Meet the Pestalozzi Staff

We have a number of different departments in the charity who all play an integral part in the success of Pestalozzi. Below you can find out more about the staff within Fundraising and Marketing, the Student Programme Team, The Facilities Team and our Support Services.

Susan Walton

Pestalozzi CEO

Sue was appointed as Pestalozzi International Village Trust’s CEO in July 2011. Prior to joining PIVT Sue had a 25-year career in investment banking where she specialised in aviation finance, latterly becoming Head of Structured Finance for Rolls-Royce Capital Limited and Chairman of the British Exporters Association. Sue then turned to the third sector, first taking on the role of Chief Executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and then that of Director (South London) for Groundwork London, an environmental regeneration charity.

Sue is also an Independent Director of Fly Leasing Limited, a NYSE-quoted company, Honorary Secretary of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, a Trustee of the Sussex East Area Meeting of Quakers, President Elect of the Lewes & District Soroptimists and a member of the Corporation of Sussex Coast College Hastings. She enjoys scuba diving and photography, often combining the two pursuits!

Email - Susan Walton 


Lesley Russell-Dean

Chief Operations Officer

My experience has been varied and following a Master’s Degree (MBA) I have worked in Insurance, Construction, Managing a training division for CIPD qualifications in London, owning a hotel and even working at a Veterinary Surgery. This has all helped me with the wide remit of the Chief Operations Officer role, which I have the good fortune to hold since August 2017. This role manages the Estate and Finance functions.

Email - Lesley Russell-Dean

Jo Mozley

Finance & Administration Officer

I started my working life in travel but changed career in 2001 when I moved into Accounting. I qualified as a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians in 2005 and have previously worked in a manufacturing environment in both Hastings and Bexhill before joining Pestalozzi in late 2017. I enjoy travelling and cycling and have completed long distance charity cycle challenges and have also been the local Girl Guide and Brownie Leader in Sedlescombe for the last 10 years. I enjoy volunteering, fundraising for charities and meeting new people from far and wide so when the vacancy arose to join Pestalozzi as the Finance Officer it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Email - Joanna Mozley

Penny Williams

Personnel Officer

Having graduated with a BA Hons degree in Humanities, I exported office furniture to the Middle East & Ireland, travelled there, spent 10 years in Europe and then settled in East Sussex, completed the equivalent of the current Certificate in HR Practice and eventually accepted an amazing opportunity to work for Pestalozzi as HR Officer and have been here 10 years.

Email - Penny Williams

Margaret Alexander

Student Programme Manager

After a 10 year career in the Civil Service I decided to change career and work with young people. Before joining Pestalozzi 14 years ago, I worked with young people with special educational needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties. I have a BSc in Health and Social Care and a PG Certificate in Conflict and Development. I joined Pestalozzi after a year overseas and it offered me a perfect opportunity for the world to come to me and to continue my work with young people who are keen to make a difference in the world.

Email - Mags Alexander

Nancy Anderson

Student Programme Assistant

I work here as part of the Student Programme Team, coordinating student activities, providing support with their studies and mentoring across both year groups. Prior to this, I've worked and volunteered for several non-profit organisations, gaining experience in a number of roles across the charity sector. The curiosity, compassion and enthusiasm of the students is infectious and I feel very grateful that I get to work so closely them every day.

Email - Nancy Anderson

Carol Blythe

Student Programme Administrator

I started working at Pestalozzi on 11th February 1980 as a secretary in the Warden’s Office. Prior to this I had worked in various secretarial posts back in Staffordshire after leaving school at the age of 16. My time at Pestalozzi has spanned both the old system when children of 10 years of age came to the village and lived in various national houses with other children and housemothers from their own countries. As you can imagine I have seen many changes, shed a few tears, shared a lot of laughter, made lasting friendships and ended up with many adopted sons and daughters from around the world. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment here at the Village.

Email - Carol Blythe

Fay Fellows

Student Programme Officer

Working at Pestalozzi is a perfect fusion with my background in International Development and teaching. I love to see the whole journey of the students from the beginning of the process at selection, arrival in the UK and then the individual personal development they all make. My day to day tasks involve overseeing a wide range of extra-curricular activities, arranging with education trips and assisting with university applications. One of the students who left in the summer sent me an email' a day of your work makes amazing changes in our lives', they really are my inspiration.

Email - Fay Fellows

Martin Colvin

Individual Fundraiser

My work experience has been varied starting as a film editor, I moved on to marketing, fundraising and organising events and concerts. I then moved to Wales where I ran a Pub, Restaurant and Hotel. After returning to Kent I qualified as a teacher with a BA (Hons) degree. I taught in various schools specialising in Emotional & Behaviour Disorders, working my way up to becoming a Head of School. I then had the opportunity to return to events and fundraising where I am now helping to improve the education of young people from around the world.

Email - Martin Colvin

Sandra Elkins

Care Team Member

I graduated as a mature student at Kent University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in creative writing.
Having spent too many years in soul destroying jobs, it is a joy and privilege to be part of the care team at Pestalozzi.
Daily, I witness the great big 'melting pot' of unity and love between the students - it really does feel as if on top of our hill, nations are united.

Elaine Griffith

Care Team Member

My work experience has been diverse over the years. I have worked in Insurance and Pensions, Managing a team as Section Head with the Legal Aid Board, Managing training and development with a Teleconferencing Company in South London, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, teaching Business Studies. 
Joining Pestalozzi in August 2017 provided the perfect ingredient for a rewarding role as part of the Student Programme Care Team. Each day, I feel privileged to be working at Pestalozzi and interacting with the various cultures and background of the students, it is truly an inspiring experience.

The Facilities Team

The team taking care of the estate and feeding the students

Mike, Rebecca, Jeanette, Deanna, Dick and Lesley. Some of the members of the Facilities Team who look after all of the Pestalozzi Estate, buildings and maintenance. Plus the catering team: Alex and Dennis 

The Student Care Team

The people who look after the students

Behind all bright minds there are people who look after them. Pestalozzi is no different and the following team are in the 'front line':

Carol, Jo and Elaine (pictured)

International Volunteers

Helping us from overseas

Pestalozzi has been hosting and co-ordinating projects with a number of organisations overseas. Examples are - Erasmus+ 2018, AIPC Pandora, SPAIN and Breakaway. For more details click here.

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