Charity Trustees

The Hands Up Project is a UK registered charity. We have four 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.

Melissa Scott

Having received an MA in Arabic from Edinburgh, I went on to work in the newsroom at
MBC for several years. My family lived in Jordan, Egypt and Iraq for almost 20 years so I know the region fairly well. A director of Gilgamesh Publishing which focusses on books about the Arab world, I have also co-authored two books, ‘Dictators Dinners’ and ‘Bethlehem: Beautiful Resistance Recipes’. I am the UK representative for Alrowwad, Aida Camp, Bethlehem. My focus is on making the voices of refugees heard through creative channels such as books and plays and facilitating cultural exchanges.

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.

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.





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Huda Imam