I am a graduate in modern languages and a retired Solicitor, having specialised in my career mainly in commercial law. When I retired I worked as a part time legal volunteer for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (since renamed “Freedom from Torture”). My role was to do the first stage interviews with clients claiming to have been tortured and write assessments to pass on to the medical team. I wrote an advice pamphlet on interview techniques for that type of specialised interview. I became very interested in the problems facing asylum seekers and refugees and (with my wife) joined a befriending programme for unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. The young man allotted to us has since become “part of the family” and is a professional engineer, married with a family of his own and a British Citizen. I was invited to join the Board of Trustees of BRS in 2008 and in have been involved with BRS since then, helping with advice in a multitude of areas, including (but not only) the amendment of the constitution and regulatory matters.