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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.