LIGC Teachers

We have assembled an amazing group of teachers covering the different aspects of this course. Course Leaders Kim Polgreen and Debbe Reilly will lead the students through the entire course, bringing in expertise from the rest of the team at the right moments. Our ECI experts will join us for the key parts of the discussion. If you would like to read more about them see below.


Debbe Reilly (Course Leader and focussing on food security)

I have been teaching the International Baccalaureate's 'Environmental Systems and Societies' course since 2002. A major focus of the current specification is on sustainability and its links to a variety of topics ranging from water security, food production, human populations and climate change. I enjoy teaching on this course as it teaches students to ‘think globally and act locally’. The challenge being to look at and consider workable solutions to the issues we face. There is a strong link between what I teach in school and the LIGC course. 


David Gomm (focussing on climate and water security)

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from Durham University. While reading for his degree David specialized in the study of such relevant areas as resources and resource management, biogeography, hydrology and environmental hazards. David also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Kings College at the University of London. 

David spent almost 30 years at St Clare’s International College, Oxford, teaching pre-University students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He taught geography and was instrumental in the school becoming one of the first in the world to offer environmental systems, a subject designed to integrate the study of natural and human systems. 

David is passionate about both the environment and the need to educate, enlighten and enthuse all young people about the environmental challenges facing present and future generations.


Clare Hargreaves (focussing on written communication)

Clare has loved writing all her life. Having trained at Reuters news agency (including an 18-month posting in Paris) she went on to work for the foreign desk of The Daily Telegraph. After working in television and writing four books, she worked for various BBC magazines including BBC Good Food, and BBC Countryfile where she was deputy editor. She wrote on education and food for The Independent for 20 years and now writes freelance for the i newspaper, BBC Good Food magazine, National Trust magazine and Fine Food Digest. She also runs Feast with a Chef ( organising gourmet feasts by top chefs in local village halls with a particular interest in healthy and sustainable diets.


Jeni Williams (focussing on presentation skills)

I have worked as both as an actress and a teacher and now run a theatre in education company called Big Wheel. At Big Wheel we use theatre and drama to train, teach and inspire, students, teachers, academics and organisations in the corporate and public sector. We are experts in training people to present and communicate ideas with confidence in front of an audience.  Many people will tell you that one of their biggest fears is speaking in public – presentation skills training is about finding your own style, learning how to be well prepared, and using techniques to build your confidence and find your voice. 


Adrian Porter (focussing on flooding)

A former primary school teacher who has worked in technical and operational management for 14 years, my interest in flooding arose from the purchase of a house that lies within the flood risk area just outside of Oxford.

I know from my commercial experience that it is important to understand risk in order to develop appropriate mitigation strategies and have spent the last 9 years applying this to the local flooding risk, both for my own property and for the wider community.  As well as the owner of a flood impacted property I am also on the steering group of the Oxford Flood Alliance, a volunteer group that works with local and national government and agencies in order to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Oxford. I am a firm believer of enabling communities and individuals to help themselves.


Nick Bell (focussing on business and sustainability)

Nick has more than twenty years’ experience in business management and consultancy, with half of those specialising in sustainable business and corporate responsibility. He has worked internationally in industries including business services, manufacturing, transport, technology, mining, telecoms, media, and leisure.

Nick’s projects have generally focused on identifying significant sustainability trends and evaluating their potential effects, including physical impacts of climate change, energy and carbon management, resource availability, demographic changes, policy and regulation, and reporting. He has also worked for public sector bodies on policy evaluation and economic development programmes.

Nick was one of the Vision 2050project team, the World Business Council for Sustainble Development’s 18-month project on the challenges facing business. Rather than focusing on today’s problems, it was based on a positive vision that by 2050, 9 billion people can live well, within resource constraints and without degrading the environment. The outputs were practical, helping businesses to understand the stages of transition, the role of governments, NGOs, consumers and other stakeholders.

Outside his main work, Nick has lectured at the University of London on Sustainable Business. He previously volunteered with the Prince’s Trust, and currently helps Young Enterprise as an adviser for 15 to 18 year old students who start up and run a business for one academic year.