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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I joined the HMDT team in August 2016. I am originally from Vienna, Austria and have chosen to do mandatory social service in Holocaust Education in London. The organisation which provides this opportunity is called Gedenkdienst, therefore, I am a Gedenkdiener.
Gedenkdienst is an Austrian organisation, which sends 20 civil servants per year 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, supporting the arts programme, leading on our project with Picturehouse Education and supporting the team wherever I can.
I feel honoured to work at HMDT, since I believe it is of great importance to remember and commemorate genocides and teach, particularly the younger generation, about the horrible events which took place, in order to make the world a better place.
I am planning on studying Political Science and International Relations when I complete my social service at HMDT in September 2017.
East Midlands Regional Support Worker
East of England Regional Support Worker
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
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
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!
North West Regional Support Worker
Northern Ireland Regional Support Worker
Having worked in the education and heritage sectors, I am pleased to join HMDT as Regional Support Worker for Northern Ireland. I have always enjoyed and been moved by personal stories. It is a privilege to work with HMDT in ensuring these remarkable stories of Holocaust and genocide survivors, and the lessons they teach, can reach a wider audience. I feel our troubled past gives us a special affinity with these stories. It is vital that people learn to challenge hatred, prejudice and intolerance so I am pleased to support the work of HMDT. There are many activities going on demonstrating the importance of equality and diversity and I look forward to building on this work. I would like to hear from anyone seeking support in marking HMD in any way.
I am based in Downpatrick in County Down.
Scotland National Support Worker
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
South West Regional Support Worker
I joined HMDT in June 2016 as the South West Regional Support Worker. I am really looking forward to supporting groups and individuals in the region to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in 2017. I believe it is important for us to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides around the world; to pay tribute to those who lost their lives as well as those who lived through genocide and have rebuilt their lives since. As a society we all have a responsibility to help those facing persecution, which sadly still occurs today.
I also work as a Higher Education Adviser in the South West, providing information and encouraging young people to consider the benefits of university education. The South West of England includes Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.The South West of England includes Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Wales National Support Worker
I joined HMDT in July 2014 as the Wales National Support Worker. I believe that it is essential to learn lessons from the past to avoid repeating itself in the future. I am passionate about tackling injustice and discrimination, and am proud to work for HMDT.
I also work for Voluntary Action Merthyr Tydfil as the MAGNET (Merthyr Achieving Greater Networking and Engagement Together) Project Manager. MAGNET contains seven projects aimed at different sections of the community, such as Gypsies and Travellers, migrant workers, disabled people and LGBT individuals, to name a few. The aim is to encourage their voices to be heard by public service providers and influence the way in which services are delivered. I am based in the Swansea Valley.
West Midlands Regional Support Worker
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