Meet The Team

HART makes every effort to keep overheads down. Our small UK team maximises resources for local partners.

Our Patrons

Fiona Bruce MP

Fiona Bruce is the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for International Freedom of Religion or Belief and a Member of the House of Commons.

Dr Rowan Williams

Dr Williams was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and 35th Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge (Photo: T M Ashley).

Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Alton was a Member of the House of Commons for 18 years and is Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University.

Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE

Lord Singh, Independent Member of the House of Lords, is widely recognised as the de-facto leader of Britain's Sikh community.

Sir Geoffrey Nice KC

Sir Geoffrey is among the UK's most distinguished human rights lawyers and Chair of the independent Uyghur Tribunal.

Our Founder

Baroness Cox

Baroness Cox founded HART in 2004. She’s an independent member of the UK House of Lords.

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Key People

Sam Mason

Chief Executive Officer

Much of Sam’s professional life has focused on international religious freedom and human rights advocacy. He formerly worked in the UK Parliament, whilst supporting development projects overseas.

Hela Al-Kadhi

Operations Manager

Growing up in the Middle East, Hela witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of war. She is an experienced consultant, with a background in computer science and Business Information Systems.

Sylvia Bourhill FMAAT, CFICB

Head of Finance

Sylvia is Managing Director of an award-winning accounts firm near London. She has practiced as a bookkeeper and accountant for over 20 years.

Beth Stephens

Programmes Manager

Beth works closely with HART’s local partners to deliver high-impact programmes, including in the spheres of child education, disability equality and women’s empowerment.

David Thomas

Project Logistics

David was a Chaplain in the Royal Navy and with the Royal Marines for 20 years before joining HART. He has worked alongside NGOs in numerous war-torn countries and has extensive training in logistics and trauma care.

Bethany Oliver-Dee

Communications Coordinator

Bethany is passionate about advocacy and justice. She's undertaking a Master's degree in Law and, alongside her role at HART, is a part-time parliamentary researcher.

Local Partners

At the core of HART’s ethos is a commitment to working in partnership with local people.

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Active Projects
Past Projects

Board of Trustees

Colonel David Bates

Stuart Notholt

Prakash Patel

Steven Turner

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