1. Dr Moshe Kantor
  2. Michael Samuel MBE
  3. Catherine Bedford
  4. Sally Cairns
  5. Melanie Chatfield
  6. Professor Linda Mayes
  7. Peter Oppenheimer
  8. Daniel Peltz OBE
  9. Dominic Shorthouse

Dr Moshe Kantor

Life President

Dr Moshe Kantor is a Trustee and the first Life President of the Anna Freud Centre.  He is a prominent businessman, international philanthropist and scientist. Originally from Russia, he now lives in London and is also President of the European Jewish Congress. Dr Kantor is committed to addressing and raising the profile of children and young peoples’ mental health.

Michael Samuel MBE

Chair of Trustees

Michael Samuel MBE has been a Trustee of the Anna Freud Centre for almost 20 years and is the Chair.  He is also a trustee of Helpforce (a charity encouraging volunteering in the NHS) and co-founder of Civic, a movement to accelerate change in communities, by bringing resources together and combining strengths.  Michael manages five family Charitable Trusts and is Chair and joint founder of Full Fact, a charity that campaigns for accuracy within politics and the political press. Michael has many other philanthropic interests, ranging from Prospect Burma, a charity involved in the education of students in Myanmar (formerly Burma) to the Somerset Community Foundation. He is director of a number of companies and Chairman of Muddy Puddles, a children’s outdoor clothing company. Previously, Michael was Chief Executive of Mayborn Group plc and Chairman of AGL, an unconventional communications agency. In the New Years Honours list 2020, Michael was awarded an MBE in recognition for his services to young people and to mental health. He is married with four adult children and lives between London and Somerset.

Catherine Bedford


Catherine is a solicitor and head of the family law group at Harbottle & Lewis, a leading firm in the UK. She specialises in complex financial and private law children matters.  Originally from Canada, Catherine studied English Literature at McGill University and Law at Oxford.  She is married with two children.

Sally Cairns


Sally has 20 years’ experience supporting leading listed companies and private equity with the development of corporate, operating and HR strategies at Board and CEO level. She specialises in delivering transformational change and merger integration. Sally joined Global in 2019 where she is Chief People Officer and a Trustee of Make Some Noise, Global’s national charity that funds projects helping disadvantaged children, young people and their families across the UK. She started her career as a commercial lawyer and has considerable international experience having worked and lived in Hong Kong, Australia and London. She holds an MBA from Melbourne University and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University.

Melanie Chatfield


Melanie is a Trustee of the Anna Freud Centre.  After earning a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford, she trained as a solicitor before pursuing a career as an in house lawyer. In 2009 she became General Counsel to The Francis Crick Institute, a new biomedical research institute which opened in August 2016 in purpose built laboratory facilities near King's Cross.  In July 2018 she took on a position as Senior Director of New Projects for King’s College London.

Professor Linda Mayes


Linda Mayes is the interim chair of the Yale Child Study Center and Chief of Child Psychiatry in the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.  She is also the Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Child Study Center, Special Advisor to the Dean, Yale School of Medicine, and director of the Anna Freud Centre - Yale Child Study Center Bridge Program.  She oversees a collaborative masters program in developmental psychopathology and neuroscience offered collaboratively between Yale and University College London. She is also a child and adult psychoanalyst and a member of the faculty of the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Peter Oppenheimer


Peter is a trustee of the Anna Freud Centre and a long-term supporter. He is Chief Global Equity Strategist and Head of ECS (Economics, Commodities and Strategy) Research in Europe at Goldman Sachs. Peter joined Goldman Sachs in 2002 following previous posts at HSBC, James Capel, Hambros Bank and Greenwells. Peter is also a trustee of the Mitzvah Day. He has committed donations in the six figures to the building and has facilitated donations from Goldman Sachs partners, arranging opportunities to pitch the project.

Daniel Peltz OBE


Daniel has been a Trustee of the Anna Freud Centre since 2013. Following a career in property and asset management with GUS and British Land, Daniel Peltz became CEO of London Freeholds Plc. He is a Fellow of King’s College and is a member of their Development Board. He sits on both Kings and Birkbeck College Estates Committees.  He is a Trustee or former trustee of several organisations across Jewish causes, children’s charities, and the arts including: Technion UK, The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, The Institute of Jewish Studies at UCL, The City of London School Bursary Trust and The National Gallery Foundation.  He is a panellist on the Education Panel of The Wolfson Foundation- who committed a six-figure donation to the building through their science funding stream. In his spare time, he is a novelist writing about art and history. He and his wife Elizabeth committed a six figure donation to the building and the third floor of Pears Family School will be named after them in recognition.

Dominic Shorthouse


Dominic was founder and managing partner of the mid-market private equity firm, Englefield Capital until its sale to the Brenninkmeijer family. He was a partner of Warburg Pincus & Co until January 2001.  Dominic graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Latin and Greek literature and philosophy, and has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is now a farmer and an active private investor. He has been a Trustee of the Anna Freud Centre since 2014 and has donated to the building project.

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