Professor Michael Worton, CBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Michael Worton is Emeritus Professor of Arts at UCL (University College London), having retired in October 2013 from being Vice-Provost (Academic & International) of UCL and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature.

He set up UCL’s campuses in Australia and Qatar, UCL’s operation in Kazakhstan, and the UCL Academy (a high school) in London. He has written extensively on modern literature and on art and gender theory. He also speaks throughout the world on education, internationalisation and global citizenship. He was a founding member of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is a member of the Board of the Programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF). He is a member of the Council of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), of the Board of the Conservatoire of Dance and Drama, and is a Trustee of CARA (Council for At-Risk Academics).

He is a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, an Officier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, was awarded the Medal of Honoured Worker in Higher Education by the Republic of Kazakhstan, and was the first recipient of the British Academy President’s Medal. He has published 11 books and more than 80 articles and chapters in books.


Lori Houlihan, Trustee

Lori Houlihan joined Heritage Without Borders’ board in September 2014.  She joined University College London in February 2011 to take up the post of Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations.  She is leading the philanthropic Campaign for UCL and expanding the Alumni and Supporter relations activity.  UCL has one of the largest fundraising Campaigns in Europe. Previously she was Director of Development and External Affairs at the University of Aberdeen where she worked for 12 years and led its highly successful fundraising campaign which raised over £200m.  She is an experienced advancement professional with over 16 years’ experience in Higher Education marketing and fundraising. She joined Aberdeen in 1999 as Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions and in 2001 became the University’s first ever Director of Marketing. Previously she worked in the Health Service where she had a senior role in health promotion. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Deputy Chair of CASE Europe and a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.

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Richard Street, Trustee

Brought up in the UK and Argentina and with a degree in Medieval History from St Andrews University he started his career with the Banknote printers Thomas De La Rue. He worked for them for 20 years in London and Colombia as a salesman, manager and finally Managing Director. During this time he took on a 3-year secondment to the Foreign Office working on extraterritorial legal issues. In 1993 he changed career to become a teacher at the City and Islington Further Education College and then in 1995 was recruited as CEO of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust (now the Prince’s Trust). This UK charity helped disadvantaged young people become entrepreneurs through providing small loans and mentoring. Foreign interest in the model became so strong that in 1999 he started and ran a new organisation called Youth Business International to help independent national organisations start up and run NGOs’ based on the YBI model. YBI now provides support for over 35 countries and runs a very active Association of youth entrepreneurship programmes. Since leaving YBI he has helped NGOs in a number of countries establish strategies to set up civil society organisations. In 2009 he started up and still chairs a charity called Street Kids International UK providing training-of-trainers to local NGOs in India, Uganda, Ghana, Ecuador and Brazil. For 12 years he was a governor of the City and Islington College and until earlier this year, was a Trustee of CARE International UK.

He is a fluent Spanish and reasonable French speaker. During his career he has worked with Governments, International Organisations, local and international NGOs and Corporations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Dominica D’Arcangelo, Co-founder, Co-director and Trustee

Dominica is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the charity.  She is a project manager and object conservator.  She studied archaeological conservation at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology.  She has international work experience on heritage sites in Turkey, Jordan, Greece and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Additionally, she has project managed and administered international projects in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Turkmenistan.

Dominica is passionate about peer to peer knowledge exchange and international capacity building.

Melina Smirniou, Co-founder and Trustee

Melina works as an archaeological conservator in the Stone, Wall Paintings and Mosaics conservation section at the British Museum. Melina is also close to completion of her PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, focusing on Late Bronze Age glass production in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean. Melina has experience working on heritage projects in Jordan, Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon.