Who we are


Photograph of Charlotte Ryland


Charlotte Ryland has been Director of the Stephen Spender Trust since April 2018. She believes that literary translation is the perfect means to get everybody reading and talking about international literature, with all the enrichment and excitement it has to offer. Alongside SST, Charlotte is founding Director of the Queen’s College Translation Exchange, an initiative based at the University of Oxford. Through both organisations she aims to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in literary translation, to promote language-learning, and to bring creative translation activities into UK schools. Charlotte lives in Oxford with her family.

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Education Coordinator

Stacie Allan is a freelance French to English translator and creative translation consultant and facilitator. Stacie has collaborated with the Stephen Spender Trust since undertaking the ‘Translators in Schools’ training in 2014. Stacie holds a PhD in nineteenth-century French literature. Her thesis and subsequent book Writing the Self, Writing the Nation (2019) explored how displacement and intercultural encounters impact on identity and forms of self-expression after the French Revolution. Stacie’s translations have appeared in the Journal of War and Culture Studies and a volume on adapting Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

Prize Coordinator

Rosie Eyre is a translator, editor and dyed-in-the-wool logophile working from French and Spanish. She is the translator of Caring in Times of Covid-19 (2020), a bilingual Spanish-English book exploring the work of Madrid collectives during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and 100 First Words for Toddlers (2021), a bilingual picture book helping young learners to expand their vocabulary in French. Her first full-length fiction translation, for Strangers Press’s upcoming Swiss series of chapbooks, is set to be published in spring 2022. She is currently working across the Trust’s Stephen Spender Prize and Creative Translation in the Classroom initiatives, and is also Deputy Reviews Editor and Editorial Assistant at the European Literature Network.

More information about her translation work and other literary activities can be found at www.rosieeyre.com.

Members of the Trust

President Sir Michael Holroyd, CBE


Lady Antonia Fraser, CBE
Lord Gowrie, PC
Tony Harrison
David Hockney, CH
Christopher MacLehose, CBE
Wole Soyinka
Matthew Spender
Philip Spender
Richard Stone, OBE
Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE
Professor John Sutherland


Photograph of Jonathan Heawood

Jonathan Heawood (Chair) is Executive Director of the Public Interest News Foundation. He has previously held senior roles at the Observer, the Fabian Society, English PEN, the Sigrid Rausing Trust and IMPRESS. Jonathan has written for newspapers and magazines including The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, the London Review of Books and the New Statesman, and journals including Critical Quarterly, the Journal of Media Law and the British Journalism Review. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling and a Leadership Fellow at St George’s House, Windsor. His book, The Press Freedom Myth, was published in 2019.

Photograph of Libby Attwood

Libby Attwood graduated from Warwick University with joint honours in English and French, undertook a law conversion course and subsequently qualified as a solicitor, specialising in commercial litigation. After more than a decade practising law in the commercial sector, she took a break to bring up her children and, at the same time, gained an LLM in Human Rights. She has since devoted her time to non-profit organisations, both practising law and campaigning, and now works part-time at Islington Law Centre, supporting their outstanding work with some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Photograph of Ben Bransfield

Ben Bransfield has spent over a decade teaching English across independent and maintained secondary schools, raising engagement in the reading and writing of poetry, and training those new to teaching. He has created and leads cross-sector and cross-phase community partnership projects in art and writing for pupils in southwest London; he also regularly takes groups on writing weeks with the Arvon Foundation. Ben graduated from Oxford University, the Shakespeare Institute, and the National Film and Television School. He is one of the Poetry Society’s Teacher Trailblazers and his own poems and articles have been published widely.

Photograph of Isabel Lucena

Isabel Lucena is an Independent Arts and Culture Consultant whose clients have included the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and the UK, Free Word Centre, King’s College Cultural Institute, and the Scottish Playwrights’ Studio.

Photograph of Alastair Niven

Alastair Niven LVO OBE was Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, from 2001 to 2013. Before that he had worked at the British Council and at Arts Council England as Director of Literature in both organisations and was for six years Director General of the Africa Centre. He has held posts at the Universities of Ghana, Leeds, Stirling, London (SOAS) and Oxford. He was President of English PEN from 2003 to 2007 and is a former Chairman of the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs. He is the author of four books and many articles.

Spencer Simmons has acted in various musicals and plays for the past 50 years, having made his stage debut at the age of 10. He has also directed plays and worked as a stage manager. Since branching out into film and TV in 2019, he has appeared in around 30 different feature films, short films, TV commercials and music videos, playing all sorts of roles.