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).
Sanjiv Pandita - Asian Network for the Rights of Occupational and Environmental Victims (ANROEV), Hong Kong - Chair, 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.
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.
Jim Cranshaw - Strategic consultant, UK - Secretary, 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.
Gemma Freedman - UNISON, UK - Secretary, 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.
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.
Cristian Martin – The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK - Block 1
Cristian joins Electronics Watch with over 20 years' experience in public procurement. His career has included various roles for the NHS, Commonwealth Secretariat, a public procurement consortium and a number of senior procurement roles in the UK higher education sector. He is currently Director of Procurement for the London School of Economics and Political Science. At present he is focused on raising the standard of procurement whilst meeting the ever expanding challenges of responsible procurement in a world that is ever more digital through proper category planning and maximising the use of technology. Cristian is passionate about responsible procurement and the role of public procurement for the betterment of society. He holds an MSc in strategic procurement management and is MCIPS chartered. As a highly experienced public procurement expert, Cristian aims to support the work of electronics watch with converting complex theory and concepts into practical steps for public buyers to follow that is both commercial for their institution and compliant with public procurement rules.
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.
Michael McLaughlin - Advanced Procurement for Universities & Colleges, UK - Block 1
Michael McLaughlin has 18 years' experience of working in procurement roles in both the private and public sectors. He spent nine years working in international manufacturing environments, in electronics and then automotive, before moving to the education sector. He is currently leading the Information Services Procurement Category at APUC, one of the founding members of Electronics Watch. Michael aims to achieve best value when creating framework agreements on behalf of the education sector in Scotland. He is an advocate of collaboration, sustainable supply chains and circular procurement.
Anibel Ferus-Comelo, University of California*, United States - Block 2
Anibel Ferus-Comelo directs the community-engaged Labor Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley (USA). She teaches courses that focus on work, employment and labour jointly offered through the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Center for Labor Research and Education. The multi-organizational collaborative initiatives that she develops prioritize race, class, caste, and gender equity through collective organizing and public policy. Having lived and worked in three continents, she brings a multilingual, transnational analytical lens to her scholarship on supply chains, migration and development. She has authored numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, and is an experienced educator, trainer and facilitator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sheung So – Labour Education and Service Network (LESN), China (Hong Kong) – 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.
Joanna Unterschütz - Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB), Poland - Block 3
Joanna has authored publications in the fields of national and European labour law and criminal labour law including human trafficking. Her recent research centres on collective rights of workers in new forms of employment. She has also participated in several international research projects, focused on the protection of fundamental rights and labour law. At the beginning of her professional career, Joanna worked for trade unions. Currently, concentrating on her academic career she is a member of the Transnational Trade Union Rights Experts Network (TTUR), a network of lawyers from various European countries, which focuses on the study of European labour law and social rights. The TTUR network is also an advisory body to the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels. Joanna also co-operates with the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business as Associated Senior Expert.
*for identification purposes only