"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 the Trust. Previously she was our Fellowship Director, after spending eight years working in development in rural India.
Executive Assistant: Regency Rae
Regency supports Julia in her work with the Trust, also lending an administrative hand to the rest of the team when required. She has a background in the third and not-for-profit sectors, having previously worked for Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, and in social housing.
Fellowship Director (maternity cover): Tristan Lawrence
As our acting Fellowship Director, Tristan oversees all aspects of the Fellowship programme. Before joining the Trust, 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 the Trust, 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 the Trust, 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 the data and IT systems for the organisation, keeping a watchful eye on the online Fellowship application process. Her favourite solution is to turn things off and then on again. Before joining the Trust, 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: Madeleine Lott
Madeleine provides operational support to the office and is responsible for its day-to-day running. Before joining us, Madeleine had experience of working in the educational sector, museums and homeless charities. She enjoys yoga, travelling and film.
Communications Director: Jonathan Lorie
Jonathan publicises the work of the Trust 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 Manager: Rob Parker
Rob manages our digital communications, including our website, social media and videos. Rob has previously worked in digital and editorial teams at a health charity and an education technology start-up. In his spare time, he enjoys seeing live comedy, performing in a band and cooking.
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.
Finance and admin team
Director of Finance and Resources: John Tsang
John looks after the finances of the Trust, including budgeting, financial reporting and investments. He also supports the senior management team and the Trustees in the implementation of the Trust’s strategy, the Trust’s operation and its 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.