Human Trafficking Foundation
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The Foundation

About Us

The Human Trafficking Foundation grew out of the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. It was established to support and add value to the work of the many charities and agencies operating to combat human trafficking in the UK.

The Foundation brings together parliamentarians NGOs, local authorities, law enforcement, academics and other experts throughout the anti-trafficking and modern slavery sector, to learn from their first-hand experience of supporting victims and disrupting trafficking networks in order to inform policy recommendations to Parliamentarians and Government.




Head of office

Tamara Barnett

Tamara has overall responsibility for the delivery of the Human Trafficking Foundation’s work to bring together the NGO anti- slavery sector, parliamentarians and statutory services to facilitate positive policy changes to better prevent slavery and support survivors.

Previously Projects Leader, Tamara has been instrumental in developing the Foundation’s London Project, which aims to improve the response to human trafficking and foster partnership work across London. This work includes providing a free service to support statutory authorities in the capital to fulfill their  statutory duties around human trafficking and to better support victims, as well as coordinating the Anti-Slavery London Working Group (LWG) for pan-London frontline services, with over 50 members, including NGOs, the Met Police’s Modern Slavery Unit, the UK Visas and Immigration team, NHS and lawyers. She also headed the Foundation’s European Parliamentary Project, working with European Parliaments on cross-border cooperation and creating structures to tackle modern day slavery.

Tamara brings experience from both Government and NGO sectors to HTF. As lead adviser on policing and crime at the Greater London Authority, she wrote for the Leader of the Group, Andrew Boff, ‘Silence on Violence’ – a report on sex work and sex trafficking - and ‘Shadow City’ – an in-depth investigation into less understood forms of human trafficking. Following this work, they were both invited onto the ACPO Working Group on Prostitution and also presented oral evidence to the Joint Committee on the Modern Slavery Bill.

Tamara has lobbied extensively for better policing around sex work and improving the response to human trafficking.  As a result, under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, she drafted the national police protocols on handling cases involving sex workers and established the Trafficking Reduction Advisory Partnership (TRAP) for South London.

Tamara has previously worked in Parliament; led a Research Unit at a leading think tank; and was Operations Manager at Catch21, an NGO engaging teenagers in politics. She also volunteered as Production Coordinator for an interfaith theatre group, Conflict Relief.

Tamara studied Modern Languages (Russian) and Philosophy at Oxford University and completed a Masters in Public Policy and Management at Birkbeck.



project and communications assistant

Rachel Smith

As Project and Communications Assistant, Rachel organises The Foundation’s national NGO Advisory Forum and co-chairs the National Network Coordinators’ Forum. Rachel also coordinates the Foundation’s Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards, in partnership with the Marsh Christian Trust. Rachel engages with the media to support increased awareness of modern slavery and sharing of expertise. Rachel uses her previous experience working directly with survivors inform her work inputting into policy.

Prior to joining the Human Trafficking Foundation, Rachel worked as a survivor advocate with an independent charity to support recovery post-NRM and later as an outreach advocate with an NRM subcontractor. Rachel spent one year as acting Project Manager of a safe house providing support to survivors of trafficking after being exited from the NRM and supporting fundraising and awareness activities in the region. Rachel recently completed a diploma in journalism and has a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from the University of Exeter.





Anthony Steen CBE

Anthony Steen has had four careers: first as a youth club leader and community worker at the Bernard Baron Settlement (East London) where Sir Basil Henriques, the former Chief London Magistrate, lived. From there he started Task Force which involved 15,000 young people helping London’s elderly and lonely.

His second career was as a practicing Barrister (1964-1987) specialising in landlord and tenant and planning law in Sir John Foster QC MP Chambers in the Temple.

His third career began in 1968, when Harold Wilson, then Prime Minister, asked Mr Steen to establish a national counterpart to London’s Task Force. He offered government funds and a nation-wide campaign which resulted in establishment of the Young Volunteer Force involving young people in tackling problems within their own communities. From 1974 to 1983 Mr Steen represented Liverpool Wavertree (the only Conservative MP in the city). In 1983, as a result of boundary changes, Wavertree disappeared as a constituency. Between 1983 and 2010, Mr Steen was returned as MP for South Hams and then Totnes. He was continually raised different social issues which he felt the Conservative Party should not neglect, and wrote a number of books recommending action on urban poverty and city decline. As a member of the European Scrutiny Select Committee, he discovered the extent of human trafficking from Eastern to Western Europe, particularly from Romania. It was this that prompted him to establish an All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking initially amongst women and children to raise awareness of this growing evil in the UK. This APPG is now some 12 years old remains one of the largest and most effective APPGs in Parliament.

In 2010, Mr Steen introduced a Private Member's Bill which resulted in Anti-Slavery Day Act, making 18th October each year an official Anti-Slavery Day.

His fourth career started on leaving Parliament in 2010. Together with the Rt Hon. Clare Short and Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, Anthony Steen established a new foundation anchored to the All-Party Parliamentary Group in the UK and linked to Parliamentarians in other Parliaments in Europe. The Human Trafficking Foundation has brought together NGOs throughout the country at regular forums and working groups to produce reports and best practice at both national and regional levels. In addition, the Foundation is at the helm of an ongoing European initiative to establish a growing network of parliamentarians fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Prime Minister Theresa May when Home Secretary appointed Mr Steen as her Special Envoy on modern slavery as the Modern Slavery Act was going through Parliament. He currently acts as a Specialist Advisor to Yvette Cooper MP who Chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee. He also acts as one of the seven Specialist Advisors at the current Home Secretary's enquiry by bringing together NGOs and civil society to highlight the operational short-comings of the Modern Slavery Act and to make recommendations.

In 2015, Anthony was awarded CBE for his outstanding contribution to the fight against modern slavery.  


Vice Chair

Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss

Called to the Bar in 1955, Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed a Registrar in the Registry Family Division in 1970 and subsequently a High Court Judge, Family Division (1979-1988). She was appointed to the Court of Appeal (1988–1999). From 1999 until her retirement in 2005, Lady Butler-Sloss was President of the Family Division. She was made Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green in 2006.

In 1987-88 she chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry and was chairman of the Security Commission between 1994 and 2005. She has been the Chancellor of the University of the West of England since 1993 and holds a number of Honorary Fellowships including St Hilda’s College, Oxford, King’s College, London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.

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vice chair

Rt Hon Sir John Randall

Sir John Randall was previously the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.  He was first elected in a by-election in July 1997 for the Uxbridge constituency.  He studied Serbo-Croat and Russian at London University before joining and running the family retail business in Uxbridge. He still maintained a day to day interest in the business until it was sold in 2012.

John was appointed an Opposition Whip and although he resigned his front bench position in order to vote against military action in Iraq he was reappointed a few months later and became Government Deputy Chief Whip in 2010. He stepped down from his ministerial position in October 2013 in order to give more time to issues such as the environment, conservation and modern slavery. In 2017, John was appointed special adviser on the environment to the Prime Minister.



Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson attended the University of St Andrews where he studied French Language and Literature. After graduation, he joined the Royal Navy in 1973 as a Supply and Secretariat Officer. He saw service at home and abroad in frigates and destroyers.   He was also ADC to the Governor of Gibraltar Sir David Williams and spent two years in the Royal Yacht Britannia. He served twice in the Ministry of Defence, in the fields of personnel and logistics. During his career he also attended the Royal Naval Staff College and the Joint Service Defence College.

On leaving the Royal Navy, he joined the United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, based at the Houses of Parliament. He organised parliamentary seminars, conferences and visits in support of the Association’s aim of promoting parliamentary democracy and good governance across the Commonwealth. 

When he retired from Westminster, Paul joined the Board of the Human Trafficking Foundation as trustee and treasurer. He was previously both Vice-Chair of Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity that raises awareness of the disease and offers support to patients, and Chair of the De Morgan Foundation, which runs a museum in South London dedicated to the ceramics of William De Morgan and the paintings of his wife Evelyn De Morgan.


Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory

David Heathcoat-Amory was MP for Wells for 27 years until 2010 and a government minister for 8 years. He served in the Departments of the Environment and Energy, then as Minister of State in the Foreign Office, where he was Minister for Europe and Latin America. He was then Paymaster General in the Treasury and appointed to the Privy Council.  Before becoming an MP he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and worked in industry. He is now chairman of London and Devonshire Trust Ltd, a house building company.

He is married to Linda, an artist and potter, and they have two children. His hobbies are tree planting, fishing, and the promotion of hydro power.  He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a trustee of the Trade Policy Research Centre, as well as the Human Trafficking Foundation.


Vernon Coaker MP

Vernon Coaker has been MP for Gedling in Nottinghamshire since 1997. 

Vernon served in the Labour Shadow Cabinet, as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and then Shadow Secretary of State for Defence.  He was elected by the Parliamentary Labour Party to be Shadow Minister of State for Policing.  He also served as the Shadow Minister of State for Schools, continuing the role he had occupied in government since 2009.  Vernon has also worked as Minister of State in the Home Office.

Earlier in his parliamentary career Vernon held the positions of Government Whip, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell (then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Estelle Morris (then Secretary of State for Education).  Vernon’s main policy interests are international development, foreign policy, education, animal welfare and the environment.

Before becoming a Minister, Vernon was one of the UNICEF’s “Special Friends” in Parliament.  In December 1998 he was part of a delegation that visited Kosovo to see UNICEF’s efforts in developing education.  In April 1999 he visited refugee camps in Macedonia, travelling out on a UNICEF cargo plane carrying emergency aid. In September 2001 he visited Angola to see the work of UNICEF projects providing housing, education and health programmes for children.

Vernon has a constituency office in Arnold and is committed to serving the people of Gedling.  Before becoming an MP, Vernon was Deputy Head Teacher at Bigwood School, Nottingham.  He also taught at the Manvers Pierrepont, Arnold Hill and Bramcote Park schools.  During this time, Vernon pursued an active role in local politics as a Borough Councillor.

Vernon is married to Jackie and they have a daughter and a son.  His interests include sport – he is a keen Spurs fan – walking and current affairs.