It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) on 2nd October 2020 after a long illness.

Anne-Marie was our Chair of Trustees for almost three decades, during which time she steered reunite through considerable change and championed our aims and our vision with a ferocity and strength that was immeasurable.

Anne-Marie was known across the world for her groundbreaking work in the field of child abduction and was recognised as the leading lawyer of her generation. There are many professionals who have been touched by, informed and inspired into action by her.

Over the years she has acted for the victims of child abduction, forced marriages, abandoned spouses, honour based violence and female genital mutilation. She has done so much for those who are most vulnerable and who, without her efforts, would have remained victims.

Anne-Marie embodied our organisation and we honour her. We will miss her ‘can do’ attitude, her acerbic humour, her love of life, her sense of fun, her generosity towards others and her boundless energy. She leaves an incredible legacy, much of it visible in our continuing work. We will take reunite forward in her name and spirit.

Anne-Marie was also a proud mother and grandmother and our sympathies and love go to her children, Catherine and Sam, and her granddaughter Emmeline.