Meet the UWS Team
United World Schools believes that education has the power to transform lives.
We are team of like-minded individuals who each bring our own unique skills, attributes and qualities to help achieve our vision of a world in which every child has the chance to go to school.
Our UWS in-country teams deliver the day-to-day operations of school development projects across Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal.
They oversee teacher training, the planning and execution of operational strategy, improve the quality of education provision, and work in partnership with communities, district education offices, and national government.
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
Katy Brand has been teaching for over twenty years, since graduating from Durham University, where she specialised in maths and PE. Read more.
Rin Narith (Deputy Director), Sum Sopheavaty (Finance Officer), Heang Lyhon (Storekeeper), Ly Leap (Publicity Officer), Heng Chann Hong (Driver), Roeuy Sarath (Project Coordinator), Leng Leakhena (Education Manager – Stung Treng), Horng Narong (Education Officer – Stung Treng),Hourt Veasna (Education Officer – Stung Treng), Rous Sokhea (Librarian Trainer – Stung Treng), Phon Naksy (Librarian Trainer – Ratanakiri), Keo Bunlin (Education Officer – Stung Treng), Sam Bun Thyn (Education Officer – Stung Treng), Sam vichet Daro (Education Officer – Stung Treng), Chea Vorn (Education Officer – Ratanakiri), Dam Sovann (Education Officer – Ratanakiri), Touch Bun Teoun (Education Officer in Ratanakiri), Sorn Sopheara (Education Officer in Ratanakiri), Yorn Dany (Education Officer – Ratanakiri), Pheach Vannak (Education Officer – Mondoulkiri), Som Bunthen (UWK Education Officer in Ratanakiri), Choun Sophorn (Building Manager – Stung Treng), Sous Oudam (Building Manager – Ratanakiri), Kim Chann Reatrey (Building Assistant – Stung Treng), Srey Samon (Building Assistant – Stung Treng), Nan Sithoeun (Building Assistant – Ratanakiri), Koeun Boreth (UWK Building Assistant – Ratanakiri), Em Koeun (Building Assistant – Ratanakiri), Si Savet (Building Director – Ratanakiri), Phon Sokha (Building Assistant – Ratanakiri)
MiLay Nwe (Education Manager); Leonie Stewart (Programmes Associate); Lun Thu (Building Officer- Tachileik); Soe Naing (Education Officer- Tachileik)
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
Our UWS UK Team deliver the day-to-day organisational activities of the charity and execute our organisation-wide operational strategy. They develop and implement strategy, monitor income and expenditure, coordinate and recruit Partner Schools, and communicate the progress of our UWS Schools and In-Country activities to donors and stakeholders.
Chief Executive Officer
A teacher by trade, Tim has increasingly devoted his time to developing UWS, becoming Chief Executive in 2015.
Sara supports Tim in running UWS, in addition to working on office management, HR and project management. She joined the Team in 2017.
As Partnerships Director, Jack is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and stewardship of our Partner Schools and Organisations.
Susanna supports our ongoing relationships with all our Partner Schools and Organisations.
Head of Fundraising
Ira is a skilled fundraiser with experience supporting various national and international organisations.
Associate Director for Development
Emma supports UWS’ fundraising, with a particular focus on marketing and communications.
Fiona is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant who joined the UWS Team in 2015 as our Finance Director.
Loretta joined the Team in 2017 as our Management Accountant. She oversees the development of accounting systems.
Our Board of Trustees governs UWS by approving our strategy, goals and objectives. They provide oversight, support our mission, and use their industry expertise to help us achieve our vision.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. Her research focuses on education in the developing world.
Fergus is the former CEO of the Cambridge Education Group, which offers exceptional independent education worldwide.
Stuart was Chief Executive Officer of leading global health and care company Bupa between March 2012 and April 2016.
Matthew is currently a Non Executive Director of Barclays, and Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Capita and Man Group.
Carol Vorderman is a television personality and best selling author. She is most well known for presenting the hit game show Countdown from 1982 to 2008 and Loose Women from 2011 to 2014. 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
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
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
Nora El Muttardi