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Our consultants

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.