Our trustees

Daniel Baltzer

Daniel’s background is 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 P4C. Currently establishing an exciting new enterprise in Oxford, he has been a trustee of SAPERE P4C since 2014.

Alison Barne

Alison was, until late 2017, a teacher and P4C lead at St Nicholas Primary School in Oxford, a SAPERE P4C Silver Award School. She been a trustee of SAPERE P4C since 2012.

Jeannie Cohen

Jeannie read classics at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1978. She trained as a teacher and youth worker and spent nine 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 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 P4C 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, sustainable-enquiry.com, has more information.

Jerrina Eteen

Jerrina is a strategy consultant with over 12 years' experience, specialising in pharmaceuticals and healthcare. She previously worked at leading management consultancies before becoming an independent consultant in 2013. Prior to starting her consulting career, she was a certified clinical research coordinator in pulmonary medicine and oncology at academic medical centres in Chicago. Jerrina first became interested in education during university, when she helped students in disadvantaged areas prepare for high school placement exams. She went on to teach English for two years in Japan as part of the JET Programme, teaching at a junior high school and holding community English classes for both children and adults. Jerrina started working with SAPERE P4C in 2014 on a series of pro bono strategy projects, before becoming a trustee in 2016.

Elizabeth Jones (Chair)

Liz  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 P4C and hopes to find time to do more.

Jack Langley (Treasurer)

Jack is a finance analyst and trainee chartered accountant and tax adviser with experience in charity and corporate finance. He currently works in the technical accounting team at Barclays, where he specialises in providing accounting advice for technical accounting areas including tax, share based payments and pensions. He also has experience in UK corporation tax and external reporting, including preparation of year end accounts. Before becoming treasurer of SAPERE P4C in 2018, he served as treasurer of two small charities, including a community centre in Oxford, and has extensive volunteer experience with the Scouts. It was this experience which sparked his interest in enquiry and dialogue with young people. He has a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Ivana Mahendra

Ivana has worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years and is currently Chief Finance Officer for Thomas Miller Specialty. Prior to taking up this role in 2019, she was Chief Operating Officer for the Financial Lines division of AIG UK, where she was responsible for end-to-end delivery of finance, operations, portfolio management and compliance. She has also served as finance director for the Global Specialty division of AIG, where she led finance, strategy and performance management. Ivana is a chartered management accountant and has a degree in business studies from London Metropolitan University. She has been a trustee of SAPERE P4C since March 2019.

Catrin Rees

Catrin worked for many years at the BBC and brings extensive experience in journalism, social media and technology to SAPERE P4C.

Paul Stockley

Paul is the head teacher at Bradway Primary School in Sheffield and a SAPERE P4C Level 1 trainer. He became a trustee of SAPERE P4C in March 2019. After reading psychology at Manchester University, he trained as a social worker, travelled and worked overseas, and worked as an agency social worker before completing his PGCE at Leicester University in 1989. He worked as a primary teacher in the Isle of Man, London, and Argentina, before becoming a teacher, team leader and then deputy head teacher at Oaklands Primary School in Ealing, West London. In 2001 he became deputy head teacher at Bradway Primary School and, in 2002, was promoted to head teacher. During his seventeen years as head, Paul has been extensively involved in system leadership and represented primary head teachers in Sheffield at a city and regional level for more than a decade. He is currently Chair of the Sheffield Schools Forum, a role which enables him to continue to play a key role in shaping education policy locally. With his colleagues, Paul is currently working towards his vision for Bradway Primary to become a school where philosophical thinking is at the heart of all teaching and learning.