MEET THE TEAM
Trustees & Staff
Lady Gilda Levy
Chair and Co-Founder
Gilda Levy was born in London the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents who came to Britain from Vienna to escape Nazi persecution. She qualified as a teacher of English and drama and spent many years as a governor of a local primary school and teaching children with moderate learning problems. Gilda also worked in a residential home for younger physically handicapped people running a literary and drama discussion group, in a voluntary capacity. My family history had a deep impact on me and I have always felt that bigotry and prejudice are the greatest evil. WIN is my way of trying to combat these and by bringing communities together make a more respectful and humane society.
Marion has been involved with WIN since 2005 in various capacities, most recently as CEO. She has worked extensively within the gender equality charity sector and through WIN, she has been proud to be involved in and contribute to building a society that lives together in harmony across divides. Marion says her time at WIN has introduced her to many amazing and inspirational people “who are passionate about promoting peaceful co-existence and building a society free of hate, bigotry and prejudice in our communities”.
Guilda, a practicing Baha’i, has been involved with WIN for over ten years. Educated at the Lycee of Monte Carlo, she completed her first degree at Notre Dame University California in 1969, then went to Stanford where she completed her Masters in Communications and lectured in philosophy at the University of Mauritius. She then worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lome, Togo. In 1976 she moved to the UK and worked at Sotheby’s in the research department on the provenance of paintings. She is also on the Council of Ambassadors for the conservation organization WWF.
Neda Salmanpour is a UK qualified barrister with more than 20 years of corporate transaction experience in the energy sector. Neda seeks to apply her legal and corporate expertise and experience to the non-profit world supporting projects that promote gender equality, economic empowerment and justice. Neda served for a time as Vice Chair and Trustee of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, an umbrella organization of over 50 women NGOs in UK that seeks to ensure women’s rights are mainstreamed in policy and implementation. She is member of the UK NGO CSW Alliance that interfaces with the UK Government to ensure implementation of international legal instruments for women and girls and attends UN’s annual Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York. She is member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales.
External Relations Director
Jackie has been involved in interfaith dialogue for over fourteen years and with WIN for ten years. Having formed WIN’s Barnet group she took on the position of chair for three years, the group has recently celebrated their ten-year anniversary. Jackie has had a number of roles at WIN including managing group development. She is currently External Relations Director.
Development and Volunteer Manager
Tara graduated from King’s College London in 2016 with a degree in Religion, Politics and Society. She joined WIN as an intern shortly after graduating and now supports the team in her role as Development and Volunteer Manager and Project Coordinator of the All of Us project.