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As founder, John began developing the PEAS model after teaching in Uganda during a gap year where he witnessed first-hand the education cliff that millions of children across Africa face.

John was educated at New College, Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After graduating, he became a secondary school teacher in the UK, qualifying through the Teach First scheme.

In 2006, John began to work full-time on establishing PEAS and in 2008, the first PEAS school was launched in Uganda providing low-cost, quality secondary education. Since then, PEAS has grown significantly operating a network of 30 schools in both Uganda and Zambia. John stepped down as CEO in 2018, to step into a consulting and non-executive career.

Along with PEAS, John has won numerous recognitions for his leadership and innovation including an Unltd Social Enterprise Award, the Courvoisier Future 500 and the Rockefeller Top One Hundred Next Century Innovators.