Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for fiduciary and programmatic guidance and oversight to ensure Electronics Watch achieves its mission and purpose and operates legally, ethically, and soundly. The Board approves the annual budget and seeks to ensure adequate financial resources to advance the Electronics Watch mission. It establishes broad organisational and financial policies and strategic goals and priorities. Trustees are unremunerated, and only reimbursed for expenses incurred. The Board consists of 12 members who represent the three "Blocks" of Electronics Watch: public buyers (Block 1), experts in human rights, labour rights, occupational health & safety and global supply chains (Block 2), and civil society organisations from regions of electronics production that advocate for or represent electronics workers (Block 3).

Sheung So – Labour Education and Service Network (LESN), China (Hong Kong) – Chair, Block 3

Formerly the Chief Executive of LESN, and currently its Senior Trainer and Program Coordinator, Sheung has extensive experience working on labour issues in China. Her expertise includes labor dispute hotlines and support services, empowerment programme design and execution, labour rights and worker representation training for workers, student worker rights, vocational school curriculum development and teacher trainings, and Corporate Social Responsibility projects with companies and multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Michael Gibson Kilner – London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC), UK – Treasurer, Block 1

Involved with the ICT industry since the early 1990s, Michael has extensive experience in socially responsible procurement of ICT in industry and the public services.  He currently serves as Senior Contracts Managers at the LUPC, responsible for telecommunications, computers, IT hardware, and printers. His earlier positions include IT Buyer for Hertfordshire County Supplies, Senior IT Buyer for a leading PC and Notebook system-builder, and Procurement Manager of Fujitsu ICL.

Daisy Arago - Center for Trade Union & Human Rights (CTUHR), Philippines - Block 3

Daisy is an activist and a labour and human rights defender, has supported electronics worker organising and built civil society coalitions in the Philippines for many years. A Political Science graduate, she is a researcher and trainer and has been executive director of the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights for 16 years. She runs training programmes on feminist participatory action research for the labour and climate justice program of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), and is also a member of the Asia Monitor Resource Centre Regional Council.  Daisy has been involved in the International Solidarity Mission on Mining, the Electronics Watch risk assessment on the ICT industry in the Philippines, and has organised many labour rights seminars, forums, and conferences.

Jim Cranshaw - Strategic consultant, UK - Block 2

Recently retired from his work as Labour Rights Campaign Manager for People & Planet, Jim was involved with the Electronics Watch project from its inception. Jim led several strategic project areas, including business planning, technical model development, and development of governance. Jim has been a senior campaigner on labour rights at People & Planet for six years, and helped to co-direct the organisation, at times leading on finance, communications and strategy. Jim has supported students across the UK in campaigning on workers rights for eight years and brings experience in grassroots organising.

Andy Davies - Natural History Museum, UK - Block 1

Andy is a public procurement practitioner with over 30 years' experience.  Now Procurement Manager at the Natural History Museum in London, he enjoyed 9 years as Director of London Universities Purchasing Consortium, a respected non-profit, progressive and socially-responsible collaborative buying organisation in London's higher education, arts, sciences and cultural sectors.  In 2004, Andy was conferred with a Fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and was awarded an MBA by Kingston Business School.  He has co-authored a guidance manual and an eLearning course for protecting human rights in public supply chains and in 2018, was named as one of the UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers' Index.

David Foust – Labour rights expert, Mexico - Block 2

Former Coordinator of CEREAL, a centre dedicated to promote and defend worker rights in the electronic industry in Mexico. He was also CEREAL's international liaison and, before that, he was a volunteer for the Centre, helping with workshops with workers, translations and public relations. He was a member of Good Electronics' steering committee for three years. David has a PhD in Sociology, he is a professor and researcher at ITESO, a university settled in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Gemma Freedman - UNISON, UK - Block 2

Gemma has worked within the international trade union movement for 17 years. Now at UNISON, the UK's largest trade union (1.3 million members delivering public services, including the NHS, local authorities and education) she has responsibility for business and human rights. This includes advocating for binding regulation to ensure that businesses and other organisations take preventative action not to damage people and the planet and supporting public sector organisations to learn how to procure responsibly. Further, she assists UNISON to 'Walk its Talk' within its own operations and supply chains including through its affiliation to Electronics Watch. Previous roles included being responsible for the Trade Union Congress's funding and institutional relationship with the UK Department for International Development, as an independent projects trainer and evaluator and as the Ethical Trading Initiative's trade union caucus coordinator.

Huib de Langen - University of Groningen, Netherlands - Block 1

Huib is Head of Procurement at the University of Groningen and has extensive experience in procurement.  He has a thorough understanding of the electronics industry, having held managerial positions in sales, procurement and logistics at multinationals including Philips and Kendrion, as well as several smaller companies. In Groningen, he worked for eight years as managing director of DSW,organisations that create employment opportunities for disadvantaged people, enabling them to more easily enter the labour market. The University of Groningen became a member of Electronics Watch on Huib's initiative.

Olga Martin-Ortega – University of Greenwich, UK - Block 2

Olga is Professor of International Law at the University of Greenwich, UK, where she leads the Business, Human Rights and Environment Research Group. She previously held positions at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, School of Law, University of East London, and Napier University (Edinburgh) and University of Jaen, Spain. Her research areas include business and human rights, with specific attention to transparency and due diligence, public procurement and human rights, and combating modern slavery and human trafficking in global supply chains, including public supply chains. She has also developed work for the European Parliament, the OSCE and the International Labour Organisation.

Kathleen McCaughey - Region Stockholm, Sweden - Block 1

Kathleen McCaughey has law degrees from both Canada and Sweden. She has worked for over twenty years with human rights and environmental issues for non-governmental organizations. She presently works with human rights, workers' rights and anti-corruption in public procurement for Region Stockholm, including the Region's electronics supply chains.

Sanjiv Pandita - Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), Hong Kong - Block 3

Sanjiv has a long history of engaging on workers' rights issues in the electronics industry. He is a well-known activist and expert in Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health and has won international awards, including from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, and recognition as one of the 50 most influential Environmental, Health and Safety leaders in 2008. His writings on grassroots workers' movements and workers' health issues have been published widely. He works with grassroots groups across Asia on hazards along the supply chain and the need to organise workers in the industry.  Sanjiv played an important role in the establishment of the Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), a unique grassroots health and safety network in Asia.

Gopinathan Parakuni – Civil Initiatives for Development and Peace (CIVIDEP), India - Block 3

Gopinathan is a founding member and has been General Secretary of Cividep since its inception in the year 2000.  He has worked in English daily journalism, and with civil society organisations concerned with the rights of Dalits, women, marginal farmers and informal sector workers. Gopinathan did his Masters in Social Work, with Personnel Management and Labour Welfare as specialisations.