Jane Hickman - Chair of Trustees
Jane Hickman is a solicitor and campaigner on justice issues. 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 2000 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.
Dr Ros Kennedy worked till recently as a GP in Bristol, where she has live for over 35 years. She is Chair of Governors at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and is a trustee for Bristol Drugs Project, Bristol Charities and Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust. She served as High Sheriff of Bristol for a year until March 2016 and 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 Jacobs is a solicitor and formerly a partner in a major London law firm specialising in pension law. He has pursued a number of charitable and non-charitable interests in recent years, and currently serves as chair of the 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 is not of itself a catalyst for change.
Claire Wilcox is a chartered management accountant, and an experienced executive director. She has worked with both small owner managed & FT100/SEC regulated businesses and has gained strong international/European experience whilst working within manufacturing environments.