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At Education Development Trust, our consultants bring with them their areas of specialist expertise as well as their belief in the transformative power of education. Meet some of our people that make positive change happen around the world.

    

Tony McAleavy

Research and Consultancy Director

A member of Education Development Trust's leadership team, Tony is passionate about evidence-informed education and has worked extensively on school reform in many countries – particularly in the Middle East. He plays an instrumental role in developing Education Development Trust's portfolio of work in the UK and worldwide and ensures that Education Development Trust's body of research is relevant and insightful. Tony's road to Education Development Trust took him via an MA in modern history at the University of Oxford and senior school and local authority posts in England.

Charlotte Jones

Head of Services Development (Consultancy)

Charlotte has 15 years' experience as a change management and organisation design professional, working as a teacher, management consultant, researcher, and architect of a ground-breaking music education programme in the UK. At Education Development Trust Charlotte uses her expertise to advise on education system change and the design of high impact education reform programmes for donors, charities and ministries of education globally. Along with her team, she provides advice on teacher workforce development, inspections and accountability, and school collaboration, and works closely with clients to transfer knowledge and build long-term reform capacity.

Susy Ndaruhutse

Head of international development and education

Susy's first 'proper job' involved her being sent to work in Rwanda's Ministry of Education for four years on behalf of Education Development Trust; unsurprisingly, today, she is Education Development Trust's authority on providing technical assistance to low- and middle-income countries and has particular expertise in fragile and conflict-affected states. Along with her team and associate consultants, she provides strategic policy, advisory and capacity building services and works with donors, developing-country governments and non-governmental organisations in the education sector. 

Lucy Crehan

International education consultant

Lucy is an education explorer and international education consultant. She taught science and psychology at a secondary school in London before completing a masters in education at Cambridge. She then spent time working in schools and living with teachers in six 'top-performing' education systems: the basis for her book, Cleverlands: the secrets behind the success of the world's education superpowers, one of The Economist's books of the year 2016. On her return, Lucy wrote a book on teacher career structures for IIEP UNESCO, and spent a year as part of a team advising foreign governments on education reform at Education Development Trust. She is now conducting research for another book, and still works closely with Education Development Trust as an associate.

Richard Churches

Principal Adviser - Research and Evidence Based Practice, UK

A keen proponent of research in education, Richard was a natural choice to lead the National College's Closing the Gap: Test and Learn programme that Education Development Trust delivers. Richard has been lead national consultant on many UK government programmes including for the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Leadership and he has also worked with international ministries of education, working in a wide range of countries as a teacher, trainer and consultant. He is currently Programme Director for the Future Teaching Scholars programme.

Michael Latham

Principal international adviser, Asia

Michael has been working in the field of education development for more than 30 years in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America. His special area of focus is in education policy and practice particularly around issues pertaining to public-private partnerships in the delivery of education services in low- and middle-income country environments. As s senior member of the Education Development Trust's international consultancy unit, he works for multilateral and bilateral agencies in providing technical assistance on all aspects of PPP programmes ranging from regulatory frameworks and school assessments to the role of low-cost private providers and the use of school vouchers.

Lina Aghajanian

Project manager

Lina's expertise in managing educational projects and product development, as well as her experience in the Middle East, make her well suited to oversee and support Education Development Trust's activities in Egypt. Most recently, Lina has been project managing the development of a series of professional development videos that demonstrate best practice in the English classroom.

Matt Davis

Regional Director, UK

In over a decade as a teacher, manager, researcher and trainer, Matt worked in primary and secondary schools, Further and Higher Education, a Special School and Pupil Referral Units. Since joining Education Development Trust, Matt has put this experience to use designing complex national programmes for governments around the world, helping them to turn their policies into reality. Working with experts from across Education Development Trust, Matt helps our clients to create the systems and structures which empower brilliant teachers and leaders to change lives.

Kieran Cooke

Consultancy programme manager

Based on his previous experience both as a teacher and in advising on and managing education programmes in the UK, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, Kieran is driven by enabling the improvement of educational outcomes through building the capacity at all levels of education systems. Applying his expertise in programme management, education strategic planning and system leadership, Kieran is currently working with governments and other key stakeholders to support Education Development Trust's work in education reform both in the UK and internationally.

Andrew Rixon

Senior consultant

Andrew oversees our self-improving school system proposition and leads Education Development Trust's consultancy work in the UK. A qualified teacher, Andrew has worked in schools in east London and then became a management consultant, serving a range of public and private sector clients before joining Education Development Trust. Andrew is passionate about system reform, school improvement and school-to-school collaboration, he supports a range of clients in the UK and internationally to establish highly effective and outcomes-focussed education systems.

 

Jacqui Mattingly

Principal Advisor

Jacqui has extensive experience working in developing countries on both long- and short-term consultancy assignments across Asia and the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. As an inclusive specialist, her focus is on identifying and removing the barriers faced by the most marginalised groups not only in terms of their access, but their participation and achievement in education. Jacqui's experience extends across all levels of the system from policy development, through curriculum development to service delivery.

Colin Penfold

Principal education consultant

Colin has more than 30 years education experience, as a teacher, school leader and adviser. Prior to joining Education Development Trust, he advised on and led education reform programmes in the UK and the Middle East and he has significant experience in teacher professional development with an MSc in teacher education from the University of Oxford. His other areas of expertise include mathematics, curriculum development, assessment and school improvement. He provides strategic and technical advice on education reform programmes and supports their implementation.

 

Astrid Korin

Senior education consultant

Astrid has 13 years' experience in policy formulation and multi-sector strategic planning across health, education and social development. She uses her blended background in consultancy, solution design and capacity building for public, private and not-for-profit organisations to lead on business development for the research and consultancy team. She also carries out short-term technical assignments in the UK and overseas. She is focussing on harnessing and building expertise in teacher-led randomised controlled trials (RCTs) as a way of increasing the evidence-base on what works and as a powerful tool to unleash voice and agency for teachers.

Astrid Fieldsend

Development analyst

Astrid is an experienced former teacher and senior leader with a strong track record of school improvement and teacher professional development. Astrid combines business development and project management within the research and consultancy team and carries out short-term technical assignments in the UK and overseas. Having worked in a variety of challenging schools during her teaching career, Astrid is committed to the transformative power of education and has been invited to offer her education expertise to a variety of organisations such as Google and the Varkey Foundation; she holds a master’s degree in education leadership from the UCL Institute of Education.

Lesley Traves

Associate

With more than 30 years of working in education under her belt, Lesley is passionate about improving schools and, in particular, their leadership. Lesley has served as deputy headteacher and headteacher in primary schools and she is also expert in inspections having headed up our inspections work in the UK on behalf of Ofsted. As one of our associates, today, Lesley carries out training and support for our Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) and provides consultancy support to our international inspections work with the International School Quality Mark (ISQM) programme and our remit to inspect British schools overseas on behalf of the Department for Education.

Digby Swift

Associate

As an independent consultant, Digby provides strategic support to national education sector policy and planning as well as to programme design, development, management and evaluation. Working with major donors in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, he is a valued associate. With 40 years' experience of education in a development context, his previous roles include a 20-year stint as education adviser for Africa and the Middle East for the UK government. Committed to raising standards of education around the world, Digby has also dedicated his time to educational research including a role as Visiting Professor in Japan researching education and population growth.

John Rutayisire

Dr John Rutayisire was the first Director General of Rwanda Education Board (2011-2015). John was also the Executive Secretary of Rwanda National Examinations Council (2005-2011); Director of the National Curriculum Development Centre (2001-2005); and the Director of Higher Education (2000-2001). Prior to that, John was Senior lecturer in Education at Tonota College of Education in Botswana and had taught in secondary schools in Lesotho and Uganda. From 2001-2015, John led teams of education reform initiatives in curriculum, assessment, teacher training and school leadership. This process culminated into the curriculum and assessment policy, the text book policy, teacher development and management policy, and language of education policy, resulting into the competence-based curriculum, innovations in the National Assessment System, introduction of school-based teacher professional development, and capacity development for school leaders. John also planned and coordinated various literacy and numeracy studies, and is an author of journal articles and book chapters in international publications. John’s research interests are in curriculum and assessment, school-based teacher professional development and school leadership for learning.

Emma Gallagher

International education consultant

Emma's background is in research and, as a result, she is committed to using data and evidence to inform the design, implementation, and continual improvement of impactful education solutions. She has expertise in evaluation and evidence synthesis methodologies and has recently co-authored a 3ie systematic review on the effectiveness of education interventions for improving participation and learning outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. As a consultant at Education Development Trust, Emma contributes to the design and development of school improvement and education system reform programmes globally.