EDF’s trustees are responsible for the organisation’s governance, and contribute to its performance and strategy. Click on the tabs for brief biographies of EDF trustees.
Trustees – Chair, Vice-chair and Treasurer
Asif Afridi (Chair) is Deputy CEO at brap, a national equality and human rights advisory organisation based in Birmingham.
Asif is a published researcher focusing principally on issues of human rights and equalities. Before joining brap he worked with the European Commission in China and Belgium in the field of human rights. Recent published research work has focused on issues of: deprivation; social networks; social cohesion; inequalities in political representation; and regulating for human rights protection in the UK.
Sarah Veale (Vice-chair) is Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the TUC. The Department leads on employment rights, both individual and collective, employment relations and equality at work. Before becoming Head of Equality and Employment Rights, Sarah was Senior Employment Rights Officer at the TUC, in which role she was responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law.
She co-ordinated TUC activities in relation to the introduction of the Employment Relations Act 1999 and wrote the TUC Guide to the Act. She was also responsible for various TUC submissions to the Government, and was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the recent national agreement with the CBI and the Government on temporary agency work.
She regularly briefs senior union officers on developments in employment and discrimination law and policy and speaks at conferences and events. She is co-author of ‘Your Rights at Work’, the TUC’s book on employment rights. Sarah is a member of the ACAS Council, the Government’s Regulatory Policy Committee, the Women’s National Commission and the Employment Tribunals System Steering Board. She was awarded the CBE for services to diversity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2006. Sarah’s interests include her family, music, reading and politics.
Jean Scott (Treasurer)
Jean Scott (Treasurer) worked before her retirement at the TUC as Finance Manager with responsibilities for the management and preparation of the accounts of the TUC, the charities TUC Education Trust, Tolpuddle Memorial Trust and TUC Aid. Jean has worked at the TUC since October 2007. Before that, she qualified as an accountant at Barnet College.
As the wife of a diplomat, Jean spent fifteen years accompanying her husband on a variety of overseas posts, spending time in Pakistan, Nigeria and Malaysia. On returning to the UK in the 1980s with three young children, Jean eventually started working in the accounts department of a private contract company, at first on a part-time basis before progressing to fully managing the company accounts.
Jean has taught accounts up to professional level at a local college and been involved with the careers advice network of one of the accounting bodies.
Julie Bishop is Director of the UK Law Centres Network, a post that she has held for 8 years. Prior to this, Julie was Director of the National Association of Community Legal Centres in Australia for over 5 years and worked in the legal aid sector in Australia at community level for almost 20 years. Julie’s professional training is in IT. It was as an IT consultant that Julie first worked in legal aid. Before IT, Julie studied and taught Philosophy at the University of Sydney.
David Cutler has been the Director of the Baring Foundation, one of the UK’s best known independent funder, since 2003. Before then he worked in the voluntary sector and local government for over twenty years on social justice issues. He is a trustee of the Tropical Health Education Trust and a member of the BBC’s Charity Appeals Advisory Committee. His previous trustee and Non-Executive roles have included Vice Chair of the British Institute of Human Rights and the UK Section of Amnesty International and board member of the Commission for the Compact on Government / Voluntary Sector relations and a Primary Care Trust.
Anna Edmundson is Senior Policy and Public Affairs Advisor at the Children’s Rights Alliance for England. Anna trained as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in human rights and equality law (highlights being representing Liberty, Justice and Mind in landmark cases extending human rights protections to people in mental healthcare). After qualifying, she spent four years at INQUEST leading their policy and parliamentary work and managing high-profile, successful campaigns on reducing the deaths of BAME people in police custody. Anna has worked for leading human rights organisations, including BIHR where she was Deputy Director. She has an expertise in strategic communications and, as an Advisor to EDF’s Equally Ours project, helped to devise and launch the “Rights for Life” campaign which shared real stories of how human rights are for all of us at all stages in our life. She was also on the Steering Group of Act for the Act – a crowd-funded poster campaign to safeguard the Human Rights Act.
Dr Mike Nussbaum has been in the thick of social change and community development for nearly 50 years. His first career as a research chemist was cut short by failing eyesight, but Mike soon forged a second career in local government and public policy development. Mike worked with communities in some of the most challenging local authorities in the UK, initiating pioneering work in social inclusion and in urban regeneration and design. For three years, he led the government’s policy unit on Children’s Play.
Since retirement Mike has taken on various roles in the national voluntary sector but particularly in promoting and developing the role of volunteering. He was instrumental in persuading the UK government of the need for ‘The Office of the Third Sector’ as a key function of the Cabinet Office. Currently, Vice President of Volunteering England, he was its founding Chair for 10 years, from its inception until September 2009.
Mike is involved with various charitable organisations both locally, nationally and more broadly, in the European context. He is currently chairing a Cross Sectors Working Group (known as the Expert Volunteers Initiative) which aims to recruit volunteers to assist the hardest to reach groups of the long-term unemployed to access employment opportunities which is very relevant to people with a visual impairment.In 2005 Mike received a national ‘Year of the Volunteer’ Award for services to volunteering, and in 2008 The Open University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of over 40 years of public service
Liz Sayce is is Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, leading work to achieve equal participation for all, through programmes on independent living, career opportunities and shifts in cultural attitudes and behaviour. Liz is also a member of the Committee of Healthwatch England and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. With a background in mental health and disability policy, previous roles include Director of Policy and Communications at the Disability Rights Commission, where she led formal investigations and a new ‘Disability Agenda’; and Policy Director of Mind. She led an Independent Review into disability employment programmes for Government in 2011 and has published widely on mental health, disability and social participation. She undertook a Harkness Fellowship in the USA resulting in a book (From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen, 2000 – updated in 2016), was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to disabled people and an honorary doctorate from the University of Kent in 2014.
Janet Veitch runs her own business, working for statutory and voluntary sector organisations, specialising in public policy on women’s rights. She is a non-executive director of the End Violence against Women Coalition.
She was a civil servant for thirty years, working in Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office among other Departments. For 10 years, she worked for the UK Ministers for Women, inter alia taking the lead on gender mainstreaming across Whitehall. She was a member of the UK state delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 1999-2007, and wrote What’s Beijing Got to Do with Me, summarising the UK’s obligations under the Beijing Platform for Action. She was Director of the Women’s National Commission, the government’s advisory body on women, and was responsible for producing successive UK shadow reports to CEDAW. She set up the Muslim Women’s Network to advise the Ministers for Women following the 7/7 bombings, and produced ‘She Who Disputes’, a report on Muslim women’s policy concerns.
Janet was Visiting Professor of Gender Studies, University of Madrid Complutense (2004), and has served on a number of equality advisory groups, including the Big Lottery; the Development Board for Rosa, the UK Women’s Fund; the Equal Opportunities Commission Advisory Group on the Gender Equality Duty; and the Ministry of Justice advisory group on gender equality. She wrote the third edition of ‘Making the Grade’, an independent audit of government policy on violence against women, and was part of the consortium, led by Professor Liz Kelly, that developed London’s first Violence against Women Strategy. Janet is immediate past chair of the UK Women’s Budget Group, working on the gender analysis of economic policy. She gave evidence to the Canadian parliament in its enquiry on gender budgeting and was the visiting expert on gender budgeting on the FCO’s Strategic Programme in China.
She was awarded an OBE for services to women’s rights in 2011.
Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard is Policy and Research Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Before that she was Head of Research at the Runnymede Trust. Debbie has significant policy and research experience in the areas of equality, diversity and widening participation. Her recent publications include oral history work exploring the contribution of Asian NHS staff to the health service, Runnymede reports exploring the impact of changes to the National Curriculum on the teaching and learning of diversity in schools, the relationship of race equality to Widening Participation policies in higher education and re-examining the persistent gaps in rates of school exclusion for minority ethnic pupils and their white counterparts.