Staff

Chief Executive

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.

Chief Executive's 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 team

Fellowship Director: Sara Canullo
As our Fellowship Director, Sara is involved in all aspects of the Fellowship programme. 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: Sara Venerus
Sara's main responsibilities are to provide guidance and support to Fellows, particularly prior to their departure, and she hopes one day to be able to visit some of the amazing places Fellows visit!

Fellowship Development Manager: Tristan Lawrence
Tristan assists Fellows once they return from their travels and manages the Fellows' networks. 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.

Communications team

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. He is also a freelance travel journalist for national newspapers and magazines.

Gabrielle Bailey: Evidence and Impact Officer
Gabrielle is responsible for assessing and enhancing the benefit and impact of WCMT’s work for the UK, looking at how we can expand our programmes to offer Fellowships in key areas of need and to ensure dissemination of Fellows’ research can reach the right audiences. Gabrielle is currently studying a MSc in Social Research at Birkbeck College. In her spare time, she runs a start-up jewellery business and enjoys learning languages, watching documentaries and trying out new arts and crafts.

Communications Officer: Ben Anstis
Ben helps to publicise the work of the Trust and the achievements of our Fellows. He works on Fellows' stories and press releases, and oversees the Trust's social media presence. Ben has several years' experience of working in the charity sector and most recently worked for Compact Voice, a programme within NCVO supporting voluntary organisations to work in partnership with government.

Finance team

Director of Finance and Resources: Channing Rider
Channing’s role encompasses Finance, HR and IT. He has experience in the third sector having worked for a range of small to large charities.  He is a qualified accountant, and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

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.

Finance Assistant: Bryan Hamilton
Bryan supports Channing 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.

Administrator: Nikesh Patel
Nikesh provides operational support to the team and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the office. Before joining the Trust, 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.