SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

TIM ROBERTSON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Tim became Chief Executive in June 2018. He is passionate about Anne Frank’s Diary as both a great work of literature and a springboard for social education. This builds on two strands from Tim’s career – literature/the arts and social change. Tim studied English and American Literature at university in London and New York, and was Director of the Royal Society of Literature from 2015 to 2018. Previously, Tim spent 9 years leading significant growth as Chief Executive of the Koestler Trust, Britain’s national charity for arts by prisoners.  Tim began his career as a child protection social worker in the London Borough of Camden, and set up the borough’s Sure Start programmes for families in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. He is now Chair of Governors at Regent High, a Camden secondary school. Tim and his husband Neil are Quakers; they divide their time between London and a second home in the Lake District.

LARA WILKS SLOAN, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

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 Lamplugh Trust, and the Refugee Council.

JONATHAN BRUCK, DIRECTOR OF RESOURCES

Jonathan joined the Trust in March 2019 and has prior experience in the public, private and charity sectors. Having spent the last 5 years working as Director of Business Operations at Table Tennis England (the National Governing Body for Table Tennis) Jonathan brings with him a vast knowledge of Resource and Operational management.

SARAH NUZUM, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Sarah joined the Trust in April 2019 and oversees our education team.  She has over 15 years’ experience working within both the education and charity sectors. Prior to working at the Trust, Sarah worked at The NCS Trust, All We Can and the Methodist Independent Schools Trust. She has a background in teaching at secondary level and brings to bear considerable leadership and management experience gained within the education sector. Sarah is currently completing an MA in Global Ethics and Human Rights.  She is a Board Member for Amazing Minds, a not for profit positive wellbeing education organisation. In her spare-time, she is a dedicated Committee member of her local amateur dramatic society.

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 and manages our education programmes in London.  With over 10 years’ experience of working with young people, Laura is committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination, and empowering young people to have a voice and make a difference.  Prior to joining the Trust, Laura was Programme Manager for apprenticeships at The Challenge – where she oversaw student support and inclusion. Before this Laura was a history and politics teacher and examiner. She has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Nottingham.

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.

REUBEN MASSIAH, LONDON PROJECT OFFICER

Reuben joined the Trust in July 2019. He has a BA (Hons) in Drama, Applied Theatre & Education from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He went onto assist & lead youth theatre/heritage participation projects most notably for Emergency Exit Arts, Bishopsgate Institute and Oval House. In 2017 He became Access and Learning Assistant at the Royal Air Force Museum. Alongside his role at the museum, Reuben produced ‘Pilots of The Caribbean: Flying Colours’. A theatrical presentation and interactive workshop that highlights the contribution of African and Caribbean RAF personnel from 1918 – 2018. He is passionate about delivering programmes that challenge all forms of discrimination and encourage cohesion.

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. (Currently on maternity leave)

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.

MOLLY-MAY SMITH, NORTH WEST PROJECT OFFICER

Molly joined the Trust in October 2019, having graduated with a degree in French and Spanish from the University of Exeter, with a year working in Spain as an English teacher. Molly has assumed a number of lead activist positions at Amnesty International and prior to the Trust worked for NCS. She is passionate about the power of youth activism and enjoys finding ways to empower young people to develop a voice so they can speak out against injustices.

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.

CHRIS HYLIGER, YORKSHIRE & HUMBER PROJECT OFFICER

Chris joined the Trust in November 2018, after recently completing an MA in Peace and Development. Prior to completing his studies, Chris worked as a youth worker for a Leeds based baptist church engaging with young people from a range of different backgrounds. He is passionate about people development and in particular, equipping young people with skills to affect positive change.

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.

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. 

GURPREET KAUR, WEST MIDLANDS PROJECT OFFICER

Gurpreet joined the Trust in December 2018. Gurpreet works with Stuart Wilcox delivering activities in the West Midlands, including Anne Frank Schools and Ambassadors Programme and community events. Prior to joining the Trust, Gurpreet worked for West Midlands Police and completed a BA Hons in History. Her passion is to help deliver a vital message to current and future generations of youth about equality and the importance of embracing each other’s differences.

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.

FUNDRAISING AND EVENTS TEAM

RACHEL HOLMES, GRANTS MANAGER

Rachel is responsible for securing funding from trusts and foundations, statutory funders and other grant-makers.

CHANTELLE MORGAN, SPECIAL EVENTS MANAGER

Chantelle joined the Trust in November 2018. Previous to this she worked at the charity Wellbeing of Women for over 10 years as an Events Organiser, also managing the day-to-day running of their busy office.

JOANNA PHILIPS

Joanna joined the Trust in June 2019 and assists with securing funds from Trusts and Foundations as well as general aspects of fundraising work. She has a BSc in Politics at the University of Bath and previously worked in fundraising at Jews for Racial & Economic Justice in New York City.

PIPPA MARSHALL, FUNDRAISING AND DATABASE ASSISTANT

Pippa joined the trust in October 2018. As part of her role she maintains the database and helps with the organisation of events within the fundraising team. Prior to this Pippa completed her BA in Economics and International Development at the University of Sussex and worked for Renewable World and Advocates for International Development within their fundraising teams.

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.

OFFICE AND ADMINISTRATION TEAM

PAUL BUGDEN, FINANCE MANAGER

Paul spent many years as finance director, CEO and business owner in the retail automotive industry. Latterly he spent 12 years at Citizens Advice supporting the national network in managing its finances, then at ACEVO the membership organisation for Charity CEOs. He has also acted as treasurer for a fund with 90 partners and development projects worldwide. Paul relishes the challenge of enabling and equipping others to achieve maximum benefit with limited resources. 

PAUL LEGATE, BOOKKEPER

Paul is an experienced bookkeeper who has worked across a range of sectors and organisations including the Civil Aviation Authority, British Airways and accountancy practices as well as for NGOs, in London and the South East.

 

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 ABRAMS

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 Head of Communications and Digital at Cruse Bereavement Care Charity and provides mentoring for charity communication professionals. She has been leading teams in marketing communications for over 10 years. Prior to joining the charity sector, she worked in theatre, film and television production, latterly at the BBC. In both industries developing strategic compelling storytelling has proven to be valuable and vital to success. It is her personal passion that the powerful and unique legacy of Anne’s story should be learned from at every opportunity and used to empower society to stand up for equality and truth.

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.

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.

PAUL STEIN

Paul is an experienced fundraising director and consultant, specialising in start-ups and the building of effective philanthropic partnerships. He began his career at Macmillan Cancer Support, before moving to World Jewish Relief, where he became their first Director of Fundraising, Marketing & Communications. During his seven-year tenure, the charity’s profile and voluntary income increased substantially, an achievement which was replicated at MQ: Transforming Mental Health, which he joined in 2014. From a standing start, the charity now raises £1.5m-£2m annually, funding innovative research which aims to transform the mental health landscape and achieve genuine patient impact. A published author (Donors for Life: A Practitioners’ Guide to Relationship Fundraising), Paul has been regularly acknowledged in a list of the UK’s 50 most influential fundraisers.

UZMA ZAHID

Uzma was among the very first cohort of Anne Frank Ambassadors, having completed her training in Bradford in 2008. She completed a BSc in Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London, and an MSc at King’s College London. She is now conducting research in psychiatric imaging for a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London and in collaboration with Imperial College London. Her research interests lie in the neurobiology of psychosis and early intervention in psychosis.

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.