In order to support the full-time programme team, the Foundation for Peace is able to draw on a network of skilled facilitators who are accredited to deliver Foundation programmes. With specialists ranging from those who have worked with young people and political and faith leaders to those who work with international womens’ groups- these facilitators come from a range of backgrounds and bring with them a diverse and wide range of experiences that help them to shape and guide the Foundation’s programmes.
Jon Nicholas – Associate
Jon worked as a Programme Worker with the Foundation for Peace from 2008 to 2010. He has maintained his relationship with the Foundation as an Associate and continues to develop and deliver programmes.
He studied Psychology at The University of Glamorgan and Theatre at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. In 1995 he joined Geese Theatre UK who provide interactive creative behavioral change work for agencies that work in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Following on from this developed a career as a facilitator (in post conflict areas), and worked with many groups and individuals exploring issues around development, civil society and personal and group conflict, and violence.
Jon has been engaged as a freelance facilitator and director to design and deliver conflict management and development theatre work and community theatre for a number of NGOs and community development organisations most notably; ‘Save The Children’ (Aceh Sumatra), ‘Search for Common Ground’ (Macedonia and Indonesia), ‘The Nansen Network’ (Norway and the Former Yugoslavia). He is also an associate with ‘Research in Practice for Adults’ (Dartington in Devon).
Sara Cook has had a connection with the Foundation for Peace since 2003, when her work with people affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland led to the development of a partnership with the Foundation which has endured through a variety of projects including the Survivors for Peace programme. Originally from the United States, Sara is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she has lived and worked in since 2001. She has extensive experience of community development and conflict resolution work in various international settings including as Director of ‘Compass, East Belfast Mission’ (Northern Ireland).
Saul Hewish – Associate
Saul Hewish, Dip CC, is one of the country’s leading practitioners specialising in drama and theatre-based methodologies with offenders and young people ‘at risk’. His previous work includes extensive work on a wide variety of behavioural change programmes and creative projects in prisons and community settings across the UK, USA and Europe. He is a co-director of Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) (est. 1999), and prior to this he was a founder member and former director of Geese Theatre Company (UK) (est. 1987). He is an experienced facilitator, trainer and project developer. In addition, for the last 12 years he has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Warwick where he teaches a three-term module, Theatre in the Community. He is a previous recipient of a Butler Trust Certificate Award for ‘outstanding work’ within the English prison system, and is the co-author of Challenging Experience: An Experiential Approach to the Treatment of Serious Offenders.
Saul has been working in a freelance capacity for the Foundation since 2012. This work includes development of activities and co-facilitating on the Leadership Programme, and more recently the Think Programme; co-facilitating the Working with Conflict training course; and occasional workshops for Human Rights Day, Community Champions, and International Women’s Day for the Women Building Peace Project.