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MEET THE TEAM

We are proud to have Rev Margaret Sentamu as our patron.

Trustees: Tim Napper (Chair), Michele Hawthorne, Gilly Hall, Marion White, Colin Hardicre, Mike Wilson, Lily Newman and Sam Ward.

Michele Hawthorne
Michele HawthorneFounder
Michele is a creative artist with a wealth of experience working alongside vulnerable young people and refugees. Michele has a passion for people, hospitality, food and drink and is married to Andy Hawthorne OBE, Founder and Chief Executive of The Message Trust. Together they have travelled to many countries with colossal injustice, and Michele’s heart has been torn apart by the inequality and abuse which she has seen. Michele founded Press Red in 2016 to speak out about and address these horrific issues.
Rosemary Hack
Rosemary HackDirector
Having worked in various places around the world (including the Middle East, Asia and India), Rosemary returned to the UK after living the past 23 years in S. Africa, where she founded and led AIDSLink International.
She is passionate about tackling issues of injustice and oppression, especially those around gender and believes that challenging some of the deep beliefs and theology that lie below the surface is a vital part of this. Rosemary takes on the leadership of Press Red in the midst of what is possibly the greatest challenge to our generation and is committed to growing Press Red into a movement that helps change hearts and minds across the world.
She has a Masters in Transformational Development from Eastern College in Australia.
Michelle Bucknor
Michelle BucknorDeputy Director
For the last 30+ years, Michelle has been leveraging her knowledge, experiences, and expertise in operational leadership roles within the corporate/commercial space, focusing on the human factor, process improvements, and collaboration to increase an organisation’s reach. Michelle is passionate about interacting with people and developing meaningful, impactful, and collaborative relationships. Michelle joins the team working alongside Rose to continue to progress the intervention measures Press Red uses to raise awareness, educate, and hold the relevant people, particularly leaders and members within the Church; to have a zero-tolerance stance towards the mistreatment of females in any form and to represent Jesus first and foremost in what we say, what we do and how we live in this matter.
Annalisa Toccara
Annalisa ToccaraHead of Campaigns, Policy and Communications
With a degree in Theology and a MA in International Public and Political Communication, Annalisa Toccara is the Head of Campaigns, Policy and Communications at Press Red and an award-winning cultural producer, TEDx speaker and journalist. In 2018 Annalisa was honoured to receive a Women’s Centenary Award by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and named on the Northern Power Women 2019 Future List. In 2020, Annalisa received the ATHENA SCR International Young Professional Leadership Award and became a finalist in the Inspiring Women of Sheffield awards. Annalisa has a passion for bringing love, hope, restoration, and joy to those around her.
Hannah Guard
Hannah GuardYouth Projects Director
Hannah has always been passionate about making a stand against injustice and joined the Press Red team in 2017 to help sound the alarm and remove the silence surrounding so many issues of violence against women. From human trafficking, female genital mutilation and domestic violence oppression come in so many different forms; and Hannah believes that together we make a difference.
Rosie Simmons
Rosie SimmonsPA to the Director
Growing up overseas in Tajikistan, Rosie’s experiences of witnessing the maltreatment of women as a child instilled a hunger in her to see justice in this area. From working for charities in Central Asia to political activism in her hometown of Bristol and across the UK, her dedication to the safety of women and girls has always been her motivation. Being new to Press Red, she is looking forward to supporting the work that they do and meaningfully engaging with these issues.