Who we are

Peace Direct is an award-winning, international NGO supporting local people in some of the most challenging conflict environments worldwide.

We are based in London, UK, and have offices in Washington, DC and New York.

If you’d like to work for Peace Direct, visit our jobs page to see current vacancies for interns or staff.

Staff in the USA

Bridget Moix, US Senior Representative

Bridget Moix serves as Peace Direct's US Senior Representative, sharing our work and the work of our partners with the US peacebuilding community, funders, and policymakers. Show more

 Bridget has worked for 20 years on international peacebuilding and US foreign policy issues.  Prior to joining Peace Direct as a consultant, she served on the US board for four years.  From 2013-2015, Bridget served as Atrocity Prevention Fellow with USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.  She spent nine years lobbing on US foreign policy and peace issues with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, where she developed and led the Peaceful Prevention of Deadly Conflict program, and has worked with the Quaker United Nations Office, Oxfam America, American Friends Service Committee, and World Policy Institute.  Bridget directed the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, a Quaker center for peace, hospitality, and international understanding, from 2006-2008.  She worked in Capetown, South Africa, with the Quaker Peace Centre during her graduate studies internship in 1999.  Bridget is now pursuing her PhD with George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where she is focusing her dissertation on understanding the motivations of local peacebuilders and how the international community can better support them.  Bridget has served on various boards and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on conflict resolution and peace building. She lives with her family in Washington, DC.  Contact: bridget.moix@peacedirect.org 

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Gay Rosenblum-Kumar, New York Representative

Gay is Peace Direct's New York Representative where she interacts at the UN with Member States, UN staff and NGOs on efforts to support Peace Direct's local peacebuilding partners in conflict affected countries. Show more

Gay worked at the United Nations for 25 years on governance, conflict transformation and peacebuilding issues primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been involved in: conflict analysis and response development, capacity-building for mediation and dialogue, electoral violence prevention, and conflict-sensitive policy and practice. Gay was involved in designing numerous peacebuilding programmes and co-founded the UN’s first cadre of peace and development advisors. Prior to that, she administered anti-apartheid capacity-building projects for refugees and exiles in southern Africa. In addition to representing Peace Direct at the UN, she is a consultant/senior advisor to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ Task Force on Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, a senior advisor to Nonviolent Peaceforce, and an adjunct professor at New York University teaching peacebuilding and development. Contact:
gay.rosenblum-kumar@peacedirect.org

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Staff in the UK

 

Dylan Mathews, Chief Executive

Dylan Mathews comes to Peace Direct from Y Care International a youth focused international development agency working in 20 countries around the world, where he was Director of International Programmes. Show more

Dylan Mathews comes to Peace Direct from Y Care International a youth focused international development agency working in 20 countries around the world, where he was Director of International Programmes. His commitment to supporting local organisations in the global south spans over a decade. He has worked for a range of UK based international development and humanitarian organisations, including Oxfam, Landmine Action, the British Red Cross and Oxford Research Group. Whilst at Oxford Research Group he authored ‘War Prevention Works’ which profiled the role of non-state actors in conflict prevention and resolution – a publication that helped launch Peace Direct in 2004. Dylan has been a trustee of Peace Direct for six years. He holds an MBA from the Open University and an MSc in Development Studies from London South Bank University. Contact: dylan.mathews@peacedirect.org 

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Tom Gillhespy, Head of International Programmes

Tom Gillhespy works with partners to develop and implement strategies for enlarging impact in key countries Show more

Tom Gillhespy works with partners to develop and implement strategies for enlarging impact in key countries. He joined Peace Direct as Head of Africa Programmes in 2009. Previously he spent several years working for Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), assessing the impact of landmines on conflict-affected communities. After four years with NPA, which took him to Sri Lanka, Mozambique, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Jordan and Cambodia, he returned to the UK to take an MA in Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation, at Sussex University, focusing on traditional approaches to re-integrating ex-combatants in Africa and ex-Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. He returned to Sri Lanka in 2007, to manage community-led projects on behalf of the UNHCR. Contact: tom.gillhespy@peacedirect.org

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Ruairi Nolan, Head of Research and Engagement

Ruairi manages Insight on Conflict, including the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilder competition and leads on identifying new partners and supporting them in the early years of the partnership. Show more

 Ruairi manages Insight on Conflict, including the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilder competition and leads on identifying new partners and supporting them in the early years of the partnership. He joined Peace Direct as Insight on Conflict Project Manager in 2009. He has an MSc in Latin American Studies and has worked in rural development in Central America, at Irish Aid and at the UNESCO Centre at the University of Ulster. Contact: ruairi.nolan@peacedirect.org

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David Jones, Head of Finance and Administration

David is responsible for financial management, accounting and administration for Peace Direct. Show more

David has extensive experience in both the charity and commercial sectors. His experience also includes developing the strategic direction and financial policies of organisations. David lived and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa for many years spending six years as Group Finance Director of an international NGO focusing on the advancement of education in developing countries. David is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and also holds an Advanced Management Programme diploma from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town and has lectured at the University of Zimbabwe. Contact: david.jones@peacedirect.org

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Claire May, Head of Programme Funding

Claire is responsible for building relationships and fundraising for Peace Direct’s projects from trusts, foundations and institutional donors. Show more

Claire is responsible for building relationships and fundraising for Peace Direct’s projects from trusts, foundations and institutional donors. She is an English Literature graduate who has worked in a fundraising capacity for Orchid Project (working to end FGM through grassroots initiatives) and NAT (National AIDS Trust). Contact: claire.may@peacedirect.org 

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Ruth Tidy, Head of Supporter Fundraising

Ruth is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with Peace Direct’s donors. Show more

more=”Ruth is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with Peace Direct’s individuals. She has worked in direct marketing and communications in the UK, Chile and Vietnam. Ruth has also participated in a 1200km charity bike ride through Vietnam and volunteered on a 10 day adventure race in Patagonia. Contact: ruth.tidy@peacedirect.org

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Daniel Tamene, Finance Manager (Programmes)

Daniel works with our programmes team and field partners on financial reporting and management. Show more

Daniel works with our programmes team and field partners on financial reporting and management. He trained as an accountant in Ethiopia and has ten years of experience in different finance roles. From 2011 -2012 he worked as a Field Finance Officer in South Sudan with Intersos. He has a first degree in Political Science from Addis Ababa University, a Masters from Bradford University in Peace Studies, and is a candidate for an MA in HR and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, Pisa. Contact: daniel.tamene@peacedirect.org

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Jamal Mohammed, Somali Programme Advisor

Jamal is Peace Direct’s Programme Advisor on our EU funded Livelihood and Peacebuilding project in Somalia. Show more

Jamal is Peace Direct’s Programme Advisor on our EU funded Livelihood and Peacebuilding project in Somalia. He has vast experience in peacebuilding and state building initiatives in the Horn of Africa. Jamal previously worked on human rights protection and community development projects with British Red Cross, Human Rights Watch and Puntland’s Commission for Human Rights Defenders. He holds a first degree in Business Studies and a postgraduate degree in Law, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies (PIAS) at Warwick University. Contact: jamal.mohammed@peacedirect.org

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Laura Thisted, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Laura works with partners to develop, implement and support methods for monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of their projects. Show more

Laura works with partners to develop, implement and support methods for monitoring and evaluating the progress and impact of their projects. Before joining Peace Direct Laura worked as an M&E officer with Medair in the Ebola response in Sierra Leone. Laura has also conducted research into local peacebuilding, conflict and gender relations in Kenya, northern Uganda and Zambia and has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Glasgow Contact: laura.thisted@peacedirect.org

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Laura Vermeer, International Programmes Officer

Laura supports the International Programmes team which manages all Peace Direct’s partner relationships and projects. Show more

Laura supports the International Programmes team which manages all Peace Direct’s relationships and projects. She manages narrative and financial reports, logistics and event organisation and supports communication internally with partners. With experience working and studying in the Netherlands, Belgium, China, South Korea and the DRC, she joined Peace Direct after completing a BA in European Studies, a MA in Political Sciences and a MA in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent, where she focused on armed groups and the role of local actors in Eastern DRC. Her other areas of interest include security in the Asia-Pacific region and Sino-Africa relationships. Contact: laura.vermeer@peacedirect.org

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Nathan Louise, Database and Office Administrator

Nathan is responsible for processing all the donations we receive, data analysis and office logistics. Show more

Nathan is responsible for processing all the donations we receive, data analysis and office logistics . Previously he was a Warehouse Manager for Foodbank and has research experience in the connection between public ill health and violent conflict. He holds a Mathematics degree from the University of Warwick. Contact: nathan.louise@peacedirect.org

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Kevin McCann, Research and Engagement Officer

Kevin's work includes helping to run the Insight on Conflict website, developing new publications, and supporting Peace Direct’s conflict early warning projects. Show more

Kevin’s work includes helping to run the Insight on Conflict website, developing new publications, and supporting Peace Direct’s conflict early warning projects. With experience in political media and of working in several different countries, he joined Peace Direct after completing an MA in International Security at Sussex University, where he focused on the security politics of the Sahel. Contact: kevin.mccann@peacedirect.org

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Charlotte Fraser, Digital Marketing and Communications Officer

Charlotte is responsible for Peace Direct’s digital marketing and communications. Show more

Charlotte is responsible for Peace Direct’s digital marketing and communications. She manages the running of the Peace Direct website and all social media channels. She is jointly responsible for the blog content on the Insight on Conflict website. Charlotte previously worked for an international education charity as Project Officer and has over three years experience writing and editing for online communications. She also spent time in Sri Lanka working on community-based development projects. Charlotte holds a BA in History and an MA in International Relations from Sussex University. Contact: charlotte.fraser@peacedirect.org

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Joel Gabri, Peace Technology Programme Officer

Joel leads on researching and mapping the role of technology and local peacebuilding and supports our web infrastructure. Show more

Joel supports the web infrastructure and development of the Insight on Conflict and Peace Direct websites. He also leads on our work looking at how technology can support local peacebuilders, including advanced approaches to mapping and incident reporting and monitoring. Joel has a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies and Politics, with his final year dissertation focusing on how the Internet can be used to promote and assist conflict resolution. Contact: joel.gabri@peacedirect.org

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Katherine Remenyi, Fundraising and Finance Officer

Katherine is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with small and medium trusts, and reporting to them on the work of our partners. Show more

She is also responsible for processing donations received and making payments to our partners. Previously Katherine has worked in events management and publishing. She holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations from University of Kent, and an M.Phil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin, where her research has focused around how women function in peacebuilding. Contact: katherine.remenyi@peacedirect.org 

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UK Trustees

Michael Ryder, CMG, Chair

Michael began his career in diplomatic service with the British Foreign Office in the 1980s, when he focused on East-West relations during the Cold War, and then was the UK’s Special Representative on International Drugs Issues. Show more

Michael began his career in diplomatic service with the British Foreign Office in the 1980s, when he focused on East-West relations during the Cold War, and then was the UK’s Special Representative on International Drugs Issues. More recently, he was the UK’s Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan during the period of South Sudan’s independence; the UK’s Senior Civilian Representative in Helmand, Afghanistan; and Deputy Ambassador in Kabul. In 2010 he ran the London Conference on Afghanistan. Michael has also worked as head of the Foreign Office’s Security Policy department, dealing with international defence and security, and as the UK’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, where he was responsible for the EU’s common foreign and security policy.

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Eleanor Harrison, Trustee

Eleanor Harrison is Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK, a digital charity working with 487 grassroots charities in 89 countries. Show more

Eleanor Harrison is Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK, a digital charity working with 487 grassroots charities in 89 countries. Previously she was Executive Director of Action for Children in Conflict, a grassroots charity working with street children in Kenya. Prior to this, Eleanor worked for the Refugee Council developing and implementing office and community projects for refugees and asylum seekers (West Midlands, UK). Other experience includes working with young people in Uganda (HIV/AIDS), peace and conflict work in Kenya, Bosnia and Australia.

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Carol Hodson, Trustee

Carol Hodson has over 25 years of charity and NGO senior financial and general management experience. Show more

Carol Hodson has over 25 years of charity and NGO senior financial and general management experience, before which she worked in industry in the UK and Canada. Her most recent role was as Deputy Director of UNA-UK, where she had responsibility for upgrading all the financial, IT, legal, HR and governance systems. Carol has also worked in similar roles for other charities (WRVS, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Princes Trust) and for NGOs concerned with regional government and health issues. Carol was a trustee of The Fawcett Society and continues to be involved on a voluntary basis in the management of other small local voluntary organisations. 

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Daniel Jones, Trustee

Daniel is a qualified accountant. After training at the world’s largest consumer goods company, he is now following his passion for food and drink as a finance manager for Innocent Drinks. Show more

Daniel is a qualified accountant. After training at the world’s largest consumer goods company, he is now following his passion for food and drink as a finance manager for Innocent Drinks. His interest in working with the charity sector began at university, where he wrote his Masters dissertation on how private and public sector organisations can work together to share skills and knowledge and further each other’s ability to meet their financial and social objectives. Since then he worked with the charitable arms of both his current and previous companies.

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Niamh Neville, Trustee

Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities. Show more

Niamh has 15 years marketing and fundraising experience and has worked with over 100 charities. She is experienced in a diverse range of fundraising disciplines and channels gained at creative agencies, directly for charities, consultancy and in the field as a volunteer fundraiser in Zambia. Most recently she’s acted as a senior level fundraising consultant but has previously held roles at The Scout Association and WaterAid.

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Karen Triggs, Trustee

Karen is a senior communications and engagement advisor, who works with public servants helping them show that their organisations are accountable to the people they serve. Show more

Karen is a senior communications and engagement advisor, who works with public servants, from the centre of government to the public services frontline, helping them show that their organisations are accountable to the people they serve. She adopts an appreciative, solution-focused approach, looking to build on the best work organisations are currently delivering. Notable assignments include Director of Communications at the Legal Services Commission and provision of strategic communications advice to the Government of Somaliland.

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Patrons

 

Scilla Elworthy

scilla-300x300Dr Scilla Elworthy is a distinguished activist for peace and has worked on peace related issues for over 30 years. In 1982 Dr Elworthy founded the Oxford Research Group, dedicated to researching defence-decision making and developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers and their critics. For this work she was nominated three times for the Novel Peace Prize and awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003. From 2005 to 2007 Dr Elworthy helped to set up The Elders Initiative and acted as an advisor to Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson. In 2002 she co-founded Peace Direct alongside Carolyn Hayman OBE.

 

Mark Rylance

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Mark Rylance, Oscar winner, actor and former Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre, is a supporter of Conscience, Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT), The Peace Pledge Union and World Development Movement (WDM). He was born in England in 1960 and raised in America until 1978. After training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), he was given his first job by the Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow in 1981. Mark is also an Associate Artist of the RSC, a Friend of the Francis Bacon Research Trust and Chairman of the Shakespearean Authorship Trust. He is also a trustee of the Murray Cox Foundation, and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

 

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Helena Kennedy is one of the country’s leading barristers. She has been involved in a large number of prominent cases, including the Brighton Bombing, the Guildford Four appeal and the bombing of the Israeli embassy. She has also acted for many battered women who have killed their husbands. As a life peer, she also participates in the House of Lords on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture. From 1992 to 1997, she was chair of Charter88, the constitutional reform group, which persuaded the government to make devolution and human rights legislation central planks of their manifesto. From 1998-2004 she chaired the British Council, the most successful cultural organisation in the world, which she has led through a period of dynamic change. She is author of two books, and is also on the board of The Independent newspaper.

 

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal has been at the centre of Middle East Politics and diplomacy for many decades, in the course of which he has won exceptional respect for drawing attention to humanitarian and interfaith issues and the human dimension of conflicts. In the field of religion, His Royal Highness’ contacts and meetings have evolved into a systematic interfaith dialogue. In November 1999 at the 7th World Assembly of the World Conference on Religion and Peace (WCRP), held in Amman, Prince El Hassan accepted the position of Moderator of the WCRP. His Royal Highness has initiated, founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees. Amongst his many positions, the Prince is President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum, and one of the founders of the recently formed Parliament of Cultures. Prince Hassan is the author of seven books, which have been translated into several languages.

Dame Emma Kirkby

Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby is an English soprano singer with over 100 recordings. In 1999 Classic FM Radio listeners voted her Artist of the Year, and in 2007, BBC Music Magazine placed Emma tenth in a survey to find the greatest sopranos.

 

 

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