HRAS welcomes four new Trustees

Press Release

17 June 2021

London. UK.  Human Rights at Sea is pleased to formally announce the further expansion of its Board of Trustees with the addition of four new appointments in the key role of strategic oversight and governance for the day-to-day running of the charitable NGO and its global activities.

Marika McAdam, independent consultant and adviser expert on migrant smuggling, human trafficking and human rights, Mitra Motlagh, Head of Partnership Development at Save the Children, Helen SimpsonHuman Rights and Social Impact Lead at BP, Richard Stavis, independent fisheries consultant and an internationally acknowledged seafood thought leader and innovator.

The new Trustees bring collectively a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the private sector, third sector and the United Nations, and their trusteeship will be pivotal to the success of the organisation’s mission, vision and strategy over the years to come.

Chair of Trustees, Fiona Laurence, commented: “As Chair of the board I am pleased to welcome Richard Stavis, Mitra Motlagh, Helen Simpson and Marika McAdam to Human Rights at Sea and looking forward to working alongside them driving the organisation forwards”.

CEO, David Hammond commented: “We are delighted to welcome our four new trustees, all of whom respectively have deep knowledge relating to the various areas of the charity’s human rights work and its activities. Their crucial oversight and input will further enhance our ability to innovate and deliver against our vision to end human rights abuse at sea.”

Marika McAdam commented:

“I am honoured to be entrusted with this role for a charity with so compelling a mission, so critical a purpose and so clear a message: human rights apply at sea as they do on land. I look forward to executing this trusteeship in support of Human Rights at Sea achieving what it has set out to do.” 

Mitra Motlagh  commented:

“I am delighted to be joining Human Rights at Sea as a Trustee and look forward to supporting its amazing efforts to give a voice to those who are often forgotten”.

Helen Simpson commented:

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as a trustee for HRAS.  (Those at sea often have significantly reduced opportunities to access measures that may be in place to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights abuses.) I look forward to contributing to work that will improve conditions for those living, working or transiting via the sea, or employed in industries which are ‘adjacent’ to it and part of the supply chain.”

Richard Stavis commented:

HRAS is engaged in vital work, protecting vulnerable at-sea workers.  I look forward to raising awareness of their initiatives to the business community, creating the opportunity for broader support of HRAS’ important work.




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