I am Gillian Walnes Perry MBE, Co-Founder of the Anne Frank Trust UK. Recently retired after 26 years of leading the Trust, while remaining its honorary Vice President, I am using my knowledge and experience to independently offer lectures, workshops and tailored educational programmes on a wide range of social issues, for example tackling racism and exclusion; aspiration, leadership and confidence building; as well as offering popular lectures on fascinating social history.
During my years leading the Anne Frank Trust, I oversaw the staging of nearly 200 public exhibitions and planned many national campaigns and projects. Together with the Trust's team of 35 people, I have educated over 400,000 young people working in some of Britain’s most economically deprived and socially divided areas, training teenagers and giving them the confidence and skills to become socially active citizens.
I have met Presidents, Prime Ministers, government ministers, British and Dutch royalty, as well as people who actually knew Anne Frank and have shared with me first hand recollections about her. In 2010 I was honoured for my work by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and was inducted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
“How wonderful it is that no-one need wait, but can start right now to gradually change the world.” Anne Frank
Over the course of the past 26 years, I have travelled extensively around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland setting up exhibitions and educational projects, involving more than 3 million people, helping to equip the next generation of young people to pass on the messages of Anne Frank’s important and powerful story.
I have done innumerable TV and radio interviews over the years, written extensively for newspapers and delivered many speeches and lectures. I have opened Anne Frank exhibitions in places as far reaching as Hong Kong, Argentina, South Africa and Brazil.
Lectures and Speaking
I am a popular and in demand speaker, having spoken in locations as diverse as 10 Downing Street in London and the United Nations in New York. I can speak to large community, corporate and educational audiences on a range of topics. These include:
- The world’s most admired diarist - Anne Frank, Her Life and Light
- Tea Anyone? The Social History of English Afternoon Tea
- Why are you wearing that? The rise of leisure time and leisure wear
I also offer schools and institutions tailored educational programmes, staff training, motivational sessions and workshops.
Peer to peer education
A proven successful and effective programme. A facilitator will come to your school and train your own students, using exciting displays and resources as their tools. Peer educators are imbued with self-esteem, confidence and aspiration.
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