Heather Saunders is an Advocacy Officer in the External Relations team at the GPE secretariat; she is based in London. Her role involves engaging and collaborating with GPE’s partners on advocacy for education financing, and other critical education issues. Prior to joining GPE, Heather led Plan International UK’s advocacy on girls’ education and co-chaired the Global Campaign for Education UK policy group. Heather has worked on policy and advocacy for education, gender equality and child rights, at the global, European, and UK level. She has worked for development and humanitarian organizations for over 10 years, including the British Red Cross, and with VSO in northern Nigeria. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS and a BA in History from the University of Warwick.