Stephanie Grant, Director

Stephanie leads the brilliantly talented Cultural Protection Fund team on the planning and delivery of all aspects of their work, in addition to supporting the programme board with the development of the fund's strategy for the future. 

She joined the Cultural Protection Fund team in 2019 and has over 20 years’ experience working across arts, culture and heritage. 

Stephanie’s career has had a particular focus on funding, especially funding that facilitates international cultural collaboration.

Daniel Head, Senior Grants Manager

Daniel manages the Cultural Protection Fund grants team and assists with the oversight of the overall fund grants portfolio in the Middle East, North Africa and East Africa.

Daniel studied Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations at Durham University – which gave him knowledge of the geography and history of the Middle East and North Africa – and has a Master’s degree in Museum and Artefact Studies. He also worked in the accountancy sector where he developed a head for numbers. 

This combined experience led him to work for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, assessing applications for funding and monitoring a caseload of 50+ projects. He joined the Cultural Protection Fund in 2020 as a Grants Manager and became Senior Grants Manager in 2022.

Mona Habeb, Grants Manager

Mona Habeb, Grants Manager

Mona works closely with our grantees across North and East Africa. Having worked with local NGOs in these regions, she witnessed the impact of the fund and wanted to play an active role in sustaining projects that safeguard heritage for future generations.

Before joining the fund, Mona worked in digital archiving of heritage sites in Libya, curated multiple exhibitions on tangible heritage and inter-generational engagement amongst Arab communities, and consulted on multiple projects on grants applications and management.

She holds a BA in English/Arabic Translation, an MA in Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and is currently conducting PhD research on Arab diaspora representations in contemporary film and literature at the University of London.

Raechel Beardwood, Grants Manager

Raechel Beardwood, Grants Manager

Rachel works closely with our dynamic portfolio of Cultural Protection Fund projects, providing support around project delivery, monitoring and reporting.

She has previously worked in investment and grants funding with Arts Council England and Creative UK, in addition to roles with a number of other cultural organisations across England and Scotland.

She has a background in art history and extensive collections experience, with a particular interest in libraries and archives. 

Susan Winter, Cultural Protection Fund Grants Manager

Susan Winter, Grants Manager

Susan grant manages Cultural Protection Fund projects in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and Tanzania, supporting grant-making processing from assessment of applications through to monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

Susan was Resident Producer and Project Manager at Greenwich Theatre in London for ten years, where she managed the theatre’s education, outreach and artist development programme. She joined the British Council in 2015 and worked across arts, museums and heritage in skills training, and participation and capacity building, before joining the Cultural Protection Fund in 2022.

She holds a BA in Modern Drama Studies, an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and is currently working towards an MA in World Heritage Studies.

Chloe Hesford, Grants Manager

Chloe Hesford, Grants Manager

Chloe is responsible for a portfolio of exciting projects that have received funding from the Cultural Protection Fund, working closely with grantees and in-country British Council staff.

She previously worked as a co-ordinator delivering Arts Council-funded projects at a UK local authority – a role that gave her experience managing cultural projects, including the processes around reporting to a funder and working with a range of stakeholders.

Chloe has a Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and an in-depth understanding of heritage policy, management, current practice in the UK and international heritage and international cultural relations. Her dissertation focussed on culture and sustainable development in World Heritage management. 

Sarah Hughes, Cultural Protection Fund Marketing Manager

Sarah Hughes, Marketing Manager

Sarah has worked as an arts marketing, communications and campaigns professional in Northern Ireland for over 20 years, with projects including Derry-Londonderry 2013 UK City of Culture. From 2016–2023 Sarah ran her own business, offering PR, marketing, sponsorship and events services to creative people and organisations.

Sarah’s role with the Cultural Protection Fund gives her the opportunity to use her skills to do something that will help address at least some of the numerous challenges facing our planet and create positive connections in a frequently disconnected world.

Her qualifications include a BA (Hons) degree in English with Drama/Film/Television Studies, a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Diploma in Marketing and a CIM Digital Marketing Diploma.

Uma Bradshaw, Cultural Protection Fund Operations Manager

Uma Bradshaw, Operations Manager

Uma is a finance professional who has been working with the Cultural Protection Fund since 2017. Her role involves responsibility for the fund’s operations and finance. This includes ensuring compliance with organisational policies and processes.

Prior to joining the Cultural Protection Fund, Uma worked on a range of projects at the British Council. She has extensive project and grant management experience.

Farah Alhasan, Cultural Protection Fund Coordinator

Farah Alhasan, Coordinator

Farah provides administrative support to the Cultural Protection Fund team, with a focus on grant management and financial responsibilities. She enjoys that her role provides the opportunity to engage with diverse international stakeholders. 

Farah offers comprehensive support, assisting in various aspects of project delivery grant and financial administration, providing marketing support, managing diaries and facilitating event coordination. 

Daniel Heath, Cultural Protection Fund Co-ordinator.  A young man with brown hair and a blue an white shirt, smiles at the camera.

Daniel Heath, Coordinator

Daniel provides support across all areas of the Cultural Protection Fund, from grant administration and financial processes to monitoring, evaluation, and event delivery. 

He studied International Relations with Italian at university and possesses excellent administrative experience from the education and health sectors.

Daniel enjoys connecting with grantees and actively contributing to the safeguarding of cultural heritage.