Yves Bonavero was born and educated in Paris. He holds a First-Class Honours degree in Philosophy and German, as well as an MA, from Oxford University. Yves started his business career with Man Group and became CEO in 1987. In 1996, Yves founded in Poland Dom Development, listed on the.
Yves Bonavero was born and educated in Paris. He holds a First-Class Honours degree in Philosophy and German, as well as an MA, from Oxford University. Yves started his business career with Man Group and became CEO in 1987.
In 1996, Yves founded in Poland Dom Development, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2006, which currently develops over 4,000 homes a year, and Europa Park, the country’s premier logistics and distribution centre. Yves is the chair of Woodsford Consulting Ltd, which he founded in 1996. In 2010, he founded Woodsford Group Ltd which holds corporations to account for ESG breaches.
In 1990, together with his wife Anne, he established the A B Charitable Trust to promote human dignity and defend the human rights of marginalised and excluded people. The charity, which Yves chaired for thirty-three years, ranks among the UK’s top 50 grant-making foundations and in 2015 endowed the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford University.
Yves’s first novel, Something in the Sea, was published by Bloomsbury in 2006; his second, The Nuremberg Enigma, followed in 2016.
In September 2023, Yves was awarded by the Open University the honorary degree of Doctor of the University in recognition of his Public Services and the exceptional contribution he made to championing human dignity.
The A B Charitable Trust is a registered charity. It has a sole Trustee, the ABCT Trustee Ltd (Registered Company Number 12699206). Information on current Directors is below:
As one of the founders of the A B Charitable Trust, Anne has taken an active part in its work since inception, helping to guide its ethos and development over the years. Anne regularly visits the charities the Trust works with.
Philippe started his career working for a leading firm of immigration solicitors in London. In 2008 he was called to the bar, where he held a mixed common-law practice, often working in the criminal courts. He subsequently specialised in immigration and asylum law and built a practice focused on representing unaccompanied minors and victims of trafficking. He has represented politicians, professional sportsmen, former diplomats, and high-profile political activists.
Philippe has been a barrister since 2008, specialising in immigration and asylum law. He has chaired our grants committee since 2020.
TJ was called to the bar in 1994 and has worked with people seeking asylum and refugees for more than 25 years both legally and clinically. She was the Executive Director of the Helen Bamber Foundation and continues to serve as an Advisory Panel Member to the UK's Anti-Slavery Commissioner. She joined the A B Charitable Trust Board in 2019.
Athol has been a life-long advocate of human rights as well as enjoying a successful business career in the UK and abroad. Athol brings special expertise in corporate finance, strategic planning and corporate responsibility to his role as a trustee as well as extensive experience as a director and trustee of a major corporate trust. Prior to retiring from business life he was Global Head of Corporate Responsibility for a large, international financial services business based in the City of London.
Juliet was Director of the Prison Reform Trust for 16 years and is a former Secretary General of Penal Reform International. Currently Juliet is the Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and a Visiting Professor of the School of Law, Birkbeck at the University of London. She joined the A B Charitable Trust Board in July 2019.
James is a founding co-director of FairSquare, a human rights organisation focused on migrant worker rights, sport and authoritarianism. He previously carried out human rights research on the Middle East region for Amnesty International and prior to that worked for the UK Foreign Office. He writes about human rights and western foreign policy, including for the European Council on Foreign Relations.
The A B Charitable Trust has a small staff team, based in central London alongside the Bonavero family businesses.
Sara has worked at the Trust as Director for 12 years. Before that, she was Director of Book Aid International, a charity that supports libraries and education in sub-Saharan Africa. Sara has a first-class honours degree in Philosophy from University College London and the BPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University.
Rebecca is the Head of Programmes at the A B Charitable Trust, initially joining the Trust as Grants Manager in 2017. Rebecca has worked in grantmaking in the UK’s charitable sector since 2013. Her current role includes managing the grantmaking process at the Trust as well as developing relationships with new and existing partner grantees. Rebecca works across all three of A B Charitable Trust’s priority areas, in particular, the criminal justice and penal reform priority.
Emma joined the Trust in February 2020 as Grants Manager. She has worked in a number of roles in the charity sector in the UK and abroad, with a focus on grantmaking in London since 2014. Emma works across all three of A B Charitable Trust’s priority areas and has a keen interest in the migration programme and the role of funding in creating a fairer system for migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.
Havva joined the Trust in October 2019 as the Grants Administrator. She is the main point of call and provides administrative and organisational support for the grants team. Havva has a degree in Sociology and has a keen interest in the Justice System and Penal Reform.
Laura joined the Trust in August 2020 as Grants Manager. She has experience working in various organisations both in the NGO sector and in philanthropy. This has included working on Human Rights issues across the UK and internationally. Laura has a background in law, inspired by a keen interest in the way in which the law can be used as a tool for social change as well as in ensuring a just and rights compliant legal system. Laura works across all three of A B Charitable Trust’s priority areas.
Muna joined the team in October 2022 as a 2027 associate who is interested in the justice system and penal reform in particularly the over representation of B.A.M.E. people in prisons.
Ihsaan joined the Trust in August 2022 as Grants Manager. He has experience of working in community organisations and teaching English abroad, as well as working in grantmaking in his previous role at the Tudor Trust. Having studied Law at undergraduate level, Ihsaan completed an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex. He is interested in the law’s role in defending the rights of migrants and organisations led by people with lived experience of social issues. Ihsaan works across of all three of A B Charitable Trust’s priority areas.