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.

Photograph of Jamie Lee Searle

Prize Coordinator

Jamie Lee Searle joined the Stephen Spender Trust as Administrator in February 2020. She is a literary translator from German and Portuguese, and a co-founder of the UK Emerging Translators Network. She was previously a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, where she completed her MA in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. Jamie regularly speaks at translation events, and is based in Winchester, England.

Photograph of Stacie Allan

Education Coordinator

Stacie Allan joined the Stephen Spender Trust in August 2020 as coordinator of the Creative Translation in the Classroom programme. She undertook SST’s ‘Translators in Schools’ training in 2014, having developed a passion for educational outreach during her studies. Stacie completed a PhD in French literature and her subsequent book explored how displacement and intercultural encounters impact on identity and forms of self-expression after the Revolution. Stacie is a French to English translator, specialising in translating academic texts.

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.