Who we are

Rebekah Iiyambo

CEO

As well as being CEO of Eko Trust, Rebekah is a National Leader of Education, providing high quality school improvement work.

Previously Rebekah has been a Headteacher, Co-headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, an advisor for Science, Early Years and English as an additional language in two Local Authorities before becoming a senior advisor for continuing professional development (CPD). This role included specific responsibility for developing leadership capacity across primary, secondary and special schools.  She has taught in schools in Britain and Namibia.      

Laura Hewer - Trust Leader of Education

Laura Hewer

Trust Leader of Education

Laura has worked in East London for almost 30 years, and taught right across the primary age range prior to taking up her previous role of Headteacher of Earlham Primary School. She introduced synthetic phonics to her previous school when it was completely out of fashion, and has many years experience of implementing different versions of phonics programmes to achieve the best outcomes for pupils.

She is now a Trust Leader of Education.

Laura is an active member of several boards in the local education community covering a range of areas, including children’s mental health, behaviour and initial teacher education, and liaises with the local authority on behalf of Newham Heads.

Kai Muxlow - Chief Operating Officer

Kai Muxlow

Chief Operating Officer

Working in Newham schools since 2014, following a senior management career in the media, Kai was involved in setting up the Eko Trust and utilises his 20 plus years of executive management experience to ensure that the Trust delivers highly efficient business and operations to support the teaching and learning within the schools.

Deborah Strain - Trust Leader of Education

Deborah Strain

Trust Leader of Education

Deborah is a Trust Leader of Education whose specialist interest is supporting teachers so all children have access to high quality learning experiences with excellent outcomes.

She has been a teacher since 1994, teaching in London and Cambridgeshire – with a claim to fame being the first Primary AST in Cambridgeshire back in 2001.

She has an absolute commitment to inclusion and leadership development.

Prior to her Deputy and Head posts she ran her own Primary Learning Support Unit for pupils with SEBD (as it was then).

Deborah facilitates on the NPQ courses with UCL Institute of Education.

Mehreen Ara - Director

Mehreen Ara

Trustee

Mehreen is a clinical hospital pharmacist and Master of Pharmacy.

She has represented pharmacy services to local college students interested in pursuing a degree in pharmacy, and undertaken undergraduate interview and examinations at the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Philippa King - Chair of Directors

Philippa King

Chair of Trustees and a member

A Newham resident with 25 years’ experience in voluntary sector fundraising and communications, with national, local and international charities.  Currently works as a freelance fundraiser and project manager on local projects, and studies part time.

Philippa’s skills include: premises & capital projects, strategic planning, data analysis, communications, community engagement, fundraising and marketing.

Susan Hellman - Director

Susan Hellman

Trustee

Director of UK Consultancy and Knowledge Transfer at the UCL Institute of Education. A wealth of experience within the education sector, supporting schools and developing CPD practice for teaching.

Kishor Parulekar - Director

Kishor Parulekar

Trustee

Kishor has 20 years of banking experience spanning treasury, corporate banking, financial control, trade finance, debt capital management and balance sheet management. His roles involved risk management, regulatory project management and controls.

He has worked extensively as project lead on regulatory projects working closely with FCA and PRA on key areas of treasury risk management.

Carmen Rodney - Director

Carmen Rodney

Trustee

Carmen Rodney, formerly Her Majesty’s Inspector, also worked as a lead team Ofsted trained inspector. She has specialist interest in school improvement. Inspection experience covers mainstream and independent schools as well as local authorities and initial teaching training.

She has held various roles as a senior manager.

Julian Robinson - Director

Julian Robinson

Trustee

Previously the Chair of Governors at Earlham Primary School, with over 30 years experience of governance in Newham. Julian is Director of Estates at the London School of Economics.

Professionally qualified in Town Planning and Surveying, Julian specialises in master planning, design and construction and property and facilities management.

He is a Trustee and former Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum and Vice Chair and Director of the Northbank Business Improvement District in Westminster.

Daulat Sen

Trustee

Daulat studied Aeronautical Engineering and became a software engineer in the Aerospace Industry. He has worked with technology and operating model design and management for a number of major organisations across energy, engineering, public sector and financial services for fifteen years. Currently, Daulat is with KPMG consulting where he is leading a large banking operating model transformation.

Kate Bonham

Trustee

Kate is an experienced HR professional who has delivered in a range of high profile and challenging HR roles across the public sector. Her background brings extensive experience in operational matters such as resourcing, recruitment and sensitive casework matters, but also brings experience of strategic HR such as organisational culture, diversity and inclusion, leadership development and change management. She is an experienced facilitator, presenter, coach and mentor.

Rebekah Dunn

Trustee

Rebekah has over 25 years’ of experience as an NHS psychiatrist with specialist expertise in mental illness, ADHD, learning disability and autism. She has  liaised extensively with criminal justice services including courts, probation and prisons, as well as social services and other mental health services. This role has allowed her to work closely with carers and those supporting vulnerable people. 

Natalie Gross

Member

Natalie is Managing Partner of one of the UK’s most respected digital agencies. Natalie is an industry spokesperson and mentor, with a specific focus on Digital Talent & Skills and Women in leadership.

She has extensive experience working on Mergers and Acquisitions, and  with start-ups.  She is a Fellow of the CIM and an advisor and Fellow of the WWF-UK.

Tony Oteh

Chair of Members

A long-standing member of both Kaizen and Eko Pathways schools governing bodies; a member of the safeguarding panel for Newham; an advocate supporting families in need in Newham.

Christopher Owens

Member

Following a career in teaching, Father Owens served for 37 years as a Parish Priest in the Church of England and is a member of SEA.  He has 11 years  of school governance experience.

Alex Oma Pius

Member

Founder of IROKO Theatre-in-Education Company Alex has 20 years’ experience providing practical creative arts activities in schools and higher institutions all over England. He has worked and continues to work as a Consultant for renowned British institutions like the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Victoria & Albert Museum, Horniman Museum & Gardens, The British Museum and the Museum of London, Member of the Steering Committee of The British Museum Supplementary School Programme, Member of The British Museum’s Community Steering Group for Object Journeys.

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