Our Trustees


Ian Duckett

Ian is a strategic education and training professional with extensive experience in 14-19 learning and an expert in the fields of engagement, intervention and curriculum development; he is also an award-winning teacher (DfE 2003)

Ian has extensive expertise and creativity in curriculum planning, design and change and partnership development across the 14-19 sector, especially in relation to intervention, engagement and NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) programmes.

He also has direct experience of teaching a broad range of learners from 11 to adult reflecting a firm commitment to engaging with learners in a range of learning contexts.

For the last seven years Ian has been working as a consultant for Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County, Cambridgeshire County Council Council, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Westminster, London Borough of Wandsworth, London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London Borough of Southwark, Future Education,  Shaftesbury Young People, National Extension College, Co-operative College, UCL Institute of Education, Emerge Enterprise Training Academy, Education Development and Incyte International.

Bel Cotton

Bel started her career with Hounslow Council Social Services Intermediate Treatment Project supporting young offenders and Looked after children by providing theatre workshops, performance and other creative projects.
Since then she has many years of extensive experience both as a qualified teacher (QTS) working across KS1 and KS2 in a variety of different settings predominantly in challenging inner-city areas, and as a co-ordinator and project manager working for both commercial and voluntary sector projects.

Trained at the Institute of Education, University of London (2007), most recently Bel has been working in a large Inner London community school

Bel has also provided leadership and support to ensure the success of commercially run projects She has been responsible for the recruitment, retention, training and briefing of volunteer event staff (up to 1500 on some events, fundraising for campaigning groups and organisations, producing and providing services for large scale public promotion and production company with an emphasis on quality assurance.
Bel also has extensive experience in producing and analysing data to ensure effective working practices, in presenting oral and written reports and in budget management.

She has also served as a school Governor.

Christine Eccles

Christine has many years of experience across a range of fields including performing arts, journalism and commercial writing, politics, social history and in both delivering and managing education services.

A founder and Director of a Community Theatre in the 1960’s, Christine has also worked for many years as a journalist, theatre critic and published writer (The Rose Theatre).

In the latter part of her professional career Christine worked in a senior position as The Director of Education, supporting the education of Looked after Children for two historic charities.

Prior to this she developed a practical understanding of the educational needs and issues of vulnerable students by teaching children who had been excluded from school, in an inner-city Pupil Referral Unit.

Christine has a wealth of both practical and theoretical knowledge in the commissioning and quality assurance of education services as well as expertise in the writing of tenders as well as in contract development, service management and quality assured delivery.