President

Lord David Freud

David Freud’s first career was as a journalist, training in Cardiff on the Western Mail and then moving to the Financial Times, where he spent his last four years writing the Lex Column. In 1984 he began his second career, in the City, where he specialised in equity markets, company flotations and transport. His most dramatic deal was the flotation of Eurotunnel in the teeth of Black Monday. He ended up as Vice Chairman at UBS before retiring in 2003. Afterwards he wrote a book on the experience called Freud in the City.

A spectacular failure as a retiree, he took up a job as CEO of the Portland Trust, which worked on both sides of the Israel/Palestine divide. Here he designed the initiative to build Rawabi, the first planned city for Palestinians in modern times.

He also produced an independent report for the UK Labour Government on welfare to work in 2007, called Reducing Dependency, Increasing Opportunity. This led to a job as Conservative Minister for Welfare Reform (2010-16), where he worked to reshape the British welfare system. In particular he was involved in creating and shaping Universal Credit, to break the poverty and welfare traps.

He created the Grandmentors programme in 2009, working with the charity Volunteering Matters. This provides older mentors for children leaving care. He became President of Volunteering Matters in 2019.

Trustees

Chair of Trustees: Alan Newman

Alan Newman is Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Ebiquity plc, a media and marketing consultancy and Chair of the Audit Committee of Future plc. Alan has wide experience in the media, technology and business service sectors. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of YouGov plc and a Partner in the consulting practices of EY and KPMG. He is a Chartered Accountant and has an MA in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from Cambridge University.

Suzanne Bardgett

Suzanne Bardgett has had a long and varied career at the Imperial War Museum, where, in her current role as Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, she is responsible for initiating research projects across the IWM’s remit. Between 1996 and 2000 Suzanne led the team which created the major HLF-supported Holocaust Exhibition at IWM London, and she continues to have an interest in that subject, recently taking on the role of series editor of The Holocaust and its contexts published by Palgrave Macmillan. Suzanne currently co-chairs the Independent Research Organisations Consortium, the group of heads of research of cultural organisations with IRO (Independent Research Organisation) status. She recently researched and wrote the book Wartime London in Paintings – about the IWM’s officially commissioned paintings of London during the Second World War, published in April 2020.

Anne Biggs

At Historic Royal Palaces, Anne Biggs managed all funding from trusts, foundations, livery companies, embassies and small statutory bodies, across all six sites, across an enormous variety of projects, from First World War commemorations to textile conservation projects. Outside of her day job, Anne is on the board of Teatro Vivo, a small theatre company. Previously, she mentored through Mentoring Pathways, was an Enterprise Advisor within the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Network, and was a Management Committee member of Angelshed, an inclusive theatre company. Anne is undertaking a part-time history PhD, building on her MA research, focusing on ideas of selfhood and identity, something which relates closely to Freud’s work.

Dan Chambers

Dan Chambers is the Creative Director and co-founder of Blink Films, one of the UK’s leading factual production companies. Dan specialises in ambitious factual shows for the British public service terrestrial broadcasters, and American broadcasters. He has created various long-running history strands, including Secrets of the Dead for Channel 4, Revealed for Channel 5, True Stories for BBCWW, and Ancient Mysteries at Blink Films. He’s been responsible for various award-winning shows including Dambusters Revealed (RTS Best Factual) and Meet The Sloths (Panda Wildlife). He has created a host of successful cookery shows, including Tom Kerridge’s American Feast, John Torode’s Asia, and Chinese Food In Minutes with He Ching. He’s created various animal and wildlife series including the recent BBC’s Dog Tales and Cat Tales, and Love Nature’s Life and Death in the Amazon. Dan has previously been the Director of Programmes at Channel 5 responsible for overseeing all the channel’s output from 2003 to 2006, and The Head of Science at Channel 4, responsible for a range of programmes from Scrapheap Challenge to the first ever series of Big Brother on British TV.

Paul Chilton

Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Partner at Cluttons LLP, leading-edge property consultancy. Paul has over 35 years of property experience acting on behalf of a number of UK Charities as well as managing a top 20 firm of Chartered Surveyors.

Brett Kahr

Professor Brett Kahr has worked in the mental health profession for over forty years. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London, and Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health in the Regent’s School of Psychotherapy and Psychology at Regent’s University London. He is also Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council. Kahr has written or edited fifteen books and has served as series editor for over sixty-five further titles on a range of topics in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, including several volumes on the history of psychoanalysis. He is Consultant Psychotherapist at The Balint Consultancy and works with individuals and couples in independent practice in Central London.

Stephen Kon

Stephen Kon is a practising solicitor of 40 years standing, specialising in EU and competition law. He was previously an academic in the School of European studies at Sussex University and Senior Partner of a City law firm. He chaired for five years the London Jewish Cultural Centre and is currently a Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees.

Darian Leader

Psychoanalyst and author. Founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

Wendy Monkhouse

Wendy Monkhouse has wide ranging curatorial experience and currently works as Senior Curator (South) for English Heritage. She has worked extensively for the National Trust, historic house museums and as an independent curatorial consultant. She has a PhD in Egyptian Archaeology from University College London, and teaches Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology at MA and BA level.

Trevor Moross

Trevor Moross is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is a non-executive director of Dorrington, a privately owned residential and commercial property company. Being particularly concerned with housing he serves on the Board of London and Quadrant Housing Trust, one of largest housing associations in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the renowned orchestra.

Anthony Spiro

Anthony is a metallurgist and Chartered Engineer who worked for a FTSE 100 company principally in financial communications. He is a Justice of the Peace and Member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Wandsworth Prison. Anthony is a Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees and a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust. He was Chair of the Wiener Holocaust Library from 2004 to 2018 and led the project to relocate the Library to its present site in London’s Russell Square.

Honorary Fellows

Dawn Ades

Lisa Appignanesi

Keith J Davies

Steven Fogel

Michael Molnar

Dany Nobus

Susie Orbach

Andrea Sabbadini

Neal Spencer