Amy Braier

Director

I am continually inspired by the Pears family’s vision and it has been a privilege to create the organisational structure to help them realise it. In the eleven years I've worked at Pears we’ve become one of the largest family foundations in the UK, but I hope our partners would agree that we’ve retained our values and our focus on building true partnerships that go well beyond a standard funder-grantee relationship. The team here is unique and I’m proud of the passion, professionalism and integrity we all bring to our work.

Since 2007, Amy has played a leading role at Pears Foundation. She works closely with Trevor Pears and family to help them achieve their philanthropic vision and build the Foundation as an institution, advising on strategy, directing operations and overseeing a varied portfolio of programmes and grants.

Amy has been instrumental in building the professional infrastructure and team that has enabled the Foundation to quadruple its expenditure whilst retaining its strong focus on partnerships and relationships. She has worked with organisations and chief executives across the voluntary sector from grass-roots start-ups to major universities and large charities, building strong relationships and helping them to make a real impact.

She has experience across the spectrum of initiating, delivering, replicating and expanding programmes and is passionate about promoting dialogue between funders and fundraisers for the good of the sector.

Amy has a first-class degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge and a professional background in policy and public affairs at the Parliamentary Committee against Antisemitism (now known as the Antisemitism Policy Trust) and the Greater London Authority. She has been a trustee of Limmud and, more recently, Holocaust Memorial Day. In 2018 she received the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award, an international award for foundation professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. 

Amy is known by her colleagues for her ability to see the big picture as well as hold on to the detail. She is an excellent problem solver and is prone to triggering epiphanies within the team, who respect her ability to add value to every conversation she has. She is a strong and conscientious leader with a light touch and a sense of fun.