Our People


Our Senior Management Team

Jo Maugham
Executive Director
Jo Maugham QC founded Good Law Project back in 2017, without a single big backer and no staff. Under his leadership, the organisation has gone from strength to strength, raising millions of pounds to fund strategic litigation and winning landmark constitutional cases. A tax barrister by trade, Jolyon became a Queen’s Counsel in 2015. He is an honorary Professor at the University of Durham and has advised the UK government and the official Opposition on tax policy. He has been described by The Times as ‘one of the country’s leading barristers’.
Gemma Abbott
Legal Director
Gemma is an experienced lawyer and tenacious campaigner, with a strong belief in the power of legal activism. After almost a decade working for a ‘Magic Circle’ law firm, she moved on to develop a career in the areas of social justice and equality. She spent a number of years campaigning for free period products in schools and she continues to fight for menstrual equity as a director of the not-for-profit Free Periods. Her role as Legal Director of Good Law Project involves development and management of the organisation’s litigation and working with the team to build successful campaigns from those legal cases.
Siham Bortcosh
Chief Operating Officer
Siham Bortcosh has been involved part-time with Good Law Project since mid-2019 and has helped to set up the organisation. A qualified accountant and experienced finance director, she has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years. In her role as Chief Operating Officer, she is responsible for making sure that our organisation is well-run and that our money is well-managed.
Trish Murray
Director of Fundraising
Trish Murray joined the team in February 2020 after five years heading up digital campaigns at 38 Degrees. In her role as Director of Fundraising, she is responsible for making sure we have enough money in the bank to fund our litigation programme, as well as reaching new audiences and supporters for our work.
Rachel Smethers
Head of Communications
Rachel joined Good Law Project in October 2020 after 5 years in Parliament advising Harriet Harman MP, where she coordinated the successful campaign to end the rough sex defence in domestic homicides and helped secure the first ever baby leave for MPs. Rachel has advised several national campaigns including Reclaim These Streets and Generation Rent and continues to fight for women's rights in her role on the steering group for We Can't Consent To This. As Head of Communications Rachel is responsible for developing our media strategy, public affairs, and messaging.

Our Board

Rupert Evans
Rupert Evans is Chair of Good Law Project, Managing Director of TranslateMedia and a non-executive director of Colchester Oyster Fishery. Rupert’s main job is running TranslateMedia, a language translation business which he co-founded. He is also an active non-executive, as Chair of Good Law Project and a board member of Colchester Oyster Fishery, one of the UK’s largest and oldest oyster fisheries. Rupert is based in London but has lived and worked in Amsterdam and Hong Kong. He is a director of TranslateMedia subsidiaries in America, China and Poland and has previously directed businesses in France, Germany, Hungary and Serbia. Rupert is married and a father of three and therefore has limited spare time but is a former president of Oxford University’s juggling club.
Stewart Wood
Board Member
Stewart Wood is a Labour member of the House of Lords and a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford University, where he taught politics from 1995 to 2011. His academic research focused on political economy in western Europe and issues of UK public policy. From 2001 to 2007 he was a member of the Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers, working on public policy issues for the Chancellor of the Exchequer. From 2007 to 2010 he worked at 10 Downing Street as a Senior Special Adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, leading on foreign policy; culture, media and sports policy; and Northern Irish affairs. From 2010-2015 he was a member of the Labour Shadow Cabinet and an adviser to Labour Leader Ed Miliband. He now serves as a Labour member of the House of Lords EU Select Committee. And since 2017 he has been Chair of the United Nations Association UK.