© 2018 A Partner in Education.

Registered charity number 1133224. 

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Who we are

APIE is run by a small team of staff supported by trustees, patrons and partners. In this way, overheads are kept to a minimum, meaning more funds go directly to supporting teachers, children and their families in Rwanda.
Amy Barnecutt

Executive Director, Rwanda


Amy has been in Rwanda for over four years having previously graduated from Cambridge University with a Degree in Education and worked in London as a Primary School teacher.  Prior to taking up the post at APIE in 2014, Amy worked on two projects, based in Kigali and in rural Rwanda supporting teachers with their methodology as a VSO Volunteer and implementing a televised educational program with the Mediae Company.  At APIE, Amy leads on strategy and is responsible for all operations in Rwanda. She works closely with the APIE Rwanda team and liaises with partner organisations to optimise impact.

Cath Fortune 

 Education Manager, Rwanda

Cath joins the APIE Rwanda team from South Africa. She is a qualified teacher with more than 15 years’ experience in online teaching and training, specialising in e-learning content development and curriculum design. Cath recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology (UCT) and has led the conceptualisation, design and development of numerous e-learning projects in Africa. She is an experienced online facilitator and member of the e/merge Africa team, who regularly co-facilitates capacity building short courses online, as well as being an extremely experienced teacher.

Emilie Munyakazi

Translation & Admin Officer

Emilie has 5 years of experience in early childhood education at Umubano Academy where she was working as a Nursery Assistant. She has a degree in Finance and is passionate about children and supporting their development.

Pascal Umugwaneza 

ICT & Data Officer, Rwanda

Pascal joined APIE in January 2019 and has over 7 years of experience in different areas across Rwanda. He has previously worked in ICT, data analysis and Monitoring & Evaluation positions in both NGOs and community based organisations. Prior to joining APIE he worked as an M&E Data Analyst for the UK-based charity Vision For A Nation. Pascal hold a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and is currently completing Masters of Internet Systems at Kigali Independent University.

Angie Kotler



Angie has over 30 years’ experience in education in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Her specialism is communication and she is passionate about rebuilding lives in post conflict societies. Between 2002 - 12, she founded and led a charity (Schools Linking Network) connecting schools in different communities, and worked as a consultant on Inter-cultural Education and Holocaust Education. She was interim Managing Director of The Forgiveness Project for the year prior to joining APIE. Angie is based in Brighton.

Hannah Messer

UK Operations Manager

Hannah joined APIE in March 2019. She has worked in project management, communications, and business management for community, voluntary and public sector organisations. She managed a service for asylum seekers and refugees in Brighton before spending several years supporting the delivery of public health and clinical engagement projects  for the NHS. More recently, she has worked on freelance projects focused on the arts and current affairs. She has three children and is a School Governor and volunteer for her local infant school. 

Board of Trustees
Steve McCauley

Chair of the Board of Trustees


Steve McCauley is an executive leadership coach, mentor and advisor. He has extensive experience working in international affairs and development as well in politics and policy development. Steve has been involved with Rwanda for many years and brings an in-depth knowledge of major policy and development issues. Most recently he has been working with the Rwandan Government and media sector on the important subject of media development.

Sue Horner


Sue is an education consultant who has steered the development of the primary and secondary national curriculum in England. The author of an influential assessment teachers, she has worked in many countries - including Rwanda - and is recognised as an international expert on reading and assessment. She has led national projects to promote reading, writing and drama for all children in schools, and in 2013 was awarded the MBE for services to literature.

Michael Mitchell
Michael joined the APIE Board in 2019.  He has been involved as a Trustee in a range of London focused charities for more than thirty years. These include two of the Victorian Cambridge college "missions" or settlements in South London.  He also served for 10 years on the Board of London South Bank University.  In between he works, using his accountancy expertise, to support a number of rapidly growing companies.

Brooks Newmark

Founder & Trustee


A steadfast philanthropist and social leader, Brooks Newmark has dedicated his career to building strong and healthy communities and currently divides his time across a broad range of professional interests. In his home of Braintree, Essex, he serves as the president of the Braintree Community Foundation. Brooks also dedicates his time to his work at Oxford University, where he researches for the Department of Politics and International Relations. In addition, he also maintains a presence in the business sector by sitting on the board of directors for investment firms Telesis Management Ltd. and Apollo Alternative Investments MIP.  Brooks' passion, and generous commitment to contributing to a more equitable world, stems from his own experience of the power of a good education. He founded APIE in response to a desire to contribute to education in Rwanda, having spent almost a decade doing voluntary work in the country.

Sir Keith Ajegbo



Following a degree in English at Cambridge, Keith commenced his career in education. From 1986 – 2006 he was Head of Deptford Green School in South East London. He was awarded an OBE 1996 and was knighted in 2007 for services to education for his work improving standards of achievement and developing citizenship education. Most recently Keith has been working as an education consultant, with a particular emphasis on mentoring future Head Teachers.

Lucy Newmark​



Lucy is a commissioned portrait painter and printmaker working in London. Her introduction to Rwanda came through her involvement with the Conservative social action group: Project Umubano, where she taught art to street children and young people with interrupted education at Centre Marembo in Kigali. She is married to APIE's co-founder Brooks Newmark, has brought up five children and believes strongly in the empowering benefits of a good education.

Marcus Starling


Marcus is a civil servant with experience in policy development and organisational governance and oversight. He currently works in the Home Office, and was previously in the Department for Education. Marcus has a degree in Archaeology & Anthropology, following which he spent time teaching English in Japan and working at a charity. He has four children and is a governor and chair of the teaching and learning committee at St Giles Primary School. Marcus is keen to make a contribution to good governance, supporting partnerships and helping to deliver APIE's mission.

Ian Henn


Ian is a qualified barrister with extensive experience in commercial management in the aerospace and defence industry, with particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of agreements. Recently retired, Ian now concentrates on voluntary advocacy work, grandparental duties and creative writing.

The UK trustees and APIE team work closely with the Board of Governors of Umubano Primary School in Rwanda. For more information about the Board and the Parents’ Association see: www.umubanoprimary.org

APIE event, London 2016. APIE UK staff, board of trustees and patrons with Head of Umubano Primary School.

Jean Paul 



Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter and musician from Rwanda, and was the winner of the prestigious Kora Award for Best African Traditional Artist in 2003. He also travels the world as a peace activist and cultural ambassador for Rwanda. Jean Paul is a powerful voice for peace and reconciliation across the globe and is passionate about the role of education in creating a positive future for Rwanda where he lost his family in the genocide of 1994.

Roger Jean Nsengiyumva



Roger is an actor known for his roles in Africa United (2010) and Sixteen (2013). He has most recently appeared in Les Blancs at the National Theatre. Roger was born in Rwanda during the genocide and survived due to the extraordinary courage of his mother who managed to escape. Roger has lived all his life since in the UK. He offered to be patron of APIE in order to support the development of opportunity and education for young people in Rwanda today and in the future.