Jane Hickman - Chair of Trustees
Jane Hickman began her career working in the Law Centre movement, specialising in housing and employment law. In 1991 she founded the London criminal justice and human rights firm Hickman & Rose, and chaired its partnership group till retiring in 2016. She served as an advisor to Lord Justice Auld on his Criminal Courts review in 2001 and was a Commissioner on the Legal Services Commission 2007 – 2010. Having observed the wasteful and destructive nature of the war on drugs throughout her career she is a keen supporter of replacing criminal penalties with careful regulation.
Ros has lived in Bristol for over 35 years and worked as a GP until recently. She is Vice Chair of Governers at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and is a trustee with Bristol Drugs Project, Bristol Charities and Arnos Vale Cemetary Trust. She was lucky enough to be High Sheriff of Bristol for a year until March 2016. and so was able to meet and support a wide range of individuals in the statutory and charity sectors. Since leaving office, she continues to meet and support several of these organisations, including Bristol Music Trust, Changing Tunes and Borderlands. She is married with three sons and two granddaughters.
Howard has pursued a number of charitable and non-charitable interests in recent years, with a bias towards pension matters, one of his areas of specialisation when he was a Partner in a London law firm. Current commitments include chair of trustees one of Cambridge University's pension schemes, member of the Aviva With Profits Committee and trustee of the RIver and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames. His interest in drugs reform stems from realising that the unarguable failure of UK drug policy - control by eradication of use - is not of itself a catalyst for change.
Claire is an experienced executive director, who has worked with both small owner managed & FT100/SEC regulated businesses. She has gained strong International/European experience whilst working within manufacturing environments. Her specific expertise is within finance and she is FCMA/CGMA qualified.