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Our People

Read on to find out more about the people who give their time, voice, expertise and leadership to help make a real difference for women survivors of war.

Our Patrons

Women for Women International - UK Patrons help to garner support for women survivors of war by promoting our work and helping us raise vital funds.

Photo: Trevor Leighton
Photo: Trevor Leighton

Dame Helen Mirren

As a strong woman and powerful advocate for equality, Dame Helen Mirren is an inspiration for many women the world over, making her perfect for the role of Women for Women International - UK’s first ever Patron.

Sophie Turner
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Sophie Turner

On International Women's Day 2017, Sophie Turner announced a new role as Patron of Women for Women International - UK.

Through her experience researching and filming the harrowing scenes of rape and abuse in her role as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, Sophie decided she wanted to use her profile to help survivors of sexual violence.

Our Ambassadors

Women for Women International's ambassadors play a key role in helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. Ambassadors use their platform to raise the voices of the women we serve and shine a light on the issues faced by women in some of the world's most dangerous places.

Our Leadership

Executive Team

Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director
Shivonne Graham, Director of Fundraising and Marketing 
Nick Waring, Director of Finance and Operations 

UK Board of Trustees

Martin Thomas, Chair of Trustees
Michelle Yue, Vice Chair of Trustees
Laurie Adams, Chief Executive Officer
Erik Berglof
Lady Alison Deighton
Alex Duncan
Tony Gambino
Lady Penelope Holmes
Paula Laird
Lyndsey Posner
Amy Towers
Hikari Yokoyama
Stephanie Wong

Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Michelle Yue, Committee Chair
Nicky Bullard
Sonia Carpentier 
Sylviane Destribats
Amy Towers
Stephanie Wong
Hikari Yokoyama

Emeritus Trustees 

Jewelle W.  Bickford
Celia Cattelain
Deborah David
Christine Fisher
Lady Anne Greenstock
Lady Hannah Lowy Mitchell
Deborah Maxwell Chande
Elizabeth Padmore
Diana Saghi Kawkabani
Mercedes Zobel

Special Advisers to the Board

Women for Women International’s Special Advisers are long-term supporters who have a track record of advising the organisation on specific areas of our work.

Laurence Custot
Sylviane Destribats
Alex Eagle
Zoe Kuipers
Alexandra Meyers
Nadja Romain

Founder

Zainab Salbi