Our team

Below are details of Think Global’s staff and volunteer team. Any vacancies are advertised on our vacancies page. The charity’s overall strategic direction is set by our Board of Trustees, with support from an Advisory Council.

Jess McQuail

Jess McQuail, Chief Executive

Jess took up the post of CEO in January 2017 and is responsible for the organisation’s overall leadership and management. With over 25 years’ experience in the UK and international not-for-profit sector, she is passionate about working for a more just and sustainable world. Jess has a Masters in Social Work and post graduate qualification in leadership and management.

“I am proud to be part of Think Global, and a community of people that are committed to learning about, and acting on global challenges. I believe our vital work is needed now more than ever.”

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams, Head of Programmes

Sarah is responsible for Think Global’s programme delivery, in particular Think Global’s role in the consortium which runs the Global Learning Programme. Before joining Think Global in 2009 Sarah worked at Toynbee Hall setting up Active Citizenship projects, prior to that she led the youth network and educational outreach programmes at STAR (Student Action for Refugees). She has a BA in American History and an MA in Applied Anthropology and Youth and Community work at Goldsmiths, London.

“Education can enable us transform ourselves and the world around us. I believe that learning about global issues can focus our attention on social injustice and unlock our potential for taking informed action. We are all capable of making small and big changes to make our world a better place for everyone.”

 

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Monika Kruesmann, Head of Programmes

Monika is Head of Programmes at Think Global. Before joining Think Global in 2013 she previously worked for almost ten years in policy and programme positions with the Commonwealth Government of Australia, including five years in school education policy. She is also a qualified teacher, and has taught modern foreign languages in secondary schools, and international economic relations at university level. Monika has worked and studied in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Europe, and has a Masters degree in International Relations from the Australian National University, as well as a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Her specialist interests are international CSR, global normative change, and international development.

“The world is an amazing place. It’s exciting, varied and often beautiful; but it’s also complex and sometimes hard. Global learning is a way to work through those complexities and problems thoughtfully, and to think critically about how we can act to see more of the good things and less hardship, for everyone.”

 

Moira Jenkins, Digital Programme Manager

Moira is responsible for communicating Think Global’s mission to schools and teachers and managing the Global Dimension Website for teachers. Before joining Think Global in 2004, Moira worked for the British Council where she was variously responsible for editing publications, developing websites and promoting their sport leadership programmes. Moira has a degree in French, German and International Relations.

“I get a real buzz out of finding useful resources and sharing them with people. I also have a love of learning, a curiosity about different cultures, a real concern for the environment and a keen sense of social justice. So really, what better job could there be for me than managing a website dedicated to ‘the world in your classroom’?”

 

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Anneliese Gamper, Programme Manager

Anneliese joined think Global in 2011 as a Programme Manager and is responsible for Think Global’s policy and schools programmes. She has a Secondary Geography PGCE from the Institute of Education and previously worked as Head of Geography and PSHE Coordinator in secondary schools in London. She graduated from Leeds University with a BA in Development Studies.  

“Since it was first introduced to me aged 13 in a geography lesson I have been passionate about development. My interest was sparked by having a world I thought I knew turned on its head. Since then I have been involved in development or education in different guises and working for Think Global means I can combine these two, and hopefully pass on what ignited my curiosity all those years ago.”

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Faaria Ahmad, Programme Manager

Faaria joined Think Global as a Programme Manager in 2015. She was previously Head of Corporate Services at Faith Regen Foundation where she worked for five years. She is also the chair of the trustee board at MADE and was one of the founding members of the organisation. Faaria enjoys travelling and has spent time volunteering in Jordan supporting refugees.

“This world is so much smaller than we think. If we understand the impact that each of us can have on making this diverse, interconnected and incredible world better- it is a duty on us to share that knowledge and hope that the ripples will become waves to make this world kind, green and just.”

Catherine Richardson

Catherine Richardson, Programme Manager

Catherine joined Think Global as a Programme Manager in January 2016. Having previously worked as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages through the Teach First programme, volunteering for a summer in Tanzania to deliver Limited Resource Teacher Training to local teachers, she then worked for a year with PEAS Uganda as an Education Specialist for the eastern region cluster of schools. Just prior to joining Think Global, Catherine worked as Programme and Training Manager with Team Up. She graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in International Studies with French.

“If we are aware of and have a balanced understanding of global issues – the positives, as well as the challenges, we’re all more empowered to take action. This is where global learning can have its biggest impact!”

 

Hannah Brenton

Hannah Brenton, Programme Manager

Hannah is responsible for Think Global’s school programmes and teacher CPD. She was previously the ‘Learning to Live Together’ Leader at a Federation of Primary schools, heading up global learning and running a Global Learning Programme Expert Centre.  Hannah has a PGCE from the IOE, as well as a Masters in Education and International Development specialising in Education in Emergencies and conflict.   

“Young people are growing up in a complex world, and as educators we are developing them for a world that we can’t predict. It’s so important that global learning is a priority in our schools, to ensure that teachers and students have the knowledge and skills to be critical and take action.”

Jackie Wray

Jackie Wray, Director of Finance and Operations

Jackie joined Think Global in September 2016 as Director of Finance and Operations after 18 years at Blackfriars Settlement in a similar role. Her previous roles included a stint as a trainee in the Home Office, working as a tour guide in India, promoting Minority Rights Group publications and managing Afghanaid. She has an MSc in Charity Finance and is an ACCA-qualified accountant.

“The gift of a stamp album when I was 8 started my travelling bug. Travelling widely led to an awareness of the challenges facing people everywhere in realising their aspirations. I could also see that charities need expert financial management so that they can pursue their passion for improving lives. Accountability, transparency and good budgeting are essential to keep everything on track. I aim to bring these skills to Think Global”

 

Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee, Project Support Officer

Lisa is responsible for providing administrative support across diverse projects that increase understanding and action on global issues. Before joining Think Global in 2016, Lisa was a qualified TESOL trained teacher in Hong Kong and volunteered in leading youth activity and teaching early years in Singapore and China. Just prior to joining Think Global, Lisa was Supporter Relations Administrator for Mission Without Borders. She is currently completing her Education and International Development Masters at IOE UCL.

“As the world is becoming more polarised, it is now more crucial than ever to educate and inform ourselves and each other as to what collective action we can make to improve our world. We shouldn’t be paralysed by global issues, rather we should take action on a daily basis to help solve them, no matter how small the act.”