Charity Trustees

The Hands Up Project is a UK registered charity. We have five trustees who have overall control of the management of the project.

Andy Hockley


I am a trainer and writer focusing mostly on the management of language schools and programmes. I am the global lead trainer of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) and co-author of From Teacher to Manager: Managing Language Teaching Organisations (CUP, 2008) amongst other books. I have been involved in English language teaching for 30 years. I live in Transylvania (Romania) and travel all over the world training and presenting. I am passionate about Palestine since living and working in the West Bank in 2003.

Huda Imam


I’m a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE) in Management Studies, and a Jerusalemite Palestinian. I currently work as an advisor in education & cultural affairs, supporting Jerusalem cultural institutions under threat of being shut down by the Israeli occupation. I do this through communication & institutional development strategies. Despite the challenging situation caused by closures & checkpoints, as a HuP trustee, I enjoy helping to connect children together between all the parts of Occupied Palestine and the wider world, sharing their stories and teaching hope 🎈.

Jan Patterson


I am a retired nurse and a Quaker who attends Totnes meeting. I worked as a volunteer for some years at the Centre for Global Education in York. I have not visited Palestine but have retained a great interest in its people for much of my life. I believe passionately in the power of positive interaction as opposed to negative confrontation and that long term it achieves much more.

Scott Thornbury


I’m a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. I am currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. My previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where I live), and in my native New Zealand. My writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. My website is

Tim Sayer


I am a senior lecturer in Music technology at the London College of Music, University of West London. I’ve been teaching in higher education for over 20 years, utilising technology assisted learning in a range of contexts. My research interests centre on human computer interface design in improvised musical performance, and I’ve written a number of published articles and papers relating to this. Recently I’ve been involved in a European Union bid to aid refugee integration and staged a large event in support of the refugee crisis.