Staff

"Every year I am reassured that this country is full of incredible people who want to go the extra mile for their communities." – Julia Weston, Chief Executive 

Chief Executive's office

Chief Executive: Julia Weston
Julia has been Chief Executive since 2015 and is responsible for the overall management of WCMT. Previously she was our Fellowship Director, after spending eight years working in development in rural India.

Executive Assistant: Hannah Cross
Hannah supports Julia in all aspects of her work and helps the wider team with general administrative tasks. Hannah previously worked in higher education and non-profit organisations relating to music. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys singing opera, baking, and exploring London’s parks with her rescue dog.

Fellowship team

Fellowship Director (maternity cover): Tristan Lawrence
As our acting Fellowship Director, Tristan oversees all aspects of the Fellowship programme. Before joining us, Tristan had experience working with educational and political charities. In his spare time Tristan enjoys reading history, running, and exploring London’s many fine museums and pubs.

Fellowship Director: Sara Canullo
Sara is on maternity leave from 1 September 2019. Prior to joining WCMT, Sara had a career as an archaeologist before moving to the third sector, where her work mainly focused on education, equality and gender-based violence. She enjoys learning about many more areas through the Fellows’ travels and reports.  

Fellowship Support Manager (Travel): Nikesh Patel
Nikesh helps Fellows to plan their journeys and is the main point of contact before and during their travels. Before joining us, Nikesh achieved a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Kings College London. In his spare time he enjoys watching both football and the NFL and is a season ticket holder at West Ham United.

Fellowship Support Manager (Dissemination): Katie Baldock
Katie supports Fellows in planning how they will share and implement their findings in the UK, particularly by helping with their Reports. She also manages the Fellows' networks. Prior to joining WCMT, Katie worked across programmes within higher education, non-profit organisations, and the cultural and creative industries. In her spare time she enjoys writing, travelling and can often be found at the cinema.

Data Manager: Kati-Maria Ikola
Kati-Maria looks after our data and IT systems, keeping a watchful eye on the online Fellowship application process. Her favourite solution is to turn things off and then on again. Before joining WCMT, Kati-Maria had experience working with children's and international development charities. In her spare time Kati-Maria enjoys reading lots of books, writing and travelling.

Administrator: tbc
This role provides operational support to the office and is responsible for its day-to-day running. 

Communications team

Communications Director: Jonathan Lorie
Jonathan publicises the work of WCMT and the Fellows, through media, digital, marketing, events and outreach to relevant organisations. He has led communications programmes for national and international charities in the overseas aid and arts sectors. A former magazine editor, he remains a freelance travel journalist for national newspapers and magazines.

Content Editor: Rachel McKenna
Rachel manages WCMT’s digital communications, including the website and social media. She is also responsible for creating content to support the organisation's communications strategy, including commissioning blogs and podcasts, and writing articles. Previously, Rachel has worked in digital communications roles within the charity sector. In her spare time Rachel enjoys long-distance running, reading and upcycling.

Research and Engagement Manager: Naomi French
Naomi engages with key influencers and professionals across a range of sectors to promote Fellows and their findings. She also researches fields and issues in which we could award new Fellowships. Previously Naomi worked in communications across the arts and publishing. In her spare time she loves to travel and explore London’s vibrant cultural scene.

Development team

Development Director: Chris Mann
Chris looks after supporter partnerships and philanthropy. He joins us from a leading global disability charity, where he managed successful fundraising and development teams for almost a decade. Chris has worked in both grant making and fundraising, holding senior roles in some of the UK’s largest grant makers. In his spare time Chris helps to run a charity campaigning on inclusive cycling and other forms of accessible transport.  

Finance and admin team

Director of Finance and Resources: John Tsang
John looks after WCMT's finances, including budgeting, financial reporting and investments. He also supports the senior management team and the Trustees in the implementation of our strategy, operations and compliance with relevant rules and regulations. John is a qualified accountant with a career background in the private sector, particularly in the real estate industry.

Finance Assistant: Bryan Hamilton
Bryan supports John with the management of WCMT's finances. He was previously the bookkeeper at the London Buddhist Centre. He enjoys dancing, music, watching films and spending time in nature.