Our trustees

 

Natalia Vodianova, Founder

Supermodel, philanthropist and mother of four, Natalia founded the Naked Heart Foundation in 2004 following the Beslan tragedy, and plays a very active role in its work. Over the course of her modelling career, she has appeared on the covers of hundreds of magazines and has been the face of Guerlain, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal, Chanel and Calvin Klein, among others. Today, almost all of Natalia’s work is closely linked to charity.

 

Lucy Yeomans

Lucy Yeomans is Editor-in-Chief and Global Content Director at Net-a-Porter. Previously she worked as Editor of Harper’s Bazaar UK. She is a member of the British Fashion Council and currently chairs the British Fashion Council press committee. Lucy serves on the committees of the Royal Academy and the Hoping Foundation and is a trustee of FilmAid, a charity that uses film and video to entertain and educate refugees around the world.

 

Francois Chateau

François Chateau is the Global Vice Chair of Dentons. He was previously the Chairman of the Salans’ Global Board and a Partner in the firm’s New York office, where he worked closely with the firm’s Global Managing Partner and Global Board on the strategic development and management of the firm. Francois is engaged in the representation of French and other European companies in the US, and US companies investing in Europe and France. He primarily represents companies in the fashion, beauty and luxury goods industries, as well as the food industry. He is also head of Dentons’ French Desk, a cross-border practice group composed of bilingual French-speaking lawyers based in New York. As a successful entrepreneur, François has extensive experience in contract negotiations, intellectual property issues, international tax planning, venture capital and venture development. Francois is a dual French and US citizen. He is very active in the French-American community in the US and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite (France).

 

Gordon Weiss

Gordon Weiss is a Certified Public Accountant based in New York and has over 25 years’ experience providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services. With a substantial client base of foreign families and corporations, Gordon deals extensively with multinational tax and business issues. He represents foreign companies doing business in the US and advises multinational clients on a variety of planning issues. His practice also represents high net worth individuals and families, providing management and bookkeeping services, tax planning and client education. In addition to his trusteeship of the Naked Heart Foundation, he is actively involved in several other non-profit organisations. Gordon lives in New York with his daughter.

 

Taisia Markelova

Taisia is a qualified Russian lawyer. She is currently based in Russia and working as Head of the Legal Department of one of Japan’s largest automotive companies. Taisia has more than 10 years’ experience in various fields of law and has represented clients (both individuals and corporates) in both courts of general jurisdiction and arbitrage courts in Russia. Taisia has a postgraduate degree in International and European Law.

 

Jamey Hargreaves

Jamey Hargreaves is Chairman of the London fashion house Julien Macdonald, and is the son of Matalan founder, John Hargreaves. He has 20 years of retail experience and has held various roles at Matalan, including Head of Menswear and Director of Marketing.

 

Sandra Nedvetskaia

Entrepreneur and Art Advisor, Sandra Nedvetskaia, who graduated from the London School of Economics and Kings College, founded the off white contemporary art charity auction to support the Naked Heart Foundation as part of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair, which she also runs as a co-director. Formerly Christie’s International Head of Russia and CIS, since 2005, Sandra built up and grew the company’s Russian Business Development department and was integral in shaping the company’s policy in Russia and the CIS, going on to initiate strong Christie’s presence in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Sandra holds major relationships with collectors globally, helping them with acquisitions at auction and private sale as well as with loans to important international museums. Being a charity auctioneer, Sandra has been passionately involved with the Naked Heart Foundation from the outset, helping raise money for the Foundation’s many causes.