Governance and Finance

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

Megan Bick

Robert Brinkley CMG (Chairman)

Ross Gill

Janet Gunn CMG

Marcia Levy

Ann Lewis CMG

Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay

Nicola Ramsden

Michael Rasell

Charlie Walker



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

Here is a link to the Annual Report for 2016.

Finances of the BEARR Trust – read the financial report for 2016 here.

BEARR’s income increased significantly in 2016 following the receipt of the first $50,000 (£33,899) tranche of a five-year grant from a charitable foundation. Total income in 2016 was £58,565, compared with £28,105 in 2015.

The BEARR Trust’s main sources of funds, in order of relative importance, are grants, donations, and the proceeds of fundraising events. BEARR currently has no restricted income.

The trustees aim to raise funds from as diverse a range of sources as possible. In 2016 we met our target of raising £15,000 from sources other than grants and events, and we have set the same target for 2017.

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.

After six years as Chairman of the BEARR Trust, Robert Brinkley will step down in June 2018.  The trustees have chosen trustee Nicola Ramsden to succeed him.  Until then, Nicola will be Deputy Chairman








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.










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.










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.







Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay has extensive experience in over 30 emerging markets spanning from Central Europe to Central Asia and North Africa at the intersection between governments, businesses and civil society. As the head of civil society engagement at the EBRD’s London HQ, Biljana is in charge of the Bank’s on-going outreach, dialogue and consultations with civil society as well as enhancing the capacity of local grassroots organisations. Before joining the EBRD in 2006, Biljana co-founded and ran Civilitas Research, an independent strategic consultancy and think tank dedicated to socio-political and business research in South East Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, based out of Cyprus.


Nicola Ramsden has been a BEARR trustee since 1997.  She worked for the Bank of England and NatWest Investment Bank and has an MBA from the London Business School.  From 1992 to 1997 she worked in Moscow as a consultant for Deloitte and Touche, and became the first President of the charity Action for Russia’s Children.  Nicola is also a director and trustee of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras.  She is married with a daughter.








Michael Rasell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care, College of Social Science, Lincoln University. He is a qualitative sociologist and his research focuses on international social welfare, especially discourses of need and provision within state welfare programmes.  He has particular experience of studying disability services and social work in the former Soviet bloc and is currently investigating the front line implementation of inclusion in line with Russia’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



Charlie Walker is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Southampton, and an Honorary Member of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies and St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Charlie’s research has explored class, gender and spatial (rural-urban) inequalities in Russia, focusing on young people’s transitions to adulthood and, more recently, men’s wellbeing. He has recently worked for the World Bank on a project examining processes of social exclusion amongst vulnerable groups in Russia, and in 2018-19 will be working on a British Academy funded project looking at transitions to adulthood amongst care leavers in the Leningrad region. The latter project will involve working closely with Russian NGOs providing aftercare services to care leavers, and the need better to integrate academic and third sector activities is one of the reasons Charlie wanted to begin working with BEARR.


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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Tatiana Mordvinova has taken over as maternity cover for Anna (see below). She has been volunteering for BEARR for the last three years, notably as a brilliant interpreter at our annual conferences.Tatiana has a first degree in Literature and Human Rights from St Petersburg State University and a Masters in Education from the Open University. She has lived in the UK for the last ten years and worked for an international education company for six years in different roles, including as a Student Support Manager on an MBA distance learning programme, before going on maternity leave. For the last three years she has worked as a secretary for a family company.