Meet the team

Xoah-_0B_400x400Kieran Roberts

Kieran founded No Barriers after visiting Tanzania in 2014. As a qualified Primary teacher currently teaching in Manchester,  he has experience in maximising pupil achievement and knowledge of how that can be applied in developing countries.

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. Kieran runs the foundation’s work in Bangladesh and Tanzania.


12507139_1096108830423067_7533482071009284070_nSarah Brown
Outreach co-ordinator

Sarah became involved in the Foundation after being awarded first place in Manchester University’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award 2016. Her belief that education is key to global change led her to set up the No Barriers’ Outreach project; this partners the Foundation with local schools in Manchester, increasing awareness of the barriers that exist to education across the world.

Sarah brings a wealth of experience in fundraising, recruitment and project co-ordination for charities in the UK and India. Sarah’s interests include travelling, special educational needs and Netflix.


hpsHeidi 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.


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.