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Who We Are

The openTrust is governed by our Trustees.

  • Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey, Chair.

    Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey Bt founded the Chadwyck-Healey publishing group which published research material in the humanities and social sciences for libraries throughout the world, first on microfilm, then on CD-ROM and via the internet. He sold the group in 1999. He was the first chairman of openDemocracy when it was founded in 2001. He is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and is the author of Publishing for Libraries at the Dawn of the Digital Age, Bloomsbury, 2020.

  • Anthony Barnett.

    Anthony Barnett is a writer and organiser. He co-founded openDemocracy in 2001 and was its first Editor-in-Chief until 2008 and is currently a member of openDemocracy Ltd’s board. He was the first Director of Charter 88 from 1988-1994. His most recent books are The Lure of Greatness and Taking Control!

    Anthony’s articles can be found at: Anthony Barnett’s Portfolio (

  • Dame Liz Forgan.

    Dame Liz Forgan is a journalist, cultural leader and former media executive. She wrote for the Teheran Journal, the Hampstead and Highgate Express, the Evening Standard and the Guardian, was a founding Senior Commissioning Editor, later Director of Programmes at Channel 4 TV and was Managing Director BBC Network Radio. She served as Chair of the Scott Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts Council, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, the National Youth Orchestra and deputy Chair of the British Museum. She is currently Chair of the Aurora Orchestra. She is currently a member of the Board Member of the Landmark Trust.

  • Anne Lapping, CBE.

    Anne’s career in journalism began on the now defunct magazine New Society, followed by reporting and current affairs at London Weekend Television. She returned back to print to work on the Economist’s Britain section and co-founded a company which made politics and history programmes for Channel 4, the BBC and ITV. Anne has served spells on the Channel 4 Board and the Guardian’s Scott Trust, also the Independent Press Standards Organisation and the governing body of the London School of Economics, Interights and a mental health trust.

  • Dr Jef McAllister.

    Dr Jef McAllister graduated from Yale College, Yale Law School, and Oxford University where he received a DPhil in modern history as a Marshall Scholar. He clerked for Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the US District Court in San Francisco and worked at Sidley Austin in New York before joining TIME Magazine in Washington. After serving as the magazine’s diplomatic correspondent during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Gulf War, and White House correspondent during the Clinton presidency, he was appointed chief of TIME’s London bureau. Now Managing Partner of McAllister Olivarius, a litigation firm focused on helping victims of discrimination and sexual abuse in the US and UK, he continues to appear regularly on the BBC discussing both law and global politics.