Feb 2019

Conciliation Resources welcomes four new members to Board of Trustees

Conciliation Resources has appointed four new members to its Board of Trustees; Tayyiba Bajwa, George Graham, Jo Kemp and Dushy Pillai. The new trustees bring expertise in human rights, communications, transitional justice and organisational management and finance and will provide a wealth of experience and support to the international organisation.

Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, says

We are delighted to welcome four new Trustees who bring a wealth of diverse experience to our work. They will make an essential contribution to the quality of our organisation and our peacebuilding work.

Conciliation Resources is supported by an active Board of Trustees, comprised of professionals from different sectors with considerable experience in peacebuilding, human rights, community development, international diplomacy, research and law.


Tayyiba Bajwa is currently working at Reprieve as a Bertha Justice Fellow working across their counter-terror and death penalty teams. Her work is primarily focused on identifying persons at risk of targeted killings or civilians who are the victim of unlawful targeted killings. She previously worked at the Equal Rights Trust, working in partnership with local activists around the world to document human rights abuses, conduct advocacy and support strategic litigation. Tayyiba is currently training to be a barrister with Doughty Street Chambers, a leading human rights chamber.

George Graham is Director of Conflict and Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children. He leads the organisation’s policy work and campaigns on conflict and emergency situations around the world, as well as longer-term work on measures to protect children in war and to uphold the rights of children on the move.

Jo Kemp is an independent consultant, specialising in public financial management and fiduciary risk management. She has worked for a range of donors including DFID, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, UNICEF, large INGOs, and the Government of Uganda. Previously, she was Head of Governance and State Building at Crown Agents, an ODI fellow in Papua New Guinea and a consultant to the World Bank. Jo has worked in several fragile and conflict-affected states, including Afghanistan, Somalia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea.

Dushy Pillai qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2002 and has worked with not-for-profit organisations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe in a number of senior financial management and advocacy roles. She is currently working as a financial consultant on a large DfID programme focusing on sexual and reproductive health rights. Dushy is also carrying out her doctoral research at Kings College London investigating the impact of transitional justice in creating reconciliation in post-conflict countries.