Meet the teamMeet our team who believe education is a basic human right.
United World Schools is led by a group of like-minded and determined individuals who believe education is a basic human right.
They bring a range of skills, attributes and qualities to work together for a common cause.
We have a small, efficient infrastructure that enables us to keep costs low whilst reaching as many out of school children as possible.
UWS in-country teams are responsible for delivering the day-to-day operations of school development projects in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.
These teams plan and execute the operational strategy, working in partnership with communities, national government and district education offices.
UWS Founder and In-Country Programmes Director
Chris founded United World Schools in 2008 and leads UWS’ in-country operations throughout South-East Asia. He now divides his time between Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and the south coast of England. Read More
Cambodia Country Director
Born and raised in Ratanakiri, Sitha oversees the day-to-day operations of the UWS Cambodia Schools, and manages their sustainable growth. Read More
Dr Kay Khaing Win
Myanmar Country Manager
Dr Kay Khaing Win, our Myanmar country Manager, has extensive experience in developing, designing and leading a broad range of development programmes across the country. Read more
Nepal Country Director
Surya was born in Nepal, educated in Venezuela and USA, and is a co-founder of Maya Nepal, a network of rural schools providing free education through an innovative farm-school model. Read More
Chun Sophuin (Programme Manager, Stung Treng); Nan Sitheun (Programme Manager, Ratanakiri Province); Om Leakhena (Administrative Officer); Phon Naksy (Programme Manager, Librarian Trainer); Em Kouen (Project Officer, Maintenance and Building); Dam Sovan (Education Officer, Ochum and Andoung Meas); Sorn Sopheara (Education Officer, Oi Ya Dai District); Yorn Dany (Education Officer, Lumphat District); Srey Samon (Education Officer, Stung Treng);
Dr Kay Khaing Win (Country Manager); MiLay Nwe (Education Manager); Leonie Stewart (Programmes Associate); Lun Thu (Building Officer- Tachileik); Soe Naing (Education Officer- Tachileik)
Surya Karki (Country Director & co-founder UWS Nepal), Khem Raj Khadka (Sankhuwasabha Manager), Avinash Jha (UWS Nepal Teaching Fellowship Associate Director), Gemma Barker (Education Manager), Ratna Maya Karki (Finance Manager), Surendra Budhathoki (Construction Manager), Manjeet Raj Pandey (Engineer), Gopal Khadka (Sankhuwasabha Admin Officer), Rashik Bhattarai (Communication Officer)
UK Executive Team
The UWS UK Team are responsible for delivering day-to-day organisational activities and executing the organisation-wide operational strategy.
They develop and implement strategy, monitor income and expenditure, coordinate and recruit Partner Schools and monitor, evaluate and communicate our projects to donors and stakeholders
Chief Executive Officer
A teacher by trade, since 2011 Tim increasingly devoted his time to developing UWS, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2012, and Chief Executive in 2015. Read More
Emma joined the UWS team in 2016 as Development Associate, supporting fundraising and communications. Read More
Jack’s role as Partnership Director is to recruit and support school and corporate partners for our UWS Community Schools. Read More
School Partnerships Associate
Susanna’s role as School Partnership Associate is to support schools in their UWS partnerships Read More
Fiona is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant who joined UWS in 2015 as the Finance Director. Read More
Loretta joined the UWS team early 2017 as the Management Accountant. Read More
The UWS Board of Trustees are responsible for governing the organisation by approving the strategy, goals and objectives and providing oversight.
Chairman of the Board
Chris is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus OC&C Strategy Consultants, one of the world’s leading strategy consultancies, operating out of 10 countries around the world, with over 500 consultants. Alongside Chairing UWS, Chris Chairs a technology company and the UK’s leading eating disorders charity (Beat). Read More
Stephen has had a long international career in educational and professional publishing and information and has held CEO positions at Oxford University Press, Reed Elsevier plc and MediMedia amongst others. Read More
John’s background is primarily in medical publishing having been the owner of two companies specialising in journals for general practitioners, hospital doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons, pharmacists and nurses. Read More
VICKY UNWIN has had a long career in media, working in educational publishing, for the Telegraph Group and United Business Media, culminating in being Media Director for The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. Now living in Singapore, she has recently published a book, Love and War in the WRNS, and writes regular blogs and columns. Read More
Fergus is the former CEO of the Cambridge Education Group, which offers exceptional independent education worldwide. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Capital One Europe, one of the world’s largest financial services companies, with a long and successful career in finance. Read More
Ronald is a partner at the international law firm, Taylor Wessing LLP. He has been active in charities for many years. Read more
Stuart was Chief Executive Officer of leading global health and care company Bupa between March 2012 and April 2016. Before joining Bupa, Stuart spent 26 years in leadership positions with Diageo Plc, notably as President of Diageo International and President of Key Markets. Read More.
Ken was formerly Chief Financial Officer of two public companies and Chief Executive of a Sydney-based group of chemical businesses. After twenty-five years spent restructuring and expanding companies around the world, he now focusses on his charitable activities. Read More
Roger T. Marshall
UWS Ambassador (Hong Kong)
Roger Marshall is the Managing Director of Persimmon Capital Limited, an investment management and advisory firm that he founded in 1999 specialising in private equity and venture capital. Read More
Charley Boorman is a modern-day adventurer, travel writer and entertainer. His charismatic “let’s just do it” approach to challenges has won him over to a massive TV and literary audience. Read More
The purpose of the UWS Council is to offer high value, pro bono strategic support to UWS’ UK Team as we grow to meet our goals of reaching 50,000 out-of-school children by 2019.
The UWS Council are entirely unpaid and meet four times a year. According to their individual skill set, each member works within our three key disciplines: School Partnership, Fundraising and Communications.
These three groups within the Council then collaborate and meet separately to focus on clear and specific goals.
Sofia Gomes Mota
Glyn Alban Roberts