WAVE's Trustees

Worldwide Alternatives to ViolencE (WAVE) was founded in April 1996 as a not-for-profit, international grass-roots organisation. It was subsequently incorporated in the UK as a company limited by guarantee, with the name WAVE Ltd.

In October 1999 the Trustees of WAVE Ltd resolved to recognise the need to build on the work of the company through the formation of a charity which would advance public education generally concerning violence and the causes of violence, would become active in developing understanding of these and related issues and undertake projects and activities to this end in an international context. Therefore another organisation was incorporated, as a company limited by guarantee with charitable objects, known as WAVE Trust. WAVE Trust is a registered international charity, registration number 1080189.

WAVE Ltd has the freedom to carry out trading activities, a privilege not allowed to charities by British law. WAVE Ltd has pledged by Deeds of Covenant and of Trust that all profits from its activities will be applied to support the Objects of WAVE Trust.

Trustees of WAVE Trust

Titus Alexander

Chair of WAVE Trust

Born in Germany, grew up in Edinburgh and studied in the UK (University of Sussex) and Germany (University of Marburg), Titus’ background is in the field of education. He is a freelance consultant, trainer of trainers, author and educator, specialising in family learning, self-esteem, community development, social change and global issues. He has extensive experience of issues related to parenting education, and was a founding member of the Parenting Education and Support Forum in the UK. He is also an Associate of the National Children.s Bureau, Cambridge Education Associates (CEA) and the Development Education Association.

He spent a number of years in London local government, with responsibilities which included developing and implementing policies for community education, childcare, parent education programmes, environmental education, adult education and education in prisons.


Family Learning: foundation of effective education, Demos, 1997

Guidelines for Global Perspectives in Adult Education, DEA, 1997

Self-esteem Directory, (Ed) Smallwood Publications, 1997

Empowering Parents: families as foundation of a learning society, PESF, 1997

Unravelling Global Apartheid: an overview of world politics - Polity Press (July 1996)

Home-school Policies: A practical guide, with Emma Beresford & John Bastiani, JET publications, 1995

Riches Beyond Price: Making the most of family learning, NIACE, 1995 (with Peter Clyne)

Books on the International Debt Crisis - Radical Bookseller (1983)

Recent Latin American Literature - Radical Bookseller (Nov 1982).

Value for People: Adult Education and Popular Planning (1986)

Working for Change: How Adult Education Can Help, NATFE Journal (1986).

White Institutions, Black Exclusion: race equality in Wandsworth Across Institutional Barriers, chapter in Conference Report of International League for Social Commitment in Adult Education 1986

Know University: An Alternative Prospect for Universities (1975).

Jan Arnow

Trustee of WAVE Ltd and WAVE Trust

Born into a Jewish family in Chicago and now a Quaker living in Louisville, Kentucky, Jan is one of America’s leading authorities on the psychology and teaching practices of multicultural education and violence reduction, conducting fieldwork on these two issues for over 20 years.

As Manager of Multicultural Education for the Kentucky Department of Education she authored the state’s groundbreaking policy guidelines for multicultural education. She travels assiduously throughout the US and in Africa presenting her programs for non-violence and multicultural understanding to educators, teachers, parents, schoolchildren and community leaders. Her "No Violence Bus Project" is an example of the creativity she brings to bear in training and educating people to adopt non-violent behaviour.

Jan’s publications include "Can Schools Erase Racism?", "In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in the ‘90s’", "Tortured Youth", and, with psychiatrist and Quaker husband Paul Adams, also a keen WAVE member, "Children in Violence". She has written 6 books, including the parental guide " Teaching Peace".

Jan’s favourite quotations include:

"Though I am different from you, we were born involved in one another."

   – T'ao Chien

"We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibres, our actions run as causes and return to us as results..."

   – Herman Melville

"When we try to pick out something by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

   – John Muir

"We are one, after all, you and I; together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other."

   – Teilhard de Chardin

Jan states that these quotes form the mirror and the means for her work in violence prevention, and she thinks about them every day. Another quotation she cherishes is:

"If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle; we won’t have to pass fruitless ideal resolutions, but we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which consciously or unconsciously the whole world is hungering."

   – Mahatma Gandhi

Jan (Mac) Derwig

Born in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, Mac possesses the natural Dutch flair for languages, speaking Dutch, English, French, German and Portuguese. An Economics graduate of the University of Amsterdam, and a chartered accountant, he is the Finance Director of WAVE Trust.

Before entering the charity world Mac was a senior manager in Unilever for nearly 32 years. His extensive international experience included being Finance Director of Lever Brothers Nigeria, National Accountant and then National Manager of Unilever Portugal. He was Commercial Member of Unilever’s global Chemicals business, responsible for all commercial and financial aspects of operations a $3 billion business in 40 countries world-wide. He was also Operations member for Africa and the Middle East, Deputy to the Regional Director, and first point of contact for operations with 20,000 employees in 9 sub-Saharan African countries.

Mac has wide experience of leading multi-functional and international teams. He won a reputation in Unilever both for his sense of humour and as a no-nonsense manager able successfully to manage change and produce results in challenging situations. From 1989 to 2000 he was Course Director for one of Unilever’s advanced management training programmes for international managers.

He has four children, and his Israeli wife Varda is a volunteer worker with Victim Support.

Felicity de Zulueta

A Group Analyst and Systemic Family Therapist, Felicity’s main interests lie in violence reduction and the study of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as bilingualism.

Born in Colombia, South America, of a Spanish father and English mother, Felicity’s early life experience included living with Colombians in the wilds of the Llanos, the Malays and Dayaks in the forests of Sarawak, the African tribes of Uganda’s highlands and the mixed peoples of Lebanon and Syria.

As she moved from country to country she made many friends, and experienced much kindness and understanding; but also much pain and violence. She became puzzled: how could so much kindness turn to such hate and bloodshed? The question remained unanswered until she trained as a psychotherapist.

Felicity (B.Sc., M.A. Cantab., M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.Psych) became a biologist at East Anglia University before studying medicine at Cambridge and Sheffield Universities. She was consultant psychotherapist and Honorary Senior lecturer in London’s Charing Cross Hospital before taking up her present position as an honorary Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist and lead clinician of the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital and Clinical Lecturer in Traumatic Studies at the UK’s Institute of Psychiatry.

She is author of "From Pain to Violence, the traumatic roots of destructiveness" and many chapters on the subject. In her book she writes compellingly of the links between childhood PTSD and the subsequent development of violent behaviour. Among many powerful quotes from her book are:

"...violence begins with the violation of children’s affiliative needs"

"understanding how these childhood victims became victimisers and how others avoid repeating the pattern of abuse is crucial if we are to begin to understand the origins of violence in the family and possibly in society at large."

Felicity is a founding member of the International Attachment Network.

Trustees of WAVE Ltd

Jan Arnow and Titus Alexander are currently also Trustees of WAVE Ltd. During the next 12 months new trustees will be joining WAVE Ltd, who will replace Titus and Jan.

Sir Richard Bowlby

Richard Bowlby qualified in medical and scientific photography in 1968, spending his subsequent career illustrating research in those fields. He produced photographs and academic videotapes to help communicate the findings of the researchers he worked with. He retired in 1999 to spend his time studying the work of his father, John Bowlby, the pioneer researcher on the impact of early attachment relationships between parents and their young children.

Richard is active in promoting a wider understanding of the rapidly growing body of attachment research. He is in touch with many attachment workers and their organisations and produces and freely distributes information and training videos on attachment. He also gives introductory talks on attachment, and draws on personal insights into how his father assembled the research information from which he developed Attachment theory.

Richard's expertise in understanding the impact of early life experience led to an invitation to become a trustee of WAVE, an organisation he was already supporting. WAVE's 4-year study of the root causes of violent behaviour has highlighted the crucial nature of the early parent-child relationship. Richard offers the following observation:

"Disruptive children, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, depression and crime, are problems that usually share a common origin. It is the quality of the earliest attachment relationships formed between parents and their babies that tend to predispose the behaviour of the developing child and emerging adult. There is now overwhelming long-term scientific evidence that points to the first two years of a person's life as the critical period for their personality traits to become established. These patterns of behaviour are wired up in the infant's developing brain, and when they later become parents they will frequently find themselves repeating the experiences of their own childhood with their child."

Phil Shepherd

An experienced businessman, with many years of experience as a Communications Skills trainer and a Business Development consultant, Phil has been Joint Managing Director of a food manufacturing company, Proprietor of a Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Consultancy and Managing Director of a Health Food manufacturing and marketing company. He also has extensive managerial experience as a regional manager in the retail trade.

Phil is Chairman of an international charity, Imagine Nations United, whose aims overlap with WAVE's and extend to improving communication between between peoples and nations of different cultures.

His wide range of skills includes General management, Marketing, Design, Copy-writing, Communication, Team Building, Training, Personal Development, Project Management, Presentation Software, Software Training, E-Commerce Development and Retail management.

He has travelled widely on oversees trade missions to Europe, The Far East, Australia and the USA.

Phil is passionate about the possibility of human beings being able to live without violence. He has for many years worked in the field of human relations and striven to seek ways for deeper communication between people, including communication between individuals and between and across cultural divides.

He sees the work being done by WAVE as creating an invaluable resource in the ongoing progress towards achieving a non-violent society and has been delighted to offer his services and experience to help the organisation achieve its aims and objectives.

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