Our trustees

Think Global has a Board of Trustees of up to 11 people, with a range of skills and experiences, but all with a belief in the importance of global learning for creating a better world.  

Hilary Thornton Think Global Chair

Hilary Thornton (Chair)

Hilary has previously served on Think Global’s Advisory Council and brings a wealth of expertise from a background in international development and previously as teacher, manager and researcher in education. As a consultant, Hilary also brings experience having worked with a number of international development agencies, governments, large NGOs and Foundations in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam and Laos. Hilary believes that creative and critical thinking set in a global context supports education at its best.

James Luger (Vice Chair)

As an experienced civil servant, James brings an understanding of sustainable development, environment and economic policy to the Think Global Board. Building on an early educational career (working with pre-16 students exhibiting challenging behaviour), James’s experience encompasses NGO (Keep Britain Tidy, National Youth Agency, NIACE), economic development, further/higher education and most recently regional and national policy roles. Throughout his career, James has maintained a long standing commitment to and passion for education for sustainable development and global citizenship (ESD-GC), most notably by leading a partnership consortium of 30+ public and educational institutions to secure the UK’s first UN Regional Centre of Expertise (ESD) in 2007.

David Calver

David Calver (Treasurer)

David is an accountant who has had a varied career, starting in a professional firm in London in the 1980s, then in pharmaceuticals, big oil, venture capital, two tiers of local government, environmental charities, social enterprises and campaigning organisations.  He believes in the potential to use innovative financial ideas imaginatively across artificial, arbitrary, man-made boundaries as part of the solution to global sustainability and social justice challenges.  

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Julie Brown

As the Education Manager for Practical Action, Julie leads a team that helps teachers embed global learning into mainstream subjects, particularly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). In addition to producing award winning resources used by teachers throughout Europe the team delivers teacher training. Julie herself brings experience of leading an EC funded project involving three other countries. Passionate about pupil learning, Julie believes access to a good global education is every child’s right.

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure

Debbie is Executive Headteacher and CEO of Avonbourne Academy Trust. The Academy Trust is a Multi Academy Trust which has two single sex academies, a co-educational primary school and sixth form. She believes that education is pivotal in promoting social and economic justice. Debbie is an advocate of the ‘Earth Charter’ and has worked extensively on projects linked to this, and on major international projects such as the education and safety of migrant students with Oulu in Finland, and designing curriculums.

Jo Hensher

Jo works for Siemens, and currently works in its rail division where she is a Bid Director. She has an understanding of how globalisation affects the business environment and of its impact on the jobs market, and has a significant appreciation of what attributes young people need to succeed in such an environment. She has spent a large part of her Siemens career working on global trends and their impact on cities in particular.

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Will Tucker

In 2015 Will established Will Tucker Consulting to support organisations with a cause to connect with the people who can help. Will helps organisations to increase political support, get members of the public contributing to their work and campaigning and shifting public opinion. Prior to setting up the consultancy Will worked for VSO, Save the Children UK and Oxfam GB leading teams delivering campaigns, advocacy and public engagement projects.

Pablo Guidi

Pablo Guidi

Currently the Director of Liverpool World Centre (LWC), Pablo understands the practical need for Global Learning in schools and communities.  He is experienced in charity management, in particular helping organisations like LWC to reduce grant dependency and increase traded sales.  During the last 10 years Pablo has chaired the boards of VMM International and the Consortium of Development Education Centres (CoDEC) – both engaged in development education.

Think Global’s Advisory Council

Think Global also has an Advisory Council, made up of experts in different aspects of global learning. The Advisory Council advises the board and the staff team on current global learning trends and issues as well as strategic matters for the charity.

Alia Alzougbi, HEC Global Learning
Alia is Head of HEC Global Learning Centre in London.  Her background as an artist-educator is in using theatre and performance traditions to engage schools and communities in critical conversation around global issues, leading to activism through cultural production.  She is also interested in finding creative outlets for oral histories of voiceless communities. 

Tom Burke,Y Care International
Tom is currently Director of Global Youth Work at Y Care International, the international development agency of the YMCA in the UK and Ireland; Chair of Trustee of Peace Child International and director of amplify.org.uk consultancy.

Katie Carr, Cumbria Development Education Centre
Katie is a member of the Directors’ Group of the Consortium of DECs in England.  Prior to joining the DE movement, Katie has worked across the boundary of research and practice, supporting school leaders to use action research to explore and build inter-school collaboration.  She has expertise in youth-led research, youth voice, and is a strong advocate of participatory practice.  She has delivered lectures on educational change as part of Lancaster University’s MA Education.

Pete Davis, Independent Consultant
Until 2009 Pete was Oxfam GB’s International Coordinator for Youth and Education. Over 30 years in development education he acquired experience and knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, pedagogy, and practices of development education, and its relevance to people’s learning. He contributed to the formation and capacity building of many DECs.

Trevor Higginbottom, Global Education Consultant
Trevor was formerly HM Inspector of Schools. Previously , he was Chief Education Adviser for Barnsley LEA and Senior Education Officer with the English Schools Foundation , Hong Kong . Currently he is Chief Executive Consultant to the Shanghai Xiehe Education Organisation, and a Trustee of the DECSY.  His interests include school improvement and China both in terms of its education system and in the context of global education.

Gemma Hoskins
Gemma was previously Community Organiser Manager for Amnesty International, and has headed up The Scout Association’s International Education Programme and managed volunteers programmes for VSO for many years. With plenty of overseas experience, Gemma is extremely passionate about international development.

Sally Issler, Independent Consultant
Sally is an expert in global education research is on the management board of the Further Education Research Association (FERA) which publishes an academic peer review journal. She also has worked closely with awarding organisations in the UK and overseas, and is a trustee of Sports Leaders UK, the awarding arm of the British Sports Trust, which develops young volunteers in sporting activity.

Nigel Rayment, Magnified Learning
Nigel is Director of Magnified Learning, which specialises in delivering business impact through employee development. He is a blogger with the Huffington Post, and a Fellow of SEEd. He has published articles on ESD, co-operative and global learning, and active citizenship.

Ian Richards, Global Youth Work
Ian was previously manager of a successful Foundation Learning programme WBL at Lincolnshire County Council, sits on the National Leadership Committee and chairs the Education and Training Committee of the Community and Youth Workers Union, now part of Unite the Union.  He specialises in Global Youth Work.

Dr Roy Smith, Nottingham Trent University
Roy is Programme Leader, MA in International Development at Nottingham Trent University. He has focused his research on small island states, particularly those within the Pacific region. Currently Dr Smith is working on environmental and economic vulnerability issues in the Pacific region, with a particular emphasis on energy security.

Shelley Swift, The Ridings’ Federation of Academies
Shelley is a Federation Head of International for the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, and a member of Think Global’s Expert Schools Panel. She has led various multi-school groups, chairs the South West International Baccalaureate Coordinator network, runs workshops at international conferences, and has organised student-led ambassador opportunities.

Stuart Wroe, Open University/LGCE/gyw@
Stuart’s knowledge relating to education for a just and sustainable world comes from over ten years working with marginalised young people in the UK and globally through global youth work, including in deprived inner-city communities; prisons in the UK and Sierra Leone; and the slums of Mumbai and Bangkok.