Board and Staff 2020-03-28T13:59:49+00:00
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MEET THE TEAM

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

Trustees: Stan Tomalin (Chair), Michele Hawthorne, Gilly Hall, Marion White, Colin Hardicre, James Adams, and Lily Newman

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 grown up in Bramhall and working in various places around the world including the Middle East, Asia and India, Rosemary recently joined Press Red after living in South Africa for 23 years and forming AIDSLink International. Rosemary 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.
Laura Brett
Laura BrettHead of Development
Laura is a trained midwife, an international speaker, a member of the Archbishop’s College of Evangelists, and an advocate for vulnerable and broken women. Having worked in the field of perinatal mental health as a specialist midwife, she is passionately concerned about the impact that mental health has on today’s society – in particular with regards to human trafficking, FGM, Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage. She firmly believes that the transformational power of the gospel is fundamental in setting people free from the hurt, shame, and destruction these abuses bring upon individuals, families, and the extended community.
Sarah Steele
Sarah SteeleHead of Events
As Head of Events, Sarah coordinates and develops the programme of Conferences, working closely with partner organisations, charities, speakers and ambassadors to host Press Red events around the UK. Sarah has a significant background working for a range of public sector organisations, including universities, the NHS and the British Council, where she headed up a team of event administrators to coordinate education exhibitions around the world. She has always had a passion for justice and defending the rights of those with “no voices” and was called to get involved with the work of Press Red, having been inspired by the story of FGM victim and supermodel, Waris Dirie, many years ago but also through close friends and family members being directly affected by Domestic Abuse.
Annalisa Toccara
Annalisa ToccaraHead of Campaigns, Policy and Communications
With a degree in Theology and an incoming 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, journalist and marketer. In 2018 Annalisa was honoured to receive a Women’s Centenary Award by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 2018 and is one of the Northern Power Women 2019 Future List. Annalisa has a passion for bringing love, hope, restoration, and joy to those around her and is fascinated by the link between creative mediums, social cohesion, and social justice.
Hannah Guard
Hannah GuardHead of Volunteers and Ambassadors
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.
Phil Wells
Phil WellsFinancial Advisor
Phil Wells is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in Charity accounting and governance. For his day job he works as a Finance Manager for a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities. Phil is also a Reader at Cheadle Parish Church and is keen to see men as well as women involved in changing attitudes towards gender-based abuse.