Staff blog: Meet Alex Whittington
With a background in Estate Management, a degree in Psychology and a love for the great outdoors, Alex joined Pestalozzi as Facilities Manager in May 2012. Here he talks about the unique challenges of managing the 165 acre Pestalozzi Estate.
It was a case of hitting the ground running when I arrived last summer, and I haven’t stopped running since! My team is responsible for everything from cooking dinner for the students to patching leaks in ageing buildings, promoting our newly refurbished meeting rooms and finding the most cost-effective way to manage the fields and woodland. As well as these day-to-day concerns, we are putting a lot of effort into marketing our summer accommodation and training facilities so that others can come and enjoy our beautiful corner of Sussex and learn more about what Pestalozzi does.
It has been a pleasure to get to know the staff, students and volunteers here. Everyone has been very welcoming and supportive. Our students are becoming more involved in the Estate. Some helped out in the kitchen over Christmas following their food hygiene training, while others have done work experience with me, learning how we organise public events. This summer we hope to get our new garden up and running with student and volunteer support.
My ambitions for the Pestalozzi Estate are to continue improving the grounds and facilities to provide the best possible home for our students. We continue to move forward in leaps and bounds with new essential equipment and better buildings planned for the near future.
If you are in the area, please feel free to drop by. I’d be happy to show you around the grounds and buildings and tell you about our exciting plans!
This article first appeared in our Spring/Summer 2013 Pestalozzi Newsletter... sign up to get your own copy!