Bob Hepple Memorial Fund

The human rights charity sector is notoriously competitive and routinely demands some form of initial job experience, which is usually unpaid. We have established the Bob Hepple Memorial Fund to support funded internships and fellowships to level the playing field, giving those without the financial means to work for free the opportunity to enter the sector and fulfil their ambition.
Here’s what some of our former interns said:

Ben Smith "It was disappointing to devote so much of my academic life to human rights and to find that many of the opportunities to put my knowledge into practice weren’t open to me. The Trust’s paid internship made all the difference to me." Ben Smith, Legal Research Intern

“The Trust practices the standards that it preaches, making equality of opportunity a reality for individuals like myself who would otherwise be unable to pursue a career in the NGO sector.” Fatima Adhash, MENA Region Research Fellow

To hear more from our interns and fellows watch our film or read their stories

A Win-Win

It’s not just our interns and fellows who benefit but we do too! The talented individuals who work with us support us at crucial times across a range of activities. To continue this initiative, we need your help!

Support the Fund

You can make a donation by cheque or bank transfer. Simply make cheques payable to ‘Equal Rights Trust’, and send to our address. We will acknowledge the receipt of your cheque as soon as we receive it. If you would like to donate via bank transfer please contact                                                                                             

More on the Fund

The Fund has a particularly special meaning to us. It has been set it up in the memory of our former Chair (2007-2014) and Honorary President (2014-2015, Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, who was a leading equality lawyer. His achievements included his key role in the anti-apartheid movement in his native South Africa and his impact on equality legislation in the UK and worldwide.

"The Fund is an excellent contribution to Bob's memory. It gives people at the start of their career a step up, and furthers Bob’s vision about transformative equality and equal rights of all.   Mary Coussey, widow of Bob Hepple.