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.  

James Luger (Interim 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 (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.

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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.

Paul Vanags

Paul Vanags

Paul is a practising Fundraiser and blogger on third sector issues at thinkingfundraising.com. With a 15 year career in FMCG marketing and innovation for Mars/Diageo, Paul now runs Oxfam’s public fundraising, leading a team of 60 marketing and fundraising professionals. Paul is currently on sabbatical and working as Co-Director of campaigning charity People and Planet.

Paul is a regular conference speaker, a member of the Institute of Fundraising, Advisory Panel for Fundraising Think-tank Rogare and a board member of Oxfam Sweden.