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 Brazier

Chief executive

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.

Anna Searle

Education Services Director

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.

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.

Laura Bell

Director, Careers

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.

Andy Yarrow

Chief Executive, CfBT Schools Trust

Andy Yarrow is committed to ensuring that schools deliver a quality education to all students and, as Chief Executive of CfBT Schools Trust, he is driving forward the multi-academy trust as a collaborative and mutually supportive family of schools. Having commenced his career in education as a geography teacher, he went on to be headteacher at Hornsey School for Girls in Haringey and then founding principal of Chelsea Academy – both Ofsted 'outstanding' schools during his tenure.

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.

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.

Dominic Morley

Country manager, Brunei

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.

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.

Kathryn Cheary

Global Resourcing 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Marian Gould

Programme Manager

Marian plays a key role in ensuring the smooth running of our transformative education programmes in the UK. Over more than 20 years, she has overseen the implementation of national initiatives in literacy and numeracy as well as the introduction of brand new qualifications and pioneering alternative routes into teaching. Marian has a unique insight into the education landscape in the UK and uses this knowledge to inform and shape the management of our programmes.