Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Laura GoadDirector

Laura Goad

You are very likely to see Laura out and about making connections and creating opportunities for CDEC. As well as being a strong, optimistic force behind the CDEC team, she keeps a careful and trusting eye on the day-to-day operations while seeking new funding and project opportunities that help to ensure the organisation continues to be a force for good.

Debbie WatsonGlobal Education Officer

Debbie Watson

Debbie is passionate about creating opportunities for children to participate in excellent global learning, and is a forest schools, eco-schools and environmental expert. As well as running the Global Schools project, Debbie is instrumental in leading the development of new CDEC courses and is one of our associate tutors.

Rosie KessousCommunications and Marketing Officer

Rosie Kessous

Rosie is at hand to share CDEC’s achievements and make sure we all know about the opportunities that CDEC offers Cumbria’s communities, be it schools, organisations or local groups. If you are interested in helping to promote CDEC, please drop Rosie a line.

Dan JefferyOffice Administrator

Dan Jeffery

Dan is here to keep an eye on the day-to-day running of the office and ensure membership subscriptions are up to date, that you get the resource boxes you've requested and that you get your invoices. He works two days a week, usually Wednesday and Thursday.

Kate JacksonGreen Place Project Coordinator

Kate Jackson

Kate passionately believes that everyone should have access to high quality green spaces that improve wellbeing and cater for wildlife. She enjoys finding creative ways for new audiences of all ages to discover, nurture and engage with gardens, parks and green spaces. Kate has a wealth of experience in organic production horticulture as well as managing public gardens and running volunteer programs. Kate is an ecological garden designer creating private & community gardens that are aesthetically pleasing, have ecological value and are resilient in a changing climate.

Gabi LipskaLearning, Community and Networking Officer

Gabi Lipska

Gabi is a purpose-driven educator and community weaver with passion for bringing harmony and a stronger awareness of the interconnectedness and complexity of our world to us. She has worked across Europe as a facilitator, trainer and project coordinator for the past two decades. She has particular interest in emerging practices that support a more heart-centred, embodied and connecting learning.

Associate Trainers

Our courses are run by our expert associate trainers. They have all been selected because they have a strong background in and experience of global learning issues and topics, including embedding global learning, philosophy for children and student voice, to name a few. They are supported by core CDEC staff and receive regular training in our latest courses and approach to ensure they are giving you their (and our) best!

Katie CarrAssociate trainer

Katie Carr

Katie Carr is an experienced trainer and facilitator (CIPD qualified) with over 15 years experience in statutory, further and higher education. For five years she was CDEC’s director, supporting schools, organisations and the wider community to engage with education for sustainability and global citizenship. She works across the boundary of research and practice, and is an expert in sustainable leadership. She is passionate about youth voice, and is a strong advocate of participatory practice. She has delivered lectures on educational change as part of Lancaster University’s MA Education

Jane YatesAssociate trainer

Jane Yates

Jane is well known in Philosophy for Children (P4C) circles as a registered SAPERE P4C trainer providing accredited courses in Foundation (Level 1) and Advanced (Level 2) P4C. She originally trained as a primary school teacher and while at Charlotte Mason College started to borrow resources from CDEC in 1989. She believes it is this that certainly set her off on her global learning pathway. Jane worked as a primary school teacher and then began extending her experience to global learning and P4C. Her tremendous work in this area won her Think Global’s Global Educator of the Year Award in 2017! She runs courses in Cumbria, nationally and internationally.

Carol LewthwaiteAssociate trainer

Carol Lewthwaite

Carol, until recently, was a primary school teacher in Cumbria with the responsibility of global lead teacher. After 14 years in teaching, she understands embedding global learning into primary schools and also using P4C in the classroom. Before training to be a teacher, she worked in science as a laboratory chemist in the nuclear industry for 10 years. Here she developed a profound sense of responsibility for the environment. As her career developed into management roles she gravitated towards training and development, to eventually start her teaching career, and is now pulling all this experience together as a CDEC associate trainer.

Margaret LongstaffeAssociate trainer

Margaret Longstaffe

Margaret is a very experienced primary school practitioner with a passion for CDEC and what it is we are trying to achieve. She has worked extensively throughout Cumbria for over 20 years as a primary teacher and headteacher. For the past five years she has worked as an independent consultant and trainer, writing and developing training materials and supporting schools on areas including the Early Years, outdoor and experiential learning, continuous provision, maths, literacy, art and safeguarding, SEND, alternative provision and Pupil Premium Provision and Reviews. Margaret loves working on new projects and with new people. So being part of the associate trainer group is stimulating and fun. And it helps her support CDEC and the important role CDEC has in working closely with schools to raise awareness of and achieve the Global Development Goals.


Volunteers make up a crucial part of CDEC's team. We have always been supported by a number of dedicated volunteers and rely on volunteers to help us with all kinds of tasks, from stuffing envelopes, checking our resource boxes to helping to deliver our exhibitions around the county. If you would like to volunteer with us, you can find out more about volunteering with us in our volunteering section.