Staff

Rear : Axel Schmidt, Philip Black, Bertie Campbell
Front : Don Mackay, Lesley Banks, Jonathan Larner

Axel Schmidt

Advocacy Support Manager

Axel was a training consultant for French companies, an assistant lecturer at Paris University and professor at the Institut Supérieur du Commerce de Paris. In 2001 he created Schmidt Consulting in Northern Ireland, delivering advice in the field of human rights and providing assistance in legal proceedings, facilitation and training. He was the Legal Consultant for Project MONNET (Mobilising Opposition Networks to Nationalistic European Terrorism), funded by the European Commission Directorate Justice, Freedom and Security.

Jonathan Larner

Advocacy Support Worker

Jonathan has extensive direct and indirect experience working with victims and survivors of terrorism since 2000. He brings capacity to the team in a development context and is keen to see progress made in the pursuit of truth and justice.

Lesley Banks

Advocacy Support Worker

Lesley joined UHRW Advocacy Service in June 2017. She has over 20 years experience supporting and advocating for families in the field of Health and Social Care. Lesley has the skills, ability and drive to support victims and survivors of terrorism who wish to seek the truth in their outstanding issues related to the past.

Don Mackay

Advocacy Support Manager

Don is a former part-time member of the UDR and served nine years with the regiment during the 1970s, when he lost many colleagues murdered by the IRA. Don is also a former senior officer in the Northern Ireland Fire Service, where he served for 31 years.

Joanne Banks

Administration Officer

Joanne joined Ulster Human Rights Watch in March 2018. She has over 30 years experience in finance administration in Northern Ireland and Scotland working in investment banks, and charities.
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