US-UK Fulbright Commission Staff

Penny Egan

Executive Director

She joined the Commission after stepping down as the Executive Director of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) where she was the first woman to have led the RSA in its 250-year history.

Prior to taking on the top job at the RSA in 1998, she was Programme Development Director and RSA Lecture Secretary.  Her early career included the posts of Press and Publicity Officer at the Crafts Council, Press Officer to the Prime Minister at No 10 Downing Street and Press Officer at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Penny is a trustee of the RSA Academies Board and shortly joins the Advisory Council of Warwick Arts Centre.  She stepped down as Chair of the Geffrye: Museum of the Home in 2014 and finished her term as a lay member of Warwick University Council in summer 2015. She will join the Council of Reading University in January 2016.  She served as a member of the Design Council for 9 years; a trustee of the DEMOS think-tank and was a non-executive director on the board of Wardour Publishing.

She was made a CBE for ‘services to international education’ in the 2013 New Year’s Honours. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and the RSA.

Staff (alphabetical order by surname)

Jackie Barnett

Finance Officer

Jackie joined The Commission in June 2013.  She has worked for several companies in a finance role over the past 20 years, and has gained qualifications with the IAB (Diploma in Bookkeeping), Pitmans Training (Foundation in Finance) and is currently studying for the AAT.

Rebecca Cobby

Programme Manager - UK Scholar Awards

Rebecca first joined the Commission in January 2011 as an Awards Archivist, compiling an archive of past grantee files back to 1948. She became a Programme Coordinator in August 2011, working first on the US and UK Summer Institutes and then the US Scholars Programme. After a period of maternity leave Rebecca is working at the Commission on a part time basis as the UK Scholars Coordinator. Rebecca holds a PhD in African American Studies from the University of Nottingham and completed a year of her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. She has previously worked at Nottingham Trent University.

Nigel Cribb

Chief Operating Officer 

Nigel joined the US-UK Fulbright Commission as its Finance Director in June 2013. He has held a range of senior financial positions in SABMiller plc, Imperial Chemical Industries plc and Unilever plc and worked overseas in Singapore and The Netherlands. He has also spent two years working for the UK Government in the Prime Minister's Efficiency Unit. Nigel holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge and is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is currently a trustee of Lattitude Global Volunteering and of the ICI Speciality Chemicals Pensions Fund.

Jeana Evans

Programme Manager - US Postgraduate Awards

Jeana joined the Fulbright Commission in November 2012 following dual masters in history at Columbia University and the London School of Economics. She holds a BA in creative writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College and previously worked in publishing. As Programme Manager, Jeana oversees the US Postgraduate Awards and coordinates events for scholars and postgraduates during their grant year.

Ana Guerra Pereira

Programme Manager - US Scholars Awards and Special Programmes

Ana joined the US-UK Fulbright Commission in March 2014. After completing her BA(Hons) in German and English Studies at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, she went on to study Russian language abroad at Moscow State University (MGU) in Russia. She holds a master's in Russian Studies from University College London (SSEES). She has worked in the Higher Education sector for over ten years. Prior to joining the UK Commission, Ana worked in a variety of scholarship administration roles at Fulbright Commission Portugal, at the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission UK and the Chevening (FCO) Scholarships Secretariat. She has managed dozens of different scholarships schemes, involving scholars from all over the world. As Programme Manager, she oversees the US Fulbright Scholar Awards and all the Fulbright Special Programmes (EU ILP; FSP; DAT).

Moray Heal

HR / Office Manager and PA to the Executive Director

Moray joined the Commission in January 2011. She has worked in various arenas before joining the Fulbright Commission with over 12 years experience within the education sector, where she obtained CMI Management, NEBOSH Health & Safety and PRINCE2 Project Management qualifications.

Lavishka Katwa

Programme Manager and Educational Advisor - Sutton Trust US Programme

Lavishka joined the US-UK Fulbright Commission in 2014. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Psychology. During the summer of 2013, Lavishka interned at the US-UK Fulbright Commission. As Educational Advisor on the Sutton Trust’s US Programme, she supports bright, UK state school students applying to US universities. Lavishka hopes to utilise her own experience as a British at a US university to advise students on the Sutton Trust Programme.

Brittany Lehr

Programme Manager - UK Postgraduate Awards

Brittany joined the Awards Team at the Fulbright Commission in January 2014 and began her role as Programme Manager for the UK Postgraduate Awards in November 2014. Prior to joining the Commission, Brittany completed a Master's degree in International Communication at The American University in Washington, DC, where she specialised in Intercultural Relations.

David Mannion

Communications and Advising Manager - USA Study

David joined the Commission in 2015, after qualifying as an English teacher at King’s College London in 2013 and teaching at a UK secondary school.

He holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from University College London and a BA in English and Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. David previously taught British and American culture in China, worked in professional services PR, and wrote for a newspaper in Honduras after starting his career in educational direct marketing. 

He coordinates the Commission’s communications work, and advises students interested in US study.

Amy Moore

Director, Fulbright Awards Programme 

Amy joined the US-UK Fulbright Commission in 2014. Amy studied American Studies at University of Sheffield, which included a year at University of Pittsburgh. Whilst in Pittsburgh, she became fascinated by Pittsburgh’s African American history and received a summer scholarship to continue her research. Since graduating, Amy has gained extensive experience in the sector of study abroad. Starting as a Student Advisor working with US undergraduates in the UK, she then went onto manage faculty-led programs in London. Prior to working for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, she was Resident Director for Cornell University, Brown University and University of Pennsylvania where students enrolled in universities all over the UK. In her current role, Amy leads and manage all aspects of the Fulbright Awards programmes.

Jillian Neasom

Senior Programme Manager and Educational Advisor - Sutton Trust US Programme

Jillian joined the Commission in 2012 after completing a master's in Education Leadership and Management at the University of Roehampton. She brings prior experience in the University of Florida academic exchange programme and the Roehampton recruitment and marketing office. As a part of the Sutton Trust team, she is excited to support high-achieving UK state school students applying to US universities.

Daniel O'Meara

Advising and Events Manager - USA Study

Daniel joined the Commission in June 2016 and holds a PhD and an MA in Musicology from Princeton University and a dual BS in Mathematics and Music History & Analysis from Northeastern University. He brings prior experience of working at various US universities such as Princeton, Northeastern and Montclair University. As Advising and Events Manager, he coordinates the Commission's USA College DayUSA Grad School Day and seminars, as well as advises UK students interested in US study.

Valerie Schreiner

Programme Coordinator - US and UK Summer Institutes

Valerie joined the Commission in November 2012. She studied abroad at the Universite Lumiere Lyon II and participated in an internship programme in France.  She holds an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in Journalism and French from the University of Oregon.  Before joining Fulbright she worked with international students groups and Humphrey Scholars at the University of Oregon’s American English Institute. She has also prepared American students to participate in study abroad on programmes around the world, as well as other international education organisations. Valerie oversees all aspects of the Fulbright Summer Institutes and the Fulbright Awards Internship Programme.

Fran Sponsler

Alumni and Development Manager - UK Fulbright Alumni Network

Fran joined the US-UK Fulbright Commission in 2014. She holds a BA in International Affairs and an MBA from Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the Commission, Fran worked in higher education administration at several universities in both the US and the UK.  As Alumni and Development Manager, she oversees engagement and activities with our alumni network.