John Rendel

Founder and CEO, PEAS (Promoting Equality in African Schools)


John Rendel is the founder and CEO of PEAS, a rapidly growing and award winning social enterprise that widens access to secondary education in Africa. John studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford where he was picked out as a FreshMinds ‘One to Watch’. A trip during a university vacation to East Africa led John to found a low-fee, not-for-profit secondary school in Uganda. The success of that school led to the development of PEAS’s ‘SmartAid’ approach. After graduating, John joined the Teach First programme and taught secondary school mathematics in Camberwell, London for two years. In the summer of 2006, John left the classroom and began working full time on growing PEAS. In 2013 PEAS won a WISE Award and from February 2014, PEAS will be educating 1% of all secondary school students in Uganda.