Clare Algar wins Women in Public Life Award 2010

September 24, 2010

Reprieve’s Executive Director Clare Algar last night won Voluntary Sector Achiever of the Year in this year’s Women in Public Life Awards.

We are delighted that Clare’s extraordinary leadership has been recognised in this way and congratulate Clare on her many achievements at Reprieve.

The Voluntary Sector Achiever of the Year prize is awarded to a woman working in the voluntary sector who has made a noteworthy contribution within the sector, whether by working on an effective campaign or by making a difference to lives in the work that they do. Clare was selected from many great achievers in her category, including Sarah Brown and Barbara Natasegara.

Clare took a six-figure pay cut to join Reprieve, following a highly successful career as an intellectual property lawyer and Partner in a City law firm. Under Clare’s direction, Reprieve has gone from strength to strength, with exciting successes across all areas of our work.

Reprieve’s Executive Director Clare Algar said:

“I am delighted to accept this award, particularly with such very impressive co-nominees. The icing on the cake was accepting the award from Baroness Shirley Williams who has always been a hero. It is easy to be cool and inspirational when you’re working with a bunch of legal ninjas who are getting people off death row and out of Guantánamo Bay, so I am very much accepting this award on behalf of the team at Reprieve.”

Notes for Editors:

Reprieve, a legal action charity, uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, from death row to Guantánamo Bay. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates, working on the frontline, to provide legal support to prisoners unable to pay for it themselves. Reprieve promotes the rule of law around the world, securing each person’s right to a fair trial and saving lives. Clive Stafford Smith is the founder of Reprieve and has spent 25 years working on behalf of people facing the death penalty in the USA.

Reprieve’s current casework involves representing 33 prisoners in the US prison at Guantánamo Bay, working on behalf of prisoners facing the death penalty, and conducting ongoing investigations into the rendition and the secret detention of ‘ghost prisoners’ in the so-called ‘war on terror.’