This page lists the individuals, funders, law firms and universities that we wish to acknowledge for the part that they have played in the development and/or support of INUK during the lifetime of the project.
Gabe Tan, who is also credited as being the first innocence project student in the UK when she helped to establish the University of Bristol Innocence Project, was INUK Executive Director for almost 6 years until December 2013. During this time, she took over the day-day running of INUK, helped to devise and implement new funding streams, wrote successful grant applications, organised conferences and shared her methodology for investigating alleged wrongful convictions in the Claims of Innocence book. Gabe also supervised student investigations at Bristol and made numerous submissions to the CCRC, police, prosecution, etc, and obtained forensic reports to challenge the evidence in alleged wrongful conviction cases. Gabe also played a key role in referrals by the CCRC to the Court of Appeal (R v Hall) and the SCCRC to the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland (R v Beck). And, she drafted the submission for INUK’s intervention at the Supreme Court in Nunn v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary.
Julie Price guided many colleagues to set up INUK member innocence projects in their universities, adapted the INUK protocols from the Clinical Legal Education Organisations’ (CLEO) protocols for ‘live client work’ in universities and helped to devise and organise the training conferences when she was INUK coordinator between 2005-2010.
Aneurin (Nye) Morgan Lewis, undertook a range of tasks with INUK from its establishment. He was a constant source of information and ideas from his wealth of experiences from the creation, expansion and overall management of INUK.
We cannot overstate our gratitude to Gabe, Julie and Nye for the dedication, creativity and personal investments that they each made. They can rightly claim that INUK’s legacy of creating a national network of innocence projects in the UK is in no small part down to them and their efforts too.
We also want to express our thanks and gratitude to Mark Hughes, Director, MCH – Positive Impact, for his training and general mentoring that helped us to clarify INUK goals and how they might best be achieved. This really helped us to understand that ideas alone are not enough and that sustainability strategies and a clear management plan is key to the success of any project or enterprise.
Others who at various times helped with the running of INUK at Bristol University or with casework and to whom we are most thankful are:
Caroline Andrews (Finance)
Pat Hammond, Jackie Nichols, Aine Kervick and Jennifer Sadler (Secretary)
Mark Allum (Case Assessment Manager)
We also want to thank all the countless number of former University of Bristol students who undertook case assessments and research tasks for INUK over the years as part of the process of referring cases to other INUK members. There are too many to mention by name here but you know who you are, each and every one of you who assisted in INUK’s work at Bristol University for its member innocence projects and wider activities showed a commitment and professionalism to the tasks that you were given and to the overall aims of INUK was inspiring and certainly gives lie to any notion of a selfish or apathetic younger generation. We wish you well with your future careers and hope that the ethic of justice and doing the right thing come what may is at the heart of whatever you do and wherever you may find yourselves. You were the life blood of INUK and the UK innocence projects set up under INUK and we really couldn’t have done anything much without you.
We also want to acknowledge here our thanks to the following who gave their backing to INUK when it was a membership organisation for innocence projects as its Patrons:
Sir Ludovic Kennedy (Founding Patron, Deceased) Sir Ludovic’s speech at the conference that launched INUK here
Michael Mansfield QC (Mansfield Chambers)
Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC (Hon) (Bindmans LLP)
We are thankful to INUK’s advisors when it acted as an umbrella organisation for innocence projects:
Philip Evans, Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman
Mark Newby, Solicitor Advocate, Quality Solicitors Jordans
Nigel Hodge, Consultant Forensic Scientist
Neil Smith, Data Locator 2202
Tom Laidlaw, Head of Academic and Public Sector Marketing, LexisNexis UK
We are grateful to Isabelle Kosciusko, Isabelle K Limited, for designing the INUK website on a pro bono basis and to Paul Mason and Claire Wardle who obtained funding and devised the INUK logo.
We are grateful to the following for their generous financial support:
LexisNexis UK (Tom Laidlaw, Director of Academic and Public Sector Marketing)
Allen & Overy London Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
SETsquared (University of Bristol)
Law & Policy Research Unit (LAPRU), University of Bristol Law School (Director, Professor Richard Young)
Access to Justice Foundation
We want to thank the following law firms for hosting INUK conferences and training events:
White & Case LLP, London
Norton Rose LLP, London
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, London
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London
QEB Hollis Whiteman
We are grateful to the following universities that have hosted INUK training events and conferences:
University of Bristol
University of Sheffield