Our Team 

Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE is the Founder and Chair of 5Rights. She is a Crossbench member of the House of Lords and sits on the Democracy and Digital Technologies Committee. She is a Commissioner for UNESCO's Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development where she is a member of the Working Group on Child Online Safety; a member of Unicef's AI group; and sits on the Council on Extended Intelligence.

Al Mik is Communications Manager at 5Rights. Al has a long history of working on human rights issues, and prior to 5Rights, Al worked in Brussels as Campaigns and Networks Director for an international criminal justice NGO. Al has a Law degree and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Nottingham.

Daral Williams is a Policy Officer at 5Rights. Daral has a background in both qualitative and quantitative research, specialising in the views and experiences of children and young people, and has worked on projects with a variety of children’s organisations. 

Ephraim Luwemba is the Associate Researcher at 5Rights. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the University of Nottingham’s Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training. His time working within the Digital Marketing industry caused him to question the uses of personal Data on the web, leading him to Horizon. His PhD work focuses on creating and testing guidelines for child-centred information systems.  

Erin Lavelle is the Operations Manager at 5Rights. Previously, Erin has worked in operations and employee communications within large and small corporates while also supporting various charities in London, Singapore and the US. 

Izzy Wick is the Policy Lead at 5Rights. Izzy joined 5Rights from the Civil Service where she specialised in digital service design and user-centred policy making. She has also worked for a number of charities and volunteers as a support worker for a criminal justice charity.

Joanna Slattery is a Project Coordinator at 5Rights. Before joining, Joanna worked in Eco-Finance exploring community financing for climate change, and volunteered for Street Child and Resolve International. She holds a Masters degree in Human Rights from University College London.

Dr Kruakae Pothong is a Researcher at 5Rights and visiting research fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research spans the areas of human-computer interaction, digital ethics, data protection, Internet and other related policies. She specialises in designing social-technical research, using deliberative methods to elicit human values and expectations of technological advances, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and distributed ledgers.

Leanda Barrington-Leach is Head of EU Affairs at 5Rights. Leanda joined 5Rights from the European External Action Service where she was Adviser to the Secretary General focusing on Strategic Communications and the fight against Disinformation. She previously worked in EU advocacy as a consultant and for non-profits, always with a focus on human rights. Leanda volunteers as an Adviser to Plan International, supporting their work on children's rights in EU foreign policy.

Natasha Jetha is a Project Co-ordinator at 5Rights. She has an extensive policy background and has successfully led on many projects and campaigns at Leonard Cheshire and Independent Age. In the past, Natasha has worked for the NSPCC and was a volunteer counsellor for Childline.

Nicola White is the Executive Assistant to Baroness Kidron. She was a part of the production team for the film, Victoria & Abdul (produced by Kidron), and has been involved in 5Rights since its inception in 2014. Previously, she worked at Tiger Aspect Productions. 

Robert Posner is the Director of Operations at 5Rights. Robert was Chief Executive at the Anne Frank Trust, has also engaged in consultancy for a range of charitable organisations, and sits as a Trustee on the Board of the Brain Tumour Charity.

Tony Stower is the Director of External Engagement at 5Rights. He has a background in complex policy development and communication in the public sector and most recently led work at the NSPCC to keep children safe online.

Dr Victoria Jaynes is a Policy Officer at 5Rights. Victoria has a background in qualitative research, with expertise in young people’s experiences of social media, first as a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds, then as a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex.

Consultants

Dr Anna Gekoski is a consultant, researcher and writer, who specialises in qualitative trauma-focused research. Her research interests include cybercrime, hate speech, revenge pornography, image based abuse, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment and assault, homicide, victims of crime, mental health and secondary victimisation. Anna is currently a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University and the University of Hertfordshire. 

Gerison Lansdown is a member of the UNCRC General Comment’s Steering Group. Gerison was the founding Director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England. She is now an international children’s rights consultant and advocate, and has published and lectured widely on the subject of children’s rights.

Professor Julia Davidson PhD is influential in shaping 5Rights’ work around online child protection. Julia is Professor of Criminology at the University of East London, and is Director of the newly formed Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit. She is one of the UK’s foremost experts on policy, practice and offending in the area of young people, cybercrime and cyber victimisation. 

Jutta Croll is a member of the UNCRC General Comment’s Steering Group. Jutta is Chairperson of the Board of the Stiftung Digitale Chancen. She project manages child protection and children’s rights in the digital world on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE is a member of the UNCRC General Comment’s Steering Group. Sonia is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published twenty books on media audiences, media literacy, and media regulation, with a particular focus on the opportunities and risks of digital media for children and young people.

Sudeshna Mukherjee works on the 5Rights Digital Futures Commission. In her last two assignments at the World Bank Group and Know Violence in Childhood: a Global Learning Initiative, she planned and lead high impact communication, knowledge, and advocacy campaigns. Sudeshna holds a postgraduate degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India and is pursuing MSc in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Susie Alegre is an international human rights barrister and writer, and an Independent Advisor for 5Rights.  She is an Associate at Doughty Street Chambers and a Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton.  She has decades of experience working on human rights for NGOs and international organisations around the world including Amnesty International, 5Rights, the OSCE ODIHR, the United Nations and the EU.  She has particular expertise in human rights in the digital age.