Our team

Our team

The BFSS’s Governing Body (its Board of Trustees) is known as the Council. We also have a President, Estelle Morris, and a Vice-President, Professor John Furlong. There are two subsidiary committees: Investments Committee and Grants Committee.

President and Vice-President

A head and shoulders photo of BFSS President Estelle Morris

Estelle Morris


Estelle Morris is a former Secretary of State for Education and teacher, and is now a member of the House of Lords as well as Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Vice-President John Furlong

John Furlong


John Furlong, OBE, a former London school teacher, is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. He is a former President of the British Educational Research Association, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2017, John was awarded the OBE for services to educational research and advice to government.

Council Members

BFSS Trustee Jane Creasy

Jane Creasy


Educational and public sector leadership at local and national level. Former Operations Director at the National College for School Leadership and Headteacher.

BFSS Vice-Chair Joy Palmer Cooper

Joy Palmer Cooper


Professor Cooper is Chair of BFSS Grants Committee. Background in education. Former Pro-Vice Chancellor of Durham University. Chair of Project Sri Lanka charity.

Treasurer David Baron

David Baron


David Baron, FCA, is a finance professional with experience of the education charity sector and multi-academy trusts.

BFSS Trustee Charlotte Cashman

Charlotte Cashman


Experienced early years teacher, school governor, charity trustee and pioneering international teacher trainer in early literacy.

BFSS Trustee Anood Al-Samerai

Anood Al-Samerai


Experience in local and national government and the voluntary sector. Former education charity director.

BFSS Trustee Janice Miller

Janice Miller


Janice Miller, FCMA, has wide experience in charity leadership, governance and overseas development, including education and child protection. Formerly extensive general management, finance and consulting experience in the corporate sector.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee Suela Aksoy

Suela Aksoy


Suela is a philanthropy professional who has successfully implemented corporate social responsibility initiatives, and a wealth of experience in grant-giving for young people including for foundations and Comic Relief.

A head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee David Crowther

David Crowther


David is a former Acting Director of BFSS. He has worked in publishing and international educational assessments, to developing education programmes for government.

Head and shoulders photo of BFSS Trustee Nick Tesseyman

Nick Tesseyman


Nick has worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Christ's Hospital School, and has voluntary roles including as an Independent Visitor for a care experienced young person.


BFSS Director Joanne Knight

Joanne Knight


Extensive experience as Director of grant giving charities, with investments and fundraising for income. Former Trustee of Association of Charitable Foundations and Manager of Starehe UK, a Kenyan education charity.

BFSS Administrator Belinda Lawrance

Belinda Lawrance


Keeping the British and Foreign School Society running smoothly since the 1990’s!

BFSS Grants Manager Ashley Kuchanny

Ashley Kuchanny

Grants Manager

Background in international development. Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, with experience working with NGOs and research institutes.

BFSS Communications Manager Sara Gaines

Sara Gaines

Communications Manager

Wide experience in communications for education charities, universities, community organisations and technology companies. Former journalist for The Guardian.