Meet the Team

Clive Belgeonne – Global Education Adviser

Clive is involved with many of DECSY’s projects including SEAL and the Global Dimension, Building Communities through Dialogue and Carbon Justice.

Helen Griffin

Helen Griffin – Philosophy for Children Adviser / Global Education Adviser / Gender Equality Adviser

Helen is responsible as joint co-ordinator for the resource centre and Philosophy for Children training as well as overseeing projects.

Rob Unwin

Rob Unwin – Global Education Adviser

Rob oversees projects at DECSY and is involved with DECSY publications and consultancy work as well as P4C training.

Jane Anderson – Administration and Fundraising manager

Jane joined the team in September 2013 as the office administrator.

Associate trainers

Rosie Carnall

Rosie Carnall – a SAPERE accredited P4C facilitator

Rosie is particularly interested facilitating enquiries with adults and mixed age groups – Philosophy for Communities – and for using the method to develop community cohesion by talking across difference.

Kate Halliwell

Kate Halliwell – a SAPERE accredited trainer qualified to train teachers at P4C Level 1

Kate also runs Philosophy for Community projects and is a primary school teacher.

Ann Dawson portrait

Ann Dawson – Early Years consultant and trainer

Ann has taught in Early Years in EAL schools for over 20 years, leading Foundation Stage as part of the SLT. Ann is the creator of Rainbow Talk and is passionate about enabling children to be confident and articulate communicators through Rainbow Talk and Early Years P4C.

Board of Trustees

Paul Mosley – Chair

Professor of Development Economics at Sheffield University, Board member of Sheffield Credit Union. Formerly Economic Adviser, DfID. Main overseas experience in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mary Stead – Secretary

Qualified secondary school Geography teacher. MA in Latin American Studies, followed by an MA in Women’s Studies and research in Nicaragua. Worked in local government for 25 years, responsible for twinning including a link with a town in Namibia. Secretary for 11 years for the UK One World Linking Association and more recently secretary for the Friends of Namibia Society.

Celia Mather – Chair of General meetings and Vice Chair

Former member of the Think Global Advisory Council. Writer/editor of adult education materials on workers’ rights in the global economy. Main overseas experience in Indonesia and South Africa.

Joy Paul

2.5 years in Malawi, 3 years in Zimbabwe. Member of the Society of Friends. Retired adult physical disability social worker.

Val Johnson

Retired Primary Deputy Headteacher. Particular interest in the development of a global dimension to the Curriculum, especially through the SEAL Project and Philosophy for Children.

Cheryl Smart

Taught for thirty years in a range of schools including two years in West Africa. Managed CRESST (Conflict Resolution Education In Sheffield Schools) from its start in 2003 until 2012. Now enjoying retirement but still remains supportive of PSHE and Development Education and of efforts to give them greater prominence in the school curriculum.

Marie Lowe


Our current funders are:

Funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union