Tuesday, 12 September, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Sir Leigh Lewis, Tulip Siddiq MP and Ruth Herzberg-Wellin have been appointed to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) Board of Trustees.

As members of the board, they will work to provide strong governance and strategic leadership to HMDT, through regular board meetings and liaison with the HMDT staff team.

Laura Marks OBE, Chair of the HMDT Board of Trustees said:

‘I am delighted to welcome three new trustees to our board. Tulip, Ruth and Leigh bring years of very varied experience to Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and a real commitment to our aim of learning lessons from the past to create a safer, better future.

As Chair, I look forward to working with them over the next few years to ensure that Holocaust Memorial Day remains an important, poignant and meaningful day in our national calendar, marked by thousands of groups all across the country.’

Find out more about our new trustees:

Sir Leigh Lewis

Following a career of nearly 40 years in the Civil Service – the last five as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2005 to 2010 – Leigh has over the last six years undertaken a variety of roles in the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Currently Leigh is Chair of Trustees at Drinkaware, the alcohol education charity, and Vice-chair of Trustees at the homelessness charity, St Mungo’s. In addition he is a non-executive Director of Ombudsman Services, the UK’s largest provider of alternative dispute resolution services, a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Board and a visiting fellow at Greenwich University Business School.

Local to his home, Leigh is also a Governor of the Watford University Technical College, Deputy from Watford Synagogue to the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a lifelong supporter and season ticket holder at Watford FC. 


Tulip Siddiq MP

Tulip Siddiq was elected in 2015 and represents Hampstead and Kilburn in London. In Parliament, she has worked as a Shadow Education Minister and is now a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

She is part of the All Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, the APPG on refugees and the APPG on childcare.

Previously a Councillor and Cabinet Member in Camden, Tulip Siddiq has also worked for Amnesty International, the Greater London Authority and Brunswick Group LLP.

She is a primary school governor, a trustee of Cocoon Family Support charity and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She lives in West Hampstead with her husband Chris and daughter Azalea.


Ruth Herzberg-Wellin

Ruth has over 20 years of experience as a leadership and organisational development consultant and coach, working in diverse businesses across the commercial and not for profit sectors. She is also a part time lecturer for the Management diploma at Birkbeck, London University. Ruth has a Masters in HR and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

She has significant experience as an educator, having taught in schools, and throughout her career has encouraged people of all ages to fulfil their potential. Her more recent voluntary work includes Childline and Pet Therapy.

‘As a child of refugees, HMDT aligns with my core values of tolerance, equality, valuing difference and building communities. I strongly believe that through education, sharing stories and acting as role models we can enable people to come together and value each other’s diversity.’