APTO Trainers

We are proud of our Apto Coaches – dedicated professionals who have a passion to see education transformed for underserved communities.

All our coaches come from backgrounds in education and have been through our training in order to become certificated. They all follow our guidance protocol for conduct and only feature on this page when they have passed their assessment. If somebody claims to be an Apto Coach and you cannot find them here, please do not accept them as a certified Apto Coach. This is for your and our protection. 


Phil Hawkins - CEO

I am passionate about social justice, particularly in the education arena. As a highly creative individual, I love the challenges of working within different school cultures and mindsets and complex problem solving. The knowledge and skills gained from my 20 years’ experience in UK schools and international education development from 2010 have helped shape my ability to adapt quickly, work efficiently, and show deep empathy and understanding.


Rachael Underwood – Apto Early Years Specialist

I believe it is essential we invest in quality early years education and work together with families if we want to make a  positive difference  to our communities and improve the quality of life across generations.  


With over thirty years of experience working with local government, national and international education development organisations providing training and support to those working in early years education I enjoy building relationships with others and working in different contexts.  I care deeply about learning, development and growth.  I am inspired and humbled when leaders and teachers achieve more than they dreamed was possible.


Josebene de Lima

I believe in the power of relationships and of the synergy that happens when two different cultures come together with shared aims. Born in Goiânia, Brazil, I worked first as a teacher and then, specialising in Botany, I led sustainability projects in the Amazon supporting indigenous tribes. I have worked in education development since 2011, leading a support school in an under-served community, and later expanding into education consultancy in partnership with the Instituto Total, working with clients in 4 different Brazilian States.


Gail Hard

I am retired after 35 years working in primary schools, latterly as a Deputy Head and then, for 8 years, as a Headteacher.  I have worked in Saudi Arabia and lived, as a child, in West Africa and these experiences have undoubtedly contributed to my understanding of different cultures and communities.  My wide and varied experiences have led to a deep and sympathetic understanding of the challenges of school improvement, and I remain enthusiastic and passionate about all aspects of education.  I love the stimulation of working with other like-minded professionals and I am committed to improving the life chances of students, especially those whose start in life has suffered some instability or conflict.


Andy Ball

I have been in education for the past 20 years. I have an MA in special and inclusive education and am a qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).  I am passionate about education and addressing inequalities in access to education around the world. I have been married to Kirsty for 14 years and we have two children aged 6 and 9. We lead a church in Derby and love spending time outdoors in and around the peak district where we live.


Coaches in Training:

Luciano Servante - Brazil
Mireille Chami - Lebanon
Nairy Mardirossian - Lebanon
Lorna Barker - Uganda
Kwagala T Yiga - Uganda
Ezra Kirya Muyinda - Uganda
Daniel Kavesa - Uganda
Harriet Bell - Kenya
Violet Mapesa Wanzetse- Kenya
Beatrice Ayako Akuno - Kenya
Eliud Mabuku Wekesa - Kenya
Joyce Nyamweya Omweri - Kenya
Phanice Namwaka Omondi - Kenya
Morris Mukuzi - Kenya