The Trustees

The Trustees are Sigrid Rausing (Chair), Andrew Puddephatt (Deputy Chair), Geoffrey Budlender, Hosh Ibrahim, Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Joshua Mailman, Mabel van Oranje, Ruth Rogers and Chris Stone.

Sigrid Rausing FRSL is the Publisher of Granta Books, and the Editor of Granta Magazine. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London, which was followed by a 2-year Honorary Fellowship. Her academic monograph, History, Memory and Identity in Post Soviet Estonia: the End of a Collective Farm, was published in 2004 (Oxford University Press). Her first trade book, Everything is Wonderful (Grove Atlantic) was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. Her memoir, Mayhem (Hamish Hamilton and Knopf) was short-listed for the Wellcome Prize in 2018.

Rausing has won numerous awards for her philanthropy, and serves and has served on several boards, including Charleston, the museum home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and Sevenoaks School, where she was Governor, and the Cultural Council of Lund University. She is a Council Member of the Royal College of Art, and Ambassador Council member of the Scholars at Risk Network. She is an Emeritus member of the International Board of Human Rights Watch and of the Advisory Board of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

Rausing has received Honorary Doctorates from University College London, the Open University and the University of Kent. She holds a Morrell Fellowship from the University of York, and is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and of St Antony's College, Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Andrew Puddephatt is Deputy Chair of the Trust. He is Founder Director of Adapt, a social purpose company that helps organisations manage their users’ data ethically. He is the Board Chair of Global Partners Digital, a social purpose company that promotes democracy and human rights online. He is also Chair of the Internet Watch Foundation, a charity registered in the UK that works with the internet industry to remove child sex abuse images online. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 from January 1999 to October 2004. He has held a number of other prominent human rights positions, including Director of Charter88 and General Secretary of Liberty. He has been an expert member of both the Council of Europe and the Commonwealth Expert working groups on freedom of information and freedom of expression and is an advisor to UNESCO on media and internet policy. He is the chair of International Media Support, a Danish-based NGO which provides emergency support to journalists in conflict areas and an Executive Board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. In January 2003 Andrew Puddephatt was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Geoff Budlender SC is an advocate (barrister) practising in Cape Town, South Africa. He works mainly in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law, and other aspects of public law.
In 1979 he was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC). He litigated cases dealing with freedom of movement, forced evictions, citizenship, detention without trial, and fair labour practices. He was National Director of the LRC from 1994 to 1996.

With the advent of democracy he advised the new government on the creation of new legal frameworks for land reform, water rights, and the structure of the legal profession. In 1996 he was appointed Director-General of the Department of Land Affairs in the Mandela administration. He held that post until January 2000. He then re-joined the LRC as Director of its Constitutional Litigation Unit.

Since 1994 he has litigated cases dealing with the death penalty, evictions, HIV/AIDS, housing rights, land rights, access to justice, and the rights of women under customary law. He appears regularly in the Constitutional Court.

He has acted as a judge of the High Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Hosh Ibrahim's interest has been focused on good governance and its paramount role in development on the African continent. This led to further work supporting human rights across the Global South, due to the interconnectivity of many of the issues. He serves on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation for African Governance where he previously worked as the Director of Special Projects. He currently serves on the Global Advisory Board of Sesame Workshop, creator of Sesame Street children’s television for early childhood development. In addition to SRT, he serves on the Board of Outright Action International. Hosh is a trustee of The Khartoum Breast Care Centre in Sudan for women’s health, which he helped establish and is now run by Dr Hania Fadl OBE. He also served on the Board to develop the Africa Centre of New York, which is currently active and due to fully open its building on the corner of Central Park and Harlem by the end of 2020.

Hosh is a graduate from The Central School of Speech and Drama and spent more than a decade as a working actor in television and film. Hosh also graduated from UCL where he studied Politics, Philosophy and History.

Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QCis the inaugural Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and a practising barrister at Blackstone Chambers. He is Emeritus Professor of Public Law at University College London and the recent UK member on the Council of Europe's Commission for Public Law ("The Venice Commission").

Joshua Mailman is Managing Director of Serious Change Investment Management, a sole LP impact investment fund with $100 million in assets under management, and President of the Joshua Mailman Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of Echoing Green and the Fund for Global Human Rights. He is also a member of the Board of Overseers at the Mailman School for Public Health at Columbia University.

A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’. She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to SRT she is a member of the (advisory) boards of Global Witness, the Malala Fund, the Open Society Foundations, and The Elders. You can follow her tweets at @MabelvanOranje.

Ruth Rogers was born in New York City in 1948. She was educated at The Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Bennington College, and the London College of Printing. Ruth worked in the art department of Penguin books with David Pelham and later at Piano and Rogers Architects in Paris. Ruth and Rose Gray opened The River Cafe in 1987. The restaurant has been awarded the ‘Best Italian Restaurant of the Year’ and a Michelin Star in 1997, which they have retained ever since. In 1995 Ruth published her first cookbook with Rose Gray, The River Café Cookbook, and presented a 12-part series for Channel 4, The Italian Kitchen. They published a further 10 cookbooks, all of which have been on the best seller list. The most recent cook book, River Cafe 30, by Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray, Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli was published on 5 October 2017, marking 30 years since the River Cafe first opened its doors. In 2010, Ruth was awarded an MBE. She is on the panel of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award and is a trustee for the charities Refuge and Index on Censorship. Ruth also supports Maggie’s, The Dyslexia Institute and Democrats Abroad.

Chris Stone is an independent advisor on justice reform worldwide, organisational strategy, and innovation in the social sector. He has served as president of the Open Society Foundations (2012-2017), Guggenheim Professor of the Practice of Criminal Justice at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2005-2012), faculty director of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (2007-2012), and director of the Vera Institute of Justice (1994-2004). He has advised civil society organisations and justice reform efforts in the United States, Great Britain, South Africa, and China, as well as assisting in the development of the International Criminal Court. At the Kennedy School, he led the Program in Criminal Justice, chairing multi-year Executive Sessions on Policing and Public Safety, Judicial Leadership, and Human Rights. Chris is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University (M.Phil. Criminology), and the Yale Law School. In 2005, Chris received an honorary OBE for his contributions to criminal justice reform in the United Kingdom.