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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard became a Pestalozzi Trustee in 2018. He was educated at Chiswick and Hampton Schools and Walbrook College London. As a Chartered Certified Accountant Richard has been Head of Finance for a number of companies over his 50 year career and is now FD of Penn Elcom Group. He brings his many years of accountancy experience and his varied business skills, including those related to property management, to the Board.Richard is secretary for Chiswick Grammar Alumni and includes sailing, cycling and potholing among his other interests. Richard and his wife Carol have been a host family to Pestalozzi students for a number of years.
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.