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Trevor Pears CMG

(Elected 2010)

Trevor Pears CMG has been Executive Chair of Pears Foundation, a British family foundation rooted in Jewish values, since 2003. Its work is concerned with positive identity and citizenship.

In 2010 the Foundation established the  Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching which also contributes to policy formation and debate. Led by Professor David Feldman, and working closely with The Wiener Library, the Institute is both independent and inclusive and is one of only two such centres  in Europe. The Institute is the result of several years of work and reflects the Foundation's approach, which is based strongly on research and evaluation, and its philosophy of replacing 'tolerance' with 'understanding'.

The Foundation has a strong track record of partnerships with Higher Education Institutions in the UK and abroad, including the establishment of the Holocaust Education Development Programme and the Centre for Research in Autism Education, both located at the Institute  of Education; the creation of a European  Israel Studies Association; and a scholarships programme for students from the developing world to study health and agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Trevor Pears says of the Institute: “We believe that the study of antisemitism is vital to the understanding of all racism and xenophobia. We established the Institute with Birkbeck because it is a vibrant centre of academic excellence, has a multi-disciplinary approach, and a reputation for world class research.”   Appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2011  New Year Honours for services to the community  and UK/Israel relations, Trevor Pears is also  a member of the Philanthropy Review, an independent body examining the role of  giving in society.

Trevor, who has a BA (Hons) in Business Law, is also Director of The William Pears Group, and is married with three children.