At Education Development Trust, we are proud to employ a rich mix of educationalists and other professionals round the world. 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...

Steve Munby


A renowned and respected educationalist, Steve was appointed CEO at Education Development Trust in November 2012. Awarded Commander of the British Empire for services to leadership in schools and children's services, Steve is passionate about unleashing the greatness of school leaders and strongly believes in sector-led reform. With on-the-ground experience in teaching as well as in working at local and national government level, Steve is ensuring that Education Development Trust leads the way in providing national and international solutions for school improvement.
Under Steve's leadership, Education Development Trust's strong moral purpose and organisational values of excellence, integrity, accountability and collaboration are reinforced across the business and underpin the decision-making process.

Philip Graf

Chairman of the board of trustees

Philip Graf CBE is chairman of the board for Education Development Trust. As a UK-registered charity, we are governed by a board of trustees who direct our work. Our trustees oversee the leadership team who in turn, manage our staff across the globe. Our board of trustees is made up of a dynamic mix of committed and passionate professionals with experience in both the public and private sectors in roles ranging from HR experts, diplomats and accountants.

Patrick Brazier

Education Services Director

Patrick is a member of our leadership team and an expert in programme leadership. He oversees the delivery of our life-changing programmes around the world ensuring that we design and implement long-term, sustainable solutions that meet our exacting values of excellence, integrity, collaboration and accountability. He uses his international expertise to manage our multiple large-scale projects around the world covering all aspects from strategic planning to financial management and monitoring and evaluation.

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.

Bob Miles

Finance and corporate services director

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.

Darren Coxon

Independent Schools Director

Darren has taught and led in the independent schools' sector both in the UK and internationally. He is passionate about maximising the potential of our family of private schools, ensuring that they support and challenge every pupil to be the best they can be.

Sheila McKenzie

Finance director, CfBT Schools Trust, UK

Sheila McKenzie has been working for CfBT Schools Trust (CST) since February 2014. She is a qualified accountant with 17 years' experience of working at director level in the charity sector. Her previous roles have been within social care and the NHS with her first introduction into education being when she joined CST. She also holds two unpaid trustee roles with other charities, SOS Sahel UK, an international development charity working in Sahel region of Africa, and the National Deaf Children's Society who work with deaf children and young people and their families.

Lucy Crehan

International education consultant

Lucy Crehan, education explorer, qualified teacher, author – and one of our team of international education consultants. Three years in teaching followed by a masters in politics, development and democratic education from the University of Cambridge was the springboard for her recently published book, Cleverlands. The book, a behind-the-scenes look at high performing education systems around the world, has been applauded across the education spectrum and beyond and she uses her unique insight to advise governments on education reform for Education Development Trust.

Hilary Isham

Head of global HR

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.

Tarek Alami

Regional director , Middle East, North Africa and India

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.

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.

Tim Bainbridge

Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

Greg Keaney

Head of english language teaching

Greg began his career as a 'travelling teacher' in Indonesia before working in senior international education management positions in Japan, Malaysia and Australia. With a PhD in International Education Management and a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics combined with over 30 years' experience he is Education Development Trust's authority on English language improvement.

Anna Riggall

Head of Research

As head of research, Anna's role is pivotal at Education Development Trust. We are an evidence-informed organisation and Anna ensures that our research leads and informs the international debate on education – and that it underpins our operations around the world. She ensures that our research contributes to raising standards and improving outcomes for all – evaluating international best practice, reviewing innovation and applying rational and objective analysis of current practice. Anna is passionate about driving forward our organisation's research agenda, maximising our surplus to fund much-needed research that is all publicly available right here on our website.

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.

Dwithiya Raghavan

Chief operating officer, India

Dwithiya's hands-on approach means she gets to know exactly how powerful and transformative our work in India is. Whether our programmes are about upskilling teachers, improving accountability or delivering an English language teaching framework, Dwithiya makes connections to ensure that Education Development Trust is able to help to transform lives in India.

Kathryn Cheary

Resourcing and talent manager

Together with her team, Kathryn recruits and builds relationships with our network of expert consultants who deliver projects around the world. Working closely with colleagues on bids and contracts, Kathryn ensures we resource and deploy expert consultants – specialists in their field – so that we can make a real difference to the lives of learners. Kathryn is also responsible for our global professional development programme.

Michael Latham

Principal international adviser, Asia

Michael's expertise is in international development and education and he has held senior positions with Education Development Trust in Brunei, Malaysia, the USA and India. He has conducted many assignments on behalf of the World Bank, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and the Asian Development Bank in Africa and Asia. His chief interest presently is in the role that the non-state sector can play working in partnership with the state sector to provide equitable access to a quality education for disadvantaged learners.

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.

John Cronin

Project Manager, Schools Partnership Project, England

John brings his previous experience – working as a teacher as well as in other roles in the education sector and local authorities in England – to his management of the Schools Partnership Programme (SPP). John is passionate about the role SPP can play in school improvement. Working directly with schools to empower teachers and heads to generate a self-improving system with systematic peer review and inter-school collaboration, the programme contributes to improving learning outcomes in schools around the country.

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.

Mark Rotich

Project Director, Kenya

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; he is changing the lives of thousands of girls in Kenya.

Lawrence Beech

Global IT Services Manager

Lawrence joined Education Development Trust in 2012 and heads up our IT services. Prior to joining us he worked for a large international organisation providing IT service and support for multiple locations throughout Eastern and Western Europe. Lawrence is passionate about providing Education Development Trust with IT services that are rightsized, scalable and flexible in anticipation of our ever changing demands.

Charlotte Jones

Head of Services Development (Consultancy)

Charlotte is passionate about designing education reform for maximum impact on student outcomes. She works with Education Development Trust's clients and our international teams to develop methodologies for school reform, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and India. With expertise in change management and governance, Charlotte plays a key role in making sure these solutions are sustainable and have a major focus on building local capacity.

Jacqui Mattingly

Principal Advisor

Jacqui undertakes consultancy assignments in developing countries and has extensive experience on both long and short-term projects, across Asia and the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. As an inclusive specialist, her focus is addressing the needs of marginalised groups and ensuring not only access, but full participation and achievement in education. Jacqui's experience extends across all levels of the system from policy development, through curriculum development to service delivery.

Sarah Horrocks

Director, London Connected Learning Centre, London

Sarah is director of Education Development Trust's London Connected Learning Centre which supports schools and educators in all aspects of digital technology. As a former primary teacher and deputy headteacher, Sarah combines her teaching expertise with her natural curiosity for all things digital. She oversees London CLC's activities which include research, digital strategy, developing teachers' edtech practice, involving young people in creating with digital technologies, supporting families' digital skills and re-designing schools' IT networks… She leads a team of keen, tech-savvy experts – from computer science teachers to filmmakers and family learning tutors – to deliver engaging workshops that leave a lasting impression. Sarah has a particular interest in digital writing and learning portfolios and has published a fascinating study on the impact of blogging on children's writing.

Alfred Oduor

Communication development officer, Kenya

Alfred is passionate about the transformative power of education. He grew up in Langas slums in Eldoret, Kenya but beat the odds and went on to study at university. Now, as communication development officer for the UK-funded Wasichana Wote Wasome, he spreads the word about how our work is helping to get girls – and boys – into school and to ensure that they get a quality education once they are there. His commitment and professionalism as well as his compassion and understanding exemplify our dedicated people on the ground in Kenya.