Gillian Walnes Perry
Co-founder of Anne Frank Trust UK | Anne Frank Trust UK
In 1990, Gillian Walnes Perry, MBE, cofounded a partner organization to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the Anne Frank Trust UK. This nonprofit works with schools and local authorities to provide educational programs based on Anne Frank’s life and inspirational diary to empower young people to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. Gillian traveled extensively around the UK and Ireland as the principal spokesperson, and has overseen almost 200 public exhibitions locally and internationally. In 2010, she was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her work in education. After 26 years of serving as executive director, Gillian retired in 2016 but remains involved as honorary vice president of the Trust. She currently freelances on a variety of platforms—from print to radio to TV—and her first book, The Legacy of Anne Frank, was published in the UK and the US in 2018.