Trustees

Honorary Patrons
Most Rev and Rt Hon Lord Carey of Clifton
Lord Dholakia OBE DL
Kitty Hart-Moxon OBE
Sir Ben Helfgott MBE
Rt Hon Lord Mackay of Clashfern
Lady Merlyn-Rees JP
 
President
R. Stephen Rubin OBE
Honorary Vice President
Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE
 
 
Paul Phillips, Chairman
 
After leaving St Paul’s school in the mid-1970s, Paul Phillips studied Nazi Germany and the Holocaust at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Further to this, he attended the City of London Polytechnic where he completed a foundation course in accounting.
 
During the late 1980s he played a role in forming the War Crimes Committee, whose aim was to establish legislation in the UK on Nazi War Criminals. In the mid-1990s, Paul became a trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust, then treasurer and then vice chairman before becoming Chairman in 2012.
 
Paul is the director of property development and management companies. He is married to Sara, and has two children, Joanna and Rebecca.
 
Paul Berlyn, Treasurer  
 
Paul is a chartered accountant and currently Managing Partner at Arram Berlyn Gardner LLP, a medium-sized accountancy firm based in the City of London. He acts for a diverse range of businesses and high-net-worth individuals and has specialist expertise within the property sector.
 
Paul has been involved with the Holocaust Educational Trust from its inception, initially in an audit capacity and since 2008 as Honorary Treasurer. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, overseas travel and running marathons.

Lord Browne of Madingley, FRS, FREng 
 
Lord Browne holds degrees from Cambridge and Stanford Universities, and numerous honorary degrees and fellowships.
He joined BP in 1966, was appointed to the board in 1992 and was Group Chief Executive from 1995 to 2007.  He has served on the boards of Intel, DaimlerChrysler, Goldman Sachs and SmithKline Beecham.
 
Lord Browne is presently Chairman of the Crick Institute, Chairman of the Trustees of the QEII Prize for Engineering, Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, Chairman of the Courtauld Institute of Art and Chairman of the Board of the Donmar Warehouse, a Director of IHS Markit and Executive Chairman of L1 Energy. He serves on a variety of other advisory boards.  He is the author of five books.
 
Lord Browne has been involved with the Holocaust Educational Trust since 2013, when he became Head of our Ambassador Programme. He joined the Board of Trustees in 2019.

Sam Freedman
 
Sam is CEO of the Education Partnerships Group which works with Governments around the world to help strengthen their education systems. Before that he has worked as an Executive Director of Teach First, responsible for one of the largest teacher training programmes in the UK, and the senior policy adviser to the then UK Secretary of State for Education.
 
In this latter role he was particularly involved in the development of England’s academy school system, the pupil premium, teacher training reforms and creating a peer-led model for school improvement. 
 
Sam did his BA at Oxford University and has Masters’ qualifications from Oxford and Birkbeck. He is a governor of Woodside High School in Tottenham and a board member of the Teacher Development Trust and ResearchED.

Dame Helen Hyde DBE
 
Dame Helen is a Holocaust educator and leads many adult study trips to Holocaust-touched countries. She chairs the Board of Trustees for the Jewish Heritage Foundation. She is an active patron/director of the Rwandan Sisterhood and leads an annual working educational trip to Rwanda to support genocide-touched women. 
 
In 2012, Helen was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to national education and Holocaust education and in September 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Education by the University of Hertfordshire.

Amelia Ireland
 
Amelia is a final-year history undergraduate at the University of Warwick. Her involvement with the Holocaust Educational Trust began in 2014 when she completed the Lessons from Auschwitz Project and was subsequently appointed as a Regional Ambassador with the Trust.
 
In her role as a Regional Ambassador, she has organised survivor talks, workshops and commemorative events, and has been fortunate to develop a nuanced understanding of the Holocaust through Ambassador Study Visits to Yad Vashem and Budapest.
 
Within her position as a Trustee, Amelia is eager to harness her diverse international experiences and the transformative power of education to empower young people to become proactive global citizens.

Mike Karp
 
Mike became informally involved with the Trust from 2006 and has been a Trustee since 2012. He chairs the Trust’s Operations and Governance Sub-Committee. He is an executive mentor and charity trustee. He is currently also Treasurer of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research and a Governor at Westminster Academy.
 
He was previously a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent almost 40 years. Latterly he was responsible for managing the firm’s relationships with some of its major clients. He was also twice elected to the firm’s internal governance Board. He is married with two adult children and three grandchildren.
 
Ed Lewin
 
Ed runs the international public affairs function at global IT firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise. He has been on the board of the Trust since 2012 and serves as a Governor at Alma Primary School in Whetstone, London. 
 
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Master’s degree in Government, Policy and Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London. Ed lives in London with his wife Charlene and four children.

Hannah Lewis MBE
 
Hannah is a Holocaust survivor who was born on 1st June 1937 in Włodawa, Poland. In 1943, Hannah and her family were rounded up and forcibly marched to a labour camp in a village called Adampol. Over time, most of her family disappeared. Her father and his cousin managed to escape and joined the partisans, but her mother was murdered in the camp. Hannah was finally liberated by a Soviet soldier who picked her out of a trench dirty and very hungry.  
 
Hannah now lives in London having married in 1961 and had four children and eight grandchildren. She has been sharing her experiences in schools and universities for several years so that young people today can seek to understand the impact the Holocaust has had on the contemporary world.
 
You can read Hannah’s testimony here: https://www.het.org.uk/survivors-hannah-lewis

Kirsty McNeill 
 
Kirsty is Executive Director for Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children, leading teams working across policy, advocacy, campaigns, mobilisation, research, media and public affairs. 
 
Previously, she founded a consultancy advising some of the world’s leading charities and spent three years as a Special Adviser in Number 10. She came to Downing Street having led the policy and influencing work of DATA, Bono and Bob Geldof’s advocacy organisation, in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the EU institutions.
 
Today, she chairs our Education Sub-Committee and is on the boards of the Coalition for Global Prosperity and the Brown Archive Trust.

Marilyn Ofer 
 
Marilyn has been on the Fundraising Sub-Committee of the Holocaust Education Trust since 2001 and became a Trustee in 2015. In addition to her work for the Trust she also co-chairs the Eyal and Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation and serves on the International Council for Tate Museum, the Chairman’s Council for The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the International Council for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) and the Circle of Friends for the Foundation Giacometti. 
 
Marilyn and her husband, Eyal Ofer, have 4 children. She was born in London and lives between Monaco, London and New York.

Martin Paisner CBE
 
Martin attended St Paul’s School, London (1956-1961), the Sorbonne, Paris (1961-1962), Worcester College, Oxford (1962-1965) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (1966-1967). He obtained an MA from Oxford and an LLM from Michigan. 
 
Martin qualified as a solicitor in January 1970 and became a partner with Paisner & Co (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) in 1972.  He has specialised throughout his career in the area of trusts, estate planning and charity law and he is a trustee of, and adviser to, a great many charities and family trusts. He has been a Trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust since its inception. He was appointed CBE in June 2004.
 
He is married with four adult children and his hobbies include antiquarian book collecting (18th/19th century English literature and pre-First World War travel).

 

Council

James Clappison
Dame Louise Ellman MP
Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE
Lord Mendelsohn of Finchley
Sir Antony Sher KBE
Stephen Twigg MP

Fundraising Committee

Marilyn Ofer
Paul Phillips
Sara Phillips
Françoise Winton