Meet the team

Xoah-_0B_400x400Kieran Roberts

Kieran works full-time as a primary school teacher in Manchester. He visited Tanzania in 2014 and learnt about the lack of schools and the lack of resources there. On returning, he founded No Barriers with the aim of resourcing schools in Tanzania and from there the charity has grown.

Kieran has a law degree and post-graduate degree in education both from the University of Manchester. As well as his passion for education and development, he’s a keen mountaineer and avid Manchester United follower.



Heidi Parkes-Smith
Malawi co-ordinator

Heidi is an International Disaster Management and French student at the University of Manchester. She leads the Foundation’s work in Malawi, having spent 12 months in the country volunteering as a primary school teacher with Project Trust. She believes that equal access to education is crucial for international development.

Heidi’s interests include languages, karate and kayaking. In her spare time she also works as a Specialist Support Worker for children with autism.


jacobJacob Hughes-Pickering
Uganda co-ordinator

Jacob is an Education Studies student at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. He hopes to become a primary school teacher when he completes university.He has been working closely with projects in Uganda since 2011, as well as volunteering in Ethiopia and Cambodia. During his time in Uganda, Jacob has worked on a range of different projects within the education sector.

Jacob believes that circumstance shouldn’t be a barrier to any child gaining an education. Jacob’s interests include politics and exploring new places. Jacob is a keen sportsman, playing football, cricket and rugby competitively. While not playing sports, Jacob can be found at Blundell Park supporting the mighty Grimsby Town.


iiIsaac Ince
Guyana co-ordinator

Isaac is a primary teacher in Manchester. Isaac has an extensive background in Elite Gymnastics, spanning over 10 years, both as an athlete and a coach. As well as coaching in schools, Isaac has worked as a Curriculum Developer in Shanghai and is now Head Coach at a Gymnastics Club in Manchester.

Isaac believes that education should be accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, nationality or gender. He leads the Foundation’s work in Guyana (South America) having travelled the country extensively. Isaac’s interests include early child development, gymnastics and travelling.