Our team

Our team

The Educational Opportunity Foundation’s Governing Body (its Board of Trustees) is known as the Council. We also have a President, Estelle Morris, and a Vice-President, Professor John Furlong. There are two subsidiary committees: Investments Committee and Grants Committee.

President and Vice-President

A head and shoulders photo of BFSS President Estelle Morris

Estelle Morris

President

Estelle Morris is a former Secretary of State for Education and teacher, and is now a member of the House of Lords as well as Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Vice-President John Furlong

John Furlong

Vice-President

John Furlong, OBE, a former London school teacher, is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. He is a former President of the British Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2017, John was awarded the OBE for services to educational research and advice to government.

Council Members

A head and shoulders photo of Treasurer Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer

Treasurer

Former Director of Finance in non-for-profit membership organisations for 10 years until retirement. Has experience of overseeing charity investments.

BFSS Trustee Jane Creasy

Jane Creasy

Chair

Educational and public sector leadership at local and national level. Former Operations Director at the National College for School Leadership and Headteacher.

BFSS Trustee Charlotte Cashman

Charlotte Cashman

Vice-Chair

Experienced early years teacher, school governor, charity trustee and pioneering international teacher trainer in early literacy.

BFSS Trustee Anood Al-Samerai

Anood Al-Samerai

Trustee

Experience in local and national government and the voluntary sector. Former education charity director.

BFSS Trustee Janice Miller

Janice Miller

Trustee

FCMA. Has wide experience in charity leadership, governance and overseas development, including education and child protection. Formerly extensive general management, finance and consulting experience in the corporate sector.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee Suela Aksoy

Suela Aksoy

Trustee

A philanthropy professional who has successfully implemented corporate social responsibility initiatives, and has a wealth of experience in grant-giving for young people including for foundations and Comic Relief.

A head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee David Crowther

David Crowther

Trustee

A former Acting Director of BFSS. He has worked in publishing and international educational assessments, to developing education programmes for government.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee Nick Tesseyman

Nick Tesseyman

Trustee

Has worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Christ's Hospital School, and has voluntary roles including as an Independent Visitor for a care experienced young person.

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Jeanette Brady

Trustee

Worked as a SENCO and since retirement visits UK schools to keep her knowledge up to date to transfer to SEND projects in Uganda.

Head and shoulders photo of Trustee Alex Macdonald

Alex Macdonald

Trustee

Worked for international charities, coordinated international SEND, education and employment projects; and is currently working in grant giving.

A head and shoulders image of Trustee Davinder Dosanjh

Davinder Dosanjh

Trustee

An experienced former teacher with extensive experience in leading teacher training as an Associate Professor. She has worked with international schools. Davinder is a trustee for two charities and a governor at a university.

Staff

BFSS Communications Manager Sara Gaines

Sara Gaines

Communications Manager

Wide experience in communications for education charities, universities, community organisations and technology companies. Former journalist for The Guardian.

BFSS Director Joanne Knight

Joanne Knight

Director

Extensive experience as Director of grant giving charities, with investments and fundraising for income. Former Trustee of Association of Charitable Foundations and Manager of Starehe UK, a Kenyan education charity.

BFSS Administrator Belinda Lawrance

Belinda Lawrance

Administrator

Keeping the Foundation running smoothly since the 1990s!

BFSS Grants Manager Ashley Kuchanny

Ashley Kuchanny

Grants Manager

Background in international development. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, with experience working with NGOs and research institutes.