Our Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

AET is governed by a Board of Trustees who bring a wide range of experience – in education, development, legal affairs, regional history and politics, NGO management, fundraising – to support the work of the organisation.

Chair: Sally Healy OBE.  Specialist on the politics of the Horn of Africa.

Sally Healy spent most of her career at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, working as a Senior Research Analyst on the Horn of Africa. She was later an Associate Fellow of the Chatham House think tank where she researched and wrote on regional security issues. She is a Fellow of the Rift Valley Institute and undertakes consultancies on politics, development and conflict resolution in the region.

Vice-Chair: Professor Francis Katamba.  Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.

Francis Katamba was born in Uganda and educated at Makerere University. During his career he has taught at Nairobi University and was Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Lancaster University. His academic work has focused on African linguistics and he has a continuing interest in the role of language in education in Africa. He has also campaigned with Amnesty International against corporal punishment in schools in East Africa.

Hon Treasurer:  Robert Strang.

Robert Strang is an experienced advocate whose practice concentrates in particular on the area of commercial law. He has substantial experience in the litigation of commercial contractual disputes and in business disputes concerning fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and claims under guarantees. His practice also covers property disputes. He is experienced in obtaining interim relief, including urgent injunctions.

Robert acts for clients in professional negligence claims, involving solicitors, mortgage brokers and financial advisers (and he is well versed in the FSMA 2000). He is knowledgeable about financial products and markets, having worked in finance himself.  He has also developed a practice in Commonwealth constitutional and public law. He has appeared in constitutional appeals, judicial reviews and a variety of other matters before the Privy Council, both on his own and led by senior members of 3 Hare Court and Senior Counsel from Trinidad and Tobago. He has advised on many cases in Trinidad and Tobago and other Commonwealth jurisdictions involving constitutional and public law. For his public law work he has been commended in the Legal 500 2012 for his ability to “marshal complex facts” and to present them “with great clarity”.

Before coming to the Bar, Robert spent several years trading government bonds for a large European bank. He followed that by playing a business development role in a mobile internet venture for a major mobile phone company.
Publications and Lectures: Robert has been published in the Solicitors’ Journal and the New Law Journal. He contributes to Chambers bulletins in his core areas of practice.

Professor Lynnsmartshirt Davies.  Emeritus Professor of International Education, University of Birmingham

Lynn Davies was Director of the Centre for International Education and Research at Birmingham and has worked extensively on educational management internationally, particularly in areas of citizenship, equity, children’s rights and student democracy. She continues to work as a consultant and researcher with a current focus on education and conflict and extremism. Her most recent book is on Security, Secularism and Schooling.  She was a trustee of UNICEF for six years and has recently been awarded the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for service to the United Nations and its goals by a UK citizen.


Professor Richard Hodder-Williams.
  Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Bristol.

Richard Hodder-Williams is a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Science. He was Pro Vice-Chancellor of Bristol University and served as High Sheriff of the City of Bristol 2008-2009. His academic specialisms include the politics of Eastern Africa and he has taught at a number of African universities. He actively promoted African studies in the UK, including a stint as President of the Africa Studies Association UK (1994-96).

Sarah Hughes.

Sarah Hughes was Head of Africa at Christian Aid and Director of International  Rescue Committee UK.  In addition to these senior charity management roles she has specialised in community development, peacebuilding and institutional development in conflict affected and fragile states in Africa and has lived in Senegal, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo.  She has a post-graduate degree in Social Anthropology and is currently Director of Notre Dame Refugee Centre, London.  Sarah is a non-Executive Director of Traidcraft and Trustee of Room to Heal.

Jill Landymore.

Jill Landymore retired as Deputy Director of Africa Educational Trust in 2012.  She worked for the International University Exchange Fund (IUEF) in Geneva and London during the 1970s.  She followed the programme over into AET when the IUEF programme in UK/Ireland was transferred to AET in 1980.  She has a background of scholarship administration particularly with exiles from Southern Africa in the 1980s and project management.  She has travelled extensively in Southern Africa and has managed programmes in South Africa and Swaziland.  As well as visits to Southern Africa she has undertaken work visits to programmes in East Africa and has visited all the AET offices within Africa.

Russell Levy.  Lawyer

Russell Levy was born in South Africa and educated at the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Warwick.  He has practised as a solicitor for over 30 years and is a senior partner in the UK’s leading injury and human rights law firm, Leigh Day, whose work has extended to holding the UK government and multinational companies to account for injustices committed by them in Africa.  Russell’s specialist expertise is in the field of medical negligence for patients.  He has been described by peers as “an exceptional lawyer” and has served on a large number of committees in the civil law reform and clinical negligence fields.  He is Chair of the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

Professor Cisco Magagula.
  Vice Chancellor, University of Swaziland.

Cisco Magagula is a specialist in Distance Education with over 30 years experience at the University of Swaziland. He holds a Doctorate in Education Administration and Management from the University of Toronto. He is the founding Director of the Institute of Distance Education at the University of Swaziland and a member of numerous regional and international professional associations.