Staff & Officers


Director: Jo Glanville jo (4)

Jo joined English PEN in September 2012 from Index on Censorship, where she served as an award-winning Editor since 2006. She was a BBC current affairs producer for eight years and appears regularly in the media as a commentator on culture and freedom of expression, including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the London Review of Books.

Writers in Translation Programme Manager: Theodora Danek

Theodora joined English PEN in November 2016 to manage the translation programme. She has a passion for language and literature, having previously worked as an Editorial Consultant at New Books in German and as Programme Manager at the Austrian Cultural Forum London. She is an unrepentant European and holds masters degrees from the universities of Vienna and Durham.

Head of Campaigns & Communications: Robert Sharp

rob (60)Robert joined English PEN in 2009, coming from the Social Market Foundation, a Westminster think tank. He was previously director of Fifty Nine Productions, a production company, and worked on box-office favourites ‘War Horse’ and ‘Black Watch’ as well as work for the National Theatre and the Royal Opera House. He designed, the UK’s most popular left-of-centre blog, and maintains his own eponymous website where he debates technology, multiculturalism and political correctness. He studied Politics & Philosophy at the University of York.


Writers at Risk Programme Manager: Cat Lucas

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Cat manages the Writers at Risk Programme, running our international campaigns on behalf of literary professionals at risk around the world. She began working at English PEN as a Writers in Prison Programme intern back in August 2007, before starting full-time as Campaigns Assistant, and later Campaigns Officer, in 2008. Cat has a degree in French and Spanish from 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.


Events and Development Manager: Hannah Trevarthen

Hannah Trevarthen IMG_1207 SQUARE_500pxHannah 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.

Programmes Co-ordinator: Rebekah Murrell

Rebekah Murrell IMG_1257 SQUARE_500pxRebekah joined English PEN in April 2014, having worked previously on editorial and theatre projects with Kwani Trust, Peepal Tree Press, BookTrust and Community Arts North West. She works across PEN’s outreach and translation programmes, delivering creative projects for young people in education and refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and administrating grants for translators and publishers. Rebekah is also an actor, facilitator and theatremaker, Assistant Director of the Tricycle Theatre’s Community Company and co-founder of natural skincare project On You. In You..