Beki joined as Executive Director in March 2019, and leads the team at Facing History and Ourselves UK to deliver on the strategy ensuring we have high quality programme provision and a robust and sustainable organisation. Prior to joining us Beki worked at the Aldridge Foundation from 2014-19, first as Deputy Chief Executive and then as CEO. Beki previously worked in business development and operational leadership for two other youth-oriented charities, the Communication Trust and Youth at Risk and has also run her own management consultancy. Beki holds a B.Ed. in Outdoor and Science Education from Liverpool John Moores University.
Michelle is responsible for our programme activity, training and supporting the teacher network, facilitating CPD workshops and seminars, and delivering educational projects with teachers and students. Michelle has a BA (History), MA (Jewish History and Culture) and PhD from the University of Southampton, where her thesis focused on gender, social welfare and identity during the occupation of France. Prior to her role at Facing History, Michelle has worked in the academic and corporate sectors, as Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at the Universities of Southampton and Westminster, Knowledge Manager at BP, and in research and editorial for companies such as IHS and Procurement Leaders.
Libby is accountable for the smooth administrative running of the Facing History UK office, overseeing our operational processes, coordinating events, overseeing our social media and keeping our financial management on track! Libby came to Facing History UK from Community Matters, where she was the Project Manager on a variety of projects for the health and care provider network. Prior to that, Libby was a Clerk to the Governors at Camden School for Girls, a registered childminder, a marketing account manager, an office administrator and, for 4 years, an elected local councillor for the London Borough of Camden. Libby received her BA in Politics from the University of Sussex at Brighton.
Aneira is responsible for creating new educational resources and for supporting programme delivery. Aneira has worked in education since 2010 when she began designing and delivering workshops in creative writing, journalism, and employability skills. Her other roles have included that of a secondary school English teacher, an examiner, and, most recently, an education consultant, where she has advised charities on content development and delivered teacher CPD. She has partnered with organisations such as Camden Summer University, the British Library, and VSO. Aneira is committed to creating dynamic classroom environments that prepare students to be active participants in the world beyond school. She has a BA in English Literature and Language from the University of Oxford.
Amran is responsible for the successful administrative management of programme activities for Facing History UK. Amran has worked in a number of community-based organisations, most recently as part of the policy team at Community Links, where she conducted research, managed social media accounts, contributed to policy responses and assisted with event planning. Amran’s other roles have included that of English and Sociology tutor at City Educators and Best Tutors, and administrative support worker. Amran is passionate about creating positive engagement on social issues. She has a BSc in Criminology and Sociology from City, University of London, where her dissertation explored British Muslim women’s gendered experiences of Islamophobia, racism and hate crime.
Emma is responsible for supporting the Executive Director in the development of fundraising strategies for Facing History UK. She was drawn to Facing History due to its passionate focus on empathetic, spiritual and reflective learning in schools - something she stands strongly for. Emma recently graduated from King’s College London with a BA in International Relations where she focused on critical thinking and democratising the attention of research; her final paper investigated the impact of the UK’s Prevent Strategy on the NHS. Emma has previously worked with the social work charity Frontline in an administrative and executive support role and alongside her work with Facing History UK, continues to conduct research into the Prevent Strategy.
We are supported by a network of dedicated subject specialists across History, English, RS and Citizenship who contribute to resource development and workshop facilitation.
Chair of Trustees
Rita chairs the Facing History and Ourselves UK Trustee Board, having previously served as the Advisory Board Chair. Most recently, Rita co-founded Halcyon London International School, a not-for-profit IB senior school dedicated to transforming education for the next generation. Halcyon is Facing History’s first Partner School in the UK. Rita received a BA from Tufts University in French and German Literature. After many years working in the international travel industry, Rita moved into the voluntary sector, focusing on fundraising, school inspections and education. Developing a passion for inclusive behaviour, Rita trained in diversity and anti-bullying, and has facilitated programmes for an NGO. Rita is also a trustee of the Meller Educational Trust.
As well as being a trustee, Lawrence (Larry) Levy has been on the UK Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves since our inception. He has been involved with Facing History and Ourselves in the United States since 1978 as pro bono legal counsel, and also serves as a member of the of the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves there. Larry, now retired, was a partner at the law firm Brown Rudnick for more than 40 years where he was Chair of the International Practice Group, working in the firm’s Boston and London offices. He continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies. Larry and his wife, Peggy, who is also a member of the UK Advisory Board, divide their time between Boston and London.
Anne-Marie Fitzgerald is Chief Operating Officer for Facing History in the United States and oversees the organisation’s seven offices in the US and manages the relationship with the Canada and UK organisations. Her role is to support programmatic delivery, fundraising, communications and financial management. Prior to that, Anne-Marie was the National Executive Director for Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organisation which promotes early literacy and school readiness to young children and their families. Anne-Marie serves on the boards and committees of multiple organisations, including the Cambridge School of Weston, RESPOND Women's Shelter, Fayerweather Street School, and Bridgewater State College.
As well as being a trustee of the UK organisation, Judy Wise sits on the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves in the United States and set up their first regional office, in Chicago, serving as its Executive Director for 12 years. In 2001, Judy and her family spent a year living in London and Judy was instrumental in setting up Facing History UK and has been a key supporter ever since. Prior to her work with Facing History, Judy worked in TV and state government and was on the campaign staff of Robert Kennedy. In addition to Facing History, Judy is on the board of Restore Justice, a criminal justice organisation; Mother Jones Magazine; and Chicago Media Project, which supports social justice documentaries. She has 3 children and 3 grandchildren and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Advisor to the Trustees
Peter Wozny is a corporate associate at the US law firm Brown Rudnick LLP, who has been providing legal support and advice to the Board of Facing History and Ourselves since 2018. Peter has broad experience in cross-border private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and other general commercial matters. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, he worked in the Corporate & Capital Markets department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in both their London and Moscow offices. Peter speaks English, Polish and Russian. Away from law, Peter has a strong background in musical theatre having performed on the West End, at the Royal Albert Hall, and toured across North America. Peter is also a Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the charity LIFEbeat, working with disadvantaged young people across the UK.