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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.
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.
Simi is a Senior Associate at Better Purpose. Simi brings a wealth of experience within strategy, programme design, research and project management across both the private and public sector in the UK and Nigeria.
Simi has experience within the Further Education & Skills sector designing and implementing programmes for young people to enhance education, employability and training prospects.
She has a BSc in Business and International Relations (First) and is currently undertaking her Master’s in Education and International Development. She is passionate about improving learning outcomes globally as well as supporting the transition into employment.
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.
Pearl is an education specialist with a focus on low- and middle-income contexts. Her key areas of expertise include qualitative education research, teacher professional development, gender, mathematics education and education programme design and implementation. Through her previous roles, Pearl has developed strong experience in technical leadership, delivery and programme management.
She also has a strong research background and has produced a range of reports, policy briefs and rapid literature reviews on issues ranging from language of instruction policies in sub-Saharan Africa to psycho-social support for students in conflict affected states.
Pearl is also a UK qualified secondary school mathematics teacher and a doctoral candidate at the University of Sussex.
Kylie is an Associate at Better Purpose. She brings a range of experience from the education non-profit sector, where she worked in various roles for an approved provider for the government's National Tutoring Programme. She has accumulated a diverse set of skills including programme delivery, training volunteers, quality assurance, CPD development for learning management systems, project management, as well as developing teaching and learning materials.
Kylie started her career in education as a school teacher, having taught across all primary year groups.
She has a BA in English Language and English Language Teaching (First) and a PGCE in Primary Education (5-11 years) with Qualified Teacher Status.
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.
We are always looking for individuals to join our team on a permanent or occasional basis.
If you are interested in a role at Better Purpose, please e-mail Alice Cornish with a one page cover letter and CV.