At Education Development Trust, we are proud to employ a rich mix of educationalists and other professionals round the world all of whom embody our values of excellence, integrity, accountability and collaboration. As well as our teachers and school leaders, all of our people are passionate about education – from accountants to researchers and from analysts to project managers. Meet some of them below...
Patrick became Chief Executive in August 2017 having been Director of Education Services. Having spent his career to date delivering life-changing education programmes around the world, Patrick's vision is for Education Development Trust to continue to deliver on its mission and transform even more lives around the world by improving education. He is rigorous in ensuring that our work meets our exacting values of excellence, integrity, collaboration and accountability – and that we work hand in hand with our clients to ensure the impact of our work is long term and sustainable.
Tony McAleavy is Education Development Trust’s Research Director with corporate oversight of the educational impact of all Education Development Trust’s activities and our public domain research programme. Tony has worked extensively on school reform in many countries, particularly in the Middle East. He has an MA in Modern History from St John’s College, University of Oxford.
With an impressive history of living and working around the world seeing first-hand how quality education transforms lives, Anna continues to push forward positive change by overseeing our visionary education programmes. Whether through delivering exceptional ELT or addressing marginalisation, through realising ambitious education policy or enforcing accountability, Anna uses her expertise and deep understanding of what works in different contexts to ensure that our work gives children access to education that improves their life chances.
A chartered accountant (as well as a qualified teacher and with an MA in languages from Cambridge University...), Bob worked in the professional services, corporate commercial and charity sectors both in the UK and internationally, before joining Education Development Trust in 2014. Bob heads up our finance and corporate services teams and, in doing so, ensures that our reputation for integrity and accountability can be evidenced in all that we do and that the organisation can call on the professional services and infrastructure required to support delivery of excellent charitable impact.
Cheryl is passionate about creating change at scale, enabling people to make the most of their lives. At Education Development Trust, she is instrumental in telling our unique and inspirational story to audiences around the world ensuring we can continue to transform lives through education. Prior to joining Education Development Trust, Cheryl led the public engagement function at the Fairtrade Foundation.
Formerly Chair of the Board of Trustees at Unicef UK, former Chief Executive at Freeview and lead of the BBC's public education programme about digital technology, Ilse passionately believes in the power of education to transform lives and in 2017 she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to teach, leading A-level World Development at Godalming Sixth Form College.
In her executive career, Ilse was Managing Director of Freeview Play at Digital UK. Prior to this she was Managing Director of Freeview, the UK's leading digital TV provider, following roles at the BBC where she led the corporation’s digital marketing.
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.
Tarek oversees our Middle East, North Africa and India operations. Dynamic and experienced, he uses his exceptional expertise to work closely with governments and partners to realise ambitious and far-reaching reform in both public and private education systems. With extensive knowledge of system reform, inspection and school management, he develops solutions that improve learning outcomes for children and empower teachers and principals. Educated in the UK and Australia, Tarek is a fluent Arabic speaker and has lived in the Middle East for 12 years.
With more than 20 years' experience in programme management in both the UK and overseas, Tim heads up our operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Working with visionary governments, he oversees the delivery of programmes that strive for education for all – whether that is through establishing gender parity, rebuilding education systems following conflict or reaching the hard to reach. He ensures that our work empowers and enables local leaders and practitioners so that we leave a lasting, sustainable legacy
Dominic heads up our exceptional work in Brunei – our English language teaching initiative as well as our literacy and numeracy programme. He works closely with the Bruneian ministry of education and is particularly proud of the legacy of our work in Brunei: we have been working in country since 1984.
Susy is responsible for Education Development Trust’s global work supporting education system reform. With 20 years’ experience of working collaboratively with low- and middle-income governments, multilateral and bilateral donors, and NGOs on policy, strategy, finance and capacity development initiatives, she uses her expertise to oversee the quality of our work. She is a strong believer in drawing from the best available global evidence on what works, but taking into account the local political, economic and social context to ensure that all the work we do is responsive to local needs and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations of young people.
Laura oversees our careers portfolio in the UK and supports regional directors with opportunities within the careers/employability sectors across our global operation. Self-motivated and enthusiastic about our work in the careers field, she inputs to government policy and translates that policy to our operational contracts, providing innovative solutions to our clients issues while not losing sight of the customer experience. Laura is also the President of the Careers Development Institute, the membership organisation for career professionals in the UK and a board member for Careers England, the trade association for career employers.
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.
Dr Anna Riggall leads Education Development Trust's global programme of academic educational research and promotes evidence engagement across the organisation. She has over 20 years’ experience leading international educational research and holds an MA in Education & Development Studies and PhD in Education. She specialises in the areas of education system reform, education for marginalised groups including children with disabilities, girls and refugees, teacher development, leadership, accountability and education in emergencies.
Heading up Education Development Trust's HR division, Hilary works to recruit and develop exceptional staff. Hilary helps to ensure that Education Development Trust attracts talent that not only delivers excellence but also upholds our other values of integrity, accountability and collaboration. With experience in strategy development and operational delivery in both the not-for-profit and private sectors, Hilary puts our people at the heart of everything that we do.
Mark leads the team that delivers the transformational Girls Education Challenge programme in Kenya. Striving to address gender parity, Mark and his team are working with schools and communities in marginalised areas to increase access for girls, ensure their retention and improve their learning outcomes. Mark is key to the successful collaboration between the programme partners and stakeholders and continues to be driven by the real results he sees on the ground. Through his work, he is changing the lives of thousands of girls in Kenya.
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.
Lina oversees much of our English language and teacher development work in the Middle East – notably in Lebanon and Jordan. An experienced and exemplary programme manager and also an English language teacher, she is currently heading up much-needed work to develop the English language and teaching skills of teachers of refugees. Lina is responsible for our portfolio of projects funded by the Alexandria Schools Trust, which aims to promote and improve the learning of English language in the Middle East.
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 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.
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.
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