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: 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.


Vice – Chair: Professor Lynn 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.


Hon. Treasurer: Dan Collison.

Dan Collison is the Director of Programmes for War Child UK, working with War Child programme teams and partners to develop, fund and deliver humanitarian and development programmes which support the rights of children whose lives are affected by conflict.   Dan has worked in the international development and humanitarian sector for over 20 years.  He spent 11 years working for Save the Children, including country and regional management positions in southern Africa and southeast Asia.  This included a number of years in Myanmar where he led Save the Children’s emergency response to the 2008 Cyclone Nargis.   He also worked in the east African and Southern Sudan for Christian Aid and in the former Yugoslavia with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.


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.


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.



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 recently retired from practise as a solicitor after 26 years as a senior partner in the UK’s leading injury and human rights law firm, Leigh Day. Over the past 3 decades Russell was widely regarded as the top claimant medical negligence solicitor in the UK. He served on a large number of committees in the civil law reform and clinical negligence fields. Russell 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.


Pragnesh Modhwadia. Managing Partner, Axiom Stone Solicitors
Pragnesh Modhwadia represents various clients including high net worth individuals, blue-chip companies, hedge funds, foreign companies, SME’s, property developers and pharmaceutical companies. Pragnesh specialises both in real estate and property law and litigation. He has acted on several developments, dealing with matters from initial planning permission to disposal of the units and has acted for various clients on property acquisitions ranging from single properties to acquisition of a portfolio of properties. He has vast experience representing clients in a wide range of commercial and civil disputes, having appeared before the Court of Appeal, all divisions of the High Court and various County Courts.


Tom Tyler.

Tom is a fundraiser by profession. After finishing his MA in human values and global ethics, Tom briefly worked for an international legal rights charity, before spending seven years in international development, supporting work in Central and West Africa, Tibetan China and Afghanistan. He is currently Head of Partnerships at the blood cancer charity Bloodwise, leading on engagement with private foundations and corporate partners.


Cindy Berman.

Cindy Berman is the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Head of Modern Slavery Strategy, previously Head of Knowledge and Learning. ETI is a leading alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs focused on improving labour rights and working conditions in global supply chains. During her ten years at DFID as Senior Social Development Advisor Cindy was responsible for policy advisory support and regional programmes in Asia (including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India and Nepal) as well as in East Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania). She also initiated and led DFID’s flagship modern slavery programme, Work in Freedom to prevent forced and child labour for 10,000 women and girls from South Asia and the Middle East. She is a Southern Africa specialist, having grown up in South Africa, and lived and worked in the region for many years. Cindy worked for the ILO for 3.5 years at the ILO UN Liaison Office in New York, and with UN Women; she also worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat as Senior Gender, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS Advisor and for several large and small civil society organisations on chronic poverty, social exclusion, social protection, health, education, disability, HIV/AIDS, gender and human rights.