Our Team

Here at Evidence Based Education, we love what we do. We combine years of experience in teaching and school leadership, in conducting research into educational leadership and evaluation, and in policy advice to the UK Government’s Department for Education.

This rare combination allows us to take an objective view on effective uses of evidence in education, while also developing pragmatic, thought-provoking training and tools, designed for the complex professional lives of teachers and school leaders (lives we have lived).

Who are #wEBE?

  • Prof Dr Stuart Kime
    Prof Dr Stuart Kime Co-founder and Director of Education

    Stuart oversees the design and delivery of EBE’s learning and development programmes for teachers and leaders. His work is concerned with helping educators understand and make appropriate use of the best available research evidence to promote learner outcomes.

    He is a qualified teacher of English, and worked as a classroom teacher, middle leader and senior leader in secondary schools between 2001 and 2011. Stuart studied for his doctorate with Profs Rob Coe and Steve Higgins at Durham University, developing interests in the areas of evaluation design and teachers’ professional learning. In 2014, he took on the role of Policy Fellow in the UK Government’s Department for Education.

    Stuart is currently Visiting International Professor in the Hector Research Institute for Education Sciences and Psychology at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, a member of the Editorial Board of Impact, and Chair of Governors at Ferryhill Station Primary School in County Durham.

  • Jack Deverson
    Jack Deverson Co-founder and Managing Director

    Jack is the Managing Director of EBE. It is his responsibility to ensure that the business runs smoothly and efficiently, and he manages the people, finance and business development sides of the organisation, as well as some delivery of our work too.

    In 2019, he led EBE to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category, and in 2022 he was honoured to win Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

    Jack has a First in Chinese and German from Newcastle University. He was awarded The Newcastle University Prize for Excellence in Chinese for his final year’s studies and also holds awards for languages from the University of Hainan, China. He also holds national representative honours in two sports, and is a keen musician, runner and cyclist in his spare time, as well as volunteering as Enterprise Adviser for St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, Sunderland, and as a tutor with The Access Project.

  • Rob Coe
    Rob Coe Director of Research and Development

    Rob Coe joined EBE in February 2019 from his role as Professor of Education at Durham University. In 1999, Rob wrote the Manifesto for Evidence-Based Education, a document which inspired us to set up EBE, and continues to shape the work we do, 20 years on.

    Rob has contributed to a number of influential reports, including EBE’s Great Teaching Toolkit: Evidence Review, the Sutton Trust’s What Makes Great Teaching?, the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit, and the Teacher Development Trust’s Developing Great Teaching. He is a member of advisory groups for a wide range of educational organisations.

  • Hannah Bickerdike
    Hannah Bickerdike Head of GTT Experience

    Hannah splits her time between developing new features within the Great Teaching Toolkit and working with schools to help them get the most value from it. She’s always eager to learn more about how teachers are using the Toolkit, which parts they like and which can be improved.

    Alongside her PhD, Hannah acted as a tutor and demonstrator for Geography undergraduates at Durham University. She has also worked in a pastoral role within a local school and as a research consultant in the planning sector.

  • Alex Turnbull
    Alex Turnbull Head of Marketing & Communications

    Alex is our Head of Marketing & Communications, and is responsible for much of the contact with prospective and existing customers. He has specific responsibility for our online CPD, though works across the whole range of EBE’s services.

    He leads on much of our outbound marketing, the delivery on our CRM system, analytics and customer engagement statistics, as well as overseeing our customer support.

  • Ciaran Elliott
    Ciaran Elliott Website and Media Editor

    Ciaran is the in-house IT technician, website dev, animator & video editor. He resolves most internal and external tech issues & edits a lot of the video content you see on our courses.

    Ciaran also has qualifications in IT and telecommunications and consistently works to develop his understanding of animation and video production through Adobe.

  • C.J. Rauch
    C.J. Rauch Head of Teaching and Learning

    As Head of Teaching and Learning, C.J. works to make sure EBE provides the best possible professional development to teachers. In addition to contributing to the development of courses and resources, he advises schools enrolled on the Great Teaching Toolkit. C.J. is also the course tutor for teachers enrolled in Modules 1 & 2 of the University of Buckingham’s Online MA in Education with EBE. He taught history at a secondary state school in his home state of New Jersey before moving to the UK to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge; he’s also worked in education project evaluation.

  • Ibrahim El Sanosi
    Ibrahim El Sanosi Software Developer and System Operator (DevOps)

    Ibrahim is our Software Developer and System Operator working on development of technology solutions and tools. Also, he ensures the system processes work smoothly around the organisation.

    Ibrahim received his BSc in Computer Science from Sebha University, Libya, and then in 2008 his MSc in Advanced Computer Science from Newcastle University. He was awarded a PhD in Computer Science in 2018, also from Newcastle University. Ibrahim spent 18 years in academia, as a student, demonstrator, teaching assistant and latterly lecturer. His interests include software development, web technologies, problem troubleshooting, API integration, testing, big data analysis and distributed systems.

  • Ourania Ventista
    Ourania Ventista Research Statistician

    Ourania is EBE’s research statistician. Ourania holds a PhD in Education and an MSc in Educational Assessment from Durham University. She is a qualified primary school teacher with work experience in schools in Greece and England. She publishes in the areas of educational assessment and evaluation, school effectiveness, students’ thinking skills and differentiated instruction.

  • John Jenkinson
    John Jenkinson Head of International Development

    John is our Head of International Development, responsible for building and maintaining relationships with governments, multi-academy trusts and partners around the world.

    Previously an international trade adviser for the UK’s Department for International Trade, John acted as sector lead for education, and delivered strategic business initiatives for clients and institutions. He has guest lectured at both Northumbria and Durham University, and has a degree in Linguistics and Mandarin Chinese from Newcastle University.

  • Piotr Wydra
    Piotr Wydra FrontEnd Developer

    Piotr is EBE’s FrontEnd Developer, working primarily on continually improving the Great Teaching Toolkit. Having recently received a BSc in Computing Science from Coventry University, Piotr’s role involves collaborating with internal and external colleagues on developments, ensuring a friendly UX/UI and implementing new features in the GTT platform.

  • Kate Jones
    Kate Jones Senior Associate - Teaching and Learning

    As Senior Associate for Teaching and Learning, Kate is focused on enriching and enhancing the Great Teaching Toolkit by strengthening the connections between relevant research evidence and classroom practice. You’ll find Kate will presenting, speaking and writing about the practical strategies that embody the Model for Great Teaching.

    Kate is a teacher of Humanities, History and Politics who has held department and school leadership roles. She taught in the UK before a spell in the UAE, recently returning to her native Wales. Never one to stand still, Kate is author of six books and has more on the way!

  • Matt McGinlay
    Matt McGinlay Head of Courses and Programmes

    Matt’s primary responsibility is for developing the courses and programmes in the Great Teaching Toolkit. His role also involves gathering and responding to teacher feedback, across the whole GTT. Matt is one of our team advising schools, providing a truly pragmatic approach when discussing, training or writing about how schools can make use of the GTT.

    As a former Science teacher, Matt is our in-house expert on standardised assessment data, and how they can be used effectively by various stakeholders in schools.

  • Jamie Scott
    Jamie Scott Director of Partnerships

    Jamie is our Director of Partnerships. He is incredibly experienced in the field of education, having previously worked at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring, and is adept at understanding the problems prospective and existing partners are facing, then finding ways to deliver high-quality solutions.

    With our Managing Director, he takes responsibility for the health and development of the organisation, but is also external-facing; you will often find him out and about at exhibitions, recording podcasts, being a whiz behind a camera, and forging new links with schools and organisations around the world.

  • Allyson Deverson
    Allyson Deverson Office Manager

    With a degree in Business Law, and two decades’ experience working in both customer-facing and administrative roles within the security print industry, Allyson is well-equipped the task of managing EBE’s administration. She is often the first point of contact for enquiries we receive and ensures that the office runs and functions as it should do!

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