Meet Our Board

Leonor Diaz Alcantara
Leonor Diaz AlcantaraChair
Leonor Diaz Alcantara, is an award-winning social enterprise entrepreneur, whose career has spanned both the private and NGO sectors. She is Chief Executive of the Montessori Group.

Prior to this role, Leonor was CEO of the medical research institute, RAFT. Leonor spun out a commercial company called Smart Matrix Ltd, from RAFT raising $8m in social investment. This has been widely used as a case study in how to avoid risk in social investment.

Leonor has also had a number of Non-Executive roles and is often asked to speak at international conferences on leadership and entrepreneurship.

Leonor also mentors a number of young professionals at different levels of their careers.

Tony Joyce
Tony JoyceNon-Executive Director

Tony is a senior marketing professional with 30 years of international business experience across industry sectors.

He was most recently Associate Dean of Marketing & Communications at London Business School. Prior to that he was with HSBC as Global Head of marketing for Private Banking – and with Dunhill in the luxury goods sector as Global Head of Retail and Licensing.

Having lived and worked in France, he speaks French to a bilingual level. He holds an MA from St Andrews University – and an MBA from INSEAD.

His current work focuses on International marketing consultancy in the Education and Financial Services sectors.

Maccs Pescatore
Maccs PescatoreChief Executive Officer
Maccs brings extensive international, commercial experience from the profit sector. A chartered accountant, qualified with Coopers & Lybrand, she worked for Geest plc, Camelot plc and spent 13 years with Tate & Lyle Plc and ASR Group in the FMCG sector holding a variety of senior finance positions in European divisions, including doing a cross border sale for £30m at the age of 32.

She joined as Finance Director of the Montessori Group and is now the Chief Executive Officer of MCI. In 2021, she received an award for “Excellence in Education” – from the Global Forum for Education and Leaders.

Maccs marries her passion for the outdoors with her interests in education in her non-executive roles. She is currently Chair of Advance Performance (UK) Ltd and Trustee of StreetGames and an active supporter of Huracan. She has held a number of non-executive director positions including at Plas Y Brenin, the national outdoor centre.

She has mentored young people through both The Prince’s Trust and Hatch Enterprise.

Karen Chetwynd
Karen ChetwyndChief Operating Officer
Karen has worked extensively in educational quality assurance, partnering with FE and HE providers to secure programme recognitions, nationally and internationally.

Work with University partners; Ofqual Awarding Organisations and National Governing Bodies led Karen to support qualifications development from Entry to Post-Graduate, overseeing curriculum design within vocational Teacher Training; Performing Arts; Health and Fitness.

Karen’s work has supported access to greater physical education within schools; widened vocational and academic transferability for Performing Arts trainees and helped specialist HEI’s prepare for DAP’s.

Following her MA (Educational Leadership & Management) Karen became a QAA Reviewer, continuing to maintain an active research interest in authentic assessment practice in vocational training and development of educational partnerships and accreditations to benefit student progression.

Preeti Patel
Preeti PatelHead of Education

After fifteen years practice in a Montessori day-care nursery as Nursery Manager and an Early Years Educator, Preeti took on the role of Academic Placement Tutor at Montessori Centre International (MCI). She is now our Head of Education.

Preeti holds a BA (Hons) Degree, Montessori International Diploma and an Early Years Teacher Status. Preeti has been involved in Safeguarding training and has delivered many CPD training sessions to colleagues over the last few years.