The MA staff are based in St George Wharf, London


Meet our staff

The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience, who are based at the MA premises in Central London. 

We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.



Jon Collins - Chief Executive

Chief Executive

As head of staff, Jon has overall responsibility for the management of the organisation and finances. He supports and reports to the Board of Trustees and provides assistance to the national officers.

Direct line: 020 7255 9003
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Jo Easton - Director of Policy and Research


Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Policy & Research

Jo has overall responsibility for the direction, development and implementation of MA policies relating to the work of magistrates’ courts.      

Direct line: 020 7255 9004
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Bea Crayford - Media and Communications Officer

Media and Communications Officer *

Bea deals with media enquiries, works with the policy team to co-ordinate the publication of MA responses and manages the MA's social media.

Direct line: 020 3937 8850
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Marc Gammon - MA Policy & Research Officer

Policy & Research Officer (Family & Youth Courts)

Marc supports the work of the MA's Family and Youth Courts Committees by researching, developing and implementing MA policies.

Direct line: 020 7255 9009
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Rajen Hindocha - Head of Finance

Head of Finance

As well as looking after the financial side of the Association, Rajen provides budgeting advice to the Treasurer and Chief Executive, a contract management function, and low-level IT support to all staff.

Direct line: 020 7255 9002
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

Membership Communications Manager *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine; MA ENEWS; website development and updates; MA identity and corporate image.

Direct line: 020 7255 9008
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Halita Obineche - Director of Membership

Director of Membership

Halita has overall responsibility for the MA’s membership, events, income generation, community activity and internal communications.

Direct line: 020 7255 9007
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Hattie Stair - Policy and Research Assistant

Policy & Research Assistant

Hattie supports the work of the Adult Court Committee with research and development of MA policy.

Direct line: 020 7255 9005
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

Membership, MIC & Events Manager

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Susan Williamson - MIC Administrator

MIC Administrator *

Susan provides support and administration to the Magistrates in the Community project.

Direct line: 020 7255 9006
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

Membership & Events Assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 7388 5558
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Jude Zendle - Training & Development Officer

Training & Development Officer

Jude supports the work of the Training Committee by researching, developing and implementing MA policies relating to all aspects of magistrates' training.

Direct line: 0207 387 6099
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353


Henry Zhang


Henry will be with us from 1 April - 7 June. He will be interning on Mondays, Tuesday mornings, and Wednesdays.

Henry is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Chinese at the University of California, Davis. As part of his studies, he has taken classes in International Law, International Relations and Business Writing. In addition to his academic courses, Henry has also accrued valuable experience through his previous role as a legal assistant in a law office.

As well as English, Henry is fluent in Spanish and Chinese. In his spare time, he is President of the Davis Motorsports Club, as well as a member of the UC Boxing Club and Baja Society of Automotive Engineers Team.

After graduating, Henry hopes to attend law school and he is currently keen to build on his experiences while in an international setting.