Our team


Our Staff
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Fiona joined Link in 2014 and has overall responsibility for the strategic management and operations. A chartered accountant, she has more than 30 years’ international experience at a senior level in the private, public and third sectors.

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Sam has 20 years of experience in education and international development in Africa and Asia. She joined Link in 2011 and as the International Programme Director, leads on strategy development, programme implementation and safeguarding. Sam believes in improving education systems so that everyone can benefit equally from a quality and safe education. She is a board member of Scotland’s International Development Alliance.

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Harold joined Link Malawi in December 2019, responsible for overall country program development in Malawi. He has over 12 years’ experience working in education, gender, young women's empowerment and community development, with hands-on technical experience in both project management and monitoring, evaluation and learning sectors.

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Josephine joined Link in 2018 where she provides strategic leadership and management of the Link Uganda program. She has over 10 years of experience managing and implementing programs in the development sector in the areas of education, health, human rights, disability, advocacy and community empowerment. Josephine has a passion for development work with a quick eye to identify gaps, challenges and subsequently design projects.

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Taddesse joined Link in January 2019 as Programme Director where he leads the Girls' Education Challenge programme. He has over 15 years of experience in leading and managing projects and programmes in education, girls' education, early childhood education, WASH, health and nutrition, safeguarding and child protection, gender based violence prevention, social inclusion and emergency responses.

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Nicolò joined Link in 2020 and is the Country Representative for Link in Ethiopia. Nicolò has been working in education planning and programming in emergency and fragile situations for over 10 years in Asia and Africa, focusing on education programming that merge immediate interventions and long-term reconstruction.

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Sandra joined Link in 2018 and is the Technical Advisor for projects in Ethiopia, working closely with the local team. She has over 20 years of experience of leading and supporting education programmes in different contexts, mainly in Africa. Reaching the children who face the greatest barriers to quality education has been her focus in all contexts, and this continues through her work with Link.

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Kate joined Link in 2009 and has held various programmes roles in the UK and Malawi. As International Programme Manager she leads programme design and delivery, working closely with our teams in Africa. Kate is passionate about the right to education and Link’s ability to build inclusive, quality learning in challenging situations.

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Chris joined Link as Knowledge and Impact Manager in 2018 to work across the Link family to strengthen monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes and practices. Chris has worked for several education focused organisations conducting project monitoring, impact assessments, and facilitating training sessions. He enjoys working closely with staff to build their knowledge and skills in M&E.

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Susan joined the Link team in 2017 and oversees all programme finance in the UK and Africa. She brings to Link a wealth of practical and hands-on financial experience gained across public, private and charity sectors. Susan is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people through her work and has lived and worked for many years in Africa.

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Cristina joined Link in July 2019, working closely with the finance manager to provide support to Link’s global teams and partners on financial matters. Cristina holds an MSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Edinburgh and is currently studying to become a chartered accountant. She is committed to providing equal opportunities to all children and the most vulnerable.

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Lucy joined Link in 2020 as International Programmes Officer, primarily supporting our projects in Malawi. She has 11 years’ experience in coordination and research in humanitarian response, international development and the media.

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Lyndsey joined Link in 2017 where she manages communications and the day to day running of the office. She has over 7 years of experience in Project Management, Comms & Admin working in the arts and third sectors.

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Sophie joined our fundraising team in February 2020 where she looks after individual supporters and community groups as well as researching new opportunities to diversify our funding. After studying Linguistics & English Language, Sophie has worked in a range of fundraising roles for both national and international charities. She loves building supporter relationships that translate into lasting impact for the children and communities we support.

Our Board
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Alasdair Beaton is the Chairman of Link Education International. Having been born and brought up in Uganda, Africa and its people have always had an important place in Alasdair's life. After a full career in aviation, Alasdair's ambition continues to support education for the very youngest, especially for girls, knowing that Link's work also benefits whole families and their older generations, throughout their local communities.

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Seonaid is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with PwC and currently leads on the financial, risk and programme aspects of Scottish Government's School building programmes. She has a keen interest in working collaboratively across stakeholders to create linkages and foster optimum solutions, as well as developing innovative finance solutions for the delivery of public sector infrastructure.

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Jorge had a long career in the United Nations in a range of countries, working in education and development. He was also member of several international working groups e.g. development finance, PVE, SDGs. Based in Edinburgh, he works presently as a development and evaluation consultant, including humanitarian interventions. He brings to Link his perspective of global commitments and mandates, thus contributing to Link’s repositioning in an ever-changing international context.

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Susan joins the Board with over 20 years’ experience working within international development across sub-Saharan Africa. Her current work focuses on Child and Adult safeguarding with a leading humanitarian and development organisation. She is highly skilled in facilitating strategic development in this area as well as providing training, implementing strategies, embedding safeguarding best practice in the heart of and across entire organisations, and overseeing audit and enforcement of these procedures.

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Anita has been a member of the Board since 2019.

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Caroline is a qualified and experienced finance professional working in domestic and international finance as well as an experienced project manager. As Director of Finance and Support Services at The Challenges Group since 2016 she's developed financial management across six international teams and worked on a range of exciting and innovative international business development projects.

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Elaine has been a member of the Board since 2013.

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Fergus has 30 years’ experience in UK and International property markets, is a fully qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has also acted as an independent examiner for the RICS. He has wide experience of international business and most recently was Head of Real Estate, Africa for the Standard Bank Group, managing the Bank’s lending, development and investment business across the African continent.

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As lifelong campaigner committed to social justice and equality, Iffat works with a diverse range of organisations across the UK and internationally. She specialises in gender equality, community development, facilitation, organisational improvement and change management.

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Richard Santandreu is the Managing Director of Resolved IT and has worked as an IT professional for over 25 years. He has been on the board of various institutions working collaboratively with organisations to improve and develop solutions.

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Scott advises private and public sector organisations on how to communicate effectively and strategically. He served as the Spokesperson on Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He previously worked as a journalist in numerous countries including South Sudan during its civil war and Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. He joined Link Education as a Trustee in 2019.

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Philippa works for Scotland’s International Development Alliance, managing the mentoring and safeguarding programmes within its Effectiveness and Learning work. She joined the Alliance in 2018 having previously worked overseas for 17 years as an education specialist. She has worked in humanitarian and development contexts in Rwanda, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Mongolia with Save the Children International and in Nepal with VSO.

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Alastair is an economic & social research consultant working in programme monitoring and evaluation, impact measurement, and value for money assessment. He has interests in the evaluation of education, infrastructure development, enterprise development and corporate social responsibility interventions with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

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Elisabeth held posts in Scottish schools, local authorities and national government, finally as Her Majesty's Assistant Chief Inspector. She worked with international agencies training senior officers in education ministries, district authorities and teacher education in inspection and self-evaluation. She had responsibility as project leader, writer and trainer, nationally and internationally, for specifying countrywide indicators and standards, and developing practical techniques for internal and external evaluation.