About the SHM Foundation

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.

The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.

The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.

The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

Learning and Citizenship

We believe that the best way of responding to social and political challenges is to get people to take a lead.

We aim to equip people to understand and tackle the issues they care about.

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We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.

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We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

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Our most recent projects

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz is celebrated for the stand she made for intellectual and spiritual freedom. As a nun in 17th-Century Mexico, she was not a typical freedom fighter. At the time, women were barred from University. Read more...

Rhiannon Armstrong makes participatory performance, installation, and co-created artworks for and with those who do not necessarily think of themselves as art audiences. Art in and for workplaces is a programme. Read more...

Project Khuluma aims to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using text messaging as a means for social networking and support among adolescents living with HIV in South Africa. Read more...

Since his appointment as the SHM Foundation's Composer in Residence, composer Stuart Hancock has worked on a brand new English song-cycle that reflects the qualities of British life today. Read more...

The LOOP was set up by the SHM Foundation in order to give learners a stronger voice in the education system. It enables learners to write reviews of their schools and colleges, and get their views listened to by institutions. Read more...

Meet the team

Professor Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and CEO of SHM Productions. Until 1996, Professor Biriotti was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. Find out more.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation. Professor Moore is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist. Find out more.

Anna Kydd

Anna is Director of The SHM Foundation. She co-founded one of the Foundation's first projects - Zumbido, in the state of Jalisco in Mexico - which developed support networks for those living with HIV/AIDS. Find out more.

Zuzana Figerova

Zuzana Figerova is Head of Development at The SHM Foundation. She has considerable experience managing complex projects both in the non-for-profit sector and in... Find out more.

Victoria Marks

Vicki started working with the SHM Foundation in 2014 to provide creative and event management support for Snapshot Songs that was an ambitious new performance celebrating London's zeitgeist.
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Mariana Lorenzano

Mariana began working with The SHM Foundation in 2014 as a volunteer facilitator running creative sessions with the SHM Foundation Youth Commission in Leicester and Brighton... Find out more.

Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with the SHM Foundation’s activities


If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects, please click here.


Every year we have a number of voluntary placements and internships, if you are interested to find out more please e-mail us on info@shmfoundation.org.


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Latest News

Tackling HBT Bullying in Schools

Educate & Celebrate wins funds to tackle HBT Bullying

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Elly Barnes
Schools, students, parents and head teachers that have received training and resources from Educate & Celebrate are in agreement that it has a winning formula when it comes to making schools LGBT+Friendly. The charity will soon be extending its successful programme to a greater number of schools across the UK as it has been awarded funding from a £2 million government fund designed to help schools tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying.

Elly Barnes, CEO and Founder of Educate & Celebrate, expressed her delight at the award:

‘The £214k we have been awarded for 2015 means we can do more of what we do best – advocate inclusivity and make schools LGBT+Friendly! Surveys repeatedly show that staff and students in schools face completely unacceptable levels of LGBT+Phobia and I am therefore pleased that the government has ring-fenced funds to address this. Our winning proposal will engage all staff, students, parents and governors in the change process by embedding good practice in both the primary and secondary school curriculum, as well as in the wider community. (more…)

Student perspectives from the Centre for Global Mental Health

#studyGMH: student perspectives from the Centre for Global Mental Health

Strengthening existing interventions: a student’s role


Fritz Jooste is a recent graduate of the Global Mental Health MSc at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.

As a recent graduate of the Global Mental Health MSc programme at King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I look back on the year as one of the most stimulating and rewarding of my life. One of the best parts of the course was the ability to choose a topic of interest and develop it into a research question for the course’s Summer Project. This gave me the ability to conduct some research on the use of mobile technology in improving the wellbeing of people in resource-limited settings, a subject that has long interested me… Full Story


Project Khuluma featured in City Press


SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma visits Body&Soul



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About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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