Education Endowment Foundation:Our people

Our people

Meet our in-house team, led by Professor Becky Francis.

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Professor Becky Francis CBE

Chief Executive

Professor Becky Francis CBE

Professor Becky Francis CBE (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

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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Igraine Rhodes

Head of Programmes

Igraine Rhodes

She/​Her

Igraine (Iggy) leads the EEF’s Programmes team and is the EEF’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

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Amy Clark

Accelerator Fund Lead

Amy Clark

She/​Her

Amy leads the EEF’s delivery of the Accelerator Fund, a recovery initiative to increase school access to evidence-based programmes.

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Kathryn Davies

Post-16 Lead

Kathryn Davies

She/​Her

Kath is the Post-16 Lead in the EEF’s Programmes team.

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Aoife Duff

Senior Programme Manager

Aoife Duff

She/​Her

Aoife oversees programmes being evaluated through the Early Years Stronger Practice Hubs initiative, manages a range of programmes and leads the EEF’s programmes work on two themes: Literacy and Teacher Recruitment and Retention.

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Jamila Boughelaf

Senior Programme Manager

Jamila Boughelaf

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

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Katie Luxton

Senior Programme Manager

Katie Luxton

She/​Her

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

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Amy Ellis-Thompson

Senior Programme Manager

Amy Ellis-Thompson

They/​Them

Amy manages a range of grants and leads the EEF’s work on education technology (EdTech).

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Thomas Mackay

Programme Manager

Thomas Mackay

He/​Him

Thomas manages a range of grants and leads the EEF’s programmes work in Parental Engagement, Communication and Language, and Early Literacy.

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Toby Whittaker

Programme Manager

Toby Whittaker

He/​Him

Toby manages a range of programmes and grants and leads the EEF’s programmes work on SEND, Teaching Assistants, and Self Regulation and Executive Function in the early years.

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Daniella Duncalf

Programme Manager

Daniella Duncalf

She/​Her

Daniella manages a range of programmes and leads the EEF’s programmes work in writing.

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Vipin Yadav

Programme Manager

Vipin Yadav

He/​Him

Vipin manages a range of EEF-funded programmes.

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Eleanore Widger

Programme Manager

Eleanore Widger

She/​Her

Eleanore manages a range of EEF-funded programmes.

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Beverley Jennings

Programme Manager

Beverley Jennings

Beverley manages a range of EEF-funded programmes.

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Eloise Rahman

Senior Data and Reporting Manager

Eloise Rahman

She/​Her

Eloise oversees the Research Directorate’s data and reporting capabilities.

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Pam Shaw

Programmes Recruitment and Engagement Manager

Pam Shaw

She/​Her

Pam leads the development and implementation of the EEF’s strategy for supporting project school recruitment.

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Nikhil McGeoch

Data and Reporting Officer

Nikhil McGeoch

Nikhil provides support across the EEF’s data actitivities.

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Ellen Ritson

Programmes Recruitment and Engagement Officer

Ellen Ritson

Ellen supports the programmes team’s recruitment and engagement activities.

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Diana Morea-Ghergu

Programme Support Officer

Diana Morea-Ghergu

She/​Her

Diana is responsible for coordinating work internally and externally on the EEF’s live projects.

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Katharina Keck

Head of Evaluation

Katharina Keck

Katharina is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Celeste Cheung

Senior Evaluation Manager (on maternity leave)

Celeste Cheung

Celeste is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Rachael Morris

Senior Evaluation Manager

Rachael Morris

Rachael is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Guillermo Romero

Senior Evaluation Manager – International

Guillermo Romero

Guillermo is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Lauren Spinner

Senior Evaluation Manager

Lauren Spinner

Lauren 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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Rachael Emmett

Senior Evaluation and Monitoring Manager

Rachael Emmett

Rachael supports the design and management of qualitative research, commissioning external partners and high-quality approaches to evaluation and monitoring.

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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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Ignacia Valenzuela

Evaluation Manager – International

Ignacia Valenzuela

Ignacia is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Flavy Sharma

Evaluation Manager

Flavy Sharma

Flavy is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Marta Moratti

Evaluation Manager

Marta Moratti

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

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Maria Rodrigues

Evaluation Manager

Maria Rodrigues

Maria is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Lottie Norton

Evaluation Manager

Lottie Norton

Lottie is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Phoebe Fisher

Evaluation Manager

Phoebe Fisher

She/​Her

Phoebe is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations.

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Belén Parada Zuleta

Evaluation Manager – Data Archive

Belén Parada Zuleta

Belén is responsible for managing EEF-funded evaluations and the EEF data archive.

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Daniela Alvarado

Evaluation Manager

Daniela Alvarado

Daniela supports the commissioning of evaluations linked to the Accelerator Fund.

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Jack Mollart-Solity

Evaluation Manager

Jack Mollart-Solity

Jack 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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Isaac Thornton

3 month South Coast DTP Internship

Isaac Thornton

Isaac is a member of the EEF’s Evaluation Team on a 3 month South Coast DTP Internship.

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Stuart Mathers

Head of Evidence Mobilisation

Stuart Mathers

Stu leads the EEF’s Evidence Mobilisation 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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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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Lorwyn Randall

National Delivery Manager (System Support)

Lorwyn Randall

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

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Sarah Tillotson

Early Years and Stronger Practice Hub Lead (on maternity leave)

Sarah Tillotson

Sarah leads the EEF’s work on the Early Years and Stronger Practice Hubs.

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Sara Vanatta

Early Years Lead

Sara Vanatta

Sara leads the EEF’s work on the Early Years

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Sarah Dobie

Early-Stage Programme Development Lead

Sarah Dobie

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

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Becca Phillips

Early-Stage Programme Development Lead (on maternity leave)

Becca Phillips

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

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Brittany Drygas

Early-Stage Programme Development Lead

Brittany Drygas

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

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Hannah Breeze

Early Stage Programme Development Lead

Hannah Breeze

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

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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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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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Anna Kirk

Regional Delivery Lead – North West of England

Anna Kirk

Anna is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for the North West of England.

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Kate Horton

Regional Delivery Lead – North

Kate Horton

Kate is one of the EEF’s Regional Delivery Leads for the North of England.

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Sarah Mullins

Regional Delivery Lead – London and the South East

Sarah Mullins

Sarah supports the delivery of the EEF regional strategy and helps to build understanding and engagement around our partnership approach in London and the South East.

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Vanessa Hopkinson

Regional Delivery Lead – Yorkshire

Vanessa Hopkinson

Vanessa is one of the EEF’s Regional Delivery Leads for Yorkshire.

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Charlotte Orpin-Wright

Regional Delivery Lead – South West and South Coast

Charlotte Orpin-Wright

Charlotte is the EEF’s Regional Delivery Lead for the South West and South Coast of England.

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Matt George

Regional Delivery Project Manager

Matt George

He/​Him

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

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Sandra Creixell

Early Years and Stronger Practice Hubs Project Manager

Sandra Creixell

Sandra supports the EEF’s work in the Early Years and with Stronger Practice Hubs.

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Scout Barker

Regional Delivery Officer

Scout Barker

Scout supports the Regional Delivery and the Research School Network to coordinate the delivery of EEF’s regional strategy.

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Rida Zafar

Early-Stage Programme Development Officer

Rida Zafar

Rida provides administrative, project management, and logistical support to the Early-Stage Programme Development team.

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Zuleika Frost

Regional Delivery Administrator

Zuleika Frost

Zuleika provides administrative support to the Regional Delivery team and the Research Schools Network.

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Kate Burls

Senior Policy & System Support Manager

Kate Burls

Kate plays a significant part in driving forward EEF’s policy work in the early years space, alongside supporting organisations within the sector that promote effective evidence use.

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Alex Quigley

Head of Content and Engagement

Alex Quigley

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

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Kirsten Mould

Senior Content and Engagement Manager

Kirsten Mould

Kirsten leads the EEF’s team of content specialists.

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Rachael Emmett

Senior Evaluation and Monitoring Manager

Rachael Emmett

Rachael supports the design and management of qualitative research, commissioning external partners and high-quality approaches to evaluation and monitoring.

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Richard Brink

Data and Engagement Manager

Richard Brink

Richard manages data and engagement for the EEF.

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Grace Coker

Content Specialist for Maths

Grace Coker

Grace is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Maths

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Lauren Grocott

Content Specialist for the Early Years

Lauren Grocott

Lauren is an EEF Content Specialist for the Early Years

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Sinead McMahon

Content Specialist for the Early Years

Sinead McMahon

Sinead is an EEF Content Specialist for the Early Years

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Freya Morrissey

Content Specialist for Learning Behaviours

Freya Morrissey

Freya is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Learning Behaviours

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Chloe Butlin

Content Specialist for Literacy

Chloe Butlin

Chloe is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Literacy

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Rachael Cattrall

Content Specialist for Cognitive Science

Rachael Cattrall

Rachael is the EEF’s Content Specialist for Cognitive Science

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Julian Grenier

Senior Content and Engagement Manager (Early Years)

Julian Grenier

Julian works in the Early Years team and Content and Engagement, helping advance our work in this phase to advance our understanding of this audience and to further develop our existing content and messaging.

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Harry Madgwick

Senior Content and Engagement Manager

Harry Madgwick

He/​Him

Harry works closely with the Head of Content and Engagement to support the development of a focused national programme of content, including developing a focus on evidence literacy.

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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

Senior Evidence Synthesis Manager

Mohammad Zaman

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

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Amy Faux

Senior International 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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Kat Pearce

Research Manager

Kat Pearce

Kat undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Rosanna Lea

Research Manager

Rosanna Lea

Rose undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Daniel Phillips

Research Manager

Daniel Phillips

Daniel undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Hannah Shackleton

Research Manager (on maternity leave)

Hannah Shackleton

Hannah undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Isabel Kempner

Research Manager

Isabel Kempner

Isabel undertakes a range of research at the EEF.

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Ellis Turton

International Officer

Ellis Turton

Ellis supports the growth and maintenance of the EEF’s international network.

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Anushka Srivastava

Research Officer

Anushka Srivastava

Anushka supports the research activities of the Evidence Synthesis team.

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Rupal Patel

Research Manager

Rupal Patel

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

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Yuria Kubo

Research Officer

Yuria Kubo

Yuria the research activities of the 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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Laurence Vincent

Senior Policy Manager

Laurence Vincent

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

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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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Natalie Ohene

Senior Policy Manager

Natalie Ohene

Natalie joins the Policy Team as a Senior Policy Manager where she will focus on strategic policy priorities relevant to EEF’s mission, including disadvantage, pupil premium and post-16.

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Katie Sperring

Policy Officer

Katie Sperring

Katie’s role as a Policy Officer supports the EEF’s development and promotion of evidence-informed policy.

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Eleanor Regan

Policy Officer

Eleanor Regan

Eleanor’s role as Policy Officer supports the EEF’s development and promotion of evidence-informed policy.

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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

Senior Digital Product Manager

Adil Morrison

Adil leads the strategic development and management of the EEF’s digital product portfolio.

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Dawn Baxter

Digital Communications Officer

Dawn Baxter

Dawn provides support for the EEF’s communications activities, including through our website and social media platforms.

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Grace Stokes

Media and Communications Manager

Grace Stokes

Grace plays a a critical role in planning, shaping, and delivering communications that promote the work and reputation of the EEF to our core audiences.

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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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Heather Burgess

Head of Philanthropy and Partnerships

Heather Burgess

She/​Her

Heather leads on the EEF’s fundraising activities.

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Sarah Barnes

Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager

Sarah Barnes

She/​Her

Sarah manages aspects of the EEF’s fundraising activities.

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Iain Nartey

Finance Administrator

Iain Nartey

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

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Kirti Patel

Office Manager

Kirti Patel

Kirti 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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Sandra Piscopo

Human Resources Administrator (on maternity leave)

Sandra Piscopo

Sandra supports the EEF’s HR functions.

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Jasmine Dewberry

Office Administrator

Jasmine Dewberry

Jasmine supports our administrative activities, organising people, information and other resources.

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Ryan So

Human Resources Administrator

Ryan So

Ryan supports the EEF’s HR functions.

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