• Ambassadors

    • Martyn Ware

      Born in 1956 in Sheffield. Formed the Human League in 1978. Formed multimillion selling act Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation in 1980. As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide during a 35 year career to date. Martyn founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Vince Clarke in 2000 […]

  • Board

    • Professor James Thompson – Founder and Co-Director

      James Thompson is Professor of Applied and Social Theatre and Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility at the University of Manchester. He is the Founder and Co-Director of In Place of War and has developed and run theatre projects in Africa and South Asia (principally DR Congo and Sri Lanka).   He has written widely on theatre […]

    • Uma Kothari

      Uma is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies  and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include international development and humanitarianism and migration, refugees and diasporas. Her  research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and […]

    • Ruth Daniel-Co-Director

      Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur.  Ruth joined In Place of War during its inception and has been pivotal in the organization’s development and vision. Her drive and passion was recognised when she was made Co-Director in 2012. Ruth’s parents bought her an electric guitar for her 10th birthday and […]

    • Vikas Shah

      Professor Vikas S. Shah is an award winning entrepreneur, strategist and educator who has built businesses in diverse sectors around the world for almost 20 years.  He is also a consultant and advisor to numerous entrepreneurs, business and organisations globally. Alongside his business interests, Vikas is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship on the prestigious Lisbon MBA […]

    • Tom Shore

      Tom Shore is an Operations, Strategic Leadership, Programmes and Logistics specialist in the field of International Development, Culture and Human Rights.  He has been working internationally at the highest level for the past 15 years in the humanitarian, international development, and cultural sectors in challenging environments in countries as diverse as Myanmar, South Sudan, North […]

  • Team

    • Teresa Bean

      At IPOW, Teresa’s research focuses on creative community responses to conflict with a particular interest in hip hop movements in Latin America and creative entrepreneurship as a pathway to development in sites of conflict/post conflict. During a research trip to Medellín, Colombia, Teresa and Ruth Daniel came up with the idea of developing an education programme […]

    • Roberta McCaughan

      Roberta McCaughan is an hugely experienced Events Producer and Operations Manager. She was Assistant Festival Manager of the highly acclaimed arts and music festival Port Eliot (Cornwall), where her diverse responsibilities included curating several areas, managing production crew, overseeing accreditation and managing artist liaison. She has worked on numerous other large events and festivals including […]

    • Shereen Perera

      Shereen is a cultural producer living in Manchester. She’s been working with In Place Of War since May 2016, so far she’s delivered In Place Of War’s first film festival CREATE Film Festival  in 4 venues in Manchester working with the local Congolese, Syrian, Kurdish and Hip Hop communities. She did artist liaison and Marketing […]

    • Alison Surtees

      Alison is a Creative Producer, Consultant and Project/Production Manager with over 25 years experience across a range of sectors from commercial to community.  She is currently working with In Place of War, as Director of Programmes around international development of cultural spaces, education programmes and festivals production. She is Trust Administrator for Future’s Venture, an […]