Meet the team

The Muktangan Educational Trust was founded in 2011 to support the work of Muktangan. 

Chair: Roy Montague-Jones

Roy grew up in Dorset, and read Law at Cambridge. He was a partner in two major international law firms for more than 25 years. He co-founded his firm's India business team in 2000, worked regularly on India-related corporate and finance transactions for Indian and international clients for over 15 years, and has been a regular visitor to Mumbai.

Secretary: Alison Jackson

Alison has a degree in Civil Engineering and is a trained Maths teacher from Kenilworth, Warwickshire. As a child she lived in Zimbabwe, and before starting a family lived in Zambia and Botswana. She has taught Maths at her local comprehensive school for over 25 years, interrupted by living in Poland for a year and most recently in Mumbai for over three years. Whilst in Mumbai she was involved with Muktangan, helping weekly at the planning sessions for the Standard VI to X Maths teachers and also observing lessons. The teachers were looking for ways in which to explain the mathematical concepts as clearly as possible so as to enhance the understanding of the pupils. Back in the UK now, she is continuing to help pupils of all ages and abilities understand Maths better through private tuition, and is keen to continue her involvement with Muktangan.

Treasurer: Rodgy Kundi

Rodgy grew up in Kenya and moved to the U.K. to further his education. After completing a business studies course he worked in an accountancy practice and in the insurance and general services sectors. In 1973 he moved to financial services related to commodity futures and fund management. After 20 years working in investment banking and latterly Islamic finance, he retired in 2011. His interest in children’s education has been inspired through a close friend’s involvement as a Mentor Mother with the children’s charity Udayen Care in Delhi.

Trustee: Aditi Surana

Aditi was elected a trustee of Muktangan UK in March 2018. She is a graduate from University College London with a BSc Economics in 2016. Aditi started her career at L.E.K. Consulting and now works in Group Strategy at Bupa. Aditi was drawn to the cause at Muktangan due to the focus on training women from the local community to teach in the schools. 

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Trustee: Abi Gill

Abi spent 3 months working at Muktangan following the completion of her MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University. She used the library space to teach English Literature to children in standards eight and nine and also worked in the Muktangan office, writing content for the charity’s tenth anniversary brochure. She also enjoyed assisting at Muktangan events within the Mumbai community. Abi then began a career in London working to influence Government policy through research and campaigning. She spent two years working at Action for Children and now works at youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. 

Trustee: Tom Wright

Tom grew up in Kenya and was then educated in England. After Durham University he joined the British Army as an officer in The Royal Green Jackets. He saw service in Northern Ireland, England, Cyprus, Germany and The Sultanate of Oman. He ended his military career as aide-de-camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff in London. In 1986 he joined John Swire & Sons and was seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong. During his nearly 27 years with the Swire Group he served in a variety of roles; airline planning; heading up inflight services and then HR for the airline. In 2013 he joined IMM Associates in London; a specialist advisory and investment firm that helps companies develop businesses in international growth markets. Tom has also been actively involved with a number of Asian focused charities and NGO’s.

Trustee: Patrick Montague-Jones

Patrick was elected to the Muktangan UK board of trustees in March 2018. While at university, he travelled as a student ambassador to India with the British Council in August 2015. Graduating in 2016 with a degree in French and Italian from UCL, his interest in the not-for-profit sector was piqued while working in the strategy team of brand consultancy Spencer du Bois, working with charities and academic institutions.

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 Registered charity no. 1155393     :     uktrust@muktanganedu.org     :     www.facebook.com/uktrust