Annual Report 2022-23
Who we are
Tarek Hasan, Chair
Tarek is the Head of ESG at Daiwa Capital Markets Europe, and brings a wealth of experience in sustainable finance and corporate strategy at a senior management level from two investment banks. He has a passion for climate action as well as inclusion & diversity, where he also brings experience as a former Co-Chair of an EMEA level gender equality network. Tarek is keen to explore how new audiences can learn from effective people-powered movements - he looks forward to partnering with innovative movements to create positive impact.
Debra Hay, Trustee
Debra has spent her career working on global projects and partnerships which bring positive social and environmental impact. She is a senior corporate sustainability professional working in the legal sector and challenges business to be force for good. Previously she spent over a decade in the non-profit sector. Debra is an advocate of the power of partnerships and collaboration to affect change. Passionate about ensuring all voices are heard, Debra believes The Movements Trust will empower people to take action on the issues which matter most to them and allow them to be part of the solution.
Ian Merrill, Trustee
Ian leads the charity Shannon Trust and has considerable experience of the charitable sector, gained in roles ranging from volunteer to CEO. His operational background is in substance misuse services, criminal justice, homelessness and mental health. Ian has a track record in business development through competitive tendering, fundraising and corporate partnerships. He has held senior roles at national charities, and was previously CEO at Tempo, where he led the development of a social currency used to increase volunteering and social action across England and Wales. Ian joined the Movements Trust to help support our mission and contribute towards a sustainable planet.
Chris Mills, Treasurer
Chris is an environmental activist with engagement on climate issues going back over 20 years. Formerly a Managing Director at Citigroup, Chris brings strong financial and risk management skills to his role as Treasurer of The Movements Trust. With a sharp attention to detail and a questioning mentality, he ensures that The Movements Trust meets all its financial and fiduciary requirements, while pushing for significant and innovative solutions to the critical climate, ecological, and social issues we face today.
Letty Thomas, Trustee
Letty has 10 years of experience in the grant-making and UK charitable sector. She is currently the Fieldbuilding and Networks Lead at the FILE Foundation and works with partners on projects to build networks, knowledge, and capacity in climate litigation. Letty previously worked in the criminal justice and grant-making sector in research, grant-making, policy, and network building. She is passionate about The Movements Trust’s ability to support and enable the communities and movements working to protect our future.
Janet Thorne, Trustee
Janet is the CEO of Reach Volunteering, a national charity which connects people who want to donate their expertise, with charities and groups that need it. She became CEO of Reach in 2012 and led its transformation to a successful online, self-service model. Janet’s background is youth and community work. She believes in the power of collective action, and in peoples’ care and concern for others. She thinks that movements have a crucial role to play in building a just and sustainable world and joined the Movements Trust to help support this work.
Anna Henry, Director
Anna has worked throughout her career for social justice. She started out as a community organiser building community-led housing, food banks and welcome services for people seeking refuge in the UK, and on human rights education, political and community participation, including citizens’ assemblies and community led inquiries. She moved into human rights advocacy, both in the UK and internationally, including as CEO of a global movement to end violence against children. She joined the Movements Trust in June 2022 and is committed to a movement-centred approach, to foster collaboration and to remove the barriers to accessing funding, advice and infrastructure.
We see the potential for societal and system change through communities and movements, so we exist to support and amplify movements and want to work together, not apart - with partnership approaches core to the way we run our organisation.
We see the urgency of the problems facing the world today, so we act at speed. Our model is designed to move with, and support those who want to make change and who are ready to move quickly, getting resources to them rapidly, to help them scale up or have more impact.
We strive for a truly just world, recognising the injustice that has created, and perpetuates, a humanitarian, climate and ecological emergency, and we are driven to achieve a just transition - and to do what is right, not what is easy.