The Team

at Pestalozzi International Foundation

Aaron Eckhoff


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

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Linda Blank


I was elected to the Board of Trustees in March 2020 and have since been elected as Vice-Chair. I started my career in consulting at Accenture Strategy, where I was tasked with providing strategy advisory services to FTSE500 corporates from a variety of industries, including FMCG, retail, healthcare and financial services.

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His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Pestalozzi Ambassador

“Education needs not only to develop our intelligence, but also to support the basic human values of warm-heartedness and compassion”.
H.H. The Dalai Lama

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HRH The Duke of Gloucester


His Royal Highness, the Duke of Gloucester, KG GCVO, is The Queen’s cousin and a full-time working member of the Royal Family. He attends national and international events in support of The Queen and her duties as Head of State, as well as undertaking extensive public duties and engagements every year reflecting his own interests and charities.

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Pradeep Subedi


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

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David Little


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.

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David Dixson


David is the owner of Alexander James Financial Planning Ltd, a small financial advice firm based in St Leonards on Sea. He has been providing financial advice to his clients for over ten years.

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Mark Stanton


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.

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Chief Executive Officer

I am honoured and excited to have been given the opportunity to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer with Pestalozzi International Foundation.

Over the last 30 plus years I have worked in a range of roles across health, social care and education. 

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Marie Ashton

Marketing Officer

I am covering for Hannah while she is on maternity leave with her second child and very thrilled to join such a wonderful charity. I have visited some of the countries that Pestalozzi works with, volunteering for an NGO in Bangalore, India, that supported children from poor communities to access education. 

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Margaret Alexander

Student Scholarship, Alumni Relations and Development Fund Manager

After a 10 year career in the Civil Service I decided to change career and work with young people. Before joining Pestalozzi in 2003, I worked with young people with special educational needs and emotional and behavioural difficulties.

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Nigel Ford

Database Volunteer

Following a degree in Biology/Ecology at York University and then a PGCE in Bath, I went on to teach Rural Science in a secondary school. I then worked as an Education Officer for the RSPCA in NW England, later moving to work at their nature reserve near Hastings.

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Office Manager and Company Secretary

This role is currently being covered by a temporary worker, while a replacement is recruited. 

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