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

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Steve Cutts

Chief Executive Officer

Steve has wide-ranging senior level experience in international organizations, delivering results and driving major reforms to improve effectiveness and efficiency. He served from 2013 to 2017 as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Central Support Services in New York, and was previously Assistant Secretary-General for Corporate Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Before this, he held various senior positions in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, including Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Executive Director.

 

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.


The Board

Rakhee Ditta

Chair

Rakhee is a lawyer working in-house at a large family office, providing legal advice across a wide variety of business areas and family matters, particularly in the areas of corporate, funds, real estate and private equity. Prior to this, she was senior counsel at KBC Financial Products covering a number of areas including hedge funds, corporate finance and bonds. Rakhee trained at Linklaters as a leveraged finance lawyer, working in both London and Singapore.

Emma Duncan

trustee

Emma is The Economist's social policy editor, a columnist for The Times and a trustee of the George Orwell Memorial Trust. She was formerly a board member of Guy’s and St Thomas' Trust.

 

Matthew Symonds

Trustee

Matthew is Executive Director of the Larry Ellison Foundation. Previously, Matthew has worked at The Economist as IT and Communications Editor, Political Editor and author of the Bagehot column, and finally Defence and Security Editor. Matthew was a co-founder of The Independent and was its Editorial Director and Deputy Editor from 1986 to 1994.

Richard Meredith

Trustee

Richard is a partner and head of the Crisis Advisory Group at Brunswick Group, a leading communications consultancy firm. He is based in London, although his business interests take him to Africa, the US and the Middle East. 

He was formerly a communication director at the UK National Security Council, following a long career in the British Diplomatic Service. His UK positions included secondments to HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office. He was head of the Counter Terrorism Finance Task Force, and headed policy on Africa and the Middle East. He spent eight years in Africa and his diplomatic postings included Central America, the US, Germany and South Africa. 

Richard is also a trustee of Medical Aid Films, delivering primary health care training in the developing world. He was educated at Trinity Cambridge and Rice University Texas. He taught in India in 1979. He is married with four children.