Rebekah (she/her) is our Executive Co-Director with a focus on strategy. She has worked for twenty years on anti-discrimination and racial justice issues, focused on building community and civil society capacity to challenge racial profiling and changing structures and cultures in police institutions globally. Rebekah managed the Open Society Justice Initiatives’ Fair and Effective Policing (FEP) project, working to improve police relations with diverse communities through dialogue, research, litigation and advocacy.
Rebekah is founding member and trustee of the charity StopWatch, a coalition that uses research and action to promote fair and accountable policing. Rebekah holds a PhD from the University of Warwick based on a comparative study exploring institutional racism in stop and search practices in the UK and US. She has written and presented widely on stop and search, racism, equality and policing and most recently co-written and edited, Stop and Search: The Anatomy of a Police Power (Palgrave, 2015), The Colour of Injustice: ‘Race,’ Drugs and Law Enforcement in England and Wales (StopWatch, 2018) and Challenging Ethnic Profiling in Europe: A Guide for Campaigners and Organizers (OSF, 2021).
Rebekah is a qualified coach, working with individuals and teams from corporate and third sector organisations and movement leaders focusing on leadership, governance and organisational dynamics. She is passionate about using coaching to support growth, change and connection to accelerate social impact.