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Our trustees

Education Development Trust's board of trustees bring to bear their unique insight and experience to ensure that Education Development Trust delivers on its promises and to the best of its ability. Meet them here:


Philip Graf

Chair of trustees

Philip joined Education Development Trust as Chairman of Trustees in November 2011 and brings considerable corporate and not-for-profit experience to the role. He was formerly Chair of the Gambling Commission and Deputy Chair of Ofcom and Chair of the Content Board; he is currently a trustee of the Transformation Trust and a director of the Copyright Licensing Agency. Philip has also been an independent reviewer of BBC Online Services on behalf of the government, and Chairman of the Broadband Stakeholders Group.

Until 2003 Philip was Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror PLC, the largest UK newspaper company and FTSE250 business, where he moved from Chief Executive of Trinity PLC when it merged with the Mirror Group in 1999. During this time, he was a Director of the Press Association.

Christine Gilbert


Christine has spent most of her career in education. She was Her Majesty's Chief Inspector at Ofsted where she brought together three different inspectorates to create a new organisation. She has also been a teacher, a secondary headteacher, a director of education – first in Harrow and then Tower Hamlets – and a local authority chief executive in two London boroughs. A visiting professor at UCL institute of Education, Christine is involved in a range of education projects. She is the independent Chair of Camden Learning and chair too of Knowsley Education Commission and the charity Future First. Christine received CBE in 2006 for services to education and local government.

Julia Grant


Julia is Chief Executive of Pro Bono Economics and was previously Chief Executive of Impetus, the private equity foundation leading social investment strategy including setting up the Education Endowment Foundation – a £135m fund to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged children. She also holds a portfolio of non-executive roles including ministerial appointments as Forestry Commissioner and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a £100m body funding arts research in higher education. Julia studied PPE at Oxford and has an MBA from London Business School.

David Hawker


David worked as a modern languages teacher before moving into management roles at local and national level. He was Head of Curriculum and Assessment for the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority until 1999, when he was appointed director of education for Brighton and Hove City Council, later becoming its first director of children’s services. He was Director General for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills in the Welsh Government from 2008 and retired in 2011 to set up his own international education consultancy. He is a former professor of the College of Teachers and has held visiting professorships at Durham University and the UCL Institute of Education, London.  He is also a trustee of CfBT Schools Trust and Educators International.

Bob Humphreys


Bob is a chartered accountant who was head of finance at Oxfam GB having been partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Bob is chair of the Audit Committee at Oxfam International, and treasurer of Prostate Cancer UK. He is a member of the Charity Finance Group Large Charities Group Committee, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Corporate Governance Committee. He has previously served as a member of the FRC's CAPE Committee for Accounting by Public Entities, and has been deeply involved in current discussions over the future of accounting by charities. He speaks frequently on issues related to charity finance and accounting, as well as accountability and risk.

Alison Macleod


Alison is an HR professional and spent much of her career with British Airways. In recent years she has worked at HR Director level in the professional services sector. Currently, she is part of the HR leadership team at City & Guilds and she is a governor at St Paul's Schools in Barnes, London, where she is Chair of the Safeguarding and Nomination Committees. Alison was previously Chair of the Advice and Guidance Board and is Chair of the Education Development Trust Executive Remuneration Committee; she retains oversight of our careers work.

Angela McFarlane


A qualified secondary school science teacher, Angela went on to join and then lead a curriculum development and research unit within the Faculty of Education at Cambridge before joining the government agency for technology and education as Director responsible for evaluation and research.
She has held professorial title in four leading universities; Bristol, Bath, King’s College London and Oslo. Throughout her research career she has worked with teachers and learners in a range of schools and is an experienced designer and deliverer of CPD for teachers. Most recently, as CEO, she has led the transformation of the College of Teachers into the Chartered College of Teaching.

Peter Rawlinson


With a degree in electronic and electrical engineering and a PhD in business management, Peter's main career was in international business in computing, electronics and telecoms where he had more than 30 years at board and senior executive level covering profit and loss management, marketing mergers and acquisitions, strategy formulation and execution and in organisation and culture change.
Since 2007, Peter has held a wide portfolio of non-executive director and trustee roles, having been Chair of the Stroke Association, Non-Executive Director of three NHS Trusts, Independent Board Member at Bournemouth University and Academies Development Director for Woodard Schools. Peter is also a former Chair of CfBT Schools Trust.