The Forum is governed by two bodies. The first is the Board of Trustees which has the accountability for ensuring effective governance on behalf of the Members. The Executive Committee is entrusted to work at the direction of the Board of Trustees to deliver UKFIET’s portfolio of activities.


An annual general meeting (AGM) is held once a year. The AGM is held at the Biennial Conference or at the BAICE Conference. The Board of Trustees meet twice a year and the Executive Committee meets on a quarterly basis.

Board of TrusteesExecutive Committee
The following people serve as the current Board of Trustees.

Keith Lewin

Professor Keith Lewin – Chair of Trustees

Professor Keith Lewin is the Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Sussex and alumnus of the Institute of Development Studies.

 Dr Peter Colenso

Peter is an independent consultant working on international education and on early childhood development.

Steve Packer for webSteve Packer

Independent consultant for education sector planning and analysis and evaluation of education aid programmes.

Anna for website

Professor Anna Robinson-Pant

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, and will hold the UNESCO Chair for Adult literacy and learning for social transformation (from 2016).

Professor Kwame Akyeampong – Treasurer

Kwame Akyeampong is Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK.

Professor Simon McGrath

Simon McGrath is Professor in International Education and Development in the Centre for International Education Research at the University of Nottingham.

Susy Ndaruhutse

Susy Ndaruhutse

Susy is responsible for the Education Development Trust’s global work supporting education system reform.

Professor Angela Little

Angela W Little is Professor Emerita at the University College London Institute of Education where she held the Chair of Education and International Development between 1987 and 2010 and was previously a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

David Archer

David Archer

David Archer is Head of Participation and Public Services with ActionAid, having been Head of Education for many years.

Andy Brock

Andy has worked in education development for the nearly 30 years – all of it with Cambridge Education as it has grown from about 20 staff to nearly 400. Over those years Andy has played a succession of roles – firstly technical, latterly managerial, now as Managing Director.

Freda for Website

Professor Freda Wolfenden

Freda Wolfenden is Professor of Education and International Development at the Open University, UK

Dr Don Taylor

Don Taylor is an independent consultant in education policy, planning and finance.

The following people serve as the Executive Committee.

Dr Caine Rolleston (Chair)

Caine Rolleston is a Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at UCL, UK.

Dr Sharon Tao

Dr Sharon Tao is an Education Adviser at Cambridge Education and has been a Key Adviser for technical areas that include Teacher Development, Gender and M&E/Research on large-scale DFID-funded programmes in Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and India.

Mario Novelli

Professor Mario Novelli

Centre for International Education, University of Sussex

Catherine JereDr Catherine Jere (joint Deputy Chair)

Catherine Jere is Lecturer in Education and Development at the University of East Anglia

Dr Ruth Naylor

Ruth is a senior international consultant at Education Development Trust.

Yvette Hutchinson (joint Deputy Chair)

Yvette spent the first years of her career teaching English.. She has since lectured in Teacher Training and trained teacher trainers , most recently in central Asia.

Padmini Iyer

Padmini Iyer is a Senior Researcher on the Children and Families team at NatCen Social Research.

Shrochis Karki

Dr Shrochis Karki leads Education Systems at Oxford Policy Management.

Sébastien Hine

Sébastien Hine is an education and international development consultant with particular interests in education for marginalised groups, education in emergencies and protracted crises, gender, and non-state actors.

Liz Chamberlain

Dr Liz Chamberlain

Liz Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies (Primary) at the Open University and Co-Director of the Children’s Research Centre.

Katie Godfrey – Early Career Professional Rep.

Katie is a Senior Impact Officer at CAMFED International, a role which is the realisation of a long-held interest in international education and development.

Sandra BaxterSandra Baxter

Sandra Baxter is the Engagement Fellow for The Education Development Forum (UKFIET). She is a Knowledge and Learning Management consultant, and previously worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Department for International Development (DFID) and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).

PIC BY STEWART 334771Sarah Jeffery

Sarah is UKFIET’s Programme Manager.