Juliet Schofield (Chair)
Juliet has had substantial international development experience, having started her career in Moscow in the turbulent 90s working for the European Commission, later moving to the non-governmental sector to work with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in the Balkans. After a brief period moving between offices in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, Juliet joined the ‘Eurasia’ team at International Alert, a London-based independent peacebuilding organisation working directly with people affected by violent conflict. With a BA in Soviet Studies (SSEES, University of London) and MSc in International Development (LSE), Juliet brings an important combination of regional knowledge, programme design, management and fundraising skills to Peacebuilding UK.
Rachel Gillies (Deputy Chair)
Rachel works as a ‘Community Film Maker’, producing films with and for community groups around the West Midlands. This involves giving groups, particularly young people, the skills and the resources to tell their own stories on their own terms, to enable them to have a voice in local decision making. She focused on Russian History, International Development and Conflict Resolution as part of her BA in History and Politics at Lancaster University. She has been a Trustee since December 2005.
Brilliant became a trustee of Peacebuilding UK in June 2013. Brilliant and her family moved to the UK in 2004 from Chechnya. In Chechnya she worked as a gynaecologist, and also for several NGOs, including the human rights organisation ‘Memorial’.
Mandy became a trustee of Peacebuilding UK in June 2016. She was previously Peacebuilding UK’s accountant and company secretary for 5 years.