Youth Board

The Youth Board help develop the HMDT Youth programmes to ensure that they are led by young people.

Youth Board Members have experience of organising their own activities and events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. They are keen to support Youth Champions and Youth Advocates in completing the HMDT Youth programmes.

Nikos Souslous

My name is Nikos and I am the HMD Lead Youth Advocate.

Having completed my undergraduate and postgraduate studies on European History at University College London, I now work as a Teaching Assistant at the same university. I have been involved with HMDT since 2014 and have participated in its Youth programmes for the past three years. During that time, I have organised and participated in a number of HMD events. I am proud to have spent the previous year working with young people across the country as part of my role as a Youth Board Member.

I look forward to using my experience and energy in my new role as Lead Youth Advocate to further develop and expand the new HMDT Youth programmes. By working and learning with young people across the country, I am confident that we can make great progress towards achieving the better future we all aspire towards.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected] 

Anna Cardy

My name is Anna and I am the HMD Lead Youth Champion.

I am currently in the final year of my undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire studying history. I first became aware of the work of HMDT in 2016 through various events in my local area. I have since continued to help promote the remembrance and awareness of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.

As Lead Youth Champion, I work closely with the Lead Youth Advocate and the Youth Board to help and inspire Youth Champions and Youth Advocates to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. In addition to this, I hope to encourage membership of the HMDT Youth programmes and help young people learn from genocide for the creation of a better society.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected] 

Adam Tanner

I am a passionate Law Graduate currently studying for my PhD in Law in the field of Law, religion and medicine. Over the last 7 years, I have travelled around Europe to learn the history of the Holocaust so I was particularly interested when I found out about the work of HMDT through my university networks. I specialise in the law relating to religion and discrimination. This year's theme of Torn from home resonates with my interests, particularly with some of the contemporary issues of this theme.

I hope to be able to lead a number of events and lessons on this year’s theme and assist in enabling young people to become more aware of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I also intend to encourage the members of the HMDT Youth programmes to engage with and raise awareness of the lessons from the past.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]

Barnabas Balint

I am currently a final year undergraduate student reading History at the University of Exeter and have been involved with Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for over six years. Through being a part of the HMDT Youth programmes, I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides and run events for HMD. Above all, I have had the great privilege to meet survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides and hear their moving testimony.

As a member of the Youth Board, I focus on developing the HMDT Youth programmes and engaging with young people from across the country who are passionate about commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day.

As fewer survivors are able to share their stories, the HMDT Youth programmes have increased importance, as they equip young people with the knowledge and skills to commemorate HMD in their communities.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]

Daisy Williams

I’m a 24-year-old actor and director living in Cardiff. I currently work for a theatre company called Theatr na nÓg based in Neath as a Production Assistant and Young Ambassador co-ordinator. I became a Youth Champion in 2016 and then applied to become a member of the Youth Board last year.

This will be my second year on the Youth Board and I’m excited to start working again alongside this team of hard-working, inspirational people. Last year for my HMD activity, I produced a play under the title ‘The Power of Words,’ which looked at the testimonies of survivors who created new lives for themselves here in the UK in the early 1950’s. I loved all the opportunities I had as part of the Board last year and am looking forward to all the exciting events taking place over the next few months.

I also hope to create a new piece of theatre for young audiences for HMD 2019 to share with young people in my community everything I’ve learnt as part of the team over the past two years.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]

Danielle Priest

I am honoured to be a part of the Youth Board for HMD 2019. I graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016 where I studied History and I currently work at Royal Holloway.
Whilst at university, I primarily focused on 20th Century history, studying the genocides in Rwanda, Cambodia and Bosnia, events which are extremely significant to society today. My dissertation focused on the power of local collaborators with the Einsatzgruppen in the Holocaust and how individual people can be incited to participate in terrible acts of murder.

Through being a member of the Youth Board, I hope to encourage Youth Champions and Youth Advocates to get involved with HMDT and take part in as many opportunities as possible.
I am excited to get started and help to promote Holocaust Memorial Day 2019. If we continue to work together to commemorate the Holocaust, Nazi Persection and subsequent genocides, we can help to promote and spread messages of equality, unity and acceptance.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]

Hayley Carlyle

I am 24 years old and I’m from Liverpool. I have been involved with the HMDT Youth programmes for four years now. As a Youth Board Member, I will be working closely with the rest of the Board to ensure that the HMDT Youth programmes are youth-led. I will be supporting and inspiring Youth Advocates and Youth Champions to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in their own communities.

I have 7 years experience in the Museums and Heritage sector. I have a Masters Degree in History at Liverpool Hope University. I hope to use my knowledge and understanding of genocide from my studies with the skills and experience I have gained in the Museums and Heritage sector to help develop the Youth Champion programme, educate and inspire young people to achieve a safer better future.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]

Niamh Hanrahan

I’ve been involved with HMDT for the last four years, as both a Youth Champion and a member of the Youth Board. I have just finished my Masters in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway. I feel really excited to be continuing my time on the Youth Board, to help support the planning of activities for HMD 2019 and working to increase knowledge about genocide among young people. This year’s theme, Torn from home is so relevant to both the past and events happening in contemporary society, so hopefully should inspire lots of great conversations and events!

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]


Sohaib Hussain

I am a second-year Mechanical Engineering student studying at the University of Salford. I have been involved with the HMDT Youth programmes since 2014 when I joined in college. I co-organised an artwork project in line with the 2015 theme, Keep the memory alive. Alongside the art project, I gave many presentations throughout college to commemorate and educate others about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. I was honoured to be part of the 2015 UK Ceremony which marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and have volunteered at the UK Ceremony every year since.

Through my work as a Youth Board Member, I aim to increase youth presence at the UK Ceremony 2019. In this day and age, where hate is becoming everyday news, we, members of the public, need to remember that we are much better than this and we cannot allow such actions to be repeated again.

You can get in touch with me at [email protected]