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Dr Andrew McDowell

Andrew was trained as a psychologist in Australia where he undertook clinical, research and educational roles in his capactiy as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Psychiatry. Andrew has a vast experience of international education and leadership development and has undertaken many international consultancies for WYSE and other organisations. Andrew has been working with WYSE as a principal trainer since 1992. Previously a Director of WYSE Australia, Andrew moved to the UK in 2002 when he was invited to oversee the overall functioning and strategic development of the international WYSE organisation. He now assumes responsibility for curriculum and programme development; international programmes; trainer and staff development; and United Nations related activities.


Sam Adcock

Sam is trained in education and management. In addition to her work with WYSE, she is currently the Head Teacher of an inner London school where over 30 languages are spoken. Her interests in education incorporate diversity and transcultural education and she also undertakes leadership consultancies with other educational organisations. Sam was also previously a Director of WYSE in Australia and has been a trainer for WYSE since 1994. Sam's responsibilities for WYSE involve the overseeing of administration and finances; curriculum development and organisational development.

Leadership Team

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Hilary Harvey

Hilary Harvey is a leadership development consultant and executive coach with a background spanning the private, public and non-profit sectors. She has been involved with WYSE since 2006 and is part of the core programme faculty as well as being a member of the leadership team. Hilary is interested in helping people connect with their best self so that they can express their leadership with impact that creates real and lasting change.

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John Cummings

John works in open education, especially Wikipedia, he works as Wikimedian in residence at UNESCO and had previously worked at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum in London and organised Wikimania, the annual worldwide Wikipedia conference. John attended his first WYSE programme in 2008 and has been involved ever since, he is interested in finding ways of sharing what WYSE does with much larger groups of people and connecting emerging leaders online.


Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Maarten is a Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He carries out fundamental research on buoyancy driven turbulent flows using supercomputers, with applications in the natural ventilation of buildings, oceanography and the atmospheric sciences. Maarten supports WYSE's vision of fostering and connecting young leaders, and believes that its innovative lecture model can be a true catalyst for change. Maarten has attended several programs, both as participant and as staff, is a UN representative and is responsible for WYSE's ICT infrastructure.

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Michael Harvey

Michael currently works as a consultant for a large professional services firm. As part of the programme he works across specialisms, which gives him exposure to a variety of different industries and clients. He is currently working on a long-term project to raise awareness of sustainability issues to clients and other consultants. Michael attended his first WYSE programme in 2003, and found the experience to be very worthwhile, particularly enjoying the holistic focus placed on the individual. Michael feels that his involvement with WYSE allows him the opportunity to make a concentrated contribution to something that he feels has and will continue to have a positive global impact.

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Gabriela Gonçalves Ferreira

Gabi currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal and works with Human Resources and it is a writer. She writes about what it is alive in her soul and about the journey of being more aware of the world around and inside us. She participated in the WYSE International Leadership Programme in Brazil in 2012, and has been an active member of the alumni network since then, including helping to organise subsequent ILPs as part of the WYSE Brasil team. Gabi feels that every young person has a bright light inside of themselves although sometimes they are not aware of it, and WYSE can help each amazing young person to connect with their inner light and discover ways share this with the world


Amanda Harry

Amanda is currently the Development Officer for a Safeguarding Children Board in London. Amanda has a degree in Social Work, specialising in work with individuals, families and groups and she has a special interest in working with individuals who want to further their self development and contribution to others but face adversity due to issues such as poverty, oppression, histories of abuse and addiction.

Amanda has volunteered for WYSE for some time and loves the consistent focus on values and purpose. She admires that WYSE's focus on intention, values and vision and purpose.


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Charles Brook

Charles is the founder and Senior Partner of TPC Leadership and is one of Europe's leading executive coaches. Charles has a passion for enabling leaders to develop their unique and most impactful leadership style; for helping people be more creative with their thinking; and to deliver on tough business issues that create breakthroughs in performance. Charles has been a trustee since 2009 and is also a member of the faculty team. Charles has taken on the role of Chair of the Trustess in October 2017.

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John Frost

John is Managing Director of Values Based Leadership.  John works with clients to design and deliver tailor made leadership development solutions that support their organisational strategic intent.  John has worked with Senior Executives in global organisations since 1994 to enable them to develop their leadership style and impact and lead significant cultural change in their organisations.  He is an experienced coach and mentor to Senior Executives and has worked across numerous business sectors.  John is currently delivering leadership development programmes for Global clients in Europe, North America and Asia and has extensive knowledge of working with cross-cultural leadership groups.


Carolyn Askar

Carolyn Jennifer Askar (L.R.A.M.) holds various qualifications in educational drama, teaching and performance from the Royal Academy of Music, London University and Central School of speech and Drama.  She has published six poetry collections and is also a performance poet and children’s writer, and has been involved with WYSE since its inception. becoming a trustee in 2004.


Hugh Lee Askar

Hugh Lee Askar has a BSc. from MIT in aeronautical engineering and worked for Boeing for four years. Subsequently he was, for 30 years, managing director of a private property development company, which also operated a group of seven hotels. He has been a trustee of WYSE international for the last twenty years and is currently the chairman of the board of trustees.