Meet the team

Meet our team who believe education is a basic human right.
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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.

On this page: In-Country teams | UK Executive Team | UWS Trustees | UWS Ambassadors | UWS Council

In-Country teams

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.

Katy Brand

Katy Brand

Programmes Director

Katy Brand has been teaching for over twenty years, since graduating from Durham University, where she specialised in maths and PE. Read more.
Nan Sitha

Nan Sitha

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

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
Surya Karki

Surya Karki

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

Cambodia Team

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);

Myanmar Team

Dr Kay Khaing Win (Country Manager); MiLay Nwe (Education Manager); Leonie Stewart (Programmes Associate); Lun Thu (Building Officer- Tachileik); Soe Naing (Education Officer- Tachileik)

Nepal Team

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

Tim Howarth

Tim Howarth

Chief Executive Officer

A teacher by trade, since 2011 Tim increasingly devoted his time to developing UWS, becoming Chief Executive in 2015. Read More
Sara Roberts

Sara Roberts

Executive Associate

Sara supports Tim in running UWS, whilst also working on office management, HR and project management. Read More
Jack Clark

Jack Clark

Partnerships Director

Jack’s role as Partnerships Director is to recruit and support school and corporate partners for our UWS Community Schools.

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Susanna Worth

Susanna Worth

School Partnerships Associate

Susanna’s role as School Partnership Associate is to support schools in their UWS partnerships Read More
Fiona Stancombe

Fiona Stancombe

Finance Director

Fiona is an ICAEW qualified Chartered Accountant who joined UWS in 2015 as the Finance Director.

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Loretta Rice

Loretta Rice

Management Accountant

Loretta joined the UWS team early 2017 as the Management Accountant. Read More
Irahyma Paredes

Irahyma Paredes

Head of Fundraising

Ira is an experienced fundraiser, having worked for a number of UK and global organisations.

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Emma Tierney

Emma Tierney

Development Associate

Emma joined the UWS team in 2016 as Development Associate, supporting fundraising and communications.  Read More

UWS Trustees

The UWS Board of Trustees are responsible for governing the organisation by approving the strategy, goals and objectives and providing oversight.

Chris Outram

Chris Outram

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 Warshaw

Stephen Warshaw

Vice-Chairman

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 Siebert

John Siebert

Trustee

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

Vicky Unwin

Trustee

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 Read More
Rebecca Winthrop

Rebecca Winthrop

Trustee

Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education. Her research focuses on education in the developing world. Read More
Fergus Brownlee

Fergus Brownlee

Trustee

Fergus is the former CEO of the Cambridge Education Group, which offers exceptional independent education worldwide.Read More
Ronald Graham

Ronald Graham

Trustee

Ronald is a partner at the international law firm, Taylor Wessing LLP. He has been active in charities for many years. Read more
Stuart Fletcher

Stuart Fletcher

Trustee

Stuart was Chief Executive Officer of leading global health and care company Bupa between March 2012 and April 2016 Read More. 

UWS Ambassadors

Roger T. Marshall

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

Charley Boorman

Global Ambassador

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

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman

UWS Ambassador

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

 

 

 

 

UWS Council

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.

Nickey Brown

Nickey Brown

Council Member

Athene Church

Athene Church

Council Member

Andy Cockburn

Andy Cockburn

Council Member

Hugh Forsyth

Hugh Forsyth

Council Member

Sofia Gomes Mota

Sofia Gomes Mota

Council Member

Sandrine Henton

Sandrine Henton

Council Member

Haydn Powell

Haydn Powell

Council Member

Linda Powell

Linda Powell

Council Member

Glyn Alban Roberts

Glyn Alban Roberts

Council Member

Jon Cooper

Jon Cooper

Council Member

Laura Purcell

Laura Purcell

Council Member

Tom Carpenter

Tom Carpenter

Council Member