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.


Chair of Trustees: Alan Newman

Formerly Chief Financial Officer at YouGov, Alan has considerable experience in the media and communications sectors. He has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Suzanne Bardgett

Suzanne Bardgett is 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 represented the interests of that exhibition for several years. Suzanne currently co-chairs the Independent Research Organisations Consortium, the group of heads of research of cultural organisations with IRO status. Suzanne’s book Wartime London in Paintings – a book about the IWM’s officially commissioned paintings of London during the Second World War – will be published in April 2020.

Anne Biggs

In her current role at Historic Royal Palaces, Anne Biggs manages all funding from trusts, foundations, livery companies, embassies and small statutory funding, across all six historic sites, across an enormous variety of projects, from First World War commemorations to textile conservation projects. Outside of her day job, Anne is on a university research conference steering committee, mentors through Mentoring Pathways and is on the board of Teatro Vivo, a small theatre company. Previously, she has been 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 also 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

Director of Blink Films, a leading British factual production company he co-founded in 2007.  Formerly Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Science and Channel 5’s Head of Programmes, he is also a long standing governor of the London Film School.

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, 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. He has written or edited fourteen books and has served as series editor for over fifty-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.

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 for English Heritage as Senior Curator (South). 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 and a Past President of The British Property Federation. He is a Non-Executive Director of Dorrington, a privately owned residential and commercial property company where has worked for all of his career. He is particularly concerned with housing and is currently the Senor Non-Executive Director of London and Quadrant Housing Trust, one of the largest housing associations in the UK owning over 100,000 homes. He also a Special Advisor to a large Australian pension fund on UK residential property matters. Included in many of his past Trustee roles at other charities has been Chair of an orchestra (The Academy of St Martin in the Fields), of a refugee charity (Salusbury World) and of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood.

Anthony Spiro

Anthony is a Chartered Engineer and worked for a FTSE 100 company principally in financial communications. He was Chair of the Wiener Holocaust Library from 2004 to 2018 and led the project to raise £4m and relocate the Library to its present site in Russell Square. 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 has been Chair of Governors at Croydon High School since 2013.

Honorary Fellows

Dawn Ades

Lisa Appignanesi

Keith J Davies

Steven Fogel

Michael Molnar

Dany Nobus

Susie Orbach

Andrea Sabbadini

Neal Spencer