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, and stood for Parliament in 2001 in Aldershot and 2005 in Castle Point. He topped the poll in the 2020 election to the Labour Party National Executive Committee, having also previously served on it from 2010-2012.

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

Rachel Blain

Rachel has been at We Believe in Israel since September 2014, joining as Campaign Executive and now working as Campaign Manager.

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 book club and scrapbooking.

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

Rachel has two daughters.