidem Research and Consulting, a specialist human rights and labour rights investigations consultancy. He is a human rights research and advocacy expert with over 15 years of interdisciplinary experience in government and public international law, journalism and the non-governmental sector. Mustafa is the author of several landmark human rights reports into the construction industry, civil and political rights issues, and media freedom, including most recently ‘The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game’ – the first independent human rights investigation to uncover labour abuse on Qatar 2022 World Cup construction sites.
Prof. Olga Martin-Ortega
Olga Martin-Ortega is currently Professor of International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich and has been researching business and human rights for over ten years. She leads the Business, Human Rights and Environment (BHRE) Research Group and undertakes research on multinational enterprises and human rights, post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice. She was previously a Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team at the Centre of Human Rights in Conflict (School of Law) at the University of East London. She is currently a member of several international research networks, including Chair of the Board of the Interest Group on Business and Human Rights of the European Society of International Law. Olga is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and member of the Board of Directors of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium.
Susie Talbot is an activist human rights lawyer working with communities around the world towards transformative change at the intersection of corporate accountability, economic policy, gender and other socio-economic issues. She is currently Legal Director of ESCR-Net – the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and previously worked on strategic litigation and other forms of advocacy at INTERIGHTS, the Kurdish Human Rights Project and Minority Rights Group International, among other spaces. Susie has facilitated interactive, practical workshops in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, integrating human rights, nature-connection practices and a living systems philosophy to advance social and environmental justice visions and collective action.
Swee Leng Harris
Swee Leng Harris is the Senior Policy Advisor on Mainstreaming the Rule of Law in Parliament at the Bingham Centre. She is interested in international law and governance of sustainable development both in terms of environmental governance and human rights. She has previously worked in the Research and Policy Department of the International Development Law Organisation in Rome and practised law at Allens (now Allens Linklaters) in Australia for over four years, specialising in environment and planning law. She has also undertaken extensive pro bono work advising on business and human rights issues and on indigenous peoples’ rights.
Tim Cooke-Hurle practises a broad range of civil and international law, including cases raising business and human rights issues. He has been a junior counsel in cases such as The Bodo Community v Shell and The Ogale Community v Shell, both cases arising from oil pollution in Nigeria, Various v African Barrick Gold, concerning mining operations in Tanzania and Various v British Airways and Simon Woods in Kenya. He also advises in relation to complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, such as in the case of Crude Accountability v the KPO Consortium in Kazakhstan and Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain v the Formula One Group.
Staff and consultants
Marilyn Croser, Director
Marilyn was appointed as CORE’s Director in March 2012 and is responsible for strategy, operations and fundraising. She represents CORE on the Steering Group of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice. Marilyn led the UK Refugee Council’s parliamentary advocacy and campaigning prior to joining CORE, and worked for Oxfam GB on the Make Poverty History and Control Arms campaigns firstly as a campaigner and then as policy advisor. Previously, Marilyn was a community development worker in Glasgow. Marilyn holds a Master’s with distinction in international law and international relations from King’s College London and an MA in Politics & English literature from the University of Glasgow.
Louise Eldridge, Policy and Communications Officer
Louise joined CORE as Policy and Communications Officer in October 2018. Prior to this, Louise worked on business and human rights projects as a Programme Officer for Anti-Slavery International and as a Research Assistant for the International Centre for Taxation and Development (ICTD) while completing a completed a Masters degree at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. She has also previously worked for Restless Development, the Robin Hood Tax campaign and Christian Aid.
Ruth Chambers, Advocacy Consultant
An experienced campaigner and public policy specialist, Ruth specialises in the charity and environment sectors. Ruth works as a freelance consultant advising charities and public bodies on policy and campaigns and has coordinated the coalition’s advocacy efforts around the Modern Slavery Bill. Ruth holds various appointments including Vice Chair of the Defra Civil Society Partnership Network, Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust and Campaign for Better Transport, non-exec Board Member of Hexagon Housing Association and Lay Member on a Public Health England expert committee on the medical effects of air pollution. Ruth also advises several charities on a voluntary basis.