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 a trustee of People & Planet and active in pro-cycling campaigns and organisations.
Samantha Davies, Director (Sudan & UK), is based in Oxford, having worked for WTI for 15 years in various roles. 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.
David Masua is WTI’s Country Director in South Sudan and author of The Challenges of Change in Language of Instruction in Primary Schools in South Sudan. David is a passionate educational professional, who believes that quality education has the potential to eradicate poverty, marginalisation and inequality and therefore investment in education should focus on the teacher. He is working hard with his dedicated colleagues and various donors in the education sector in South Sudan to support efforts to improve teaching, learning and access to quality and equitable education. David holds a BA in Education from Makerere University, Uganda, an Msc in Education from Reading University, UK and an MA in Educational Research from Durham University, 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.
Oliver Bakewell is the Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) and Associate Professor in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. Much of his research is focused on African migration and the links between migration and development. Before joining Oxford University, he 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.
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.
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 Trust Federal 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.
Lucy Hovil is the Senior Researcher for the International Refugee Rights Initiative, where she has been co-coordinating a research and advocacy project, Citizenship and Forced Migration in the Great Lakes Region, initiated by the International Refugee Rights Initiative and the Social Science Research Council. She is also the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. 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.
Cynthia Rumboll, a former Chair of the Trust, is the sister of Hugh Pilkington (whose early death led to the founding of HPCT/WTI in 1987). Educated at Cambridge, she now lives in Jersey. Dame Commander of the Commandery of the Bailiwick of Jersey of the Most Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem, she also chairs other grant-making educational trusts.
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 to marketing in 2008. He is currently Marketing Director of Talkmobile, a virtual mobile network owned by Vodafone. His interest in WTI’s activities stems from time in East 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.