The EEF was set up in 2011 by The Sutton Trust, as lead charity in partnership with Impetus Trust (now Impetus-PEF), with a £125m founding grant from the Department for Education.
To date, the EEF has committed £75 million to fund trials of 127 innovative projects rooted in evidence, involving some 7,600 schools and nurseries, and reaching more then 750,000 pupils. In 2013, the EEF was designated the ‘What Works Centre for Education’ by the UK government.
Prior to this Stephen worked for the University of Oxford for 13 years, latterly as Associate Director and then Acting Director of Development as part of its £1.25 billion ‘Oxford Thinking’ fundraising campaign. His previous roles within Oxford including leading fundraising at the Bodleian Libraries and St Anne’s College.
Stephen was a councillor on Oxford City Council for eight years, including a term as Deputy Lord Mayor. He has been a school governor for 15 years, currently at North Heath Community Primary School in Horsham.