Our India-based office includes people with backgrounds in some of the world’s leading NGOs. 

Our education experts are drawn from leading primary schools in the UK and India. 

On the corporate side, the analytical understanding and thorough approach of our people reflects their experience in some of the world’s leading commercial and consulting businesses. 

 
 

Senior Management

Ari Iso-Rautio

INTERIM Chief Executive Officer

Ari has a wealth of experience in leading and supporting teams to achieve their goals as a management consultant, entrepreneur and coach. He was a Vice President with Capgemini Consulting where he built the UK media consulting practice and also worked internationally with a range of organisations. Ari works as an independent advisor, focusing on unlocking the potential of teams and strategies, and is passionate about making a positive difference. In the past Ari has helped the board of Reach to Teach develop the organisation's strategic plans and he is now operating as the Interim CEO.

 

Ros Hancell

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Ros manages educational strategy and leads our team of ‘outstanding’ rated primary educators. She has over 20 years teaching experience in primary schools both in the UK and overseas where she developed and refined her vision for learning.

With 11 years of experience as a Head Teacher in two very different schools, Ros has significant expertise in school improvement. She has a particular interest in using class-based ‘action research’ as a vehicle to inspire and engage teachers and learners.

 
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Thomas Arackaparampil

Country Director, India

Thomas manages field operations in India and has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector. Thomas was Head of Oxfam Intermon (India) and Country Director for Oxfam in the Solomon Islands. With Oxfam Australia he oversaw the re-structuring of operations in East Africa and East Asia.

 

Peter Thomas

Chief Finance Officer

Peter is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience working in financial and operational management for international businesses. Prior to joining Reach to Teach Peter was Finance Director of Bain & Company and Monitor Company, both leading international strategy consulting firms.

 
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Deepti Mathew

director of operations

Deepti’s role is to coordinate the development and delivery of intervention models and programmes across Reach to Teach.  She brings her experience of designing and leading large-scale transformation projects in over 15 countries across the globe.

Prior to joining Reach to Teach, Deepti worked with Oliver Wyman, Capgemini, Accenture and Unilever, based first in India and then the UK.


The Board

Richard Broyd

Chair

Richard is a Director of Waypoint Capital, Affidea, Esaote, Northill Capital and the Start Network for Humanitarian Aid.

Soumya Rajan

VICE Chair

Soumya is Chief Executive Officer of Waterfield Advisors, which is a specialist firm that advises family owned businesses and trusts. Previously she was Managing Director and Head of the Private Bank for Standard Chartered in India.

 

Sanjeev Gandhi

Founder and TRUSTEE

Sanjeev is a partner at M&G LLP, an investor in and advisor to UK based small cap businesses. Sanjeev founded Reach to Teach in 2003 following a career in the media and technology sectors - including roles as a partner at Marwyn Management Partners and as the Director of Strategy and Distribution at Yahoo! Europe. He also worked at BBC Worldwide and as a consultant in Coopers & Lybrand's Global Telecoms Group. He studied corporate finance at the London Business School and has a degree in Electronics and Physics from the University of Keele.

Richard Meredith

Trustee

Richard is a partner of Brunswick Group, a leading communications advisory group. Previously, Richard was a communications director for the UK Government and had a long career with the HM Diplomatic Service.

 

Mala Ramadorai

Trustee

Mala has over 25 years experience in the education sector. She was Head of Training at Schoolnet India and Vice Principal at Bombay International School. Mala is currently Chairperson of Citi Academy for Special Education and is on the Advisory Committee of Mumbai’s National Centre of Performing Arts. Mala is also a renowned singer who performs throughout India and internationally.

Richard Sprott

Trustee

Richard served as Associate Director of the US National Institute on Aging for nearly two decades. He was President of the International Healthspan Institute at Pennsylvania State University and in 1998 he became the first Executive Director of the Ellison Medical Foundation.

 

Matthew Symonds

Trustee

Matthew is Defence and Security Editor for The Economist. Having joined in 1997 as IT and Communications Editor, he went on to become Political Editor and author of the Bagehot column. Matthew was a co-founder of The Independent and was its Editorial Director and Deputy Editor from 1986 to 1994.