Team

Our team carries the DNA of the British education system and, coupled with its unrivalled international school experience, can translate the nuance and ethos of a traditional British school into a vibrant and modern international setting. We offer global best-practice in pre-operational and operational capability; our team has the in-house expertise to deliver a turnkey solution for opening and managing an international school.

Rick Johnson – Chief Executive Officer
Rick is a BSc Hons graduate from London University and a governor of Cranleigh School. He introduced Cranleigh School to Abu Dhabi and was a key member of the project team, which successfully opened on Saadiyat Island in September 2014 with 659 students. He has successfully agreed partnership deals for Hurtwood House School to open schools across China in partnership with Elite K12 Education. Previously, he founded Terema Limited, an educational company, providing services to the UK’s National Health Service across approximately 200 hospitals in the UK. Rick is also a trustee of the MCC Foundation at Lords Cricket Ground.

Graeme Fisher – Director of Projects
Graeme is an award winning British architect specializing in school design and delivery having designed and delivered nearly twenty schools in the UK, Europe, US, Far East and Middle East. Graeme led the team which designed Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining EduReach, Graeme was Director of Design and Infrastructure at GEMS Education, responsible for the design direction of their schools globally. His skills and experience allow EduReach to provide a turn-key service in all aspects of overseas school design, project management and delivery.

Martin Clark – Director of Schools
Martin is a Music graduate and pursued a career in education after a period of time working as a musician. He was appointed Global Director of Pre-Operations for GEMS Education in 2012 after opening GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai, with 1100 pupils on opening. Previously, Martin had been Headmaster of schools in the UK and was the Principal/CEO of Jumeirah College when it became the first senior school in Dubai to achieve an “Outstanding” inspection rating. In recent years, he has been involved in the successful opening of many new schools and major expansions in the US, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. He has an extensive global knowledge of education, and school pre-operations and operations.

Guy Waller – Academic Director
An Oxford graduate, Guy has been in education for forty years. He was Head of Chemistry and a Housemaster at Radley College, Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College and then Headmaster of Cranleigh School for seventeen years. He is a former advisor to the Minister of Education and is regarded as one of the leading Headmasters in the United Kingdom. Guy has written four books for OUP and Hodder & Stoughton.

John Witheridge – Academic Director
John Witheridge, a Cambridge graduate, retired as Headmaster of Charterhouse in 2014 after seventeen highly successful years. Before Charterhouse he was Head of Religious Studies at Marlborough, Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Conduct (Senior Chaplain) at Eton. He is the author of two biographies and is researching a third.

Mark Smith – Academic Director
After 20 years at Millfield Senior School teaching economics and coaching cricket and football as well as stints a housemaster and head of year, Mark moved to Caldicott Prep School as deputy head for 8 years. He then moved to Northcote Lodge in Wandsworth where he was headmaster for 3 years before joining EduReach in September 2018. Mark is a passionate believer in the importance of extracurricular activities in school and enjoys drama, music (particularly choral) and sport. He is a long-standing (and long suffering) supporter of Everton FC.

Seren Waters – Operations Manager
Seren, a Durham University Graduate, completed two years of teaching at a London primary school as part of the Teach First Leadership Programme, having previously taught Geography at Cranleigh School. Before qualifying as a teacher, Seren was a professional cricketer contracted to Surrey County Cricket Club for two seasons. He represented Kenya at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. He also has one year’s experience as a consultant with Burns Carlton, a global executive search firm based in London.

Sze-Ting Lee – Education Programme Manager
Sze-Ting graduated from Nottingham University with a first-class degree in Industrial Economics, before completing a PGCE and an MA in Educational Leadership. Sze-Ting began her professional journey in the education sector as a secondary school mathematics teacher on the Teach First programme. During her time in teaching, Sze-Ting was appointed Director of her school’s Aim Higher programme, which provided Gifted & Talented students with the support they required to access the country’s best universities. Sze-Ting has an NPQML and she is also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE); she has delivered consultancy services on Curriculum Development and Teaching & Learning in underperforming schools.