Nicola Macbean, Director

Nicola founded The Rights Practice in 2002 and is the former Director of the Great Britain-China Centre. She was educated at the University of Cambridge, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fudan University and London University. She has an LLM in Human Rights and degrees in social anthropology and economics of education. Nicola has been an Independent Custody Visitor and was a Trustee of BOND, the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development (2008-14).

Sophie Cornford, Programme Manager 

Before joining the Rights Practice in 2011, Sophie was the International Development Manager in the International Office of St John. She has also worked as a Programme Officer for Voluntary Services Overseas in China and in the Beijing office of the British Council. She has a degree in Politics and East Asian Studies from Newcastle University.

Jennifer Eikren, US Director

Prior to joining The Rights Practice in 2007, Jennifer served as Program Officer for Asia at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and as Assistant Program Officer for China at the International Republican Institute. She has an MA in Law and Development and Asian Studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA from St. Olaf College in Political Science and Asian Studies.

Rukmal Hewitt, Finance Manager

Before joining The Rights Practice in 2013, Rukmal worked as a Financial Accountant for a Social Enterprise called Cool2care. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in a wide variety of industries in both the commercial and NGO sectors.

Su Nan, China Consultant

Su Nan began working for The Rights Practice in Beijing in 2008. Prior to that she worked for the Open Constitution Initiative. Su Nan studied law at Shanghai Maritime University and also has a Master’s degree in law from University College London.