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 AB 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 AB 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 AB 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 Criminal Justice System and Penal Reform.
As one of the founders of the AB 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.
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 at ED&F Man, joining the partnership in 1983 and becoming Group Chief Executive Officer in 1987, aged 34.
In 1996, Yves helped create two major businesses 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 chairman of Woodsford Consulting Ltd, which he founded in 1996, and Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd, which he founded in 2010 to promote access to justice for impecunious claimants with meritorious cases in the field of large commercial litigation and international arbitration. For ten years, Yves was a trustee of The Brain Research Trust, which funds neurological research at UCL’s Institute of Neurology. He’s also a trustee of the Leslie Aldridge Trust which aims to provide accommodation to homeless people.
In 1990, together with his wife Anne, he established the AB Charitable Trust. The Trust’s aims are the defence and promotion of human dignity and it has made grants of some £20m to date. In December 2015, the AB Charitable Trust endowed the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.
Yves’s first novel, Something in the Sea, was published by Bloomsbury in 2006; his second, The Nuremberg Enigma, followed in 2016.
Philippe was called to the bar in 2008. He specialises in public and administrative law, with a focus on securing the rights of migrants and refugees. He is the Chair of our Grants Committee.
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.
TJ was called to the bar in 1994 and has worked with asylum seekers 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 AB Charitable Trust Board in 2019.
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 AB Charitable Trust Board in July 2019.