Who we are
The EEF is grouped into the following teams. Click below to see who works where:
- Chief Executive
Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive
Kevan has worked in public service for over 30 years and became the first EEF Chief Executive in October 2011, having previously been Chief Executive in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Prior to this role he led a distinguished career in education – starting off as a primary school teacher, leading the Primary Literacy Strategy as National Director, and then serving as Director of Children’s Services at Tower Hamlets. Kevan also gained international experience working in Mozambique and supporting the development of a national literacy initiative in the USA. He completed his doctorate focusing on literacy development at Leeds University in 2005 and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Education UCL. He was knighted in 2015 for services to education.
Stephen Fraser, Deputy Chief Executive
Stephen became the Deputy Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation in 2019, and works across all areas of its activity. Stephen also leads the development of the EEF’s international partnerships. These partnerships support the adoption and generation of evidence beyond England, and contribute back into the evidence base for English schools. He also contributes to the EEF’s dissemination and impact work, collaborating with educators to understand and translate evidence to support practical implementation in their local context. Stephen has spent the majority of his working life in the Australian education system, where he has held a number of senior policy and delivery roles in Victoria. He led the development of the Australian version of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and has worked as a senior advisor to the Minister for Education, as Executive Director of the Department of Education and Training’s Implementation Division and as Regional Director for the South Western Victoria Region, supporting the improvement work of over 400 schools in urban and rural contexts.
Robbie Coleman, Head of Policy
Robbie joined the EEF as Head of Policy in September 2018, and works to promote the use of evidence in schools and policy-making. Prior to this, Robbie worked as an English teacher in East London. In an earlier role at the EEF, Robbie co-authored and led the development of the Teaching and Learning Toolkit, an accessible summary of educational research.
Eleanor Stringer, Head of Programmes
Eleanor manages a range of grants for projects currently being evaluated by the EEF, as well as overseeing the EEF’s work on improving English and Maths for 16-18 year olds and the Developing Effective Learners theme, which includes the guidance report on Metacognition and Self-regulated learning. Before joining the EEF in August 2011, she worked for Social Finance, examining how investment approaches can be used to solve social problems. Eleanor began her career at the charity sector think tank and consultancy, New Philanthropy Capital, analysing the effectiveness of individual charities, and worked with funders to help them to maximise their impact. She is a trustee of the specialist grant-maker London Housing Foundation and a councillor in Merton.
Matthew van Poortvliet, Head of Programmes
Matt leads EEF’s work on early years, character, and parental engagement. Within these areas, he is responsible for identifying promising interventions, managing trials, and developing EEF’s guidance for schools. Prior to joining EEF in 2013, Matt worked for charity consultancy and think tank, New Philanthropy Capital, where he led research on children and young people, and published reports on child mental health, youth offending and early intervention. Previously, he worked as an English language teacher. He is currently studying for a PhD at UCL Institute of Education.
Emily Yeomans, Head of Programme Strategy
Emily manages our work under two of EEF's school themes - science and feedback, which includes our work on marking. This involves funding and managing research projects as well as overseeing the production of publications to communicate the findings of our work. Emily also oversees our projects that apply the findings of neuroscience within the classroom. Prior to joining the EEF in 2012 Emily worked at the Wellcome Trust, managing projects spanning education research, policy and practice - with a particular focus on science education at the primary stage and teacher development. Emily started her career working in malaria research, before training as a science teacher and working in a secondary comprehensive school.
Peter Henderson, Programme Manager
Peter leads the EEF’s work on maths, SEN, and school organisation. Since joining the EEF in August 2013 he has edited the Teaching and Learning and Early Years Toolkits, led the setup of the North East Primary Literacy Campaign, and led the development of the EEF’s approach to guidance reports and cost evaluation. Prior to joining the EEF, Peter completed an MSc in Public Policy at UCL, where he wrote his dissertation on teachers’ use of research evidence, and worked as a researcher for the 1994 Group. Peter is a co-opted governor at a primary school in Islington.
Kathryn Davies, Programme Manager
Kath joined the programmes team in July 2018, and is responsible for a range of projects. This includes identifying promising interventions for funding, managing trials and overseeing the production of publications to communicate the findings of our work. Prior to this she worked at the Social Mobility Foundation, setting up the UK’s first Social Mobility Employer Index, which benchmarks how good employers are at being open to talent from all backgrounds. She was also previously the Senior Programmes Manager at the Sutton Trust, where she managed all of the ‘access to the professions’ programmes. Kath has also worked at Ashurst LLP and Mansfield College, Oxford. Kath is a Board member for the PRIME Commitment.
Joe Collin, Programme Manager
Joe joined the programmes team in July 2018, and is responsible for a range of projects. This includes identifying promising interventions for funding, managing trials and overseeing the production of publications to communicate the findings of our work. Prior to this, Joe worked in the Widening Participation Department at King’s College London, where he ran a range of programmes designed to expand university access to underrepresented pupils. Joe also spent time in the classroom as a Secondary History Teacher in Birmingham.
Amy Clark, Programme Manager
Amy joined the programmes team in January 2019, and is responsible for a range of projects. This includes identifying promising interventions for funding, managing trials and overseeing the production of publications to communicate the findings of our work. Prior to this she has been a Programme Manager for a charity called First Give, running a social action and skills development programme in schools, and worked for ARK schools managing their KS5 vocational programmes. She was also a maths teacher in Yorkshire and London. Amy is a co-opted governor at a secondary school in Camden.
Sarah Tillotson, Programme Manager
Sarah manages a range of grants and leads the EEF’s work on two themes: Early Years and Language and Literacy. Sarah’s work on these themes includes identifying promising interventions, managing trials and overseeing the production of publications to communicate the findings of our work. Prior to this, Sarah worked as an Early Years class teacher and phase leader for 6 years. She taught in Hackney, East London for 4 years and then moved to Hong Kong to support in the establishment of two new kindergartens. After completing her Early Years PGCE at the University of Cambridge she completed a Masters of Education there, focusing on the adult’s role in child-initiated play.
Camilla Nevill, Head of Evaluation
Camilla joined the EEF in December 2011 and is responsible for the development of EEF's approach to evaluations and management of EEF campaigns. Prior to this she worked at charity think tank and consultancy, New Philanthropy Capital, where she advised charities on the best approaches to measuring the outcomes of the work they do. Camilla has previously worked at the National Centre for Social Research, and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg. Her published research include a guide on the challenges and solutions of measurement for youth justice charities and a tool to measure children’s subjective well-being. Camilla is a governor of New Kings Primary School in Fulham.
Triin Edovald, Head of International Evaluation
Triin joined the EEF in March 2017 and was responsible for the development of EEF's approach to evaluations and management of EEF campaigns while Camilla Nevill (see above) was on maternity leave. She then took on the role of Head of International Evaluation overseeing the management of the Global Trials Fund and EEF's approach to evaluations in other countries. Triin comes from the Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) at Nesta where she is Principal Researcher and focuses on the assessment of RCT designs and provision of consultancy on RCTs to the IGL's partners and grant holders. Prior to this she worked at NatCen Social Research as Head of Evaluation responsible for the team designing and delivering impact evaluations. Prior to NatCen, she worked at the Dartington Social Research Unit, where she was leading on the adaptation of the Washington State Institute for Public Policy’s cost-benefit model developed to inform government investment decisions for use in the UK. Before that, she worked at the National Academy for Parenting Research at King's College London, where she assessed the quality and effectiveness of parenting programmes. Her published work includes Running randomised controlled trials in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth: An Introductory Guide (2016).
Guillermo Rodriguez-Guzman, Senior Evaluation Manager
Guillermo joined the EEF in August 2017 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this, he was a researcher at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America; and at STRATA, a small consulting firm. After moving to London, he also worked as a Consultant for the Lambeth Council assessing a large-scale social programme. Guillermo has a background in economics and quantitative analysis of policy, with a degree in Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), in Venezuela, and a Master's in Public and Economic Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE). His published work focuses on economics, politics, and political economy.
Dr Florentina Taylor, Senior Evaluation Manager
Florentina joined the EEF in November 2017 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. She has over 20 years' teaching and curriculum development experience, including six years as a university academic. She has led interventions and other research projects with thousands of students and teachers, focusing on increasing engagement and attainment. More recently, she led the research and data functions of the Equality Challenge Unit and she developed a large-scale research, monitoring and evaluation programme for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to measure the impact and return on investment of the global Chevening scholarship scheme. Florentina has a PhD in the psychology of learning and teaching foreign languages.
Celeste Cheung, Evaluation Manager
Celeste joined the EEF in September 2018 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this, Celeste was the Research and Evaluation Manager at The Brilliant Club where she ran the charity’s evaluation and innovation projects. Celeste completed her PhD in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at King’s College London in 2013, her academic research focused on attentional processes and self-regulation in autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Celeste is a PhD Tutor at The Brilliant Club. She designed and teaches a STEM and Social Science course titled “The age of intelligence: when machines start to think”. She is also a governor for Roehampton Church of England Primary School.
Diotima Rapp, Evaluation Manager
Diotima joined the EEF in November 2018 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this, Diotima was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Over the past seven years, she gained extensive experience designing and implementing experimental studies of social development with children in kindergartens and schools. She conducted studies at the University of Vienna, the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, and in rural villages in Kenya, recently earning a PhD in Developmental Psychology. Her published work include research on developmental trajectories of children´s prosocial behavior. She has worked as a lecturer at the University of Vienna, a tutor in Leipzig and did volunteer work for a German organisation supporting social and educational programs for youth development in Europe.
Jennifer Stevenson, Evaluation Manager
Jennifer joined the EEF in November 2018 and is responsible for the management of EEF evaluations. Prior to this, Jennifer worked at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) for six years in their synthesis and reviews team, where she managed and undertook reviews and evidence maps on primary and secondary education interventions, climate change and transparency and accountability in government in low-and middle income countries. She has done work on improving the policy relevance, methodological quality and timeliness of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. In addition, she has undertaken work for organisations including the International Growth Centre at LSE and Action Against Hunger. She holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from University College London.
Ben Weidmann, Research Associate
Ben is currently completing his PhD at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His work for the EEF explores how different methodological approaches influence education evaluations. He holds degrees in statistics, history, education and economics.
Rob Coe, Senior Associate
Rob joined the EEF in February 2019 to support the development of new approaches to running evaluations of teacher practices whose results will be both rigorous and relevant, as well as providing technical expertise.
He was previously Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring at Durham University, where he worked for 20 years doing research, evaluation, teaching and policy engagement. Rob is particularly interested in the uses of research by teachers and school leaders and how it can be integrated into everyday pedagogy and school-level decision-making. He was a co-author of the EEF’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit, the Sutton Trust report ‘What makes great teaching?’ and the ‘Developing Great Teaching’ report for the Teacher Development Trust. He has been a member of numerous advisory groups on assessment, evaluation and use of evidence.
- Toolkit, Reporting and International
Jonathan Kay, Toolkit Lead
Jonathan leads the work on the Teaching and Learning Toolkit and the EEF's evaluation reports on individual projects. Jonathan joined the EEF in April 2014. He previously worked for the National Education Trust, and as a research assistant on a study on using text messages to engage parents with their children’s education. He holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Maisie Monroe, International Manager
Maisie manages the EEF’s international partnerships, working with organisations across the globe to support the adoption and generation of evidence, which in turn helps to strengthen the evidence base for English schools. Maisie joined the EEF in November 2017. Prior to the EEF, Maisie worked across the private and charity sectors (in organisations including KPMG, the Sutton Trust and the Institute of Physics) in roles focused on increasing social mobility through education and access and progression within the professions.
Mohammad Zaman, Project Manager
Mohammad supports on the management of EEF’s work on the Teaching and Learning Toolkit. Prior to joining EEF in June 2018, he worked at Action for Children supporting their strategic partnership in early years with the Department for Education. He holds an MSc in International Development and Security from the University of Bristol.
Amy Ellis-Thompson, Guidance and Implementation Manager
Amy manages the end-to-end process for the production of guidance reports and the delivery of implementation plans based on the reports, ensuring that reports are accessible and that their recommendations have impact. Amy joined the EEF in April 2019. She has previously worked in the publishing industry, managing a portfolio of academic journals, and in an editorial capacity in the charity sector at the Royal Society for Public Health and the Anna Freud Centre.
- Mobilisation and School Engagement
James Richardson, Head of Dissemination & Impact
James leads the Dissemination and Impact team at the EEF. The team's work includes all aspects of schools-facing work at the EEF, with a particular focus on supporting teachers to use the full range of evidence reviews, Guidance Reports and Toolkits available to underpin school improvement activity. Prior to joining the EEF in 2013, James was a senior leader in secondary schools and a researcher for an education foundation in Philadelphia, USA.
Professor Jonathan Sharples, Professorial Research Fellow
Jonathan joined the EEF in September 2013, on a research placement co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He is seconded from the Social Science Research Unit at University College London’s Institute of Education. Jonathan works with schools and policy makers across the education sector to promote evidence-informed practice, and spread knowledge of ‘what works’ in teaching and learning. He has previously worked at The Institute for the Future of the Mind, at Oxford University, and as a secondary school science teacher in Sydney. He is the author of Evidence for the Frontline, a report published by the Alliance for Useful Evidence that outlines the elements of a functioning evidence system.
Stuart Mathers, National Delivery Manager
Stu leads the EEF’s regional work and the support for the Research School Network. He is based in North Yorkshire. Until February 2020, Stu will help support the EEF's work in Yorkshire and East Midlands as part of maternity cover for the regional lead.
Stu joined the EEF in February 2017, and since then has been involved in the development of the Research School Network and the EEF’s approach to mobilising evidence. Drawing on his background around professional development, implementation and making change at scale, Stu has supported the development of training around the Implementation Guide, Secondary Science and KS2/3 Maths.
Before joining the EEF Stu spent 10 years at the Department for Education, providing policy advice on teachers' professional development, evidence-based teaching, the use of teaching assistants, and primary pedagogy. Stu has also previously been a school governor, most recently as the Chair of Governors at a very small primary school in Scarborough.
Alex Quigley, National Content Manager
Alex works in the Mobilisation and School Engagement team. Alex leads the development and quality assurance of EEF tools, resources and training. He manages the coordination of multiple campaigns to ensure engagement with EEF evidence. Alex joined the EEF in 2018 after fifteen years working as an English teacher. Alongside his teaching role, he was the Director of Huntington Research School, in York.
He is author of books including ‘Closing the Vocabulary Gap’ and ‘The Confident Teacher’ and he regularly writes columns for TES and Teach Secondary magazines. Alex also co-authored the ‘Metacognition and self-regulated learning' guidance report’.
Thomas Martell, Regional Delivery Lead - North East
Tom is the Regional Lead for the North East and Cumbria where he supports teachers, school leaders and system leaders to use evidence to improve outcomes for all pupils, especially those facing disadvantage. This includes the EEF’s Primary Literacy Campaign and supporting the Research School Network.
Previously, Tom worked in the EEF’s Programmes Team where he helped to select, set up and oversee the delivery of rigorous evaluations of high potential projects. Tom also led the EEF’s work on literacy, which included the development of the three primary literacy guidance reports. Prior to joining the EEF, Tom was Head of Science and Technology at two secondary schools. Tom now volunteers as a governor at a primary and secondary school.
Sue Morgan, Regional Delivery Lead - Central and West
Sue is the Regional Lead for the Central and West areas of England and works alongside Research Schools to engage schools, partners and system leaders in the use of evidence based practice to improve learning and narrow the attainment gap.
Sue joined the EEF in July 2019. Prior to this she has had a successful career working across sectors leading children’s services and tackling inequalities in social care, early years, health, substance misuse and housing. Sue was a Group Manager for Early Help at Walsall Council from 2012 - 2016 and Director of Community Child Health at NHS Walsall Healthcare Trust from 2009 -.2012. More recently Sue worked for Change Grow Live as National Implementation Lead; supporting the organisation to develop and improve support for children affected by substance misuse. Sue is passionate about tackling inequalities and partnership working to improve outcomes for children
Phoebe Fisher, Regional Delivery Officer
Phoebe works in the Dissemination and Impact team, providing logistical support for the Regional Leads and schools in the Research Schools Network. She is based in the London office and provides a communications link between the regions and other members of the wider EEF team in London. She joined the EEF in July 2019 having worked in various project management roles in the UK and in international settings. She has also taught science, English and music at schools, festivals and privately.
Igraine Rhodes, Regional Delivery Lead - London, South East and East of England
Igraine is the Regional Lead for London and South East as well as the East of England. Igraine joined the EEF in May 2017 from national school network Whole Education, where she supported schools to learn from one another. Alongside this work, Igraine provided advisory support to education-based charities through notdeadfish. Igraine spent four years in the classroom as a teaching assistant and an English teacher. She is the chair of governors at a primary school in Tottenham.
Liberty King, Regional Delivery Officer
Liberty holds a logistical role within the dissemination and impact team. After finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford, Liberty became an English teacher through the Teach First programme. Her passion for fighting social inequality through education was realised early in life and it is a cause she advocates for in everything she does. Prior to joining the EEF in September 2019, Liberty was completing a masters in international education policy at Harvard University. She holds voluntary roles with the Social Mobility Business Partnership as well as the Positive Transformation Initiative; both organisations work towards creating a fairer picture of outcomes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Lorwyn Randall, Regional Delivery Lead – South West & South Coast
Lorwyn leads the EEF’s school improvement work in the South West & South Coast. He works closely with the Research School Network and other Improvement Partners in the system to broaden schools’ understanding of evidence and provide access to guidance, training and support in the region.
Lorwyn joined the EEF in September 2019 having led Kingsbridge Research School since 2016. In addition to five years in secondary school senior leadership, he has twelve years of experience teaching RE and Philosophy. During this time, he completed a Masters in Education Research at Exeter University focussing on dialogic teaching and led an EEF pilot study on self-testing.
Before working in education, Lorwyn spent three years working for Torbay Social Services. He volunteers for South West Food Collective, a food redistribution charity that collects surplus food from a range of suppliers and redistributes it to charities in the region.
Pauline Brown, Regional Lead - North West
Pauline is a member of the Dissemination and Impact team, supporting the schools to use evidence of what works to improve teaching and learning, especially for the most disadvantaged.
Pauline is an experienced senior leader who has worked in a range of schools in different contexts. Previously she has been a Local Authority Consultant and SLE. Pauline has recently coordinated a large SSIF project implementing change in maths pedagogy to support disadvantaged learners, in partnership with the Maths Hub and University of Leeds. Pauline has also been recognised for her work with ‘looked after children’ by the Virtual School at the North Yorkshire Teaching Awards.
In addition, Pauline is studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester and is a visiting fellow for The Northern Powerhouse Partnership, advocating for better outcomes for disadvantaged children in the North. Pauline is a governor at her local primary school.
Megan Dixon, Senior Associate
Megan is a Senior Associate at the EEF.
Megan is fascinated by how we can transfer research evidence into effective classroom practice. She is often found reading research and working with researchers to develop practical strategies to transfer their work into teaching and learning. She is always involved in at least one research trial and is a regular contributor to the TES.
- Development and Communications
Stephen Tall, Director of Development and Communications
Stephen leads on the development of partnerships with like-minded organisations, ensuring the EEF achieves its fundraising goals. He also oversees the EEF's communications.
Stephen joined the EEF in January 2012. Prior to this he worked for the University of Oxford for 14 years, most recently as Associate Director of Development, heading up teams working across principal and major gifts, as well as annual giving and communications. Previously he headed up major fundraising campaigns for Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and for St Anne's College.
Stephen has been a school governor for 17 years, currently at North Heath Community Primary School in Horsham. He was also a councillor on Oxford City Council for eight years, including a term as Deputy Lord Mayor.
Hilary Cornwell, Media and Communications Manager
Hilary manages all media activities for the EEF and the Sutton Trust. She is the first point-of-call for any journalist wanting to know more about the charities’ work. In her previous role at a communications agency, Hilary managed media campaigns for a wide range of projects, including art exhibitions, documentary films and music festivals.
Adil Morrison, Digital Manager
Adil joined the EEF in May 2017 and leads on the EEF's digital communications, with responsibility for its website, email newsletter and social media. In his previous role, he managed communications for a political foundation. He holds a BA in Modern Languages from UCL.
Trent Grassian, Data and Communications Analyst
Trent oversees the monitoring and analysis of national engagement throughout the Research Schools Network. He also leads on Network communications, including social media, newsletters and media activities, ensuring EEF’s work is accessible across the Network.
Before joining the EEF in 2019, Trent completed a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent, investigating the impact of various sustainability campaigns. He also earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Exeter, after working as a Special Educational Needs teacher in the US.
- Finance and Administration
Anne-Laure Bedouet, Head of Finance and Operations
Anne-Laure joined the EEF in May 2013. Anne-Laure is a chartered accountant who qualified with Deloitte and worked for Thomson Reuters for nine years before joining the EEF.
Shelby Roberts, Administration and Policy Officer
Shelby joined the EEF in July 2019 as Admin and Policy Officer. Her role primarily supports various administrative functions across the organisation, in addition to supporting the Chief Executive in a PA capacity. She also works within the policy team, promoting the EEF’s aims of improving the use of evidence in schools and policymaking.
Shelby has a BA in History from the University of Warwick and prior to joining the EEF she worked as Policy Officer at the National Governance Association. She has been a co-opted governor at a maintained primary school in Birmingham.
Bola Adefami, Finance Officer
Bola joined the EEF in June 2019, providing support on a range of key finance functions.
Abegayle Duffus, Business and Administration Apprentice
Abegayle joined the EEF in July 2018.