The Anne Frank Trust UK

Using education to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

TIM ROBERTSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Tim took on the role of Chief Executive in June 2018. He has a track record of working with children and young people in disadvantaged communities, with particular expertise in using literature and exhibitions as vehicles for social change. He has led transformational developments of other charities, notably for 9 years as the Chief Executive of The Koestler Trust for arts by offenders, and most recently as the Director of The Royal Society of Literature. Tim began his career as a child protection social worker in Camden Council, and went on to set up the borough’s Sure Start programmes, creating a £5 million partnership of community-led services for young children and their families. Tim is now Vice-Chair of Governors at Regent High, a Camden secondary school, and an Elder in the Quaker Meeting at Friends House, Euston.

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.

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.

LARA WILKS-SLOAN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Lara joined the Trust in August 2018 and heads up our fundraising team, overseeing strategy, events, grants and activities. Prior to joining the Trust, Lara worked at the Education & Training Foundation, Suzy Lampugh Trust, and the Refugee Council.

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

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.

FIONA WUSTRAU, EASTERN PROJECT OFFICER

Fiona was previously a youth worker and undertook a range of projects in schools and in the community, She is also has a degree in art practice in the community and has used this throughout her work with young people both on specific art projects and as a tool to engage and inspire young people around other topics.

LAURA SHEPHERD, LONDON REGIONAL MANAGER 

Laura joined the Trust in April 2018. Before joining the Trust, Laura worked at The Challenge and was a secondary school History and Politics teacher. Laura manages the delivery of our programmes within the London area. 

RACHEL SANDLER, LONDON PROJECT OFFICER

Rachel joined the Trust in 2017 in the role of Administrative Assistant before moving to the role of London Project Officer, delivering our programmes to our widening network of London schools. 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.

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.

BETH HOPPER, NORTH EAST PROJECT OFFICER

Beth joined the Anne Frank Trust UK team in July 2018. She previously worked as an Education Worker for Show Racism the Red Card and before that as a professional actress and singer. She is passionate about working with young people and using creativity to promote hope and compassion for others.

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.

JONATHAN MCKEE, NORTH WEST PROJECT OFFICER

Jonathan joined the Trust in June 2018. He worked for 12 years teaching Religious Studies, History and English in schools around the North West. He is passionate about using his skills as an educator to challenge contemporary forms of prejudice and discrimination. He enjoys building relationships with schools and seeing communities transform through our programmes.

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.

NICOLA STRAUTHER YORKSHIRE & HUMBER PROJECT OFFICER

Nicola joined the trust in May 2017 as an educator for Yorkshire and the Humber. Prior to this she worked with the trust in her capacity as a History Teacher in Rotherham. Nicola has a keen interest in Holocaust Education and has worked closely with The National Holocaust Centre, The Centre for Holocaust Education at UCL, completing their Beacon Schools programme and their MA module in Holocaust Education.

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.(Currently on maternity leave)

LINDA YOUNG, SCOTLAND PROJECT MANAGER

Linda joined the Trust in June 2017 as maternity cover for Paula Fraser. She manages, delivers or implements all aspects of the AFT’s education work in Scotland.

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.

STUART WILCOX, WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MANAGER

Stuart joined the Trust in August 2018, his career background includes FE curriculum management for education programmes, national training and project management working on Building Schools for the Future, Academy and after school provision projects. Previous to this Stuart started as a primary school teacher and in 2014 he co founded and has developed the community interest company Protective Behaviours Consortium and the charitable company The Feeling Safe Foundation both based in Birmingham and promoting the concept of feeling safe as a fundamental human right. 

CATHERINE BARNES, WEST MIDLANDS PROJECT OFFICER

Catherine joined the trust as a freelancer in 2017 but started the role of Project Officer in 2018. She is an experienced and qualified teacher, graphic designer and has an MA in Fine Art; she also continues her arts practice and business. Catherine works with Donna Garbett delivering activities in the West Midlands, including Anne Frank Schools and Ambassadors Programme and community events.

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.

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

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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.

MICHELA WILLIAMS, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Michela joined the trust in February 2018. Michela has previously worked providing administrative support for nurseries as a receptionist and also as a street fundraiser for the British Red Cross. In her spare time, she is studying for a higher national diploma in interior design at the British Academy of Interior Design.

 

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.

CAROLINE HOARE, VICE-CHAIR

Caroline has proven experience in building successful teams and leading change in legal and educational organisations and is the former Director of People at The Girls’ School Trust.

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.

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 and its Executive Director for 26 years. 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.