Ian Leggett is WTI’s Executive Director. He has worked in East Africa since the 1970s, initially based in Tanzania for six years then later with Oxfam, managing the regional programme for East Africa and, subsequently, East and Central Africa. A graduate of the Institute of Education in London, he has a particular interest in educational inequalities, especially with reference to pastoralist communities. He is also active in pro-cycling campaigns and organisations.
Samantha Davies is the Director (Sudan & UK) with oversight of the UK programme and work in Sudan, based in Oxford. With a background in Social Anthropology, International Development and Management for Not for Profit organisations, she is passionate about improving access to quality education for communities in Africa. She is also a qualified English language teacher with several years teaching experience in the UK and three years working in a rural Tanzanian Secondary School.
Anbara Khalidi joined WTI as the UK Programmes Officer in 2016. Following a PhD at University of Oxford, she worked in the Teacher Training department of an English language tutorial school, and as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Wadham College.
Based in Oxford, Jackie is WTI’s Senior Finance Officer, overseeing the finance function with specific responsibility for the organisation’s statutory and management accounting. A qualified accountant with a degree in modern languages, she has worked in both the corporate and not-for profit sectors.
David Masua is WTI’s Country Director in South Sudan, a manager and a passionate education professional, David believes that quality education has the potential to eradicate poverty, marginalization and inequality. To achieve quality education he believes education investment should focus on the teacher. Due to his passion and advocacy for improved education delivery in the country, David was recently elected as the Chairman of the National Education Coalition (NEC) for South Sudan. Working with others in the civil society, education partners and donors he is involved in all efforts to support improved teaching and equitable access to quality education for both boys and girls. David holds a BA in Education from Makerere University, Uganda, Msc in Education & Training from the University of Reading, UK and MA in Educational Research from the University of Durham, UK.
Erasmus Byaruhanga is WTI’s Finance Manager in South Sudan. He holds a Bsc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a member of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA). He has overall responsibility for all accounting, audit and budget functions in the organisation in South Sudan, including the timely preparation of reports required by donors, partners and government agencies that regulate NGO work in the country. He provides support to and deputises for the Country Director in his absence.
Asim Turkawi is WTI’s Country Director in Sudan. With a background in sociology, international development, human rights and child protection, Asim has accumulated a wealth of experience serving communities affected by war and other disasters through his work with international NGOs and the UN in Sudan, East Africa, the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. He brings to WTI his experience of strategic planning, policy development, research and needs assessment, and programme management. He has a strong passion to support the rights and wellbeing of children, especially their education needs. Asim is working hard with WTI colleagues to improve access to good quality education for disadvantaged and conflict affected children and young people in Sudan, including refugees, Sudanese internally displaced people and host communities.
Cynthia Rumboll is the sister of Hugh Pilkington whose accidental death in 1986 led to the founding of HPCT/WTI. On his death she became a founder member of HPCT, the Trust which looks after the endowment that funds much of our work and chaired the Trust for a number of years. Educated at Cambridge, she taught in the state system before moving to Jersey in 1976. She was a member of The States (Jersey’s Parliament) for three years before taking up a series of positions for St John Ambulance culminating in her Appointment as Dame Commander of the Bailiwick of Jersey of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, for which service she was awarded an MBE in 2017. She also chairs a number of of other grant making educational Trusts, both in Jersey and the UK and has contributed to the life of the Island of Jersey numerous other ways.
Samuel Ayele Bekalo, is a former WTI sponsored student. Having fled from Ethiopia in the late 1980s, he lived in exile in Sudan, helping to establish and then working as a principal teacher in the Nile Ethiopian-Eritrean refugee school. In the early 1990s, he came to the UK on a WTI scholarship. Having gained an M Ed and subsequently a PhD, he worked for several years as a Research and Development Education Fellow at Leeds University International Education Department, establishing a network with and contributing to the educational development work of institutions and organisations in East/Horn of Africa. He is currently a freelance consultant and research fellow, specialising in East/Horn of Africa, covering areas such as education, migration and integration and status for organisations across the UK, Europe and Africa. Outside WTI, he is involved with his local Oxfam group and as a school parent governor.
Stuart Wilson, ACMA MChem(Oxon), originally became a trustee in 2013 and has been Treasurer since 2014. A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 2006, his career began at Vodafone where he held a number of finance and commercial positions before moving into marketing. He was Sales & Marketing Director of Talkmobile, a sub brand of Vodafone, for 3 years, before holding various other positions in the Telecoms sector. His interest in WTI’s activities stems from time in Africa working for Oasis Uganda, where he supported the local administration and gained exposure to office management, bookkeeping and daily operations of a charity in an East-African context.
Sam is an agricultural economist and has previously worked for DFID and Oxfam, where he was head of programme policy. Currently, Sam leads Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), a global alliance of southern and northern organizations delivering innovative solutions for climate compatible development in developing countries since 2011. He has established CDKN as a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers, providing assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations. He is a Director in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Sustainability and Climate Change team, a Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University and adviser to the LSE/Leeds University Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP).
Eleanor Horne a WTI trustee since 2002. She also serves on the board of the Windle International Council. Having studied Russian and History of Art at the University of Bristol, she then worked for Pearson ELT department before going to Los Angeles, where she completed a diploma in Cinematography at Universal Studios with NYFA. A qualified TEFL teacher and an active member of her church, where she serves as secretary to the JCC, she is committed to the work of Windle, the promotion of and advocacy for the rights of refugees, and peace through education. From 2018 she became a trustee on the Board of the Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust.
Lucy Hovil is a Senior Research Associate for the International Refugee Rights Initiative, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK government's Stabilisation Unit. Formerly the Senior Research and Advocacy Officer at the Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda, she founded the organisation's research department, overseeing their working paper series. Her PhD (1999) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London explored the relationship between violence and identity in South Africa during the period of conflict that preceded the country's first inclusive election in 1994.
Elizabeth McNess (MEd, PhD) is a qualified teacher who has worked in both primary and secondary schools in England. For the last twenty years she has worked as an educational researcher and Senior Lecturer in education policy and practice at the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education. She has a background in comparative research and has served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE). She has published widely in the areas of education policy, pupil experience, and teachers’ work and professional values.
Oliver Bakewell is a Senior Lecturer at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. His work focuses on the intersections between migration and mobility and processes of development and change, with an empirical focus on migration within Africa. He is the Research Co-ordinator on Migration and Development for the Research and Evidence Facility of the EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa) https://www.soas.ac.uk/ref-hornresearch/. Prior to joining GDI, he spent over a decade at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. He was one of the founder members of the International Migration Institute and became Co-Director and then Director. Before taking up this role at Oxford, Oliver spent many years working with migrants and refugees both as a researcher and as a practitioner with a range of development and humanitarian NGOs. He holds a PhD and MSc in Development Studies from the University of Bath and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.