Meet the Team

The Muktangan UK Trust is run by voluntary Trustees and is based in the south east of England.

Chair: Adrienne Monteath-van Dok

Adrienne, a Dutch national, has been living outside of the Netherlands for the last nine years. She worked closely with the Muktangan Schools during the 3.5 years she worked in India, where she co-founded Atma Mumbai. She subsequently moved to the UK to do an MPhil in Development studies at Cambridge University, after which she joined children’s charity Plan International first as Programme Information Coordinator and currently as Research Coordinator.

Vice Chair: 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, such as the Mumbai marathon and the Muktangan children’s Christmas choir at the NCPA. She now works in research and policy at Action for Children, a UK based children’s charity.

Secretary: Andrew Taylor

After graduating from the University of St Andrews, Andrew attended Law College in England and qualified as a solicitor in 1994. Although his principal area of practice has been advising private clients on family succession matters, he has also worked in the field of charity law, advising on the creation and running of charities and assisting in their dealings with the Charity Commission and the Inland Revenue. He is currently taking a career break to study the history of art.

Trustee: Shobha Countinho

Shobha grew up in Mumbai, where she worked as a special needs teacher, following a diploma in special needs education. She subsequently set up a centre for children with special needs using technology to teach literacy, as well as teaching them to use basic computer applications. After having completed an MSc in dyslexia, she moved to the UK seven years ago, where she is currently working as the principal of Dyslexia Action’s Tonbridge centre.

Trustee: Tom Wright

Tom grew up in Kenya and was then educated both at school and university 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 that covered country and regional management; airline planning; heading up inflight services and then HR for the airline. He has also worked in a number of countries – Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, the USA, Bahrain and for the last 6 years with the Group in India. In 2013 he joined IMM Associates in London. IMM is 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 and is now putting his skills to work for Muktangan Educational Trust.

Trustee: 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 of business. In 1973 he moved to work in 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. Currently he is the acting Treasurer of Leigh Music Festival, a charitable organisation in Essex promoting the advancement of education of the public in the arts, in particular the arts of music, singing and drama and now also puts his skills to work for the Muktangan Educational Trust.

Trustee: Roy Montague-Jones

Roy grew up in Dorset, and read Law at Cambridge. He is a partner in the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, where he is co-chair of the firm’s India Group. He has worked regularly on India-related corporate and finance transactions for Indian and international clients over the last 12 years, and is a regular visitor to India.

Andrew Monteath

Andrew grew up in Devon, but moved north to study at the University of St Andrews. After graduating he moved to London to work in the city. His interest in children’s education led to a spell as chairman of the London committee of the Mulberry Bush school charity. In 2008 he moved to Cambridge to pursue post graduate studies at the university and is currently the head of research at a real estate fund management group in London. Andrew is married to Adrienne.

Volunteer: Emily Wingfield

For more information on the Muktangan Educational Trust in the UK please email: muktanganuk@gmail.com