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Meet the Trustees

We have a diverse collection of people who are Trustees. All of them have had wide ranging experiences, but above all they all agree with the Pestalozzi ethos, which is helping to produce talented young people.

Aaron Eckhoff

Aaron Eckhoff

Chair

Aaron was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2019 and made Chair in September 2020. He came to the UK in 2006 as qualified teacher in the US as well as New Zealand. He has a BA in Mathematics Education with a minor in Physics from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Aaron has been Director of Sixth Form at Claremont since 2016, overseeing its development and taking it from a traditional model to one that is hugely diverse in terms of the academic offering with a comprehensive enrichment programme centred on developing students personally, academically, and professionally. This is very much in line with the Pestalozzi ethos and provided an environment where Pestalozzi students were able to thrive. He also served as Head of Mathematics from 2013 – 2018 at the school.

Linda Blank

Linda Blank

Vice-Chair

Linda was elected to the Board of Trustees in March 2020. Linda started her career in consulting at Accenture Strategy, where she was tasked with providing strategy advisory services to FTSE500 corporates from a variety of industries, including FMCG, retail, healthcare and financial services. Having tried many different industries and functions, she developed a focus in digital transformation and business model innovation strategies. She was a founding member of new department, helping big businesses develop new growth strategies using digital business models, often seeking inspiration in start-ups. After nearly five years at the company, Linda joined SUITCASE Group, a travel media start-up consisting of SUITCASE Magazine and SUITCASE Creative Studio. As a Chief Operating Officer her role is really versatile and includes growing existing revenue streams like exciting partnerships; coming up with new business ideas and creating an actionable plan for the strategic direction. Outside of work, Linda is an avid supporter of women’s and children’s charities, having served as the Vice-Chair of Unicef’s Next Generation London, a group of young professional volunteers committees to fundraise on behalf of children affected by some of the world’s worst crises. A former IB student herself, Linda is an advocate of education and is committed to help others achieve their full potential.

Pradeep Subedi

Pradeep Subedi

Trustee

Pradeep came to the UK as a Pestalozzi Scholar from Nepal in 2003 to pursue the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at Hastings College. He found the two year scholarship enriching and it has shaped him into the person he is today. He then completed a BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science from the University of Southampton.

Pradeep is now a qualified actuary and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has been working with Aon Plc over the past decade as a Pension Investment Risk Consultant. His expertise and experience are in risk management, modelling investment solutions for pension schemes, advising trustees and companies on the management of pension schemes.

Pradeep is passionate about creating a fair world by supporting and helping underprivileged communities around the globe. He has volunteered in India as a teacher and mentor, helping vulnerable children from the streets and slums with their education.

"I'm forever grateful to Pestalozzi, and I am excited to be a part of Pestalozzi International Foundation once again and continue my journey as a Trustee."

David Little

David Little

Trustee

I first became involved with Pestalozzi in 2018 working with the students at the International Village as a volunteer chemistry tutor.  I was impressed by the enthusiasm, commitment and sense of social responsibility of the students and when their base moved to Atlantic College I was pleased to continue to play a part in their journey as a trustee.  My background is in science and education.  After postgraduate research in biochemistry at Southampton University and postdoctoral work at University College Swansea I worked as head of the chemistry department in a sixth form college in Essex where I live.  Since retiring in 2012 I have continued to work as a chemistry tutor and also as an A-level examiner for one of the national exam boards.  I am also a volunteer classroom assistant at my local adult education college.

Mark Stanton

Mark Stanton

Trustee

Mark was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2021. A recently retired Chief Superintendent in Merseyside Police he has extensive experience of working across partnerships, organisational change and leading in crisis. His 30 years in policing have shown him the impact on young people that different life experiences can make. His last role in policing was head of the force’s specialist uniform capabilities that included departments such as Armed Policing, Road Policing and the force events and contingency planning unit. Here he helped co-ordinate the response to Brexit and Covid-19 for Merseyside Police. Prior to that he was head of organisational change for the force and guided the development and implementation of a multi-million pound change programme. He has also been the head of the force contact and communications centre that dealt with all initial calls for service via 999, 101 and the new digital media service.

 

Mark is originally from the West Midlands where he also served as a police officer until 1999. He is a family man with three children and two grand-children and an avid Aston Villa football fan. Mark now resides in Warrington and he is driven to support others and help people get the most out of themselves.

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