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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.

Dan Bennett

Dan Bennett

Chair

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 and vice-chair. 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.

Alex Ffrench

Alex Ffrench

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.

Susan Walton

Susan Walton

Trustee and Company Secretary

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 taking on both executive and non-executive roles. Sue retired as Pestalozzi’s CEO at the end of August 2019 and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Trustees. She is also the Company Secretary of the Pestalozzi International Foundation and its trading arm. Sue is an Independent Director of Fly Leasing Limited, a NYSE-quoted company, and chairs their Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. She is a Trustee of the Sussex East Area Meeting of Quakers, a Trustee of Raystede Animal Sanctuary and a member of the Finance Committee of the East Sussex College Group. She enjoys scuba diving and photography, often combining the two pursuits!

Martyn Forster

Martyn Forster

Trustee

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.

Aaron Eckhoff

Aaron Eckhoff

Trustee

Aaron was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2019. 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.

Alexandra de Meyrick

Alexandra de Meyrick

Trustee

Alexandra was elected to the Board of Trustees in October 2019. Alexandra came to the UK in 2000 from Australia. Seeing the great opportunities that exist in the UK and in Europe for, among other things, education, career, travel and culture, she decided to make her life here. Alexandra studied law at King’s College London and qualified as a Solicitor. As a Solicitor, Alexandra has worked in the UK, Germany and in the United States of America, both in private practice and in-house and advises in relation to debt finance, equity finance and commercial law matters. Alexandra is passionate about education and in facilitating access to high quality education for all children. She believes that education is fundamental in building a fairer, more prosperous and more progressive society, and in creating opportunities for all.

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.

Carol Hodgson

Carol Hodgson

Trustee

I was elected to the Board of Trustees in October 2019. My association with Pestalozzi started back in 1976 as a pupil at Claverham Community College where I met and became friends with 2 Thai girls in my form. This was the beginning of my journey with the Pestalozzi community, many of whom I remain in contact with today and to them I owe a debt of gratitude for giving me my community ethos, teaching me to be compassionate to those less fortunate and to always be open-minded.

My working life has predominately been in Local Government Finance and Administration. In my spare time I've been involved with charities and voluntary groups for the past 15 years. I'm currently Chair to Catsfield Parish Council; Secretary to 1st Ninfield & Crowhurst Scout Group, Treasurer to Catsfield Triangle Committee and a member of Catsfield Village Hall Committee.

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