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Claire Howard

Claire comes from an employment background in accounting and finance; with an education background in teaching and psychology. Previously she worked for a social housing and rehab/homelessness charity in the finance department, which sparked an interest in working to improve the lives of others; and her employment with Open Development and Education.

Claire obtained her psychology degree with honors from The Open University whilst working full-time, which led her to go on to study for a teaching qualification. This resulted in Claire obtaining a Master’s level qualification (PGCE) in teaching A Level psychology, and Claire incorporates the skills and knowledge obtained through these qualifications in her day-to-day role.

Tom Blower

Tom comes from a background in project management, operations support, and business development. Previously he has worked for Mott MacDonald, providing support to a portfolio of large-scale donor-funded international education programmes across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including as Project Manager of the DFID-funded Education Programme for Results in Tanzania. He has also worked on sustainable micro-investment in rural East African secondary schools as a volunteer with Education Partnerships Africa. He holds an MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs from the University of York.


Haßler, B., Lurvink, A.-F., Beoku-Betts, I., McBurnie, C., Adam, T., & Blower, T. (2022). Tich Me Ar Tich Dem — Inception Report (Tich Me Ar Tich Dem Output No. 1). OpenDevEd.
Haßler, B., Megha-Bongnkar, G., Regis, C., & Blower, T. (2021). Implementation Guidance: Teacher Professional Development [Facilitators Version] (LRIP - Component 4. TPD Guidance No. 1). Open Development & Education.
Caribbean Development Bank, CARICOM, & Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. (2021). The CDB / CARICOM / OECS Model Learning Recovery and Improvement Programme for Caribbean Schools: Let’s REAP! — Roadmap for Principals (Let’s REAP! Guide No. 3). Open Development & Education.

Full list of publications available here.