The Dresden Trust is a charitable trust run by volunteers. Its managerial body – the Board of Trustees – has always represented diverse expertise and experience, politics and diplomacy, the church and academic life, business, administration and the arts. The Trust’s office is at the British-German Association headquarters in London.

Dr Alan Russell OBE

Founder and Hon. President

1995 -

Senior Official (Retired), Commission of EC.

Alan Russell was the Chairman of the Dresden Trust since its foundation until 2013. and has been involved in most of the Trust’s major initiatives. He has now retired from the Board of Trustees but remains as Honorary President of the Trust. Alan passionately believes that reconciliation depends on mutual understanding of history and culture,

Board of Trustees

Eveline Eaton


Trustee 2011 ; Chairman 2013 -

Born in Berlin, Eveline has lived in and near London since 1973. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, a highly regarded art historian she lectures throughout the UK and Europe. One of her most popular talks is ' Dresden Today - Art & Architecture'.

Marcus Ferrar

Vice Chair and Trustee

2013 -

A former correspondent and manager of Reuters. Marcus Ferrar was posted for a year to East Germany, where he was the only western correspondent living behind the Wall. Now an author of historical memoir about Germany and Eastern Europe, including 'A Foot In Both Camps: A German Past For Better And For Worse'.

Frank Woodgate

Treasurer and Trustee

2012 -

A former banker and management consultant, Frank is now a lecturer in art history at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Dulwich Picture Gallery and internationally. He is also a script-writer for the Living Paintings Trust, which brings art to the blind and partially-sighted.

Anthony Sheridan

Secretary to the Board

2007 -

Anthony is a European zoo specialist and analyst. He has strong German connection and is a regular visitor to Germany. He is a Company director in the electronics industry and a former chairman of Hertfordshire County Council Education Committee.

Monica Petzal



Trained as both a painter and an art historian, Monica Petzal has a diverse career as an artist, gallerist and curator. She has a special interest in Dresden as her maternal family came from the city. Her exhibition 'The Dresden Project is at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden from January to March 2015.

David Woodhead


2005 -

Originally a journalist (Sunday Telegraph 1968-75), David is an Education Consultant. National Director, Independent Schools Information Service 1985-2004 & Dep. Chief Executive, Independent Schools Council 1998-2004; Founded Dresden Scholars' Scheme in 2001.

Ute Wegener

Representative in Germany

2005 -

Correspondent in Munich/Dresden

Past Trustees

Sandyha Anand


John Beal


Sir Nigel Broomfield


John Carruthers


An Oxford PPE graduate, former teacher and senior education officer with Cheshire County Council, John Carruthers has been a frequent visitor to Dresden. He views the Dresden Frauenkirche as "a symbol of hope for all human beings."

Thomas Dillenseger


Timothy Everard

Vice Chairman

CMG, Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic 1984-88

Martin Hayward


Canon Peter Johnson


DSO,OBE,DFC,AFC, Bomber Command, (Group Captain) Retd.
Civil Air Attachè, British Embassy, Bonn 1950-56

Peter Nardini OBE

Vice Chairman

Architect and Senior Lecturer, South Bank University, London. Peter Nardini was central to raising British funds for the Dresden Trust project and co-ordinating the construction work.

Canon Paul Oestreicher


Tonie Smith


Justin Welby