Olivia Marks-Woldman

I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) as Chief Executive in February 2012. I have overseen the growth of Holocaust Memorial Day to over 7,700 local activities around the country and a hugely increased media presence.

I believe passionately that everyone, regardless of age or background, should know about the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the subsequent genocides, and should set aside time to remember all those who suffered. I feel fortunate to be working for an organisation that enables people to do this, that encourages people to consider their own responsibilities, and that puts the life stories of those who were murdered and those who survived at the centre of commemorations.

Before joining HMDT, I worked in a number of other charities, mainly in roles that involved political lobbying, policy development and stakeholder engagement.

Rachel Century 

I was appointed Holocaust Memorial Day Development Manager in June 2015. I oversee the outreach and education team, ensuring the reach and impact of local HMD activities continue to grow year on year. I first joined HMDT as Education Officer  in June 2013.

I have been dedicated to Holocaust education for a long time as I feel very strongly that we need to both learn and teach about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to remember the victims, honour the survivors, and to try to learn lessons from the past. I am fortunate to be working in a position at HMDT that allows me to continue learning and teaching about the Holocaust, and hope to inspire and motivate others to do the same.

I have completed a doctorate in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, specifically focusing on the female administrative workers of the Third Reich. In addition, I have an MA in Holocaust Studies from UCL, and am a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education. I have also worked as the Holocaust and Anti-Racism Education Projects Manager at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. 

Joe Twilley

I was appointed Communications Manager in October 2016, having previously worked as Communications Officer from September 2015. In my role I am responsible for overseeing external communications, the HMDT website, marketing, media and parliamentary work.

I am excited to be working with an organisation that encourages people from all walks of life to think about history and examine ways in which they can explore the themes of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. My BA in History at Royal Holloway, University of London encouraged a study of 19th and 20th century cultural and social history across Europe and the UK. It is important to me that as a society we look to the past for lessons on how to live better lives today. 

Before joining HMDT I worked for a number of arts and heritage organisations both in London and the West Midlands, where I am originally from.

Nicola Shoults

I joined HMDT in July 2017 as the Finance and Resources Manager. In my role I oversee the Finance, HR and all round operations of the charity, supported by the Operations Team, to ensure the charity is sustainable and runs smoothly.
 
Before joining HMDT I worked at a charity promoting the education of prisoners. I love working for charities that have an ethos of hope and understanding and that is why I am so excited to join the team here at HMDT. HMDT promotes learning lessons from the past and using these to ensure we make improvements for future generations.

 

Jessica Benham

I joined HMDT as Outreach Officer in September 2015. My role is to support existing HMD activity organisers and to encourage new activity holders to mark HMD. I manage HMDT’s Regional and National Support Workers as well as the Youth Champion programme.

Educating people about genocide is one preventative measure to ensure that history does not repeat itself. I am determined to inspire and motivate people to get involved with the HMDT as I have been able to see from my varied experiences how raising awareness can effectively implement change. I have campaigned for the inclusion of all people to provide them with the same basic human rights and believe that people can only help the plight of another group when there is open communication and understanding of the complex issues as well as a contribution to the solution from the oppressed group.

Before joining the HMDT team, I studied Media at Nottingham Trent University. Alongside my studies, I was the National Campaign Coordinator for Aegis Trust and President of the Amnesty International Society.

Tash Dillon

I first started working with HMDT in June 2015 as a volunteer through a programme called QProjects organised by Queen Mary, University of London. In August 2015 I gained a permanent position at HMDT as Team Assistant and in November 2016 I was appointed as a Communications Officer. My role is to lead on marketing activities, helping as many people as possible get involved with HMD, and support HMDT’s online work.

I feel privileged to be working with HMDT to promote Holocaust Memorial Day. I have had a keen interest in the Holocaust since studying how the Holocaust can be remembered through literature, film and art as part of my undergraduate degree. I strongly believe that we can use the past to learn lessons for the future and it is essential to understand what ignorance and discrimination, which still sadly exist in today's society, can ultimately lead to. It is extremely rewarding working for an organisation that puts Holocaust and genocide survivors at its heart.

Before joining HMDT I studied French and Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Genevieve Lazar 

I joined HMDT as Communications Officer in January 2016. My role includes working closely with survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides, as well as managing social media and internal communications.

I believe that it is vital that we continue to learn about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides; the fact that genocide is still occurring today proves that we have not yet learnt from our past mistakes. I feel privileged to be able to help people who have been affected by genocide to tell their stories. I believe that sharing first-hand accounts of how genocide affects real people is our most powerful tool in educating others and preventing such atrocities from occurring again. I am also particularly interested in the ways in which survivors choose express their stories, often through literature and art.

Before joining HMDT, I worked for a charity based in the North West, supporting vulnerable people facing homelessness. I have a BA in English Literature from Lancaster University.

Jamie Lock

I joined HMDT in November 2016 as Team Assistant. As part of the Operations Team it is my responsibility to provide support across the staff team in the delivery of HMD and other events.

I believe it is of the utmost importance to commemorate and learn from the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and I feel honoured to be part of an organisation that is committed to understanding past atrocities while learning lessons to ensure they do not reoccur in the future. I enjoy working with HMDT staff and survivors in my role to help raise awareness of the relevance and ongoing teachings of the Holocaust and other genocides.

Prior to starting at HMDT I worked in the youth development charity sector with the British Exploring Society. I have a BSc in Geography from Swansea University.

Alex Murphy

I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust team as Education Officer in April 2017. My role is to create resources that support educators in schools, colleges, universities and community groups across the UK to teach young people and adults about the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides. I work in partnership with lots of organisations, and coordinate our life stories programme each year, sharing testimony from genocide survivors, witnesses and relevant contemporary stories.

I firmly believe in the power of genocide education and learning from survivor testimony to broaden young people’s minds, and that by learning about humanity’s darkest moments we also discover its brightest potential. I aim to encourage people to think and question, and to use the knowledge and emotion gained from these stories to take action - learning lessons from the past to create a safer, better future.

Prior to being appointed as Education Officer I was the freelance Arts Coordinator for HMDT from 2013 – 2017, and my background is in creative education and arts participation. I have worked in a south London secondary school, and for museums and cultural organisations including Southbank Centre, Foundling Museum and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Laura Newlyn

I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as Operations Officer in March 2017. I provide operational support to the HMDT staff as well as administrative support for the CEO and the Board of Trustees.

Prior to HMDT, I held a variety of positions in education and training including administration, teaching, student services, events organisation, sales, marketing and management.

I have also completed a short course in International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my varied work experience with my recent studies. I firmly believe that commemorating the past is the first step in working towards a better, safer future.

 

Gregor Ilsinger

I joined HMDT in August 2017 as a Gedenkdiener. I come from a small town in southern Austria and will work for HMDT for one year. This opportunity is provided by Gedenkdienst, an Austrian organisation, funded by the Austrian Government. Every year, about 30 civil servants are sent to different locations all over the world in roles relating to Holocaust education and commemoration. As a Gedenkdiener at HMDT my role includes working with survivors, leading on our project with Picturehouse Education and supporting the wider team wherever I can.

I am passionate about my role at HMDT, since the issues addressed form an important combination of both commemorating the Holocaust and genocide, and learning lessons from the past. I strongly believe in the power of education as well as in the capability of mankind to learn.

I hope to fulfil a long-held ambition to study at university in the UK after completing my year as a Gedenkdiener at HMDT. 

 

Support Workers

 
We've expanded the reach of our Regional and National Support Workers programme. Support Workers are now representing the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust within Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as throughout every region in England: the East Midlands, the East of England, Greater London, the North East, the North West, the South East, the South West, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber. 
 
The Support Workers work hard to inspire you to create even more exciting and innovative activities for Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as provide you with advice and opportunities specific to your region. They work part-time, and in the run-up to HMD you can contact them by email and Facebook. 
 
 

East Midlands Regional Support Worker
Julian Harrison

julian.eastmidlands@hmd.org.uk

I have a working background in equality, diversity, community cohesion and human rights, and my involvement with Holocaust education and remembrance has always been a strong one. In the last decade I have spent many weeks visiting Holocaust related sites across Europe, undertaking research and taking photographs. This culminated in a recently published book entitled Suspended Disbelief: Reflections on the Holocaust. I also established Holocaust Memorial Day observance at my previous place of work, producing annual exhibitions and lectures based on my own research material. 
I am very keen to support HMD activity in the East Midlands area (which comprises Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (except North and North East Lincolnshire), Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland). I am based on the edge of the city of Leicester.

 

East of England Regional Support Worker
Andrew Morris

 

Andrew.EastEngland@hmd.org.uk

Working in the field of Holocaust and interfaith education for many years, I’ve seen first-hand how barriers can be broken down by the simplest of human interactions and the power of storytelling. Educating alongside Holocaust survivors and with people of different beliefs, it is remarkable to see how much we share and can learn from each other. I joined HMDT because I believe that Holocaust Memorial Day has a unique ability to bring us all together, whatever our differences, to learn from the past. HMD teaches us what happens when our common humanity is diminished and hatred is allowed to thrive.

As well as working for HMDT, I educate for the Holocaust Educational Trust, including taking sixth-formers to Auschwitz-Birkenau so they can teach others its crucial lessons. I also facilitate interfaith and cultural dialogue workshops for the Three Faiths Forum and am completing a doctorate in education examining the impact of these types of programmes. 

Please do get in touch if there’s anything I can do to support you in establishing a new event or developing an existing HMD event in the region.

The East of England includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

 

Greater London Regional Support Worker
Susanna Hunter-Darch

susanna.greaterlondon@hmd.org.uk

I joined HMDT as the Greater London Support Worker in June 2016. I believe that it is vital that we as a society continue to remember and reflect on the Holocaust and subsequent genocides to ensure we critically engage with issues of persecution, hate and fear in our modern world. In such a vibrant and diverse city as London, I believe the marking Holocaust Memorial Day offers a chance for people to engage with others, share experiences, and build positive relationships within and across communities.

I have over 15 years of community and youth work experience, and have also worked in the Middle East and South East Asia training and supporting young leaders to develop as community activists and drivers of social change. I work as an independent consultant working in supervision and professional learning spaces, training and facilitation, and research evaluation projects in the community and youth sectors. I am originally from the New Forest, but am now based in north London.

 

North East Regional Support Worker
Anya Bonner

anya.northeast@hmd.org.uk

I joined HMDT because I am passionate about tackling prejudice and challenging oppression. I believe firmly in equality and that in order to create a safer, more equal world we have to learn from the lessons of the past. I’m honoured to be working for this charity and to promote its aims and values.
I also work for the Anne Frank Trust UK teaching children and youth about the Holocaust across the North East.
HMD is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the different genocides that have affected the world and to hear the powerful stories of victims and survivors. It is also a chance to share that learning with others, so if anyone is thinking about holding an HMD activity then please get in touch!
The North East of England includes County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

 

North West Regional Support Worker
Mandy Penellum

mandy.northwest@hmd.org.uk

I began working as North West Regional Support Worker for HMDT in 2011. I have personally been organising HMD activities since 2010, and first became involved because I feel passionately that by learning the lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides, we can help build a more positive future free from discrimination and hatred, and which celebrates equality and diversity.
 
Previously I have worked for a variety of organisations concerned with arts, tourism and community development.
The North West of England includes Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside.

 

Northern Ireland Regional Support Worker
Shirley Lennon

shirley.northernireland@hmd.org.uk

Having worked in the education and heritage sectors, I have been with HMDT as Regional Support Worker for Northern Ireland since 2015. It is a privilege to work with HMDT in ensuring the remarkable stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors, and the lessons they teach, can reach a wider audience. It is vital that people learn to challenge hatred, prejudice and intolerance so I am pleased to support the work of HMDT. It has been great to see the growth in the number of HMD activities across Northern Ireland. Please do get in touch if there’s anything I can do to support you in establishing a new event or developing an existing HMD activity.

I am based in Downpatrick in County Down.

 

Scotland National Support Worker
Carole Gillespie 

carole.scotland@hmd.org.uk

I joined HMDT in July 2014 as the National Support Worker for Scotland. I have been a member of the Steering Committee for the National HMD Event in Scotland for the past three years and have had the privilege of working with lots of people and organisations to help them plan how they mark HMD.

Working on HMD has changed me. No other project I have worked on spurs me on to spread the word as much as this. Every year meeting the survivors and hearing their stories is an amazing and humbling experience. I'm very proud to be a part of the team and am looking forward to helping people from all over Scotland plan their activities to mark HMD. Please get involved - it will touch your life.

 

South East Regional Support Worker
Phil Mears

philip.southeast@hmd.org.uk

I joined HMDT as South East Regional Support Worker in June 2015.  I got involved in HMD because it gives everyone an opportunity to hear the life stories of those affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides. We need to acknowledge the past and constantly challenge ourselves as to how we can tackle hatred and discrimination in all spheres of our lives.
 
My background is in policing. In recent years I have worked in community safety and counter terrorism. I am based in East Sussex. If you are thinking of organising an event in the South East please do get in touch! It is a rewarding experience and however big or small, your event can make a difference! 
 
The South East of England includes Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, and Sussex.
 

South West Regional Support Worker
Mary-anne Edwards

mary-anne.southwest@hmd.org.uk

I am proud to be the South West Regional Support Worker for HMDT. I passionately believe in the importance of understanding the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides so that we can work towards a future which is free from hatred, prejudice and persecution. I am inspired by the amazing range of activities that are held in the South West on Holocaust Memorial Day each year. They powerfully demonstrate how the community is working together to create a safer, better future.    
 
My background is working in museums and community engagement. I have worked in a variety of museums across London and am currently volunteering in my local museum in Dorset. The South West of England includes Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

 

Wales National Support Worker
Richard Spencer

richard.wales@hmd.org.uk

I began working as National Support Worker for Wales in July 2017. I am pleased to be involved with an organisation whose central messages need to resonate more strongly than ever in our world today. My background is in Ministry and Education and I have a particular interest in the ways in which interfaith dialogue can make a contribution to forming a society where violence and prejudice are consigned to the tragic past.

Following a Master’s Degree in which I researched issues of Christian and Jewish texts and antisemitism, I initiated and taught undergraduate and post-graduate modules in Holocaust-related studies at Cardiff University and I continue to research and write in this area. I have previously organised HMD activities with a range of age groups, from Year 6 pupils to adults, commemorating HMD in meaningful and appropriate ways.

I look forward to supporting activities across Wales – please do be in touch! 

 

West Midlands Regional Support Worker
Nicola Toms

nicola.westmidlands@hmd.org.uk

I became involved with HMDT as the charity’s values fit with my own.  HMD is important to me as I want to live in a safer, more equal world.  It is crucial that in the West Midlands we discuss, commemorate and learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides. 

My background is as a freelance Arts Event and Project Manager.  In 2009, I founded OxjamBrum an annual music festival that raises money and awareness for Oxfam’s life changing work.  Currently, I help manage the national Our Big Gig project and I look after one of the ten Arts Forums in Birmingham. I am based in Birmingham.

The West Midlands region of England includes Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands (county) and Worcestershire.

 

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Support Worker 
Rosie Crook

rosie.yorkshumber@hmd.org.uk

I joined HMDT as Regional Support Worker for Yorkshire and the Humber in August 2012.
I am passionate about the importance of HMD as an annual reminder of why we need to get on with each other, celebrate difference and combat prejudice. I have seen first-hand working in museums that engaging people with real stories can transform their views and their commitment. 
Before joining HMDT, I have worked for many years with museums, arts, heritage organisations and educational charities, supporting them in audience development and social inclusion. I am based near Hebden Bridge.
The Yorkshire and the Humber region includes all of Yorkshire as well as North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.