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Plan for Peace is a global organisation that acts as a catalyst for peace. We facilitate inclusive conflict transformation processes designed to support every level of society – from the grassroots to governments. Honed over decades of experience, we help build and support lasting infrastructures for peace.

Community Connectors & Facilitators

Ian ChandlerIan Chandler
Cardiff

Tanya KearnsTanya Kearns
Belfast

Wahida ShaffiWahida Shaffi
Bradford

Darshita GilliesKatrine Turner
Glasgow

Rosa HopkinsRosa Hopkins
Slough

Trustees & Advisors

Ian Chandler

Ian’s been engaged in the struggle for social and environmental justice for most of their life, through work and as a volunteer activist. They led Oxfam’s campaigning and Amnesty International’s media work, and as a consultant, have worked with environmental, human rights and development organisations around the world to support their advocacy and campaigning. They’re now a County Councillor in Wales representing the Green Party and have just been appointed as the council’s LGBTQ+ champion.

Tanya Kearns

Tanya Kearns is based in Belfast, N. Ireland. Since gaining a Bachelor of Arts in Community Youth Work in 2015, she’s been working in the charity sector locally on various peacebuilding, social action, well-being and arts-based projects. She’s an experienced Community Facilitator with a passion for empowering communities and promoting positive social change.

Wahida Shaffi

Wahida lives in Bradford and has over 20 years’ experience of working with diverse communities from across the UK. She is a qualified social worker, vocational assessor and trainer and author of the book Our Stories Our Lives: Inspiring Muslim Women’s Voices. She completed her MA in international politics and security studies at the University of Bradford’s Department of Peace Studies. She has facilitated, delivered training, curated stories, completed research, developed, directed and managed programmes and produced films on a wide range of issues related to equality, diversity, participation, gender, conflict and interfaith locally, nationally and internationally including in Sri-Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Romania and Pakistan.

Katrine Turner

Katrine Turner is a theatre practitioner, facilitator and project co-ordinator from Glasgow. She has a wide range of experiences working with communities and has led workshops in youth theatres, schools, nurseries, community centres, art galleries and theatres. She also works as a freelance theatre maker, specifically creating performances for children and teenagers. Her work has been selected for development by Imaginate, Edinburgh International Childrens Festival, O2 Think Big, Theatre Delicatessen, the English Theater Berlin, Cove Park and Tramway. Katrine currently works part time as an Engagement Co-Ordinator and Arts Practitioner at Firefly Arts.

Rosa Hopkins

Rosa joined Together As One (Aik Saath) in 2015 after completing an MA in Conflict Resolution at the University of Bradford. She previously studied International Relations and Politics at the University of Sheffield focusing on post-conflict reconstruction and traditional forms of mediation. Rosa leads Together As One’s training programmes in schools and works with young volunteers to deliver workshops and social action projects.

Recently, Rosa has co-ordinated young volunteers at Slough’s Vaccination Centre and the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) campaign group. She’s been a member of The Woodcraft Folk for over 20 years and has run programmes on international camps, attended mediation and conflict seminars and sat on committees. Rosa is a qualified canoeing instructor – in her spare time she enjoys being outdoors and likes walking, kayaking, and camping. She is also a governor at a local primary school.

Bob Berg

A well-known figure in the peacebuilding world, Bob founded the Office of Evaluation at the US Agency for International Development, was chair of evaluation for the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, served as President of the International Development Conference, and as senior advisor for various UN bodies including UNESCO and UNDP. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, whose 100+ member organisations work on conflict resolution and conflict prevention in 156 countries.

Jonathan Levy

A Law graduate (1973) who then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (1976) and as a member of the Institute of Taxation (1982), Johnny came to London in 1979 to run the National Tax Training Department of one of the largest city accountancy practices. In 1982 he went into business, primarily in property. He is Chair of Kiln Theatre (formerly known as The Tricycle Theatre) in Kilburn, a responsibility he has carried out for 10 years. He is also a Trustee of The Rathbones Folio Prize. In his spare time Johnny bakes bread and is about to experiment with an outdoor bread oven at Cats Abbey, the rural retreat centre he manages.

Dylan Mathews

Dylan Mathews is CEO of Peace Direct. His commitment to supporting local organisations in the global south spans almost twenty years, during which time he has worked for a range of peacebuilding, international development and humanitarian organisations. While working for the peacebuilding think tank 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. He is the editor of ‘Working with Conflict 2’ a practical toolkit for local peacebuilders, published in 2020. Dylan is the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global peacebuilding network based in Washington DC.

Guy Nixon - Plan for Peace Trustee

Guy Nixon

Guy Nixon is the founder and CEO of Native, one of the largest operators of aparthotels in the UK with current and pipeline buildings ranging from 11 to 258 apartments in most major UK cities. The highly successful brand was founded in 1998 after Guy identified ‘a new way to stay’ offering the amenities of a hotel and the comfort of home living.

Darshita Gilliesi

Darshita Gilles

Darshita was born in Mumbai, India. After qualifying as ‘47th all-India rank’ Chartered Accountant she worked at board level of Standard Chartered Bank. She is the founder of Maanch: the first and fast-growing global impact platform to facilitate funding to worthy projects using the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She works closely with the UN, religious institutions, governments, MNCs, non-profits, fellow impact investors and family offices.Her experience builds on and blends 4 facets – ‘Finance and Strategy’, ‘Leadership Development’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Planetary Sustainability’.

Deborah Henderson

Deborah is a London-based leadership, team, culture and systemic coach (22 years) and former investment banker (16 years). She supports leaders -primarily within financial services- to examine their sense of purpose, values, relationship to money and their impact, in turn, on stakeholder relationships and the wider system. She supports examining the role the corporate world plays in global peace.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. Baroness Kennedy was a commissioner on the National Commission for Education 1991-1993 and then chaired the Further Education Commission into Widening Participation which produced the seminal report, Learning Works in 1997.

Lord David Ramsbotham GCB CBE

Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a leading promoter of freedom, peace, justice, women’s empowerment and democratic rule. As Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state, she led Liberia from 2006-2018 through reconciliation and recovery following the nation’s decade-long civil war, as well as the Ebola crisis, winning international acclaim for achieving economic, social, and political change.

Recognized as a global leader for women’s empowerment, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Peace in 2011. She is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the United States’ highest civilian award – and the Grand Croix of the Légion d’Honneur -France’s highest public distinction — for her personal courage and commitment to expanding freedom and improving the lives of Africans. President Sirleaf was named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women in the World,” the most powerful woman in Africa (Forbes Africa, 2011), one of six “Women of the Year” (Glamour, 2010), among the 10 best leaders in the world (Newsweek, 2010) and top 10 female leaders (TIME, 2010).

Dr. Mohamed T. El-Ashry

Awarded multiple times for his contributions to global environmental diplomacy, Dr. Mohamed T. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation. Mohamed served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which he helped to establish, from 1994 to 2003. He also served as Chairman of the GEF during its initial phase. Prior to joining the GEF, he served as Chief Environmental Adviser to the President and Director of the Environment Department at the World Bank, as Senior Vice President of the World Resources Institute, and as Director of Environmental Quality with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

He has held teaching and research positions at Cairo University, Pan-American-U.A.R. Oil Company, Wilkes University, and the Environmental Defense Fund. He has also served as Senior Environmental Adviser to UNDP and as a member of numerous international commissions and task forces. He is the editor and co-author of three books and has published or presented more than 250 papers. He has received several international honors and awards including the Champions of the Earth and the Haub Prize for international environmental diplomacy.

Sir Mark Rylance

Sir 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 the UK in 1960 and raised in the USA 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.

Professor Dr. Kingsley Moghalu

Dr. Kingsley Moghalu is the President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET), a public policy think tank focused on inclusive growth, and the CEO of Sogato Strategies, a global investment advisory firm. He was recently a Special Envoy of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Post-Covid Development Finance for Africa. He was also formerly Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Professor of Practice at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He previously served at the United Nations for 17 years in peacekeeping, legal and external affairs in New York, Cambodia, Croatia, Rwanda/Tanzania, and Switzerland, rising to the highest career rank of Director.

Lord Browne

Desmond Henry Browne, Lord Browne of Ladyton, is a Scottish politician who served in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as Secretary of State for Defence 2006 to 2008 and Secretary of State for Scotland from 2007 to 2008. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010.

Dr Gertie Arts

Dr Gertie Arts is a strategist and innovator who advises on national and international political and administrative issues, including for the Ministry of Defence in the Netherlands. Her focus is on contributing to a sustainable, fair and secure world.

Ravi Venkatesan

Ravi Venkatesan is the chairman of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) and founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME). He is also UNICEF’s Special Representative for Young People and Innovation and serves on the Boards of The Rockefeller Foundation and Hitachi. Ravi has previously also served as the chairman of Microsoft India, Bank of Baroda and Cummins India and co-chairman of Infosys Limited.

Rob Deeks

Rob Deeks is a renowned social cohesion expert in the UK and CEO at Aik-Saath- Together as One, the multiple award-winning young people’s charity based in Slough that is widely credited with having ended bitter intercommunal violence in the area. For 20 years, Rob has supported young people to move their ideas and aspirations forward, leading to his involvement in diverse spheres of work, including race, identity, conflict resolution, specialist services for young carers and young people from various backgrounds, and the arts and heritage.

Under his leadership, Aik-Saath- Together as One has won numerous awards, including The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2006 and The Guardian Charity of the Year in 2009. Rob is a prominent local figure in community events and has spoken in Parliament on issues such as the value of multiculturalism and what deprived urban areas need from central government to support their young people.

Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram has several decades experience leading diverse and multicultural teams to impact decisions on existential threats, particularly nuclear war. He was the Executive Director of the transatlantic British American Security Information Council (BASIC) from 2007-2019, focusing on nuclear deterrence and disarmament issues in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Since 2019 he has worked closely with the Swedish Foreign Ministry crafting the Stepping Stones Approach.

Paul also set up and ran the Trident Commission (2011-14) that considered Britain’s future nuclear weapon policy, and helped set up the Middle East Treaty Organisation in 2017. He has taught systems approaches at various universities. He also hosted a weekly TV talk show (2007-12) on state Iranian TV and connected with the highest levels of Iranian government, helping facilitate back-channel negotiations that contributed to the nuclear deal. He has also led several projects funded by the UK Foreign Office on Middle East WMD diplomacy and nuclear responsibilities.

He was elected as a City Councillor in Oxford in 1996 and served as co-leader of the City Council in a shared administration from 2000-02. As the Green Party’s defence spokesperson he sat on the Stop the War Coalition Steering Group in the run-up to and after the war with Iraq in 2003. He was the first Chair of the Board for Crisis Action (2004-7), now an award-winning network with hundreds of partners and nine offices on four continents protecting civilians from the ravages of conflict.

Belong

Belong is a UK-based charity aiming to create a more integrated, less divided society and strengthen good relations across difference. They offer academic research, consultancy, training, networking, thought leadership and events on social cohesion for members across the public, private and charitable sector in the UK. Belong is supporting Plan for Peace as our Evaluation and Learning Partner for the pilot phase of our UK programme, Connecting Communities, in 2023.