THE COMMITTEE

The current OULS Committee is made up of volunteer officers:

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SIMON BARNES

Secretary

GARETH JONES

Treasurer

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TOM MORRIS 

Master of Moots

Zoe Martin

ZOE MARTIN

Mistress of Moots

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MICHAEL HARRIS

Careers Coordinator

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VICTORIA-JAYNE SCHOLES

News Editor

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CHRISTIAN PITT

News Reporter

Zoe Martin

ZOE MARTIN

News Reporter

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JOHNATHAN DORAN

Officer for Scotland

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MICHAEL HARRIS

Systems Manager

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KIRSTY LEWINGTON

Streetlaw Co-Ordinator

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JOHNATHAN DORAN
BA, BSc, MA, MSc

Vice-Chair and Officer for Scotland

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SIMON BARNES

Secretary

GARETH JONES

Treasurer

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TOM MORRIS 

Master of Moots

Zoe Martin

ZOE MARTIN

Mistress of Moots

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MICHAEL HARRIS

Careers Coordinator

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VICTORIA-JAYNE SCHOLES LLB

News Editor

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CHRISTIAN PITT

News Reporter

Zoe Martin

ZOE MARTIN

News Reporter

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MICHAEL HARRIS

Systems Manager

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KIRSTY LEWINGTON

Streetlaw Co-Ordinator

 

Brian Playfair

Brian is currently studying the LLB as a part-time student and coming to the end of his 2nd year.


Once qualified, Brian is looking to either work as a solicitor or possibly utilise his degree
within the retail company where he is currently working as a manager.

 

Brian is married with 2 children aged 6 and 11. Although he has lived in Devon since 2007 Brian is originally from
a small town called Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. His background lies mainly from working
as a medic in the Royal Navy. Brian spent 13 years operating in medical centres within
various naval bases, HM ships and saw active service in Afghanistan until his medical
discharge in 2016 due to PTSD.


Brian is a big advocate of mental health, is a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor and
enjoys raising money for Children’s Cancer and Armed Forces charities. Also, he likes to
spend time with his family, socialise with friends and enjoys going to the gym and
swimming.

 

Contact Brian:

Chair@ouls.org

 

JOHNATHAN DORAN
BA, BSc, MA, MSc

Johnathan is a graduate of the Open University, where despite being a medical scientist he got his first degree in English Literature, as well as having previously studied at Glasgow University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Wales. He has a strong interest in the role of expert witnesses in courts as well as scientific intellectual property law.

 

In addition to acting as Vice-Chair for the Open University Law Society (as well as its Officer for Scotland), Johnathan is a trustee for a number of charities, a private tutor and volunteers at a legal aid clinic. He has held a number of roles in student representation and was once the Vice-President for Student Affairs of RGUSA. In addition to his somewhat sporadic legal studies,

 

Johnathan runs a small business and is a doctoral research candidate in philosophy of science with the University of Exeter, writing his thesis on scientific expertise in neoliberal societies. 

 

contact Johnathan:

vice.chair@ouls.org

SIMON BARNES

Simon started his law degree this year studying module W101. He is currently keeping his options open as to what he wants to do afterwards.

Simon works full time for the UK Government and spends much of his time reading briefing papers and trying to understand the latest laws in other countries.

Simon lives in South Essex alongside his life partner, and occasionally a puppy when puppy sitting. In his spare time, Simon is an avid gamer between PC and tabletop.

Contact Simon:

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GARETH JONES

Gareth is currently studying level 3 law and is hoping to graduate in the Summer of 2022. As someone who has been involved with the Open University and the Open University Students Association over the recent years, Gareth is keen to use his acquired skills, experience and contacts to help the society to continue to grow.

 

Outside of the Open University, Gareth currently sits as a Governor of his local primary school, sitting on the Finance and Personnel committees, and he hopes to bring across the knowledge gained from this too. His main priorities for his term on the committee will be to review and enhance the financial control procedures to ensure that they provide the society with its requirements whilst fulfilling its internal and external obligations, all whilst maintaining the financial integrity of the Society.

Contact Gareth:

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TOM MORRIS

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Contact Tom:

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ZOE MARTIN

Zoe is based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. She is currently in her third year of her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and studying W203 and W330. After completion of her degree, Zoe would like to practice environmental law.

Although Zoe's background is financial and she has a qualification in CEFA,  she has always wanted to study law. Zoe's two young daughters came along, and, with the support of her husband, they are her motivation to pursue the career she has always wanted to do.

In her spare time (not that she has much) Zoe enjoys walking and exploring the countryside, photography, reading and is a huge Disney fan!!

Contact Zoe:

zoe.martin@ouls.org

 

MICHAEL HARRIS

Michael is just finishing his first year of study with the OU in the hope of finishing his degree in 2023. Michael's aim is that he can then do the BPTC and hopefully gain pupillage. 

When he is not studying, Michael has his own business as a marketing consultant, primarily to clients in the medical and legal sectors. 

So far he has enjoyed participating in the OULS moots and hopes he can bring some useful expertise and experience to the society. 

Outside of work and academics, Michael has a number of volunteer roles. He is a trustee for a youth mental health charity and is also a mentor for year 10 and 11 students. Michael is a father of one as well as having a dog and a cat.  Hobbies include fly fishing and tabletop games, primarily D&D and Warhammer 40,000.

Contact Michael:

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VICTORIA-JAYNE SCHOLES LLB

Victoria-Jayne graduated from the OU in 2018 with a 2:1 in law. After obtaining the Daniel Turnbull Memorial Scholarship from Stewarts in conjunction with the University of Law, Victoria commenced her LPC LLM in Jan 2021 in the hope of completing the course in October 2021. 

At the beginning of 2020, Victoria was offered a National Lottery Scholarship to start a brand new venture as a founder member of the Academy of Disabled Journalists. She recently completed her Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism with the National Council for the Training of Journalists.  The course allowed Victoria-Jayne to combine her role as Editor for the OULS with her assignments. 

Victoria-Jayne’s background is a vast one from a Walt Disney World expert for Virgin Holidays to owning her own business to performing at the Theatre Royal Windsor and Richmond Theatre.

After Victoria-Jayne’s health declined she found herself having to rely on a wheelchair to get about. This has made her passion soar for disability rights and now wants to push the boundaries into making not only the legal pathway more accessible but also the criminal Justice System. Getting in and out of court buildings, solicitors and even holding cells is not an easy feat and nothing can be changed if it is not challenged. She is now combining her journalism with her passion for the law to push for changes with her new blog Legally Powered!

Victoria-Jayne’s passion comes from the saying ‘Carpe Diem’ and that is exactly what she is hoping to do. She hopes that with the help of the OULS, she can show students just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t shoot for the stars.

Contact Victoria-Jayne:

newsteam@ouls.org

 

CHRISTIAN PITT

Christian has just come to the end of W102. In the coming years, he plans to become a barrister; whether it is in criminal law or civil law, he is yet to decide. Christian lives in Sussex and spends much of his time volunteering with local organisations. 

Christian has a particular interest in natural law and is willing to discuss any aspects of Aristotle or Cicero (in particular) with fellow students of the Society. 

Contact Christian:

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ZOE MARTIN

Zoe is based in Bognor Regis, West Sussex. She is currently in her third year of her Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and studying W203 and W330. After completion of her degree, Zoe would like to practice environmental law.

Although Zoe's background is financial and she has a qualification in CEFA,  she has always wanted to study law. Zoe's two young daughters came along and with the support of her husband, they are her motivation to pursue the career she has always wanted to do.

In her spare time (not that she has much) Zoe enjoys walking and exploring the countryside, photography, reading and is a huge Disney fan!!

Contact Zoe:

zoe.martin@ouls.org

 

JOHNATHAN DORAN BA, BSc, MA, MSc 

​Johnathan is a graduate of the Open University, where despite being a medical scientist he got his first degree in English Literature, as well as having previously studied at Glasgow University, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Wales. He has a strong interest in the role of expert witnesses in courts as well as scientific intellectual property law.

In addition to acting as Vice-Chair for the Open University Law Society (as well as its Officer for Scotland), Johnathan is a trustee for a number of charities, a private tutor and volunteers at a legal aid clinic. He has held a number of roles in student representation and was once the Vice-President for Student Affairs of RGUSA. In addition to his somewhat sporadic legal studies,

 

Johnathan runs a small business and is a doctoral research candidate in philosophy of science with the University of Exeter, writing his thesis on scientific expertise in neoliberal societies. 

 

contact Johnathan:

vice.chair@ouls.org

 

MICHAEL HARRIS

Michael is just finishing his first year of study with the OU in the hope of finishing his degree in 2023. His aim is that he can then do the BPTC and hopefully gain pupillage. 

When he is not studying, Michael has his own business as a marketing consultant, primarily to clients in the medical and legal sectors. 

 

So far he has enjoyed participating in the OULS moots and hope's he can bring some useful expertise and experience to the society. 

Outside of work and academics, Michael has a number of volunteer roles. He is a trustee for a youth mental health charity and is also a mentor for year 10 and 11 students. Michael is a father of one as well as having a dog and a cat. Hobbies include fly fishing and tabletop games, primarily D&D and Warhammer 40,000.

Contact Michael:

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KIRSTY LEWINGTON

Kirsty is a penultimate year law degree student with The Open University and has accepted a conditional offer to study the LPC in 2022. Kirsty would like to become a solicitor’s advocate. She has many years of NHS experience as a healthcare assistant which was a very rewarding job.

 

The area of law Kirsty wishes to progress with is medical law, clinical negligence, and human rights.  She is part of the Freedom of Law Clinics NMC research project and is currently a volunteer for Citizens Advice and AvMA one day a week each.

Kirsty has just completed a Streetlaw project for the OU and more recently a volunteer paralegal with the Community Law Project.

Contact Kirsty:

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