Staff team

Olivia Marks-Woldman OBE

I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) as Chief Executive in February 2012. I have overseen the growth of Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 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.

Rachel Century

As Head of Research, I oversee our education function, support key organisational activities and develop our knowledge and expertise. 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, and published a book based on my research in 2017, entitled The Female Administrators of the Third Reich. I am also an educator for March of the Living UK. In addition, I have an MA in Holocaust Studies from UCL, and am a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum in Holocaust Education. I am currently a member of the External Advisory Group supporting the Imperial War Museum’s learning programme, and I am in the inaugural cohort of the Global Holocaust Educator Fellowship, representing the UK. 

Asel Guillot

I joined HMDT as Head of Communications in September 2020. The purpose of my role is to communicate about Holocaust Memorial Day and ensure it is recognised as a day of national significance. Before this, I was at Coutts bank supporting the bank’s CEO as a Strategic Communications Adviser.

I feel privileged to be part of HMDT. I believe that the truth of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and the subsequent genocides must be shared and kept alive. It is important that everyone, whatever their background, learns from these events to stand against any form of persecution or hatred today, and in the future.

Paul Lautman

I joined HMDT in December 2020 as Head of Outreach. My role is to encourage and support all organisations and communities in the UK to remember and learn from past genocides.

Prior to joining HMDT I carried out a variety of senior roles in housing associations and local government which involved the management of social and mixed tenure housing estates and representing local government views to central Government.

In these roles I have always sought to challenge intolerance and look for opportunities to understand difference and diversity. I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as I relished the opportunity to work for an organisation that not only remembers and honours victims of genocides, but encourages everyone to stand up to hate and prejudice for a safer and brighter future.

Alex Blake

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.

Rebecca Deakin

I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as Operations Officer in January 2020. I provide operational support to the HMDT staff.

Prior to HMDT, I worked in the Charity sector and in Professional Services in a variety of positions including finance, administration, training, events management and client relationship management.

I feel honoured to be working with such a dedicated and knowledgeable team of people and to have the privilege to meet survivors and hear their stories firsthand. Remembering and teaching people about the past is essential so that we don’t forget and are able to learn from mistakes to create a better future.

Toni Griffiths

I joined HMDT in November 2021 as Senior Outreach Officer. My role is to support the organisation in increasing the number of Holocaust Memorial Day activities that are organised or supported by local government, including new and existing local community organisations and to manage, coordinate and support our team of support workers.

Prior to joining HMDT, I project managed a number of local heritage projects in partnership with a variety of organisations and communities. I have a doctorate in Jewish history and heritage, and I am a Visiting Fellow at The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton.

It is a privilege to be part of HMDT. I firmly believe in the power of education and significance of acts of remembering to increase understanding of diversity, inclusion and tolerance within our communities.

Pippa Harrison

I joined HMDT as Events Officer in June 2021. My role is to help coordinate the HMD Ceremony and the different elements involved, including the contributors, guests and managing our event management and production teams.

I have always worked in event management, primarily in the charity sector, and my previous experience includes working for Cancer Research UK, Crisis and Tennis First. I have a history degree from Edinburgh University and a personal interest in the Holocaust and the persecution of different groups by Nazi Germany, having had family members flee from Prague and settle in the UK during the Second World War.

I feel privileged to work at HMDT and to play my own part in organizing the Ceremony, thereby helping to ensure the stories of all Genocides continue to be told and heard by as many people as possible.

Julia Marcuson

I joined HMDT in May 2020 as their first Fundraiser. My role will be to develop the infrastructure of the fundraising function so that we can enhance how we look after our supporters. I will identify new sources of funding for HMDT to enable the organisation to support the growth in HMD.

Prior to joining HMDT, I worked as a Consultant, advising charities on fundraising, events and communications strategy. I had the privilege to count the Anne Frank Trust and the National Holocaust Centre amongst my clients. Both organisations gave me the opportunity to gain an incredible insight into the power of learning from the atrocities of the past to create a brighter and more positive future through education. I was honoured to work with survivors and I am now excited to be working with an organisation that ensures their life stories are heard and widely shared.

Farayi Mungazi

As Senior Communications Officer, I oversee media engagement for each Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) and coordinate media engagement throughout the year, preparing statements and supporting key relationships with journalists to implement HMDT’s positioning strategy.

I am also responsible for developing HMDT’s survivor engagement strategy, ensuring that the experiences of those affected by the Holocaust and genocide are included in resources, online content and at events. It is a huge honour and a solemn responsibility to share the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors with a wide audience.

Prior to joining HMDT, I worked as a multimedia journalist for the BBC World Service. Outside the office you’ll find me in the kitchen (next stop MasterChef!). I am also a terrible cricketer.

Eva Oddi

I joined HMDT in November 2019 as Youth Engagement Officer to support the organisation to increase their reach with young people. I build partnerships with youth organisations and look for innovative ways to support young people across the country to mark HMD and learn more about the steps leading to the Holocaust and other genocides.

Before HMDT, I managed the youth services for a local branch of the mental health charity Mind and prior to this I worked in homelessness prevention at a youth charity in London. Through all of my roles I have strived to take a youth led approach, ensuring the interests and needs of young people are central to the work I carry out.

I believe educating young people about the steps which lead to genocide and persecution are crucial to building a safer society equipped to challenge prejudice and discrimination, and I feel privileged to be able to work towards this.

Naomi Sheer

I joined HMDT in April 2021 as Executive Support Officer. I provide support to the CEO and Board of Trustees. Prior to working at HMDT I worked in the Professional Services sector and as a volunteer CRM trainer for another charity. I also teach singing. I hold a degree in Maths and Music from the University of Birmingham.

Many people are unaware of what happened during the Holocaust and genocides, and of their relevance today. I am committed to the work of HMDT to raise awareness so that everyone can be secure and fulfil their lives without threat of persecution.


Bethan Tribe

I joined HMDT as Digital Communications Officer in January 2019. My role is to manage and bring together our digital platforms, including social media, website, newsletters and design work.

I have worked and volunteered in the charity sector for the last six years, having previously worked in design. My roles have involved supporting homeless people and minority communities, many of whom had fled conflict in their home country. This has made me passionate about promoting understanding and tolerance within our communities, and raising awareness of human rights abuses.

At a time when so much of our communication is online, I am pleased to be able to use digital platforms to reach so many people with the important message of HMDT.

Freelance Support Workers

Our Outreach Team is also supported by the following freelance support workers who encourage and support organisations in identified sectors across the UK to mark HMD.

Carole Gillespie – Prisons and Youth Offending Institutions – [email protected]

Shirley Lennon – Northern Ireland – [email protected]

Philip Mears – Museums and Heritage sites – [email protected]

Mandy Penellum – Workplaces – [email protected]

Kirsty Robson – Scotland – [email protected]