Ariane Adam - Head of Legal and Programmes

Ariane Adam joined the Equal Rights Trust in November 2019 as Head of Legal and Programmes. She leads the Trust’s programme of support to lawyers undertaking strategic litigation and providing legal services, and the implementation of the Trust’s own body of strategic litigation through intervention in international and regional cases. Ariane also leads the organisation’s legal research work on the rights to equality and non-discrimination and their role in the realisation of other human rights and development, and provides expert legal support and input to the Trust’s advocacy programme.

Ariane is a qualified barrister in England and Wales, having been called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2011 and completed pupillage at 1MCB Chambers in 2013, where she remains an associate member. She is an experienced practitioner with a specialism in discrimination and human rights claims. She has also led research and advocacy initiatives for a number of international human rights organisations, including Reprieve and Amnesty International.

Ariane holds a BA in Philosophy from UCL and an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School.

Outside work, Ariane enjoys traveling, the cinema, baking, and playing nursery rhymes on the ukulele for her son.

Sam Barnes - Legal and Programmes Officer

Sam Barnes joined the Equal Rights Trust as Legal and Programmes Assistant in October 2018, having previously interned and consulted at the Trust. He supports the delivery of the Trusts programmatic work and helps coordinate the implementation of a number of the Trust’s international projects.

Prior to joining ERT, Sam gained experience in public, constitutional and human rights law, working on research and advocacy projects with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Human Dignity Trust, alongside voluntary work advising clients at Citizens Advice.

Sam holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge, and an LLB from the University of Hull, where he was the recipient of the Sweet and Maxwell Law prize.

In his spare time, Sam previously enjoyed watching Manchester United. Sam still watches Manchester United. He also frequently complains about the status of train service in the north of England.

Liam Gilmore - Head of Operations 

Liam Gilmore joined the Equal Rights Trust as Head of Operations in October 2019.  He oversees the Finance, HR and I.T. functions within the organisation. Donor and risk management are also core to this role ensuring the Trust delivers its work effectively while safeguarding the safety and security of our staff and partners.

Previously Liam worked as the Head of Programme Implementation for Build Africa UK and within a number of operational and compliance roles with Save the Children.

Liam gained a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies from University College Dublin and a Masters in Development Studies from the same institution.

Outside of work, Liam enjoys reading, pub quizzes and is a keen sports fan especially of Gaelic games and football.  He has lived and worked in South Africa, Nigeria and Liberia. He is married to Emily and they have a one-year old daughter. 

Kate Wickens - Finance Manager

Kate Wickens joined the Trust in July 2018. She is responsible for all the Trust’s financial activities, as well as supporting its grant management and compliance functions.

Prior to joining the Trust, Kate worked in various finance roles including Finance Manager at Soho Theatre. Kate holds a BA in Drama from the University of Hull.

Kate’s a keen gardener, walker and music lover who spends a lot of her free time going to gigs in London and Europe.