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Education team members

Joe Hallgarten
Director of Education
Email Joe | +44 (0)20 7451 6917

Alison Critchley
Executive director RSA Academies
Email Alison | +44 (0)20 7451 6915

Louise Thomas

Senior researcher
RSA Projects
Email Louise | +44 (0)20 7451 6874

Louise-ThomasLouise Thomas joined the RSA in March 2008 and has worked on numerous projects during this time, including: Opening Minds, a seminar series on the future of the National Curriculum commissioned by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency, and more recently the RSA’s Area Based Curriculum project in Peterborough. Previously she studied for a BA in Modern History at Oxford and an MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. In 2006-7 Louise spent a year designing, conducting and publishing a study on statelessness among Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees in Cairo, including seven months of field work in Egypt. Louise continued to work part time for the NGO Africa and Middle East Refugee Assistance until November 2009 and maintains a keen interest in refugee and asylum issues in the UK. Louise lives in East London, but spends as much time as possible hiking in mountains.

Sara Candy
Executive director
RSA Opening Minds
Email Sara | +44 (0)20 7451 6895

Sara Candy is the Executive Director of RSA Opening Minds. She joined the RSA in July 2010. Prior to this Sara was a researcher; over her career she has both commissioned and conducted a range of research and evaluation projects. This included eight years at the Wellcome Trust in the public engagement division where she was responsible for research and evaluation, and work as a qualitative researcher specialising in social policy research.

Karen Raingold
Projects coordinator
RSA Opening Minds
Email Karen | +44 (0)20 7451 6837

Janet Hawken
RSA Projects
Email Janet | +44 (0)20 7451 6852 


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