Our Team

David Hammond Esq. BSc (Hons), PGDL – Chief Executive Officer

Human Rights at Sea, as an emerging international concept and civil-society platform was first conceived in 2013 and founded on 3 April 2014 by David Hammond. A former military seafarer, veteran Royal Marines’ Officer and in-house Barrister (Counsel), David has practical maritime and legal-related operational experience having served in the North and South Atlantic Oceans, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and South China Seas. He has worked in challenging environments teaching human rights and International Humanitarian Law around the world on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. David is an advocate for the on-going international development, advocacy and drive for the explicit codification of the concept of ‘human rights at sea’ throughout the maritime environment. He holds a Batchelors in Marine Biology (Liverpool), a Post-Graduate Degree in Law (London), has practised in defence, prosecution, and advisory roles up to senior military and Ministerial level. He is a Member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple and a Member of the Institute of Directors.


Martyn Illingworth, Head of Operations and Development

Martyn is the Head of Operations and Development for the charity. He ensures that we deliver on our mission and strategy, and that our impact is as powerful as it can be. He leads the development, implementation and evaluation of our key projects and ensures that our stakeholder engagement is as effective and impactful as it can be. He has a considerable background in management in both the public and civil sectors with a strong focus on the delivery of strategic ambitions. He has worked for charities and NGOs, governments, and UN bodies on a range of projects and commissions. He is currently completing his MBA and is a Member of both the Chartered Managers Institute and the Association of Project Managers. 


Dr Elizabeth Mavropoulou (LLM, PhD, University of Westminster) – Administrator & Programme Manager

Elizabeth is the Administrator & Programme Manager of Human Rights at Sea overseeing the projects and programmes of the charity with the aim to deliver and fulfil on the organisation’s charitable objectives. She acts as the focal point for external consultants and interns and she is responsible in developing new partnerships, strategically expanding the reach of the charity internationally.  She is also responsible for the day to day administration of the Secretariat alongside the CEO.  Elizabeth has been with Human Rights at Sea since 2014, researching, writing and working for raising awareness on the concept of human rights at sea.  Elizabeth is also an early career academic, a part-time visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, and Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, where she lectures on public international law, international human rights law and international refugee law. Her current research and writing focuses on international refugee law and responsibility sharing.


Dr Bonny Ling (PhD) – Senior Consultant Researcher

Dr. Bonny Ling is a scholar and practitioner who works on international human rights and development. She has worked in the UN system and in international civil society. She holds a Ph.D in Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, M.Phil (Cantab) in Criminology and MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Dr. Ling also consults as a legal analyst on responsible business conduct with a focus on Asia; and has served as an international election observer in East Timor and for the OSCE. Previously at the University of Zurich in Switzerland from 2014-2019, she is an independent scholar based in the UK and holds the position of Senior Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking for her work and research on human trafficking. She writes on human rights, migrants, business responsibilities and international law.



Daniel Shepherd BA (Hons), LL.M – Senior Consultant Researcher

Daniel has worked closely with Human Rights at Sea since 2015 as an external consultant. He has worked on a wide variety of research based projects and client instructions including, among others, seaborne migration and Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean, abuses of seafarers and fishermen’s rights, piracy and maritime security, investigations into missing seafarers and allegations of multiple homicide, and industry policy and legislative reviews both within UK and Overseas jurisdictions. He holds a Batchelors in Politics (University of Sheffield), a Masters in Public International Law (University of Nottingham), is a qualified barrister and Member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.



Ivana-Maria Carrioni-Burnett Manager – Non-Executive Advisory Board Manager (Pro bono)

Ivana-Maria Carrioni-Burnett joined the Royal Navy in 2007, serving for over 11 years and sailing in Frigates, Destroyers and Survey ships in a wide range of maritime environments. Ivana has seen a lack of human rights at sea first hand was involved in a variety of different maritime operations, from fishery protection in home waters to patrolling disputed boundaries in the Persian Gulf, from anti-piracy in the Gulf of Aden to migrant operations in the Mediterranean. Her specialisation was firstly hydrographics and then navigation where she developed a love for ship-handling and achieved her command qualification, or masters ticket. Ivana now works as a Marine Pilot on the River Thames with the Port of London Authority. She is a Freeman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, a member of Maritime UK and WISTA and participates in the Lean In working group for women on the Thames: Women on the Water.


Anastasia Papapetrou (LL.M) – Project Co-ordinator

Anastasia Papapetrou is the Project Coordinator for the Geneva Declaration on Human Rights at Sea. She holds an LL.M of International Law from the University of Westminster. She also obtains a BA in English Language and Literature from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. Currently she is at the final year of her studies in the Law School (LLB) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a qualified teacher both in Greece and in the UK having taught among others Human Rights issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals across British schools. In 2019, she started as an intern at Human Rights at Sea with the internship sponsored by the Fishmongers’ Company. 



Dr Bianca Haas (PhD) – Researcher (Pacific)

Originally from Austria, Bianca Haas just finished her PhD on Regional Fisheries Management Organizations and their potential contribution to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, life below water, at the University of Tasmania, Australia. Bianca attended two Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meetings, which dealt with the management and conservation of tuna and tuna-like species. During the course of her doctoral research, Bianca interned with WWF-NZ, where she dealt with the issue of crew welfare and Human Rights issues in the tuna fisheries. In 2021, she joined the team of consultants for at Human Rights at Sea.