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Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir qualified as a solicitor after studying law in Birmingham and worked in private practice until he joined the CPS in 1991. He began his CPS career in central London and has prosecuted and advised on many high profile cases, including the Rochdale sexual grooming cases in 2012. He is the former Chief Crown Prosecutor (CPS) for the North West Area.

He is now Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners. Nazir was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Manchester.

Baroness Joyce Gould

Baroness Gould has been a life peer in the House of Lords since 1993, and has been a Deputy Speaker since 2002.

She is Co-Chair of the Department of Health’s Sexual Health Forum, she is also President of the FPA; patron of FORWARD - an organisation that campaigns against female genital mutilation; and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Baroness Gould is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare; and in October 2007 became the first Honorary Fellow of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV [BASHH]. She was also voted the 2007 Health Champion at the Charity Champion Awards in recognition of her campaigning work to raise the profile of epilepsy as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy.

In addition, she is Patron of Yorkshire MESMAC.

Awarded Honorary Doctor of the University [D.Univ] by Birmingham City University [Faculty of Health] and Honorary Doctorate at the University of Bradford.

Baroness Shreela Flather

The Right Honourable Baroness Shreela Flather, LLB, JP, DL Windsor And Maidenhead.

Baroness Flather was born in Lahore, British India. She is married to Gary Flather, QC and they have two sons. She studied law at University College London and is now a Fellow of UCL. She was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple.

In 1990, Baroness Flather became the first Asian woman to sit in the House of Lords. She started her career with voluntary work in the Asian Community. She was a Borough Councillor for fifteen years and was the first ethnic minority woman Councillor when first elected in 1976. She became Deputy Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead in 1985/86 and the Mayor in 1986/87, becoming the first Asian woman Mayor in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Flather has served on a number of public bodies including the Commission for Racial Equality; Police Complaints Board and the Lord Chancellor's Legal Aid Advisory Committee. She was the UK delegate to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Committee and in 1994 she was appointed the UK representative on the European Advisory Commission on Racism and Xenophobia. Currently, she is a trustee of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (UK), a Governor of the Commonwealth Institute, and a Director of Meridian Broadcasting Ltd.

Lady Flather has been appointed Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire.

Baroness Ruth Lister

Ruth Lister CBE became a Labour peer with the title Baroness Lister of Burtersett in February 2011. She is also Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University. She is a former Director of the Child Poverty Action Group and is now its Honorary President. She is a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. She is currently chair of the management committee of the pressure group Compass, vice-chair of the Fair Pay Network, and on the board of the Smith Institute. She served on the Commission on Social Justice, the Opsahl Commission into the Future of Northern Ireland, the Commission on Poverty, Participation and Power, the Fabian Commission on Life Chances and Child Poverty, and the National Equality Panel.

She is a founding Academician of the Academy for Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Social Policy Association in 2010. She has published widely on poverty, welfare state reform, gender and citizenship.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE

Anne-Marie Hutchinson is a partner of Dawson Cornwell solicitors. Anne-Marie specialises in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. She has expertise in international divorce forum and jurisdictional disputes on divorce, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction, and the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters. She acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses and Honour Based Violence.

Additionally, Anne-Marie is a specialist in surrogacy and surrogacy with an international element. Anne-Marie advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Anne-Marie is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer with particular specialisms in forced marriage and honour based violence, child abduction and children law. She was awarded the inaugural UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer award in 1999. She received an OBE for her services to international child abduction and adoption in the 2002 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. In 2004 she was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for her work with the victims of forced marriage. In 2010, she received the International Bar Association's Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award. In 2011 she received a True Honour Award from IKWRO.

Anne-Marie is Chair of the Women Lawyers' Interest Group of the International Bar Association and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre. She is a member of the International Issues Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales and Governor at Large of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Furthermore, Anne-Marie is a Founding Fellow of the International Surrogacy Forum and she is also a member of numerous associations and committees including the International Society of Family Law, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Working Group on the Cross Border Movement for Children, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Home Office Working Group on Forced Marriages, the Commonwealth Working Group on AIDS and the Law Society International Issues Committee.

Anne-Marie is a regular speaker and lecturer both within the United Kingdom and abroad and has made numerous television appearances. She is the UK correspondent for “International Family Law” published by Jordans, she is co-author of the textbook “International Parental Child Abduction” and she sits on the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly, published by Jordans.

Not only is Anne-Marie consistently named as one of the leading family lawyers in London in both Chambers and The Legal 500, but she is singled out by Chambers as the sole "star individual" for cross-border disputes.

Anne-Marie has for many years been a tireless defender of the victims of forced marriage, often on a pro bono basis. Prior to the introduction of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 which came into force on 25th November 2008, she creatively developed legal remedies to protect the victims of forced marriage using the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction. She has rescued hundreds of women and girls, sometimes as young as nine, from violent forced marriages and the risk of so-called "honour killings" in countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

As well as providing her free expertise and support to the Forced Marriage Unit at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, she also assisted in the drafting of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and The Law Society’s information leaflet on Forced Marriage for Practitioners. More recently, she acted for Dr Humayra Abedin in one of the very first cases under the Act. This high profile case, which attracted extensive TV and newspaper coverage worldwide, brought the plight of the victims of forced marriage to the attention of the wider public.

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