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.

Board of Trustees

Marcus Ferrar

Chair and Trustee

Vice Chair 2013- 2019; Chair 2019

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'.

Monica Petzal


Trustee 2014- ; Vice Chair and Treasurer 2019-

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.

Paul Stocker



Paul has taught German and French in both the maintained and independent sectors, and was for 20 years Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Uppingham School. He has organised exchanges and study visits for many hundreds of young people. He is the author of numerous German textbooks, and is currently Head of Youthbridge, the schools charity of the British-German Association. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Paul Stocker is now the trustee in charge of the Dresden Scholars programme.

Professor Rüdiger Görner



Professor Rüdiger Görner (born 1957) is Professor of German with Comparative Literature and Founding Director of the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Director of the Institute of Germanic Studies where he founded the Ingeborg Bachmann Centre for Austrian Literature. He is a member of various advisory boards of cultural institutions, publishing houses and academic journals. In 2017 he received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of his achievements in developing Anglo-German Relations.

Daniel Schieferdecker



Daniel Schieferdecker is from a well known Dresden family and retains strong links with and commitment to the city of Dresden whilst currently working in the financial sector in the UK. Obviously a fluent German and English speaker, he brings a much needed aspect of youth to the Dresden Trust Board as well as a good understanding of social media and communications, again a great asset as we move our organisation into the 21st C!

Angela Findlay


Angela is a professional artist, Specialist Speaker and accredited NADFAS lecturer. Through her long career of teaching art in prisons and Young Offender Institutions in Germany and England she has become an expert on the relationship between art and guilt.
Equally, her challenging family heritage as the Granddaughter of a decorated German General combined with extensive research into Germany’s complex process of remembrance, apology and atonement make her a truly fascinating and original authority on World War Two history.
Angela has appeared on radio and television and is a popular speaker to a wide range of audiences all over the country. She is also a successful artist and painter, represented in galleries both nationally and internationally.

Ute Wegener

Representative in Germany

2005 -

Correspondent in Munich/Dresden

Past Trustees

Dr Alan Russell OBE 1932 – 2019

Founder and Hon. President

1995 - 2019

Senior Official (Retired), Commission of EC.

The late Dr 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,

Eveline Eaton

Honorary President

Trustee 2011 ; Chair 2013 - 2019

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'.

Frank Woodgate

Treasurer and Trustee

2012 - 2019

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 - 2018

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.

David Woodhead


2005 - 2017

David has been the longest serving trustee of the Dresden Trust. 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.

Sandyha Anand


John Beal


Margaret Steinitz



Artistic Director, The London Bach Society

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