Our Team

Luke Akehurst

Luke Akehurst has been Director of We Believe in Israel since its foundation in 2011.

Luke is not Jewish but has been a committed Zionist all his life.

His work career before We Believe in Israel included being a Director at global PR company Weber Shandwick, where he worked for 11 years and was named as Public Affairs News UK Consultant of the Year 2008. He has also worked for Hackney and Lewisham Councils, the Labour Party and the BBC Political Research Unit. He was National Secretary of Labour Students from 1995-1996.

Outside of work he was a Hackney Councillor from 2002-2014, including 7 years as Chief Whip; stood for Parliament in 2001 in Aldershot and 2005 in Castle Point, and served on the Labour Party National Executive Committee from 2010-2012.

Luke is married with two sons. He graduated with a BSc in Politics from Bristol University.

Stephen Hoffman

Stephen Hoffman has been a Campaign Executive for We Believe in Israel since June 2016.

Stephen has always felt a strong attachment to Israel, due to many of his relatives living in Israel. A key part of his politics is a belief in national self-determination and that is why he proudly identified himself as a Zionist.

Before he took on his role at We Believe in Israel, he worked in public affairs for ABTA – The Travel Association and has also previously worked in Parliament for a Conservative MP. He has a keen understanding of Israel advocacy, as his first job out of university was working as the Campaigns & Public Affairs Assistant for the Zionist Federation.

Outside of his work Stephen is active in Conservative politics both in his local area of Croydon and also through his work with the organisation Conservatives for Liberty.

Stephen graduated with a BA in Politics from the University of Leeds and during his time at the university was actively involved in a number of campaigns Leeds Jewish Society ran to combat demonisation of Israel on campus.

Rachel Kaye

Rachel Kaye has been a Campaign Executive for We Believe in Israel since September 2014.

Her work career before We Believe in Israel included being Youth Director at Norrice Lea Synagogue for two years, organising events and educational programmes for youth aged between seven and eighteen.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys blogging and reading.

Rachel graduated with a BSc in International Politics from City University.