Director: Daniel Gorman

Daniel Gorman joined English PEN as Director in August 2019. Prior to English PEN Daniel was Executive Director of Shubbak, Europe’s largest festival of contemporary Arab culture. Daniel is also a co-founder of Highlight Arts, who have organised UK-based international arts festivals and events since 2007 including projects working with writers in Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Daniel has written for the Guardian, Irish Times, N+1 and many others, and contributed an essay to the PEN supported volume Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline (Saqi Books, 2014).  Daniel is a National Arts Strategies ‘CEO Community and Culture’ 2015 fellow and a British Council Cultural Leadership International fellow.

Writers at Risk Programme Manager: Cat Lucas


Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world, and our residency programme for international writers. Cat studied French and Spanish at University College London, and her translations of work by Cuban writers Jorge Olivera Castillo and Julio Cesar Galvez have been published in Index on Censorship and PEN International’s ‘Write Against Impunity’ anthology.

Translation and International Manager: Will Forrester

Will runs the Writers in Translation programme, managing PEN Translates, editing PEN Transmissions and programming International Translation Day. Previously, he worked for Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, and in the visual arts in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has a BA in English and an MSt in World Literatures from the University of Oxford. Elsewhere, he is Assistant Editor at Review 31, manages an Afghan women’s writing initiative, and is a writer and critic.

Finance and Governance Manager: Deborah Bourne

Deborah is an experienced arts manager with particular expertise in finance and governance in the context of small-scale arts organisations. She has worked with a variety of Arts Council England NPOs including Engage (the National Association for Gallery Education), the Poetry Archive, Poetry Translation Centre and Ballet Black. Deborah is a trustee of LUX, a registered charity for the support and promotion of artists’ moving image practice.

Membership and Administrative Assistant: Marion Rankine

Marion joined English PEN in January 2019. She previously worked as Head of Promotions and Retail Standards at Foyles, and has been a bookseller at shops in London, Melbourne and Brisbane. She majored in Creative Writing and Literature at Melbourne University, and is now a freelance writer, reviewer, and the author of a small book about literary umbrellas.


Events and Development Manager: Hannah Trevarthen


Hannah joined English PEN in January 2015. Previously, she worked for four years as Assistant Programmer at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She manages PEN’s year round programme of high-profile events. Hannah has an MA in Cultural Policy and Management from Sheffield Hallam University.




Head of Communications: Rachel Crome

Before joining English PEN as Head of Communications in September 2019, Rachel worked for five years at Amnesty International, delivering digital campaigns on issues such as the refugee crisis, the arms trade and Syria. In previous lives, she has also been a copywriter, an editor and an English teacher. She studied English at Nottingham University and Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics.