A graduate of the Open University who experienced the impact of the 'Windrush Scandal', Anthony Brown is co-founder of Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. Anthony researches in the disciplines of Law, Criminology and History. His specialist areas of research include Human Rights, Race Disparities, Social Justice, Education, Sustainable Socio-economic Development, the Windrush Generation, the Ongoing Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the effects of Colonialism within contemporary times.
Anthony Brown is 2nd Vice President & Honorary Chairman at Birthmark of Africa, the co-founder of Windrush Pioneers, Chairman of Preston Windrush Generation and Descendants UK and a Trustee of Moss Side & Hulme Community Development Trust. He is also a member of the Home Office's Windrush Stakeholder Advisory Group and a member of Windrush National Organisation.
Amelia Gentleman of the Guardian newspaper wrote about Anthony Brown here, with a piece titled "Anthony Brown: The man who resisted deportation – then fought tirelessly for Windrush survivors."
Leonie has over 20 years’ experience of managing charities accounts, including public funds as well as funds from independent trusts and foundations. She is a qualified Accountant that is adept at high level budget management and resolving complex financial issues.
Leonie is totally committed to equality and social justice and this flows through all areas of her life. She is a law graduate of the Open University and undertaking further studies in immigration law. She is a Co-Founder and Co-Director at Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. and a Director at Women’s Voices CIC. She is resourceful and results-oriented member of the team with a high degree of problem resolution.
As our administrator and community producer, Lorna has extensive experience working directly with African Caribbean communities across England on issues of social justice and human rights. Lorna is a co-founder and co-director of Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. She is also a trustee of key organisations within her home city of Greater Manchester including the Caribbean and African Health Network and Moss Side & Hulme Community Development Trust.
Lorna also has a background in youth work which informs her engagement with community development and regeneration. She is experienced in consulting, and delivering training for cultural institutions on Autism Awareness and SEN to enhance understanding and accessibility.
Legal Surgery Supervision
A qualified solicitor with more than 10 years of experience in a number of areas of law practice. He is currently principal solicitor for Crown & Law Solicitors, a niche legal firm specialising in Employment Law, Immigration Law, Family Law, Landlord and Tenant and Business Law. Prior to setting up on his own he worked for different organisations including the Immigration Advisory Service, Refugee Legal Centre, North Manchester Law Centre and Lancashire County Council where h worked as an Employment Solicitor.
Roshel recently graduated from reading Law at Edge Hill University. Her work with Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C is focused on supporting research and case work.
Keshia Johnson is an Administrator and Windrush Surgery Advocate at Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. She holds a degree in law and criminology which provides her with an important perspective in relation to her work. Keshia is particularly interested in criminal law, contract law, and European Union Law, and her personal circumstances have meant she understands the complexities of immigration law.
Keshia's approach to Advocacy within Windrush Surgeries is to be compassionate and welcoming throughout the process of clients applying to the Windrush Schemes. She understands how traumatic it can be to rectify residency status or review losses associated with seeking compensation therefore is committed to explaining the process and ensuring that they and their families feel comfortable and confident throughout. Keshia's goal is to provide a quick and efficient transfer of information into the application forms, making the entire process as stress-free as possible.
As an Administrator, Keshia takes care of all the necessary details, including taking minutes, checking emails, organizing the diary calendar, and keeping everyone in order. She joined Windrush Defenders Legal C.I.C. in 2021 and has been an integral part of the team ever since.