Jim Killock, Executive Director

Since joining Open Rights Group in January 2009, Jim has led campaigns against three strikes and the Digital Economy Act, the company Phorm and its plans to snoop on UK users, and against pervasive government Internet surveillance. He is working on data protection and privacy issues, as well as helping ORG to grow in size and breadth. He was named as one of the 50 most influential people on IP issues by Managing IP in 2012. In the same year ORG won Liberty's Human Rights Campaigner of Year award alongside 38 Degrees, for work on issues from copyright to the Snooper’s Charter.

Since 2009, ORG has doubled its supporter base, budget and workload, and held its first two activist Conferences, ORGCon.

Jim is a trustee of FreeUKGen, the volunteer project to digitise genealogical records, and sits on the Governance Board of CREATe, the UK's research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. he is on the Advisory Council of the Foundation of Information Policy Research.

Before joining ORG, Jim worked as External Communications Co-ordinator of the Green Party. At the Green Party, he promoted campaigns on open source, intellectual property, digital rights and campaigned against the arms and espionage technologist Lockheed Martin's bid for the UK Census. Lockheed Martin have since been prevented from handling UK Census data as part of their contract. He was also a leading figure in the campaign to elect their first party leader, Caroline Lucas MP. He has a blog at (For press photos, see here and here)

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Pam Cowburn, Communications Director

Pam Cowburn has 17 years' communications experience in the charity, arts and public sectors.

Prior to joining Open Rights Group, she was Head of Communications at Index on Censorship, where she worked on campaigns to promote media and digital freedom of expression in the UK and internationally.

She has also held positions at the children's charity Action for Children, the Central Office of Information and the Society of London Theatre. For media enquiries, please contact Pam on +447749785932,



Javier Ruiz Diaz, Policy Director

Javier joined ORG after working for Unite, organising migrant workers for the living wage campaign. Involved at the inception of open access reporting website Indymedia UK in 1999, he has since been active as a journalist, campaigner and radio documentary producer, tirelessly promoting communication tools for social movements. At the World Social Forum in Brazil he co-ordinated open hardware and software projects to provide instantaneous interpretation of the event to over a 100,000 participants. His other interests include applying open source innovation models to the development of renewable energy technologies and open hardware in general.

You can contact Javier via twitter @javierruiz or email PGP key here


Ed Johnson-Williams, Campaigner

Ed has been a campaigner at ORG since 2013. He plan, runs, and keeps supporters informed on ORG's campaigns. He speaks to the media and on panels at conferences and events. He also delivers training on digital security and local campaigning.

Before joining ORG, Ed worked as an English teacher and professional skills trainer for the British Council in Egypt.

You can find Ed on Twitter as @_edjw or email him at with this PGP Key.


Ruth Coustick-Deal, Supporter Officer

Ruth has been with ORG since 2012. She joined ORG as a member of staff after managing its online magazine, ORGzine for several months as an intern. Since then she has organised our national conference ORGCon several times, and is responsible for fundraising, supporter engagement and events.

Since graduating from her degree in English Literature she worked in a number of marketing and communications roles, before settling into her passion for human rights.

You can find her on Twitter at @Nesient or email her on with her PGP Key



Lee Maguire, Technical Officer

An internet user since the days of Usenet NNTP-downloads over metered modem connections.

Lee has worked in internet-related postions for more than a decade, over diverse range of industries, from music to finance.

In addition to his work with ORG, Lee also works with public-sector and non-profit organisations on web projects.