Board and Staff 2020-02-06T12:31:19+00:00


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.
Katy Adams
Katy AdamsCEO
Having trained and practised in the City of London as a corporate tax lawyer, Katy then relocated to New York, USA, where she transferred her skills to the not-for-profit sector, providing legal and strategic advice to a grassroots charity. On her return to England, she worked on national strategy and implementation at Barnardo’s, before joining Press Red in January 2018. Married with four children, Katy is committed to engaging people in the debate around female-focused violence and 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.
Anna Morris
Anna MorrisHead of Donor Relations
Anna is passionate about Social Justice and after completing her BA in Theology joined the Press Red team in May 2019 as Head of Donor Relations. Her past job roles as a chaplaincy assistant provided skills and experience, which she is now implementing in her current position. As a married, mother of two boys, Anna is committed to changing cultures attitude towards women and speaking out about injustice which occurs.
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.