John Martin, Technical Director

John Martin is Technical Director at Cambridge Education. John has been with Cambridge Education since 1994 and has been Manager since 1998. He has worked in education for more than 22 years, including 15 years experience in countries other than the UK. This includes long-term assignments in Ghana (5 years) and Brunei (5 years) as well as short-term consultancies in China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

As a specialist in both pre-service and in-service teacher training systems and curriculum development, he has undertaken both preparation and implementation missions for DFID, the World Bank, the European Commission and the Asian Development Bank. Most recently he was team leader on a preparation mission for an £11 million DFID project in China.

Jake Ross, Project Director

Jake Ross is Cambridge Education’s Project Director for T-TEL, and also Regional Portfolio Manager for West Africa. He has undertaken long- and short-term technical assistance and management roles in more than 20 countries since joining Cambridge Education in 1994. These have included Bangladesh (5 years), Lao PDR (2 years), Zambia (3 years) and Nigeria (6 years).

Jake has worked on a variety of primary, secondary, asylum seeker and open learning programmes, including teacher education and research capacity development. As an international development professional, his work has spanned the education and health sectors. He has managed diverse models of development projects, programmes, grants and sectoral support, most recently as Project Director of the 8.5 year, £125m DFID ESSPIN programme. He is deeply committed to equitable access for all to decent quality education, and loves working with colleagues in West Africa.

Akwasi Addae Boahene, National Programme Manager

With more than 19 years working experience with International Development Organizations, Mr. Akwasi Addae Boahene is currently the National Programme Manager of the DFID funded Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (T-TEL) in Ghana implemented by Cambridge Education. From 2013 to 2014, he was the Executive Director of Associates for Development Partnerships, and was the Country Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) in Ghana from 2004 to 2013. As Country Director for WUSC, he was responsible for a portfolio of education and community development projects implemented in Ghana, with funding from USAID, CIDA and others.

In addition, Mr. Addae Boahene was the Chief of Party for the Ghana Education Decentralization Project (GEDP) funded by USAID and implemented by WUSC in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Education from 2010 to 2012, and also Project Director for the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai District Development Project.

He was briefly the Director for Field Operations for the SHAPE Project implemented by World Education based in Boston, USA and funded by USAID/Ghana in 2004, and also the Associate Director for Field Activities of the Community School Alliances (CSA) Project, a component of the USAID funded Quality Improvement in Primary Schools (QUIPS) Program in Ghana from 1998 to December 2003. 

Dr. Rosie Lugg, Deputy National Programme Manager

Rosie Lugg is T-TEL’s Deputy Programme Manager. She has worked in the education and training sectors for almost thirty years, and has a PhD in Education Policy Studies, from the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Starting her career as a science teacher in a secondary school, Rosie has experience in both programme implementation and research, including two years as a Research Fellow at the University of Sussex on the DFID-funded programme on Widening Participation in Higher Education in Ghana and Tanzania.  Rosie’s experience covers a wide range of institutional contexts including national ministries, government agencies, non-governmental organisations and trade unions, and different development partners including DFID, EU, World Bank, LUXDEV and UNESCO.

Samuel Awuku, Leadership & Institutional Development Key Adviser

Samuel Awuku is an Independent International Management and Leadership Consultant who supports the T-TEL programme as the Key Adviser for the Leadership and Management component. Samuel leads a group of ten College Improvement Advisors who are directly providing a cutting edge college improvement coaching and leadership professional development to all Ghanaian Colleges of Education senior leadership teams. As a Management Consultant and Mathematics Educator, Samuel has over two decades of experience across West Africa, East Africa, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom.

A graduate of the University of Cape Coast, The University of Reading, The University of Chichester, London South Bank University and Trinity College, Samuel is also a member of the Institute of Directors, UK, a Fellow of College of Teachers, England and a Chartered Mathematics Teacher, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, England. Samuel's areas of expertise are: Total Quality Management, Organizational Development, Inclusive Leadership, Digital Leadership, Policy Leadership, Educational Technology Policies and Mathematics as a Human Activity. According to Samuel, leadership is a process and requires a significant level of commonality capital.

Prof. Jophus A. Mensah, Curriculum Reform Key Adviser

Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, T-TEL’s key Adviser, Institutional Reform, is the Executive Chair of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA), a programme that has produced free study units that are improving classroom practice across thirteen different countries. Prof.  Anamuah-Mensah was the Director of School and Community Science and Technology Studies and now Director of the Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies at the University of Education, Winneba. He is the Chairman of Open Learning Exchange, an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of learning in Ghanaian schools through the use of technology and especially, the creation of an open digital education library accessible online and offline.

He was also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and for nine years Prof. Anamuah-Mensah was the Principal and Vice-Chancellor of University of Education Winneba (UEW), the first university in Africa dedicated to teacher education.

Prof. Jonathan Fletcher, Tutor Professional Development Key Adviser

Prof. Fletcher is T-TEL's key adviser for Tutor Professional Development and the Dean of the School of Education and Leadership at the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a specialist mathematics educator, teacher trainer and assessment consultant. He is a former head of the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE- Post Compulsory) Mathematics/Numeracy programme at the London University’s Institute of Education (UCL- IOE), a former head of the PGCE (Post Compulsory) programme of the University of Greenwich, a former head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education, University of Cape Coast and a former Deputy Director of the Institute of Education also at the University of Cape Coast. His areas of interest include teacher professional development, teacher performance appraisal and assessment in education.

Rob Smith, School Partnerships Key Adviser

 

Rob Smith is T-TELs Key Adviser for School Partnerships, leading the work that is being done to ensure student teachers in colleges of education have effective and meaningful practical teaching experience both on and off campus in their schools of attachment. Rob is an experienced Education Adviser and programme manager, and has worked in Trinidad, Burundi, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Ghana on a range of initiatives to support teacher education, curriculum reform, and education quality.

Noshie Iddisah, T-TEL Funds Key Adviser

Noshie Iddisah, key adviser, T-TEL Funds, is highly experienced in grants and project management with over fifteen years’ experience working on large scale development projects in Ghana. She has demonstrated expertise and understanding in budgeting, financial planning and financial reporting, managing of fiduciary risks, grant selection, referral and compliance management, and the establishment of procurement systems.

She was recently the Civil Society Support Unit Manager (Grants and Capacity Building) for the multi-donor funded civil society strengthening facility STAR-Ghana for over four years. Noshie was responsible for the overall disbursement and management of grants and fiduciary risks; management of the grant selection process, the grants cycle process and making recommendations for grant awards on the project. Noshie has in-depth knowledge and experience of DFID and the wider international development assistance system and understands the political dynamics in Ghana.

Noshie also worked for over eight years on the UK-DFID funded Forest Sector Development Project administering, managing and disbursing grants for the Government of Ghana aimed at institutional reform of the forest sector in Ghana.

Sharon Tao, Gender and Inclusion Key Adviser

Sharon has extensive experience in implementing gender strategies on large-scale DFID-funded education programmes in Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria and India, and her experience in systems strengthening, intervention/programme design and policy development on these programmes has not only been underpinned by her PhD engagement with a wide evidence base on teacher quality, and gender and inclusion; but her in-country work has also been informed by her grassroots experience as a researcher and teacher of classes of 100+ students in government schools in Tanzania and Rwanda. She has contributed specialist knowledge and experience in designing gender strategies and mainstreaming gender in T-TEL activities; and her book ‘Transforming Teacher Quality in the Global South’, which includes a specific focus on gender, has been well received in the international community.Sharon is also leading Cambridge Education’s Gender Initiative, which aims to provide a rigorous and comprehensive approach to gender on all of the organisation’s education programming.

Natasha Dyer, Communications & Learning Key Adviser

Natasha Dyer works as T-TEL’s Key Adviser for Communications and Learning. Following a career working in corporate communications in Central and Eastern Europe, running educational and rural development NGOs in South Africa, and building partnerships for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Natasha has spent the last few years with DHA, a leading research, policy and communications consultancy for the public and third sectors. She supports DFID-funded government programmes across the developing world and NGOs, charities and think tanks to deliver innovative communications and advocacy strategies. This includes producing reports, guides and policy briefs, securing national news stories, developing strategic thinking and delivering training on effective communications’ techniques, social media engagement, infographics and driving behavioural change.

At T-TEL, Natasha oversees the implementation of the programme’s communications and learning strategy. She builds capacity of staff to ensure stakeholders are regularly informed about programme activities and ensures communications help deliver programme objectives and drive policy change for better teaching and learning in Ghana.

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