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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 who make positive change happen around the world below.

We are also able to work with a loyal network of associates – a talented team of experts in the field who are aligned with our mission and our values. Meet our associates.


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

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. 

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.

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.

Jacqui Mattingly

Principal Adviser

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

Principal 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

Education consultant

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.

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.

Hassan Ahmed

Senior International Adviser

Hassan has balanced experience of supporting education, training and project management in fragile, low income and developed contexts. He has previously provided technical support to education reconstruction in Somaliland and South Sudan. His secondary school teaching in Kenya, strategic planning and capacity building support to Rwanda, Ethiopia and now Syria have all contributed to system improvement and transformation of young lives.

Lorna Power

Senior International Adviser

Lorna has more than 20 years’ experience working on both long- and short-term assignments in a variety of country contexts in South-East Asia and Africa. Her main areas of expertise are teacher education and professional development (including teacher quality and effectiveness), improving student learning, student assessment; monitoring, evaluation, research and learning; capacity and institutional development and education programme design and management.  Lorna is a qualified teacher with experience teaching in both primary and secondary education in the UK and she holds a Master of Education in Education and Development and a Master of Science in Educational Research.

Pearl Boateng

International Researcher and Adviser

Pearl has a variety of experience in education both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa in teaching, teacher training and professional development, research, community engagement, project management for donor projects. Applying her knowledge in these areas, Pearl provides technical learning reviews of education projects, research and knowledge services, short-term technical assignments overseas and implementation support for larger projects. As well as postgraduate qualifications in mathematics education from UCL IOE, Pearl holds an MA in international education and development from the University of Sussex.

Ruth Naylor

Senior international consultant

From observing open air lessons in South Sudan to crunching education data in spreadsheets, understanding how to help marginalised children learn, especially girls and children affected by conflict, has been the driving motivation behind Ruth’s career. Moving from teacher, to trainer, to researcher and adviser, Ruth is now Education Development Trust's expert on girls' education, education in conflict affected countries, and monitoring and evaluation in education development.

Chris Joynes

Senior International Adviser

Chris has more than 20 years’ experience in education in a development context. During his master’s degree, he joined a class on open and distance learning and quickly found a passion for its educational potential in low-resource settings. Until recently, the bulk of his time has been spent on distance-learning projects in Africa: The Gambia, Kenya, Uganda and particularly Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea. His recent activity has been in Mongolia and Papua New Guinea with a return to South Asia while supporting DFID’s English in Action programme in Bangladesh.

Róisín Plunkett

International Researcher and Adviser

Róisín's key areas of expertise and interest include education policy, ICT and gender, the role of private and public sectors in provision in low-income countries, social entrepreneurship and the role of technology in facilitating teaching and learning experiences. Róisín has an MA in international education and development from Newcastle University, having undertaken empirical research in sub-Saharan Africa surrounding the principles for digital development and their role in promoting successful ICT programmes.

Helen West

International Development Adviser and Researcher

Helen has more than 10 years' experience in school middle management, teacher development, curriculum design, student assessment and education consultancy. Helen uses her expertise to carry out assignments on areas including school inspection and improvement, provide technical support to NGOs and to undertake research funded by international clients and donors. Helen is passionate about mother tongue-based and bilingual education, reflected in the focus of her Masters in education planning, economics and international development at UCL IOE and in her role in developing the staff and curriculum at CfBT School Trust’s German-English bilingual free school.