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 peacebuilding organisation working directly with people affected by violent conflict. More recently, Juliet has been exploring the world of socially engaged arts, working for a short while with Belarus Free Theatre and in 2019 co-founded the organisation ‘Independent Peace Associates’, specialising in transformative research, training and consultancy. With a BA in Soviet Studies (SSEES, University of London) and MSc in International Development (LSE), MA in Psychosocial Studies (Birkbeck), Juliet brings an important combination of regional knowledge, programme design, management and fundraising skills to Peacebuilding UK.
Rachel Gillies (Deputy Chair)
Rachel delivers and manages film, media and heritage projects with community and arts organisations around the West Midlands where she is based. 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.
Catherine became a trustee of Peacebuilding UK in June 2018. She is a Solicitor of England & Wales specialising in international criminal and human rights law. Catherine currently works as a Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme / MONUSCO on priority cases of conflict-related sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Joe became a trustee of Peacebuilding UK in June 2018. He studied Russian and Politics at University and spent seven years living in Russia before returning to the UK in 2005. Since then, he has worked as a teacher and in a variety of roles in third sector organisations gaining expertise in communications, membership, fundraising and project coordination.