The BEARR Trust is a UK registered charity, No. 1011086. Its governance is set out in a Trust Deed which is governed by English law and which provides that, within the framework of the aims of the Trust, policy and major executive decisions are made by the Trustees. For BEARR’s Governance Policies click here.

 Patrons  Trustees

The Duchess of Abercorn

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Elena Bashkirova Barenboim

Lady Ellen Dahrendorf

Myra Green OBE

Bridget Kendall MBE

Sir Roderic Lyne KBE CMG

Sir Jonathan Miller

Mike Simmonds

Rair Simonyan

Dr Robert van Voren, PhD, FRCPsych (Hon)

Sir Andrew Wood GCMG

Andrea Bennett

Megan Bick

Robert Brinkley CMG (Chairman)

Ross Gill

Janet Gunn CMG

Marcia Levy

Ann Lewis CMG

Nicola Ramsden

Michael Rasell



You can read BEARR’s latest Annual Report and Accounts on the website of the Charity Commission via this link: BEARR Trust


About the trustees of The BEARR Trust

Robert Brinkley was a British diplomat for 34 years until 2011.  He spent about half this time working in or on the Soviet Union, Russia and Ukraine.  He was in the Moscow Embassy in Brezhnev’s USSR (1979-1982) and Yeltsin’s Russia (1996-1999), and was Ambassador to Ukraine from 2002 to 2006.  He speaks Russian and Ukrainian.  Since 2013 he has been on the Senate (board of management) of the Ukrainian Catholic University.image






Megan Bick has been working on civil society development in the region since starting as the first Moscow Director for the BEARR Trust in 1992. The main focus of her work is social inclusion of minorities and currently works as a trainer, project manager, programme evaluator for both local and international organisations.Megan







Ross Gill works in local economic development and regeneration in the UK and has also worked with a number of voluntary and community organisations. Ross has had a deep interest in Russia and Eastern Europe for several years, having first studied Russian and travelled in Russia and Ukraine in the 1990s. He is currently working part-time towards a PhD at Birkbeck.

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Janet Gunn was a research analyst in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 36 years, specialising on the USSR, its successor states and Central and South-eastern Europe. Her overseas postings included Moscow, Kyiv and Dushanbe, and she worked later in the EU Border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova, based in Odesa. She has participated in many OSCE election observer missions in the region, and has undertaken project work for the OSCE in Ukraine. JFG 2







Ann Lewis is a retired member of HM Diplomatic Service. She worked mainly on Central and Eastern Europe, with postings in Moscow, Helsinki, East Berlin and the Cabinet Office, ending as Head of Cultural Relations. She is a Founder-Governor and Deputy Head of Governors of The English College in Prague, and Deputy head of Governors at St Clare’s Oxford. She has edited books on Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.



Marcia Levy was head of the Moscow office of an international law firm from 1991 to 1995, working on investment projects in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. She continued to work on projects in emerging markets, from London, until 2003. From 2004 until 2016 she was a Circuit Judge, specialising in family and criminal law.







Nicola Ramsden lived and worked in Moscow from 1992 to 1997 as manager of the Moscow office of an international accounting firm’s strategy consultancy. She worked in Russia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan on technical assistance projects including privatisation and capital markets development. She was President of Action for Russia’s Children (ARC) in 1996-1997.Nicola









Anna Lukanina-Morgan is The BEARR Trust’s Information Officer.  Anna joined BEARR in September 2014. Anna has a Master’s degree in Law from Kyiv’s Taras Shevchenko University.  She has worked for a USAID-funded Organisational Development Support Programme covering Ukraine. Moldova and Belarus; the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour; and as Legal Assistant to the Executive Director of the Commercial Law Centre, a USAID-funded NGO focusing on legal reform in Ukraine.

Since moving to the UK in 2014 Anna has worked part-time with Dash Arts, including on a programme involving the arts in Eastern Europe. She also manages a project “Ukrainian events in London” which aims to popularise Ukrainian culture in the UK and since August 2015 works at the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme and the Ukraine Forum.

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