The Anne Frank Trust UK

Using education to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

ROBERT POSNER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Robert joined the Trust in 2009 and, following five years of acting as its Chief Operating Officer, took up the role of Chief Executive in 2015. In this new role he provides the Trust with the leadership to ensure its successful growth in line with its strategic and operational objectives. Robert’s aim is to build on the excellent reputation and work of the Trust over the past 25 years and steer the organisation to achieve its next set of ambitious goals.

MARSHA SELWYN, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

Marsha joined the Trust in 2003. She runs the London office and is responsible for all administration aspects of the Trust including HR, employee policies and liaising with end users and suppliers. She is also company secretary. Before joining the Trust Marsha was director and general manager of an independent London health club.

LUCY GLENNON, DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND STRATEGY

Lucy has worked at the Anne Frank Trust since 2004. She is responsible for our education strategy, ensuring we have a strong understanding of the external policy environment in which we work, our communications and campaigns activity and increasing the charity’s profile and influence whilst extending the reach and attractiveness of our services. Lucy is a Fellow in Holocaust Education through the Imperial War Museum and Yad Vashem and has an MA in Holocaust Studies.

RENATA CZINKOTAI – HEAD OF FUNDRAISING

Renata is a professional fundraiser and project manager with 20 years experience in the UK and international NGO sector.  She has worked and consulted for some of the UK’s largest NGOs and recently spent a number of years in Central & Eastern Europe working with Amnesty, UNHCR and Greenpeace. A former Trustee and Treasurer of Amnesty International Hungary, Renata was also the founding Chair of the Hungarian Fundraisers’ Association.

SHONA GIBBS, HEAD OF EDUCATION DELIVERY

Shona first joined the Anne Frank Trust in 2012. She manages the education team in the South and the Prison project and is responsible for all community exhibitions. Shona also leads on our evaluation and reporting.

HEATHER BOYCE, HEAD OF EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

Heather is a qualified teacher with a degree in Theology and Religious Studies who joined the Trust in 2008. Manages the education team in the North and has overall responsibility for the development of our education resources and staff development.

REBECCA OHAYON, FINANCE MANAGER

Rebecca is responsible for managing the Trust’s finances. She is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (Ernst & Young) with 11 years experience as a Business Analyst with Citigroup and Lloyds TSB. Her roles involved analysing and determining strategic focus, product profitability, budgeting, co-ordination with internal functions, and discussion and issue resolution with senior management.

EDUCATION TEAM

ABDUL MUKITH KHALISADAR, LONDON REGIONAL MANAGER

Abdul Mukith joined the Trust in 2006 from the Prince’s Trust. He runs the London Schools Project and his time is devoted to securing and developing educational projects; training and leading creative workshops in London, and helping to manage the Anne Frank Ambassadors Programme.

AIMÉE HARDY, LONDON REGIONAL MANAGER 

Aimée joined the trust in 2015 after completing an MA at UCL in Dutch Studies. Previous to this, Aimée studied French, German and Dutch at the University of Sheffield, and worked as a teacher and translator in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as two years as an English teacher in a London secondary school. She is now responsible for delivering our schools project across London, helping young people understand the dangers of prejudice and discrimination.

VAL ROSS, EASTERN REGIONAL MANAGER

Val is the Trust’s manager in the East of England and is responsible for education and community programmes in the region. In addition, she has developed and delivered equality and dignity training programmes to a range of organisations. Val currently studying for an MA in Pastoral Theology. Prior to joining the Trust Val worked in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors as a policy maker, trainer, teacher and researcher.

GRACE DUNNE, NORTH EAST REGIONAL MANAGER

Grace’s work centres round placing Anne Frank: A History for Today in schools, and working with pupils to develop their skills as Peer Guides. She works closely with community and youth groups in the North East, especially Young People in Conversation, an interfaith programme. Previously, she worked in museum marketing and education, completing an MA in Museum Studies. Currently on maternity leave.

ANYA BONNER, NORTH EAST PROJECT OFFICER

Anya joined the Anne Frank Trust as freelancer in 2014. Now, she delivers the schools programme across the North East, as well as working with community groups and local authorities in Newcastle. She also works for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

KEZIAH WILLIAMSON, NORTH WEST REGIONAL MANAGER

Keziah joined the trust in January 2017, departing from a 7 year career as a Lead History teacher in Greater Manchester. Keziah has an upper class History degree from Manchester University and completed my PGCE at MMU, also completing part of an MA in the ‘Holocaust in Education’ at the IoE, London.

GRACE NELSON, YORKSHIRE & HUMBER REGIONAL MANAGER

Grace helps students develop the knowledge and skills to become Peer Guides and Anne Frank Ambassadors. She has a particular interest in Holocaust education and helping students understand and challenge the prejudices faced in society today. She helps form links with Bradford’s Resilience Project. Grace is a former RE teacher and has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies.

PAULA FRASER, SCOTLAND PROJECT MANAGER

Paula delivers guide training and tours of Anne Frank: A History for Today throughout Scotland. She has co-ordinated the development of a new monitoring and evaluation system for the Trust, and developed resources for schools in Scotland, commissioned by NASUWT. She has an MSc in Psychological Studies. Paula works as a part-time postgraduate tutor for the University of Glasgow, encouraging pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds into higher education.

EILIDH LEAN, SCOTLAND PROJECT OFFICER

Eilidh joined the trust in 2016, having spent the previous three years working for MSPs and a MP.  She has a MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. Eilidh is responsible for delivering our schools and community projects across Scotland, helping young people understand the dangers of prejudice and discrimination.

DONNA MAGHER, WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MANAGER

Donna joined the Anne Frank Team in Dec 2014 when the Trust expanded its remit to cover the West Midlands Region. Donna is a qualified history teacher having specialised in War Studies and Terrorism at both Wolverhampton and Birmingham Universities. Donna’s passion and commitment to her role has led her to embark upon a personal journey in August 2015 to visit Bergen-Belsen where Anne And her sister Margot died in 1945.

STEVE GADD, PRISON PROJECT MANAGER

Steve manages and delivers the Anne Frank Prison Project and has taken the Anne Frank exhibition to all categories of prison, male and female, from high security to open prisons and young offenders’ institutions. The project has received great acclaim from prisons throughout the UK and from other professional bodies in the prison sector.

SARA BLOCH, NATIONAL EVENTS COORDINATOR

Sara joined the Trust in 2017 and heads up educational events across the UK including the Trust’s flagship exhibition Anne Frank & You. Prior to this, she has worked in youth education and community organising at Noam Masorti Youth, and as a chef at Skip Garden and Kitchen. She also has her own pickle business, Bloch’s Pickles.  Sara graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 where she completed her MA in Theology and Anthropology.

ANNA HAMRE, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION OFFICER

Anna joined the Trust in 2016 as an intern and has since taken on the role of Research and Evaluation Officer. As part of this role, she is responsible for evaluating the impact of the Trust’s education programmes. Previous to this, Anna completed her BA in History at the University of Warwick before working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school in London.

FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS TEAM

SONIA UDDIN, FUNDRAISING OFFICER

Sonia leads on the Trust’s fundraising activities. Previously she managed a portfolio of trusts for the Charity City Gateway, based in Tower Hamlets. This role involved developing and writing funding proposals for community engagement projects with local, disadvantaged young people, vulnerable women and families. She completed an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and continues to maintain a collaborative and social art practice.

JAMES DEACON, GRANTS MANAGER

James is responsible for securing funding from trusts and foundations, statutory funders and other grant-makers. He has worked in the charity sector as a fundraiser for over seven years, and has previously worked at Crisis and the British Red Cross.

LAYLA MORADY, EVENTS COORDINATOR

Layla joined the trust in 2016 after returning from volunteering in El Salvador. Previous to this she worked at the NGO Race on the Agenda after completing her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. Layla was first introduced to the Trust when she volunteered at an Anne Frank + You exhibition in Manchester and now works as an Events Coordinator for the fundraising team.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

ALEX FERNANDES, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Alex joined The Anne Frank Trust in 2016. She is responsible for ensuring that the Trust’s vision and mission are communicated to wide-ranging stakeholder audiences across multiple media channels. She has considerable experience of in-house communications roles in areas as diverse as newspaper publishing and further education.

MIRANDA LOVE, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Miranda manages The Anne Frank Trust UK’s social media channels and supports Alex in delivering the Trust’s digital communications strategy. She comes from an editorial, content production and publishing background and joined the trust in 2017 after working at the media investment start-up, Archimedia.

OFFICE AND ADMINISTRATION TEAM

MICHELE MURPHY, BOOKKEEPER

Michele works on a freelance basis and is responsible for the production of the management accounts alongside the senior management team and helps ensure the smooth running of the Trust’s finances.

RACHEL SANDLER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rachel joined the Trust in 2017 in the role of Administrative Assistant. Prior to her joining the Trust, Rachel worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School. At Noam, a Jewish charity, she was a Project Coordinator facilitating community activities and educational workshops. She studied Theatre Arts at Brighton University.

 

DANIEL MENDOZA, CHAIR

Daniel is fiercely passionate about the role that the Trust plays in revolutionising attitudes and behaviours in our society. He is co-founder and principal of property consultancy Ereira Mendoza. He provides advice to corporations and individuals on commercial property. Daniel writes a column for the leading trade journal Property Week.

ZAK MOCKTON, TREASURER

Zak currently owns and runs his own business specialising in the field of raising finance and developing investor prospectuses for emerging businesses. The business has also developed a niche expertise advising colleges on funding and delivering major estate redevelopment projects. His previous experience includes eight years as Finance Director at an international oil and gas engineering firm, prior to which he was a business analyst engaged on transport privatisations. He graduated in Law from Manchester University in 1986, before going on to qualify as an accountant in 1990.

PROFESSOR DOMINIC ABRAHMS

Dominic is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Kent. His research explores how group processes can increase or reduce prejudice and discrimination. His research covers all kinds of prejudices, from childhood to old age. He has designed and directed surveys of prejudice for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Age UK, Communities and Local Government and the European Social Survey. He also conducts experimental studies to evaluate the impact of strategies to deal with prejudice. He is Director of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes and co-editor of the journal Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. He received the British Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science, and is a member of Council of the Academy of Social Sciences, and President Elect of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

FIONA BRYDON

Fiona is currently the Head of PR and Communications at the Teenage Cancer Trust. Prior to joining the Teenage Cancer Trust, Fiona worked on the senior management team at Make-A-Wish for over five years, and before that, she worked in television at the BBC.  It is a personal passion of Fiona’s that Anne Frank’s unique and powerful legacy should be shared and learned from at every possible opportunity. It is a clarion call to humanity that transcends age, gender and nationality.

MARK CHOUEKE

CAROLINE HOARE (VICE CHAIR)

Since 2010, Caroline has been Director of People and Company Secretary for The Girls’ Day School Trust, one of the UK’s largest educational charities, having previously been its Legal Director since 2002. Caroline is a member of the GDST’s senior management team, and oversees the HR, health and safety, governance and legal departments. Prior to joining GDST, Caroline worked as a solicitor at English Heritage from 1997-2002 and at Slaughter and May from 1993-97. She has also served for over 10 years on the Almeida Theatre’s local liaison committee, which fundraises for the Almeida’s education projects. Caroline graduated from the University of York in 1988 with a first class degree in English and Related Literature.

BERNARD HOWARD

While working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Bernard became ACA qualified. He went on to set up totallylegal.com, a website that became the number 1 legal recruitment company in the UK, and later totallyfinancial.com – a leading financial recruitment website. He is now the director and owner of Portman Scott which is a Sales and Marketing recruitment agency focused on SME’s.

JOANNA MYERSON

Jo is a qualified lawyer and has worked in city law firms including Slaughter and May and Mayer Brown. She has also worked as a strategy, policy and governance consultant to pension schemes of all sizes. Jo is also a past member of several industry committees and other decision-making bodies.

DAME HELEN HYDE

Until 2016, Dame Helen was the Headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls for almost 30 years. In 2012, Helen was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services for national education and Holocaust Education,  due to her work with the Imperial War Museum, the Holocaust Education Trust, and Holocaust Education Day.

FRANCES WHITE

Frances has substantial experience in the education sector, working as Vice-Principal for Westminster Kingsway College in London, and senior adviser for secondary education in Shropshire. She undertook consultancy work for the Further Education Funding Council for Wales, and has worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Frances has a First Class degree in French and German, a Diploma in Industrial Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Education.

 

 

 

 

DR EVA SCHLOSS MBE, HONORARY LIFE PRESIDENT

Eva is a survivor of Auschwitz and is the stepdaughter of Otto Frank. She has published three books, After Auschwitz, Eva’s Story and The Promise (for younger children) about her experiences. Eva does a lot of work in Holocaust education, mainly in UK and US schools, and has an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law in connection with that work. She was a co-founder of the Trust and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work.

For more details about Eva’s latest book, After Auschwitz, please click here.

GILLIAN WALNES MBE, HONORARY VICE PRESIDENT

Gillian was a co-founder of the Trust in 1990. She was our principal spokesperson, managing all communications and leading the Trust’s continued development. Gillian has overseen the staging of nearly 200 public exhibitions, and created and planned many national campaigns and projects, including national Anne Frank Day and the Anne Frank Tree planting programme.