Gillian Walnes

Gillian was one of the founders of The Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990 and has been its Executive Director since then. The Trust is the UK partner of the world renowned Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. She has long been involved in human rights campaigns and initiatives and is an experienced TV and radio broadcaster and national newspaper columnist.

The Anne Frank Trust draws on the power of Anne Frank’s life and diary to challenge prejudice and reduce hatred, encouraging people to embrace positive attitudes, responsibility and respect for others.  It does this through exhibitions, events and activities that educate over 125,000 people a year throughout the UK.

Gillian’s achievements as Executive Director of the Anne Frank Trust include the creation of the Anne Frank Children to Children Appeal for Bosnia, a letter writing campaign in which over 100,000 children participated; the creation of the Anne Frank Declaration signed by world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair; and the creation of the Anne Frank Tree planting programme. She has also overseen the expansion of the Trust’s activities from one travelling exhibition to seven exhibitions touring concurrently and many national educational projects, as well as the establishment of the Anne Frank Prison Project. Gillian is an experienced public speaker - including at Anne Frank exhibition openings in Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and in South Africa

Gillian became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s New Year Honours 2010 and her investiture was held on 16 February.  She accepted the honour on behalf of “the hugely talented and dedicated team who make up the Anne Frank Trust”.

Gillian’s husband Tony Bogush died in 2006.  She has two children, two stepchildren and several grandchildren.

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