We have a diverse collection of people who are Trustees or Council Members. 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.
Professor Stuart Laing
Chair of Trustees
With an impressive background in education, Stuart Laing hopes he can make an impact for further Pestalozzi opportunities within British universities. Stuart said: 'I have recently retired from over forty years of working in Sussex universities, which is how I became involved with Pestalozzi.
Being assigned to lead the initial discussions between the University of Brighton and Pestalozzi regarding the possibility of scholarships and this resulted in the successful scholarship scheme that is in place today. I hope that my knowledge and experience in these areas can assist in opening up some further scholarship schemes in English universities. I am looking forward to learning much from my fellow trustees and from the students as well. Despite the challenging financial situation, I admire the fact that Pestalozzi has always embodied great optimism in the values of education and in the development of mutual understanding as a solution to our global problems. To be able to share in this will be a great privilege.
I have been involved with Pestalozzi since 2010 when I first led a joint project between Pestalozzi and the University of Brighton that focused on developing Pestalozzi's marketing and alumni relationship strategy. I have been a Council Member since 2012 and am delighted to be a Trustee. I am currently a Principal Lecturer in marketing and public relations at the University of Brighton and have a keen interest in working with the non-profit sector. For the last two years, I have been mentoring student groups who undertake PR project work for Pestalozzi and continue to advise on, and help develop, Pestalozzi's marketing strategy. I am a firm believer that education goes beyond the individual and has a broader role to play in an increasingly globalised society. Pestalozzi offers life changing opportunities to students who demonstrate the potential to make a difference and I am committed to increasing access to education as a solution to a number of the global, economic and social challenges that we face in the world today.
Martyn has been a Trustee of Pestalozzi International Village Trust from 2009 to the present day. A science teacher and Trustee of St Mary's Wrestwood Trust, Bexhill, Martyn retired from teaching in 2007. He was elected County Councillor for Bexhill East in 2005, and a District Councillor for St Michael's ward in Rother in 2007. Although he has now retired from politics Martyn maintains a keen interest in education.
Trustee and Honorary Treasurer
Alex is a Chartered Certified Accountant and an expert in the charity sector. He has spent 13 years advising charities of all shapes and sizes ranging from local entities with income of £50,000 to household name charities with income of in excess of £50m. He is currently a trustee of two charities and has sat on numerous boards including the risk committee of a national charity. He has worked in teams acting as Interim Managers on behalf of the Charity Commission, working to turn around failing charities; this has given him a real insight into the regularity regime that governs charities. He holds the Institute of Charters Accountants Diploma in Charity Accounting and is included on the list of Interim Managers held by the Charity Commission.
Graham Card, MIEx (Grad) ABFA dip A Inst IB Cert PFS CeMAP FRGS. Graham has been a Trustee of Pestalozzi International Village Trust since 2010. He is a graduate of the Institute of Export, holds the diploma of the Asset Based Finance Association and is a member of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers. He has spent his working life in UK and international trade and commercial trade finance. His core experience is in supply chain and logistics together with sales and sourcing of the most appropriate finance facilities for UK as well as import and export situations. Graham sources financial solutions for businesses experiencing issues with cash flow caused by payment delays or doubts about the credit worthiness of debtors in the UK or overseas. Many international trading companies retain Graham as an external source of advice and assistance. In some cases outsourcing part of the international trade function to him. Graham and his wife are also a Pestalozzi host family.
Spencer Endersby - CEng, CITP. Spencer became a Trustee of Pestalozzi International Village Trust in January 2015 and is now Vice Chair. He previously lived in Sedlescombe and attended Claverham Community College; along with former students of the Pestalozzi Village, so is very familiar with its principle of educating the "Head, Heart & Hands". Spencer currently works for the International NGO "Save the Children UK" based in London, where he heads up the Programmes & Partnerships practice. He has always had a passion for lifelong learning, and prior to that he worked for "City & Guilds of London Institute”, where he was accountable for the delivery of IT programmes and projects to support the organisation's vocational education strategy.
Dr. Sally Henderson
Sally became a Trustee of Pestalozzi International Village Trust in 2012 and after four years is now a member of council. As a local resident with an interest in education I have been involved with Pestalozzi for over ten years. My initial connection was through a neighbour, Richard Maidment, who was a Trustee at the time. I took over the running of Pestalozzi’s annual fundraising tennis tournament in 2005 and I have also helped Rosie Clarke, Penny Hamilton and Jane Pennock with our major London fundraising events. A native of Northern Ireland, Sally was educated at the University of London, taking her PhD in Biochemistry in 1979. Fifteen years of research into kidney diseases at Queen Elizabeth College (now part of King’s College) followed, before she moved to Sussex when her husband was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist at the Conquest Hospital. Sally has maintained her links with King’s College as chairman of the Queen Elizabeth College Alumni Association. She is also treasurer of the local branch of the National Osteoporosis Society. Her other interests include tennis (she is Chair of the Sedlescombe Lawn Tennis Club), maths coaching and, of course, Pestalozzi.
Jane was a Pestalozzi Trustee from 2004-2013. She has a Diploma in Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a Diploma in Medical Social Work and a Diploma in Counselling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. From 1967 to 1969, Jane worked as the Medical Social Worker to the Radiotherapy and Paediatric Departments at the Westminster Hospital, London. Whilst bringing up four children, she was Chair of her local branch of the NSPCC which was successful in substantial fundraising. In 1991, Jane returned to counselling at St. Michael’s Hospice and Cranehurst surgery, Cranbrook. She has also counselled young people at Benenden, Claremont and Vinehall schools. Jane is now a Supervisor of Bereavement Counsellors at St. Michael’s Hospice and continues in private practice.