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 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.
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.
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.
I joined Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as Head of Finance and Operations in July 2019. In my role I oversee all operational support to ensure that the organisation is well-run and financially sound.
My passion is to be part of an organisation that contributes to society and I am pleased to be part of the team at HMDT. I am proud to support the mission of encouraging society to learn from the history of the Holocaust and genocide, and acknowledging the impact these events have had on survivors even to this day.
I am ACCA qualified with a degree in Business Account and Finance. Prior to joining HMDT I worked in both commercial and non-for-profit organisations, most recently as Head of Finance and Business Support at a women’s charity.
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.
I joined HMDT in January 2020 as Education Officer on a maternity cover. My role is to create education resources, including our life stories, and work with schools and teachers to mark HMD across the UK, and teach about the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
Before I joined HMDT I was a secondary school history teacher for four years, teaching a wide range of ages and abilities. As part of my initial teacher training I took part in training with the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education, which sparked an interest in both learning and teaching the topic, and in how best to design school history curricula to include in-depth teaching about the Holocaust. I have also volunteered extensively with young people outside of school settings, and I am pleased to be able to bring my experiences to reach so many schools and students on such an important issue.
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.
I joined the Operations and Finance Team at Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in July 2018. In my capacity as an Operations Officer I provide everyday operational support to the HMDT staff team, and I act as the first point of contact for telephone and email enquiries.
I hold a lifelong interest in history and a belief in the importance of spreading awareness of, and learning from, mistakes of the past. Because of this, I feel fortunate to be able to aid HMDT in its aim of promoting commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day.
Before starting at HMDT I worked in a variety of administrative positions, including in logistics and research. I recently completed my studies at Queen Mary University of London.
I joined HMDT as Local Government HMD Officer in November 2018. My role focuses on engaging with local and regional government to support them in marking Holocaust Memorial Day in their communities. Local authorities act as champions for their communities and have an essential role to play in uniting, safeguarding and educating their constituents. Through supporting them to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, I believe that communities become stronger and better placed to challenge discrimination and prejudice by learning lessons from the past.
Before I joined HMDT, I worked in political consultancy, working across local, regional and national government, and before that worked in the press office of a human rights charity which supports survivors of torture. I hold a degree in Law from the London School of Economics, with a specialism in international human rights law- a subject I am passionate about.
I am a Fellow of the René Cassin-AJA Fellowship Programme and volunteer at a local refugee charity in my spare time. I was first introduced to HMDT’s work when I took part in the Youth Champion programme and am proud to be contributing to an organisation with such an important purpose.
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.
I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust as Operations Officer in March 2017. I provide operational support to the HMDT staff as well as administrative support for the CEO and the Board of Trustees.
Prior to HMDT, I held a variety of positions in education and training including administration, teaching, student services, events organisation, sales, marketing and management.
I have also completed a short course in International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my varied work experience with my recent studies. I firmly believe that commemorating the past is the first step in working towards a better, safer future.
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.
I joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2020 as a Gedenkdiener. Gedenkdienst is an Austrian voluntary service, whose purpose is to promote the commemoration of victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. As a Gedenkdiener I will be supporting the HMDT team, assisting with Outreach, Communications and Operations.
For me, it is a privilege to be working for HMDT. By dealing with my country´s past I want to contribute to the fight against prejudices and discrimination. I strongly believe that we need to learn from the past for a better future and I feel fortunate that I am able to support the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
I first joined the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2019 serving as the Scotland Support Worker for HMD 2020 and I’m delighted to be back again for HMD 2021. I provide support to Scottish Activity Organisers and work to promote the importance of marking HMD across the country.
I have been volunteering and working in the field of Holocaust and Genocide Education and Commemoration since I was 16 and have had the honour of working with survivors along the way. I believe that, through education and dialogue, we can shape a society that does not allow hate to go unchecked.
I am undertaking a degree in Society, Politics and Policy at the University of the West of Scotland and also provide communication and outreach support for the Glasgow Jewish Community. As we tackle the challenges of not being able to be together in person due to Covid-19, I am thrilled to be working for an organisation that will bring people together for a cause that is so vital.
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.
I joined HMDT in April 2018 as a Project Officer. In this role I work within the Communications Team to support the delivery of HMD. I am also responsible for co-ordinating the planning of HMD 2020, which will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Having completed a Masters by Research that looked at the nature of Holocaust memory in Britain and South Africa, and having worked at the Holocaust Centres in South Africa, I have a longstanding interest in Holocaust commemoration and education. I have also worked with youths in South African townships, using participatory film to encourage their engagement with human rights and promote youth advocacy within their communities. I am honoured to have the opportunity to work at an organisation that is keeping the memory of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides alive, as I believe it is so important to educate the public about the dangers of prejudice. HMD provides us all with the opportunity to reflect upon what is happening in the world today and to think about how we can use the lessons of the past to shape our futures.