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Cate Noble

Managing Director

Cate specialises in helping educational organisations to deliver on their purpose and promise. 


She brings experience as an education leader, having previously been CEO of the Varkey Foundation and a Director at PwC, as well as senior education focused roles with not-for-profit, commercial, and government organisations. Cate is a Co-Founder of Better Purpose. 


She has worked across a range of international contexts including Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on strategy, organisational leadership and development, and business transformation.

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Dr Julie Bélanger


Julie is an education specialist with a strong research and evaluation background. She built and led the international early childhood and education research portfolio at a large non-profit research consultancy (RAND Europe) where she led research projects spanning from randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews of evidence to qualitative exploratory research.


Through her previous roles at the OECD, a national think tank in Canada and a small non-profit international consultancy, she advised governments in the Global North and the Global South in their education policy reforms and initiatives. Her professional interests include using evidence to inform local, national and international education and social policy, and using adaptive management and MEL approaches to improve organisational health and increase impact. Julie is fluent in English and French.

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Alice Cornish


Alice specialises in designing and delivering education initiatives designed to help children access quality education at scale. 

She has experience as a senior leader in the education sector, with a global focus, having worked extensively in India, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, the US and UK. Alice is a Co-Founder of Better Purpose.

Her work has included education strategy, complex education programme design and leadership, leading and overseeing research, market feasibility and engagement, large-scale government reform work, school set-up and management, and donor fund management.

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Gillian Rolet

Programme Manager

Gillian is a Programme Manager at Better Purpose. Her background is in international education sector research, analysis, programme design and teacher development.  She brings to the team specific expertise in the design and delivery of teacher and school leader development, and has delivered virtual and face-to-face learning solutions in academic and vocational settings.

She is experienced designing learning curricula and resources for adults and children, that are aligned with current understanding from research in cognitive-science of how students learn.

Through her career, she has supported training programmes in Ghana, Uganda, Argentina, and the UK, and has taught in primary, secondary and vocational institutions in Uganda, Zimbabwe, North Korea, UK and Spain.

Our core team is complemented by a high quality, international network of associates. We maintain close relationships with education sector leaders, funders, leading teachers, and Ministries of Education across the world.