AUGB is run by a small team based at the Association’s headquarters building in Notting Hill in London.
Chairman of the Board and Asset Manager
Qualified as a Civil Engineer. Worked in the construction industry for contractors and freelance as Project Engineer/Manager/Director. Chaired CYM Ashton from 18 years of age for 9 years. Former member of CYM UK National Committee. Dance teacher, choreographer and dancer of home town Ashton’s Veselka Dance Group since 1991. Member of the Czuplak Ukrainian Dance Ensemble - the first UK based Ukrainian Dance group to tour Ukraine in 1990. AUGB Ashton Branch Secretary since 1993, member of AUGB Board from 2004 (4 years as Deputy President), AUGB Chair since 2016. Elected as Vice President of the Ukrainian World Congress for Great Britain in 2018 and in December 2019 was elected on to the Board of the newly reformed European Congress of Ukrainians.
Chief Executive and member of the Board.
Joined Head Office team in 1985. Elected to Board in 1989 as AUGB Secretary. Responsible for day-to-day management, implementation of Board decisions, planning and liaison between the Board/Head Office/staff/branches/external contacts.
Financial and IT Director covering leisure, education and health industries. Currently runs own business. Long standing activity in the community serving mainly in a financial capacity on Manchester AUGB, Ukrainian Youth Association, Social Club and Ukrainian language School Parents’ committees. AUGB Board member since 2015 and AUGB’s Finance Director from 2013.
Dr Ludmila Pekarska
Curator of the Taras Shevchenko Library and Archive
A graduate of Kyiv’s Shevchenko State University (Department of History and Archaeology). Between 1991-2000 worked as a Special Research Assistant in the Department of Medieval & Later Antiquities at the British Museum, London. Awarded the Whitney Fellowship in 1996 and worked in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Awarded a PhD degree in 1997 for her Doctoral Dissertation “Lost Ukrainian Art Treasures of the 10th-13th centuries”. Her publications include the monograph “Der Silberschatz von Martynovka (Ukraine) aus dem 6-7 Jahrhundert” (Innsbruck 1994, 175 pp), "Jewellery of Princely Kiev" (London 2012, 262 pp) and numerous articles in academic historical journals. Dr Pekarska maintains the library’s unique collection of books about Ukraine and the Ukrainian diaspora – which is the largest collection in Europe outside Ukraine itself - and maintains links with academic institutions and museums in Ukraine, has organised successful joint projects with them, and organises exhibitions, book launches and other cultural events held at Linden Gardens.