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The Society is run by and for its members.

The highest decision-making body of the society is the Annual General Meeting of its members. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held once a year at the society’s annual conference. At the AGM, the society discusses all the activities conducted by the society during the past year, passes its accounts, elects the executive committee, and decides on activities for the coming year.

AGM 2018

Dear PESGB member,

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Society's Annual General Meeting at 6.45 pm on Saturday 24th March at New College, Oxford. Please note the AGM has moved to an earlier time this year.

I would like to draw members’ attention to the notice of elections to the Executive Committee attached here.

At the 2017 AGM, it was decided that members who cannot attend the 2018 AGM may vote by proxy. To make proxy voting possible, members are warmly encouraged to put forward colleagues for election to the executive committee by the earlier than usual date of 16 February.

2017 AGM Minutes 


BERA Report
Constitutional Change Proposal
Web and News Report
Election Notice
Trustees Draft Annual Report for 2017
Conference Chair's Report
Large Grants Report
Secretary's Report
DRAFT Annual Accounts
Treasurers Report
Dev Com Report
Editorial Report JOPE March2018
CoRE Report

Best wishes,
Ben Kotzee
PESGB Secretary)

Nominations Received

Following the election notice of 29 January, three candidates were nominated for the vacant positions on the PESGB Executive Committee. John Tillson was nominated for the position of elected member, proposed by Michael Hand and seconded by David Aldridge. Naomi Hodgson was nominated for the position of treasurer, proposed by Judith Suissa and seconded by Carrie Winstanley. David Lewin was nominated for the position of secretary, proposed by Paul Standish and seconded by Richard Davis. As no other members were nominated for these positions by the closing date, their election unopposed will be ratified at the AGM.

Elected Member Post

John TillsonJohn Tillson

John Tillson is a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Education Studies Department at Liverpool Hope University. He has been a PESGB member since 2009. Over his decade of membership, John has contributed to the wider life of the Society through acting as group facilitator and tutor at its undergraduate and postgraduate summer schools, as secretary of the North West branch, and as a reviewer and review panel member for the annual conference. He is grateful to the Society for the friendships that he has formed as a member and for the financial support it has given him in presenting work at conferences around the world. He looks forward to being involved in managing the Society’s affairs and setting its strategy for the future.

Secretary Post

David LewinDavid Lewin

I began lecturing in philosophy of education nearly 10 years ago, first at Liverpool Hope University and more recently at University of Strathclyde. Ever since entering this discipline, I have been struck by the engagement and commitment of the PESGB and have felt very much at home within this community. The publications, events and conferences supported by the PESGB are of an excellent quality and provide the UK with a vital space for thinking about the fundamental questions of education. I am looking forward to supporting the society chair, executive and wider membership in developing the discipline within the UK and beyond. It is remarkable how much this organisation achieves, largely on the goodwill of many diverse people. It is my pleasure to be part of the society and to serve as its secretary.

Treasurer Post

Naomi HodgsonNaomi Hodgson

I am a lecturer in Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University and have been an active member of PESGB since beginning my PhD in 2006. I was an elected member of the Executive Committee from 2011-2013, I co-convene the Society’s annual Gregynog Conference, and have collaborated with other Board members to redevelop the Society’s website and social media presence as part of the Web Steering Group. As Reviews Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education since 2011, I have also been actively involved in the work of the journal’s Editorial Board.

My research is focused on the relationship between governance and subjectivity, and on the policy areas of citizenship, research, and parenting, in particular. My research has greatly benefited from the supportive environment of the PESGB annual conference, its branch activities, and funding streams, and so I bring an understanding of their role in enabling the development and sustainability of educational philosophy in what are precarious times for both junior academics and learned societies. The management of the Society’s finances is, therefore, pivotal to its success, and I am eager to make a substantial contribution to this. I would be honoured to take on the role of Treasurer of the Society, a position I am keen to take on at this stage in my career.