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Our work is underpinned by our values of excellence, integrity, accountability, collaboration and inclusion. Our governance structure is designed to ensure that these values are continuously evidenced and demonstrated.

Governance structure  

Education Development Trust is a UK-registered charity and is governed by a board of trustees who direct the organisation's work. The trustees oversee the leadership who, in turn, manage Education Development Trust staff across the globe. In addition, multiple boards and committees ensure transparency and accountability throughout the organisation. 

Our governance structure


Board of trustees

The trustees carry full financial and legal responsibility for Education Development Trust. Our trustees bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the organisation and ensure that everything that Education Development Trust does is in line with its objectives. Our chair of trustees is Ilse Howling and our vice president is Sara Hodson. Our full board of trustees comprises: Tanya Barron, Tim Coulson, Julia Grant, Nimal Hemelge, Bob Humphreys, Joy Hutcheon, Angela McFarlane, Jonathan Simons, and Muchemi Wambugu.


Leadership team

The board of trustees delegates the day-to-day running of Education Development Trust to the leadership team. Their job is to deliver according to our values and mission statement and manage staff across the globe. As Chief Executive, Patrick Brazier is supported by Research and Consultancy Director Tony McAleavy, Marketing and Business Development Director Cheryl McGechie, and Finance and Corporate Services Director Bob Miles. You can view the full leadership team here.



Education Development Trust has around 35 members who are a fundamental part of the governance arrangements - their powers are set out in the Articles of Association. The members champion Education Development Trust's work and share their education experience and expertise for the benefit of the trust. The membership appoints the trustees and is responsible for reviewing Education Development Trust's work and ensuring that the organisation is staying true to its charitable mission, principally at the annual general meeting.


Education Impact Committee

Education Development Trust reinvests up to £1 million of its surpluses into research and the education committee decides on the funding for Education Development Trust's research and development projects. The committee is made up of a mix of trustees and members of the leadership team.



We are committed to ensuring that everyone who encounters EDT receives the same level of respect and protection by our vigilant and dedicated people. 

Safeguarding guidance



It is vital that all our employees and stakeholders feel safe to raise concerns about unacceptable practice and misconduct. We have a dedicated whistleblowing policy and are committed to providing support to those who raise concerns. 

Whistleblowing guidance


Most recent annual report and accounts


Gender pay reporting

Education Development Trust in the UK is required to report on the organisation's gender pay gap. Read our gender pay report below.


United Nations Global Compact

Education Development Trust has committed to support the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-Corruption. Click here for details on our commitment to the United Nations Global Compact, or click here to read our latest Communication on Engagement.


Our carbon reduction plan

Education Development Trust is committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040. Read our Carbon reduction plan below.