Hibiscus Initiatives’ board of trustees are a diverse group, reflecting the diversity inherent in the world their work is shaping. They are thought leaders who have significantly influenced thinking and action in the social justice and immigration movements. They bring expertise, resources and vision to their work – along with track records as catalysts of change.
Rosalyn Akar Grams | Co-chair
Rosalyn Akar Grams is a practising solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in asylum, immigration and human rights cases. She has acted for clients throughout the asylum process from the initial application stage through the appeal stages right up to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. For many years she represented women at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in the then fast track system. She has written articles on access to justice and has been consulted by organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Justice on issues related to the UK asylum system. Rosalyn has experience both in private practice and within the charity sector where she has held management positions since 2014. She is currently Managing Director of Legal Practice and Children’s Rights at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.
Annette So | Co-chair
Annette joined Hibiscus’ Board in 2021, joining Rosalyn as Co-chair in 2023. Annette has a wealth of experience in international human rights and criminal justice reform, specifically in relation to the death penalty. Over the last decade, her work focused on the charity sector, where she was responsible for organisational development including strategic planning, fundraising, financial management and charity governance. Annette is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales, and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. She is also a trustee of The Rights Practice, a charity that helps put human rights in practice in China and Asia.
Anne Langton | Trustee
Anne is a senior HR practitioner with an extensive background in supporting individual and team development to create opportunity and realise potential. Anne’s varied experience working with people, policy and culture was developed as an employment solicitor and employee relations adviser in numerous operational, strategic, and advisory management roles across the commercial, public services, and not-for-profit sectors. As a strategic adviser, Anne advocates for inclusion, equality, and operational excellence ensuring that value, collaboration, and good governance remain at the heart of the organisational decision making she is involved in as both an employee and volunteer.
Klara Skrivankova | Trustee
Klara is an internationally recognised expert on business and human rights, decent work and modern slavery. She has been working in the field since 2000 and has held numerous expert appointments, including as a member of the Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings advising the European Commission, and as an advisor to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Klara has acted as an independent expert consultant for the Council of Europe since 2005 and continues to independently advise organisations and businesses on modern slavery and responsible business practice.
Sara Khan | Trustee
Sara’s academic background is in psychology and gender and she has worked in roles relating to mental health and equality and diversity. She spent three years as a Diversity Manager in HMP Brixton supporting staff and prisoners and improving services. Since 2009 she has worked in policy and corporate roles in central government on justice-related issues.
Roz Morrison | Trustee
Roz has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of social care and criminal justice settings. As a senior manager, she has led a number of initiatives designed to enhance service provision aimed at reaching a range of diverse communities. She currently works as an independent consultant across the private, public and third sectors.
Louise Swan | Trustee
Louise is a Senior Manager in the charity sector with extensive experience in strategic leadership and collaboration to build successful cross-sector partnerships in the UK and internationally. Following nearly 20 years as a producer with BBC World Service she has headed programmes in public health and freedom of speech including the prison writing programme with English PEN, working with prisoners and young offenders in the UK.
Mike Greenwood | Treasurer
Mike is a chartered accountant. He is currently employed in the role of Chief Financial Officer at Medequip, a provider of community equipment services to local authorities and the NHS across the UK. Mike has 30 years’ experience in finance roles across various industry sectors including Industrial Services, Vending & Food Services, Distribution & Packaging and Retail & Distribution, working for companies with varying ownership structures, including families and private equity.