Amnesty International Charity (‘AIC’) is part of the larger Amnesty International family and contributes to realizing the vision of a world where human rights are enjoyed by all by carrying out charitable human rights work. AIC’s activities include investigating a huge range of serious human rights abuses across the world and raising public awareness of critical human rights issues.
AIC receives the bulk of its income from legacy gifts and other one-off donations. It carries out its charitable activities by way of grant funding.
Although this is reviewed on an annual basis, grants have historically been mainly to Amnesty International Limited, the principal operating entity of the International Secretariat and AIC’s sole member, as the most effective way to achieve AIC’s charitable activities due, amongst other things, to: (a) having shared objectives on human rights, (b) it being experienced and appropriately resourced to conduct human rights activities; (c) likely expectations of donors and (d) the origins of AIC as part of the wider Amnesty International movement.
In legal terms, AIC is registered in England and Wales as both as a company limited by guarantee (company number 2007475) and as a charity (charity No. 294230) and its objects are to promote human rights throughout the world. Please follow the links to view AIC’s governing document (articles of association) and AIC’s recent annual reports and accounts.
For more information on the work of Amnesty International see https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/
Meet AIC’s trustees
AIC trustees are responsible for the overall supervision of AIC’s operations. The AIC trustees meet at least twice a year, with a face to face meeting at least once a year at the International Secretariat offices in London.
Melvin Coleman (appointed December 2009)
A retired chartered accountant, Melvin is an experienced finance professional with many years of experience in charity finance and regulation including 13 years working as Finance Director for AIUK. Melvin also served as a trustee of Charity Finance Group (UK), latterly as deputy chair.
Susan Wallcraft (appointed May 2017)
Susan is a qualified solicitor (England and Wales) and an experienced General Counsel and Company Secretary with over 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry and health charities including with the Wellcome Trust and Pfizer; she provides strong knowledge of legal compliance, corporate governance and board assurance.
Rosie Chapman (appointed May 2017)
Rosie is an established senior leader and board member and a specialist in charity, governance and regulatory issues. She previously worked as Director of Policy and Effectiveness for the Charity Commission; recently acted as the specialist adviser at the House of Lords Select Committee on charities; and is also actively involved in the updated Charity Governance Code, acting as an Independent Chair on the Charity Governance Code Steering Group.