Our Trustees

Michael Mansfield QC

Michael Mansfield QC

Michael Mansfield QC is one of Britain’s most well known Barristers and was called to the Bar in 1967. He then established Tooks Chambers in 1984 and became Queen’s Counsel in 1989. He now heads Nexus Chambers.

Michael has represented defendants in criminal trials, appeals and inquiries in some of the most controversial legal cases the country has seen, particularly where issues of Civil Liberty have arisen.

In 2015 Michael tragically lost one of his daughters, Anna, to suicide and despite the terrible devastation, he was determined something positive should result. This is when he decided, with his wife Yvette Greenway-Mansfield, to form SOS Silence of Suicide, in order that no one should have to suffer in silence from mental health issues and feelings of suicide.

In November 2017, Michael celebrated 50 years at the Bar – a huge achievement.

Besides his day job, Michael addresses political and legal conferences.

Michael is a vegetarian and Patron of Viva.

Lorna Hackett

Lorna Hackett

Lorna Hackett is a barrister specialising in human rights and public law, and is head of legal practice at Hackett & Dabbs LLP. She has a particular interest in representing the most vulnerable in society, and an expertise in high profile cases and those in which there is a potential for significant media interest. She is a long standing campaigner for prisoners serving imprisonment for public protection (IPP) who often suffer from serious mental health issues. Lorna is passionate about removing the stigma attached to mental illness and seeks through her work with SOS to encourage people to share their experiences and to ask for help.

Tom Humphriss

Tom Humphriss

Tom is currently undertaking his Legal Practice Course to become a Solicitor after graduating University with a Law degree.

Tom feels that he can use his past and present experiences throughout his student life to relate to the struggles young adults face. This is why he believes SOS is a vital platform to promote change.

Tom is passionate about creating a stigma free environment to allow people to feel comfortable when talking about their Mental Health. In particular, he believes it is very important to address the escalating crisis in young adults who face numerous pressures to succeed. Sadly, like many he has also experienced the tragic loss of a friend through Mental Illness.