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Alison Barne

Alison Barne is a teacher at St Nicholas Primary School in Oxford. She been a trustee of SAPERE since 2012.

Daniel Baltzer

Daniel Baltzer is RSM 2020 Campaign Leader at Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he manages long-term relationships between the school and decision makers in both the private and public sector and in commercial and non-commercial enterprises around the world. With a background in farming, science journal publishing, children's charities and philosophy, he is interested in complex decision-making on the basis of the most integrated approach. Within philosophy, he is passionate about political philosophy, with an emphasis on philosophically underpinning the establishment of a new and functioning model for western democracy. Critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinking and acting are critical to these challenges and Daniel strives to contribute at least a little bit of each to SAPERE.

Adrian Bruce (Treasurer)

Adrian Bruce qualified as a Chartered Accountant in practice but has spent most of his career in retail, working for a number of large nationwide retailers. He has wide financial and leadership experience in financial control and reporting, planning, investment, treasury and corporate re-structuring.


Jeannie Cohen (Secretary)

Jeannie Cohen read classics at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1978. She trained as a teacher and youth worker and spent 9 years working in the special needs department of her local comprehensive school, where the question of why some children find learning easy and others do not became so compelling that she became determined to find out the answers.

Rod Cunningham

Rod Cunningham has worked as a mathematics educator for over 30 years, first as a secondary teacher and then as an adviser, during which time he trialled problem-solving and diagnostic approaches in mathematics and science including CAME (Cognitive Acceleration through Maths Education) and First Steps Mathematics. He has been facilitating P4C since 2005, is a registered SAPERE trainer, and is co-author of the chapter on mathematics and P4C in Philosophy for Children Across the Secondary Curriculum (2012). One of his key aims is to promote a model in which Year 7 form teachers train with Year 5 and 6 teachers in their feeder primaries, with the intention that P4C becomes an integral part of the education of all 5- to 18-year-olds in the cluster of schools. He has also utilised a range of facilitation models with community groups working on sustainability issues, such as Abergavenny Transition Town. Rod is particularly keen on developing long-term associations with schools and community groups so that facilitation of P4C is supported and, over time, becomes embedded in the organisation. His website,, contains further information.

Elizabeth Jones (Chair)

Liz Jones read classics and philosophy at King’s College, Cambridge, before switching to law and becoming a barrister. She took silk in 2000, and also qualified as a mediator in 1999. She now combines a busy litigation and mediation practice. Liz has a long term interest in education and how it helps or mars the development of children, and became interested in the idea of education through discussion, which has much in common with both the practice of law and the process of mediation. She has done the first level of training through SAPERE and hopes to find time to do more.

Nikki Perry

Nikki Perry has 23 years' experience teaching languages in secondary schools, latterly managing a large department. She moved to work in a large local authority where she worked in project management, managing change in the implementation of Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education) strategies, and as a child protection trainer.

Catrin Rees

Catrin has worked for many years at the BBC and brings extensive experience in social media and technology.

Kit Thorne

Kit Thorne is an independent education consultant. Until his retirement in 2015, he was Principal Adviser Development at Sheffield City Council, where he was responsible for commissioning, brokering and coordinating CPD provision for all schools and settings in the city, focusing on quality first teaching and excellence in leadership. He has also worked in Oldham and Leicestershire as an adviser, and trained initially as a teacher of French and German, working in North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire schools. In Oldham and Sheffield he was responsible, under the school improvement project banner, for helping schools to engage with P4C. He is a SAPERE registered Level 1 trainer. His website, at, has more information.