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Paul Pillai, Lead Guide

Paul Pillai is co-founder and Director of The Montessori Place. His first career was in the telecommunications industry, where he was co-founder and Head of Business Development for a Siemens Mobile company. Over the past ten years Paul has trained and worked within the AMI Montessori tradition at the 0-3, 3-6 and 12-18 levels. He now leads on the development of the adolescent programme at our new site in Eason’s Green.


Tara Canick, Artist

Tara Canick was most recently Head of Art at Shoreham Academy, before leaving to train as an arts counsellor. After graduating from Michael Hall Waldorf School she pursued a degree in Theatre and Fine Art, before beginning her career working with young people. Tara’s background also includes teaching martial arts to children and young people, and running chocolate-making workshops for adults. Tara guides the young people’s artist expression.


Pete Dollimore, Grower

Pete Dollimore is Director and Chief Grower at Hankham Organics, which has a 7000 m2 glasshouse at the core of a social enterprise supplying 500+ businesses and homes with vegetables and fruit each week. He studied Environmental Science at Aberystwyth University in Wales, is passionate about biological control, and writes and speaks nationally on the subject of organic growing. Pete guides the young people’s work developing a horticultural business centered around our 1 acre walled garden.


Richard Keal, Woodworker

Richard is trained in Fine Art with a focus on sculpture. He says “I am open to the use of any material that seems appropriate to the situation; the material is not my starting point. However I am in the process of a long relationship with wood and one that at this moment in time seems to be of endless possibility. Sometimes my starting point is simply to make a chair – a piece of furniture that is in itself profound; a resting place for thought.” Richard guides the young people’s work on the buildings.


Mark Treffel, Musician

Mark has a degree in Electrical Engineering, and works as a product consultant in the telecommunications industry. His past career includes being a touring session musician, and running a recording studio. His passion for music and technology is only rivalled by his passion for sports, and if you don’t find him with a guitar on stage you’re likely to find him with a racket on the tennis court. Mark guides the young people’s exploration in music, music technology and electronics.


Tracey Younghusband, Ecologist

Tracey is an ecologist by training, and was most recently responsible for a 300 acre estate with cattle, sheep and fallow deer. Her previous work includes being SE Water’s Ecologist responsible for their 25 Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Eastern Area Ranger for the South Downs Joint Committee and Coastal Biodiversity Officer for the East Sussex County Council. She guides the young people’s work managing our 13 acre woodland in a way that nurtures its biodiversity.


Visiting Specialists: 2016/17

Geoffrey Mead, Professor at the University of Sussex, Geography
Hannah Perner-Wilson, MIT Media Lab, Electronics and Textile
Mika Satomi, Professor at the Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin, Electronics and Textile
Daniel Finlay, Head of Acting at ACT (Academy Creative Training)
Laura Yates, Campaigner
Victoria Elliot, Barrister and legal advisor to the Home Office
Chris Sykes, Director of ISS, University of Sussex, English