Staff

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.

Charlotta Blomqvist - Programmes Coordinator

Charlotta Blomqvist joined the Equal Rights Trust in October 2019 as a legal intern and now acts as Programmes Coordinator. Charlotta supports the implementation of the Trust’s strategy by assisting the delivery of its programmatic work and by undertaking legal research. She also assists with fundraising and communications.

Prior to joining the Trust, Charlotta completed an internship at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, gaining experience in both policy and legal analysis, as well as in monitoring and impact evaluation.

Charlotta holds an LLB in Law (European Legal Studies) from the University of Southampton, an MA in Diplomacy and International Law from the American University of Paris and recently earned a certificate in International Human Rights Law from a summer course at the University of Oxford. She will soon be applying for admission to the New York bar.

When not working, Charlotta likes cooking, watching documentaries and spending time with friends.

Ellie McDonald - Advocacy and Programmes Officer

Ellie McDonald joined the Equal Rights Trust in April 2020 as the Advocacy and Programmes Officer. Ellie supports the delivery of several of the Trust’s international projects, with a particular focus on advocacy and supporting equality defenders.

Prior to joining the Trust, Ellie has worked in policy, advocacy and programmatic roles, most recently in the law and policy programme at ARTICLE 19. Ellie has a passion for integrated campaigning, having previously worked in movement-building for coalitions of international development and child rights organisations, and trade unions.

Ellie holds a BA in History from UCL, and an MA in Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she was the recipient of the Albie Sachs award for best dissertation and the Coffin Fund for Promising Students Studentship.

Outside of work, Ellie enjoys cooking and hosting friends, exploring London’s markets and canals, and walking and swimming holidays in Scotland.

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.