Dr Balwant Singh, Chief Executive

Since 2010, Balwant has provided strategic and executive leadership to all aspects of the Trust’s work and partnerships. Earlier roles include Global Director of a maternal and child health initiative across Africa and Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Regional Director for Asia with Save the Children, Executive Director of Doctors of the World USA in New York and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, Director of International Programmes at International Family Health in London and Country Director with Project HOPE in Russia. Balwant is a physician with an MBA.

Libby Burkeman, Head of Programmes

As Head of Programmes, Libby leads programme development and manages grants in India and the UK. Libby has experience of developing and managing education programmes through her previous roles as Director of Education at Tzedek, an international charity, and most recently in her role as Education Director at Movement for Reform Judaism. Libby has also co-ordinated education and teacher training programmes at the Science Museum.

Dr Christine Oliver, Head of Research

Christine develops and manages research, monitoring and evaluation of the Trust’s programmes. She has over 20 years of research experience, including 18 as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. Christine has an MA in Social History and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from UCL, Institute of Education.

Asha Thakrar, Finance Manager

Asha manages all aspects of finance at the Trust. She has a background in charity and corporate financial management and before working for the Trust was the Financial Accounting Manager at Muslim Aid, Financial Controller at Edge Grove School and the Head of finance at CVQO, an educational charity.

Andy Arthurson, Operations Manager

Andy has been responsible for the operations of the Trust and overseeing the work funded in Gibraltar since joining in 2012. He has 14 years experience in the charity sector and prior to joining the Trust, worked for eight years at Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity in roles including National Education Support Manager and Office and Administration Manager.