Education Endowment Foundation:Our people

Our people

Meet our in-house team.

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Professor Becky Francis

Chief Executive

Professor Becky Francis

Professor Becky Francis (FBA, FAcSS, PhD) is Chief Executive Officer of the Education Endowment Foundation.

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Anne-Laure Bedouet

Director of Finance and Operations

Anne-Laure Bedouet

Anne-Laure is the Director of Finance and Operations. She joined the EEF in May 2013.

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Chris Paterson

Director of Impact

Chris Paterson

Chris is responsible for integrating and overseeing the EEF’s impact and mobilisation activities. 

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Emily Yeomans

Director of Research (currently on maternity leave)

Emily Yeomans

Emily is EEF’s Director of Research and has worked at the EEF in various roles for nine years. 

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Julie Nelson

Interim Director of Research

Julie Nelson

Julie is the EEF’s Interim Director of Research.

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Igraine Rhodes

Head of Programmes

Igraine Rhodes

Igraine leads the EEF’s Programmes team. 

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Kathryn Davies

Senior Programme Manager

Kathryn Davies

She/​Her

Kath is a Senior Programme Manager in the EEF’s Programmes team.

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Amy Clark

Senior Programme Manager

Amy Clark

Amy is a Senior Programme Manager on the EEF’s Programmes team.

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Sarah Tillotson

Senior Programme Manager

Sarah Tillotson

Sarah manages a range of grants and leads the EEF’s work on two themes: Early Years and Language and Literacy.

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Jamila Boughelaf

Programme Manager

Jamila Boughelaf

Jamila leads EEF’s programme work on two themes: Learning Behaviours and Implementation.

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Ben Simuyandi

Programme Manager

Ben Simuyandi

Ben joined the EEF in October 2020.

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Aoife Duff

Programme Manager

Aoife Duff

She/​Her

Aoife manages a range of programmes and leads the EEF’s programmes work on two themes: Literacy and Special Educational Needs.

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Katie Luxton

Programme Manager

Katie Luxton

Katie manages a range of programmes and leads the EEF’s programmes work in Science.

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Amy Ellis-Thompson

Programme Manager

Amy Ellis-Thompson

She/​Her

Amy manages a range of grants and leads the EEF’s work on assessment and feedback.

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Andrea Mills

Programme Manager – Early Years

Andrea Mills

Andrea supports a range of projects, including those linked to the DfE’s EYFS Stronger Practice Hubs.

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Emma Atherton-Evans

Data and Reporting Manager

Emma Atherton-Evans

Emma manages internal data related to EEF project, liaising between Programme Managers, members of the Dissemination and Impact team and Evaluation Managers.

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Daniella Duncalf

Programme Support Officer

Daniella Duncalf

She/​Her

Daniella is responsible for coordinating work internally and externally on over 70 live projects, supporting from pre-application through to reporting.

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Nikhil McGeoch

Administrative Assistant

Nikhil McGeoch

Nikhil provides administrative support across the EEF’s projects.

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Kim Bohling

Head of Evaluation

Kim Bohling

Kim leads the EEF evaluation team, responsible for commissioning high-quality, cost-effective evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting the grant-funded research groups.

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Celeste Cheung

Senior Evaluation Manager

Celeste Cheung

Celeste is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Christine Kelly

Senior Evaluation Manager – International

Christine Kelly

Christine is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Katharina Keck

Senior Evaluation Manager

Katharina Keck

Katharina is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Maria Pomoni

Evaluation Manager

Maria Pomoni

Maria is responsible for commissioning robust evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting contracted research groups.

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Faizaan Sami

Evaluation Manager

Faizaan Sami

Faizaan is responsible for commissioning robust evaluations of EEF-funded projects, and for monitoring and supporting contracted research groups.

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Rachael Morris

Evaluation Manager

Rachael Morris

Rachael is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Guillermo Romero

Evaluation Manager

Guillermo Romero

Guillermo is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Karishma Gohil

Evaluation Support Officer

Karishma Gohil

Karishma provides support to the Evaluation team.

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Stuart Mathers

Head of Dissemination and Impact

Stuart Mathers

Stu leads the EEF’s Dissemination and Impact team.

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Professor Jonathan Sharples

Professorial Research Fellow

Professor Jonathan Sharples

Jonathan is seconded from University College London’s Institute of Education on a research placement co-funded by the ESRC.

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Alex Quigley

National Content and Engagement Manager

Alex Quigley

Alex leads the development and quality assurance of EEF tools, resources and training.

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Lizzie Swaffield

National Delivery Manager

Lizzie Swaffield

Lizzie leads the regional team and regional working, including the Research Schools Network at the EEF.

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Mia Travers-Hayward

Early Pipeline Development Lead

Mia Travers-Hayward

Mia leads on the delivery of the early pipeline development project activity.

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Sarah Dobie

Early Pipeline Development Lead

Sarah Dobie

Sarah leads on the day to day work to deliver the early pipeline development project activity.

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Phoebe Fisher

Regional Project Manager

Phoebe Fisher

Phoebe provides project management support for the EEF’s regional work.

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Lorwyn Randall

Regional Delivery Lead – South West and South Coast

Lorwyn Randall

Lorwyn is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for the South West and South Coast.

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Jo Goodman

Regional Delivery Lead – West Midlands and Central

Jo Goodman

Jo is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for the West Midlands and Central region.

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Caitlin Mackinder

Regional Delivery Lead – Yorkshire and the North East of England

Caitlin Mackinder

Caitlin is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for Yorkshire and the North East of England.

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Siobhan Keddie

Regional Delivery Lead – East Midlands and the East of England

Siobhan Keddie

Siobhan is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for the East Midlands and East of England.

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Maria Cunningham

Regional Delivery Lead – London and the South East

Maria Cunningham

Maria is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for London & South-East.

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Richard Brink

Data and Engagement Manager

Richard Brink

Richard manages data and engagement for the EEF.

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Emma Price

Regional Programme Manager

Emma Price

Emma supports the delivery of the EEF’s work to support schools to use evidence in their decision making. 

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Fliss James

Content Specialist for Early Years

Fliss James

Fliss is the EEF’s Content Specialist for the Early Years.

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Bob Pritchard

Content Specialist for Science

Bob Pritchard

Bob is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Science.

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Gary Aubin

Content Specialist for SEND

Gary Aubin

Gary is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

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Julie Kettlewell

Content Specialist for Learning Behaviours

Julie Kettlewell

Julie is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Learning Behaviours.

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Kirstin Mullholland

Content Specialist for Mathematics

Kirstin Mullholland

Kirstin is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Mathematics.

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Sarah Green

Content Specialist for Literacy

Sarah Green

Sarah is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Literacy.

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Kara Taylor

Regional Delivery Officer

Kara Taylor

Kara provides logistical support for the EEF’s regional work and the Research Schools Network.

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Matt George

Regional Delivery Officer

Matt George

He/​Him

Matt provides logistical support for the EEF’s regional work and the Research Schools Network.

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Vanessa Nakitende

Regional Delivery Administrator

Vanessa Nakitende

Vanessa provides administrative support to the Dissemination and Impact team.

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Jonathan Kay

Head of Evidence Synthesis

Jonathan Kay

Jonathan is our Head of Evidence Synthesis.

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Mohammad Zaman

Project Manager

Mohammad Zaman

Mohammad manages the EEF’s work on the Education Database project.

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Amy Faux

International Project Manager

Amy Faux

Amy manages EEF’s international partnerships, supporting the use of more and better evidence in education systems across the globe.

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Hannah Shackleton

Research Officer

Hannah Shackleton

Hannah supports the work of the EEF’s evidence synthesis team.

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Kat Pearce

Research Manager

Kat Pearce

Kat undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Isabel Kempner

Research Officer

Isabel Kempner

Isabel supports the work of the EEF’s evidence synthesis team.

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Nick Worsley

Head of Policy

Nick Worsley

Nick leads on the EEF’s policy development and liaison work. 

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Harry Madgwick

Research and Policy Manager

Harry Madgwick

He/​Him

Harry supports the EEF’s work on promoting evidence-informed policy.

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Rupal Patel

Research and Policy Manager (currently on maternity leave)

Rupal Patel

Rupal is responsible for supporting the EEF’s work on promoting evidence-informed policy.

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Laurence Vincent

Policy Manager

Laurence Vincent

Laurence is a Policy Manager, with a particular focus on the Accelerator Fund.

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Kate Burls

Policy Manager

Kate Burls

Kate supports the EEF’s work on promoting evidence-informed policy.

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Nancy Shaw

Policy Officer

Nancy Shaw

Nancy supports the EEF policy team’s public affairs and external engagement strategy.

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Professor Rob Coe

Senior Associate

Professor Rob Coe

Rob supports the development of new approaches to running evaluations of teacher practices, as well as providing technical expertise.

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Hilary Cornwell

Head of Communications

Hilary Cornwell

Hilary is responsible communicating the EEF’s work to external audiences.

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Adil Morrison

Digital Manager

Adil Morrison

Adil leads on the planning and marketing of the EEF’s digital products.

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Charlotte Bedford

Communications and Media Manager

Charlotte Bedford

Charlotte works closely with content specialists to disseminate new guidance and raise the EEF’s profile.

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Heather Burgess

Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

Heather Burgess

She/​Her

Heather leads on the EEF’s fundraising activities.

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Marianne Barlow

Human Resources Manager

Marianne Barlow

Marianne is responsible for executing the EEF’s people initiatives, providing internal customer support and driving HR functional excellence.

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Wura Dawodu

Senior Finance Officer

Wura Dawodu

Wura is the EEF’s Senior Finance Officer.

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Iain Nartey

Office Manager

Iain Nartey

Iain supports the EEF’s administrative activities, organising people, information and other resources.

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Tanya Rajiah

Executive Assistant

Tanya Rajiah

Tanya is responsible for providing administrative support to the EEF’s chief executive.

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Sana Batul

Team Administrator

Sana Batul

Sana supports the EEF’s administrative activities, organising people, information and other resources.

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