Hannah grew up with Londoner parents in the North East of England, and ever since has straddled the dual identity of being a southerner in the north and northerner in the south. Indeed, never quite fitting in has played a huge part in both Hannah's personal and her professional journey. Being Jewish and hearing impaired in a non-Jewish and fully hearing school environment began as a struggle for Hannah; now they've become experiences that drive her to improve and empower the communities around her. Through embracing her marginal identities, Hannah has become a trailblazing activist for inclusion and disability in the U.K. Jewish community.
After four years of studying in the UK and Canada, she became the first openly disabled and first consecutive female President of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). Her journey as a student activist began with campaigning for increased Holocaust education and against anti-Israel initiatives such as BDS. Drawing on her natural flair for online communications, Hannah created #Rethink2014, an internationally successful social media campaign opposing Israeli Apartheid Week that attracted support from both left and right wing political spectrums. Furthermore, from 2013-2015, Hannah founded and convened the UJS Disabled Students’ Network, developing national programming to enhance accessibility and inclusion education in student Jewish communities. Even though she has now left the Jewish community professionally, Hannah continues to educate on issues relating to equality and diversity within and without the Jewish community.
A long-term Limmudnik, she is currently one of three co-Chairs for Limmud Festival 2019. Hannah is proud to be visible and vocal as a disabled Jewish woman, and to be part of diversifying the leadership of the Anglo-Jewish community.