Our Team

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive

Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.

James Turner, Deputy Chief Executive

James led the Sutton Trust’s successful bid to the Department for Education to establish the Education Endowment Foundation in 2011, and undertook the role of interim Chief Executive, overseeing the set up of the EEF as a charity, its infrastructure and grant-making process. He then served as a Trustee of the EEF on behalf of the Sutton Trust while working as the Trust's Director of Programmes and Partnerships, before becoming the EEF's first Deputy Chief Executive in September 2015. He sits on the board of PRIME, The Brilliant Club and accessprofessions.com, and is one of the founder directors of The Children’s University. 

Grants Team

Eleanor Stringer, Grants Manager

Eleanor joined the EEF in August 2011. Prior to this she worked for Social Finance, examining how investment approaches can be used to solve social problems. Eleanor began her career at the charity sector think tank and consultancy, New Philanthropy Capital. She analysed the effectiveness of individual charities, and worked with funders to help them to maximise their impact. Her published reports include overviews of the role charities play in tackling issues such as poor numeracy and homelessness. She is a trustee of the student-run listening service Nightline and the specialist grant-maker London Housing Foundation.

Emily Yeomans, Grants Manager

Emily joined the EEF in September 2012. Previously she worked at the Wellcome Trust, managing projects spanning education research, policy and practice - with a particular focus on science education at the primary stage and teacher development. Emily started her career working in malaria research at St George’s Medical School, before training as a science teacher and working in a secondary comprehensive school. Emily holds a BSc from Imperial College and a PGCE from the University of Oxford.

Matthew van Poortvliet, Grants Manager

Matt joined the EEF in February 2013, and is responsible for managing EEF trials, and leading EEF’s work on early years, character, and parental engagement. Prior to this he worked for charity consultancy and think tank, New Philanthropy Capital, leading research on children and young people, advising funders, and publishing reports on child mental health, youth offending and early intervention. Previously, he worked as an English language teacher and completed degrees at Oxford University and LSE.

Thomas Martell, Grants Manager 

Tom joined the EEF in April 2016 to lead the North East Primary Literacy Campaign and is based in Durham. Previously Tom worked in secondary schools for 4 years as a teaching assistant, science teacher and Head of Science. During this time Tom was involved in innovative curriculum and assessment development, but his proudest achievement was supporting six students to – safely – cycle across rural Cambridgeshire as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Tom has previously served as a staff governor at a secondary school and is currently a co-opted governor at a primary School. Tom studied Zoology at Durham University before completing his PGCE at the University of Cambridge.

Evaluation Team 

Camilla Nevill, Head of Evaluation

Camilla joined the EEF in December 2011 and is responsible for the development of EEF's approach to evaluations and management of EEF campaigns. Prior to this she worked at charity think tank and consultancy, New Philanthropy Capital, where she advised charities on the best approaches to measuring the outcomes of the work they do. Camilla has previously worked at the National Centre for Social Research, and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg. Her published research include a guide on the challenges and solutions of measurement for youth justice charities and a tool to measure children’s subjective well-being. Camilla is a governor of New Kings Primary School in Fulham.

Elena Rosa Brown, Evaluation Manager

Elena Rosa joined the EEF in January 2013 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this she worked for the Centre for Mental Health, a social policy think tank, looking at the role of early interventions and the implementation of parenting programmes in local authorities. Elena Rosa started her career as a teacher in primary school, before completing a Masters in Psychology and Education from the University of Cambridge, and training as a psychologist. She has spoken at political party conferences and her published research includes a review of the key constraints to delivering effective, evidence-based interventions.

Dr Anneka Dawson, Evaluation Manager

Anneka joined the EEF in January 2016 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this she worked at the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), where she managed evaluations of randomised controlled trials in education. Anneka also worked at the University of Sussex examining new teaching technology and at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) examining impact measurement in the third sector. Her published research includes a wide variety of NFER evaluations of educational interventions as well as journal articles from her PhD on parental influences on ability self-concepts, sibling relationships and gender development.  

Dissemination and Impact Team

Danielle Mason, Head of Research and Publications

Danielle joined the EEF in August 2015 and leads the EEF's work on the Teaching and Learning Toolkit. As a researcher at the University of Oxford she contributed to the development of the Index of Multiple Deprivation. She worked for a number of independent poverty research centres in the UK and South Africa before joining the Government’s Child Poverty Unit in 2009 to advise on the Child Poverty Bill. Most recently she led the What Works initiative in the Cabinet Office, promoting better use of evidence in policy development in the UK and internationally.

James Richardson, Senior Analyst

James joined the EEF in September 2013 after ten years working in schools as a teacher, Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher. In the dissemination and impact team, one of his key responsibilities is the management of the Families of Schools database. From 2009-2013 he was the Senior Researcher for the MNS Foundation in Philadelphia, USA, leading their five year study on how research evidence can contribute to creating successful school systems. He holds degrees from the University of Sheffield and the University of Pennsylvania, and a PGCE from the University of Oxford.

Dr Jonathan Sharples, Senior Researcher

Jonathan joined the EEF in September 2013, seconded from the Institute for Effective Education, University of York, on a research placement co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Jonathan works with schools and policy makers across the education sector to promote evidence-based practice, and spread knowledge of ‘what works’ in teaching and learning. He has previously worked at The Institute for the Future of the Mind, at Oxford University, and has worked as a secondary school science teacher in Sydney. He is the author of Evidence for the Frontline , a report published by the Alliance for Useful Evidence that outlines the elements of a functioning evidence system.

Peter Henderson, Research Officer

Peter joined the EEF in August 2013 as an Administrative Assistant. He moved to the Research Officer position in May 2014 and now works with both the Grants Team and the Dissemination and Impact Team. Prior to joining the EEF he completed an MSc in Public Policy at UCL, where he wrote his dissertation on teachers’ use of research evidence to inform their practice; wrote a report on postgraduate funding for the 1994 Group; and worked as a Parliamentary Intern.

Development and Communications Team 

Stephen Tall, Director, Development and Communications

Stephen joined the EEF in January 2012. His role includes the development of relationships with external organisations and overseeing the EEF's communications. Prior to this he worked for the University of Oxford for 14 years, most recently as Associate Director of Development as part of its £1.25 billion ‘Oxford Thinking’ fundraising campaign. In this role, Stephen headed-up teams working across principal and major gifts from private individuals, trusts and foundations, and corporates, as well as annual giving and communications. Previously he headed up major fundraising campaigns for Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and for St Anne's College. Stephen was a councillor on Oxford City Council for eight years, including a term as Deputy Lord Mayor. He is a governor of North Heath Community Primary School in Horsham.

Hilary Cornwell, Media and Communications Officer

Hilary joined the team at the start of 2015 to work across both the Sutton Trust and the Education Endowment Foundation. In her previous role at a communications agency, she implemented media campaigns for a range of projects including charities, films and arts festivals. She holds in BA in Music from the University of Oxford.

Jonathan Kay, Digital and Information Manager

Jonathan joined the EEF in April 2014. He completed an MSc in Political Theory and BSc in Politics and Philosophy at the London School of Economics. He previously worked for the National Education Trust and as a research assistant for a study on engaging parents in their children's education.

Finance and Administration Team 

Frank Helsby, Finance Director

Frank is the Finance Director of The Education Endowment Foundation and The Sutton Trust. Before joining the Education Endowment Foundation Frank worked in a senior finance capacity across the public and private sector within a number of organisations.

Anne-Laure Bedouet, Finance Manager

Anne-Laure joined the EEF in May 2013. Anne-Laure is a chartered accountant who qualified with Deloitte and worked for Thomson Reuters for 9 years before joining the EEF.

Daniel Bramble, Administrative Assistant

Daniel joined the EEF in July 2016. He completed an BSc in Government and Economics at the London School of Economics. 

Tamiqua Gibson, Business Administration Apprentice

Tamiqua joined the EEF in November 2015. She has completed her A-Levels and is now eager to experience life in the workplace, before going on to University.