Daniel Gorman, Director
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.
Natasha Bucknor, Head of Operations
Natasha joined English PEN as Head of Operations in July 2022. Natasha is responsible for managing PEN’s day to day operations and systems. She has a background in theatre and the performing arts. Elsewhere, she works as an Associate Consultant, supporting organisations across the cultural sector. Natasha is also a Trustee at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.
Cat Lucas, Writers at Risk Programme Manager
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.
Will Forrester, Translation and International Manager
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 agency for the Commonwealth, 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 Project Manager at Untold, a programme working with writers in conflict and post-conflict areas, and is Non-fiction Editor at Review 31. His writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the London Magazine, and elsewhere.
Zoe Sadler, Events and Prizes Manager
Zoe joined English PEN as Events and Prizes Manager in June 2022 where she works with a range of partners to deliver events and prizes celebrating authors from around the world. After studying English and Theatre at the University of Bristol, she worked in arts PR and marketing with two month-long stints at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and then as a Campaign Officer at The Reading Agency, promoting books to library users, schools, reading groups and people in prison.
Sim Eldem, Head of Communications
Sim joined English PEN in January 2021 as interim Head of Communications. Previously, they worked with campaigners for gender diversity in music, Keychange, PR consultancy Bolton & Quinn, and Southbank Centre. Sim grew up in Istanbul and has an MA in History of Art from the University of East Anglia. They are a volunteer with trans-led charity for young people, Gendered Intelligence.
Nadia Saeed, Translation and International Officer
Nadia joined English PEN as Programmes and Administration Assistant in October 2020. She works closely with the team on membership, finance and PEN Translates. She graduated from the University of York in 2018 with a BA in English and Linguistics and has since worked in both the Theatre and Publishing industries.
Eleanor Antoniou, Administration Assistant
Eleanor joined English PEN as Administration Assistant in September 2022, after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Classics. At university, she was Editor of a feminist magazine and wrote for a range of publications on a diverse selection of topics. She also took part in and led campaigns for breast cancer awareness, the environment and women’s rights.
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