Who we are
Based in the magnificent cities of Bath and Bristol in South West England, we have an Executive Team with a wide range of successful senior level international experience, alongside a wider group of specialists who work with us on particular assignments. These specialists are well known to us and share our values and our approach. Many of them have worked with us on a number of assignments over several years. We also work with a number of other related organisations who offer complementary expertise: this might be either in terms of professional specialism, or regional or country based experience.
Frank Courtney is Managing Director. He has taught in schools and teacher education and spent over twenty years as a senior officer in UK Local Education Authorities. He has since held senior posts in consultancy organisations including Head of International Operations for Serco Learning. With colleagues he set up Merganser Consulting in May 2007. Frank’s main expertise lies in education management development at a strategic level and he has advised at national and international levels in various countries and situations. He has project managed a number of international projects and programmes over several years. Frank has undertaken education work at government level in many countries including in Africa, the Caribbean and in most European countries.
Louise Bonadie is Senior Education Adviser. Louise has particular expertise in primary education and language development. Following a successful career in primary education she has worked at a senior level in UK Local Authorities supporting teachers in continuing professional development. This has included supporting schools in setting up and delivering Comenius projects; supporting inward bound ARION visitors and participating and managing aspects of trans-national EU projects and programmes. For Merganser she takes a lead role on provision of courses for teachers. Louise has considerable experience of cross cultural working, and has worked on assignments in many countries worldwide.
Andrew Borthwick is Executive Director of Merganser Consulting and a Board Member. He has over thirty years senior management experience in researching, designing and delivering education and training in a variety of UK and international contexts. Since the start of his education career, he has been heavily involved in community development and education. He has significant experience of teaching and training adults and designing professional staff development strategies for teachers, managers, school governors and community leaders. He spent over twenty years as a senior officer in UK Local Education Authorities. Andy has considerable experience as a strategic education manager, and in international education project and programme management. Andy has worked extensively in many countries around the world including several in Africa and the Caribbean.
Andrew is Director of Courses and has overall responsibility for managing Merganser’s course provision. He is an experienced course leader of courses for teachers and other education professionals, and in creating suitable programmes for the EU Erasmus+ initiative. He is a very experienced consultant in international education with considerable experience of developing international links and in providing training for teachers, both in the UK and in other countries. Andrew is a geographer by profession who has taught in secondary schools in North London and Bath for thirty years as a Senior Teacher and Deputy Headteacher. His particular expertise is in initial teacher education, career professional development, and in developing the curriculum for international education. Andrew has led a number of educational initiatives, particularly with in the field of action research and teacher training. He has also held posts in universities and is concurrently a Senior Examiner for GCSE Geography, also acting as a coursework moderator.
Nick is Associate Director. Nick is a management consultant specialising in public sector reform, policy support, programme management and implementation of all stages of the project cycle. Nick has led and managed several consultancy assignments in the Caribbean, and was resident in Jamaica from 2007 to 2008 as project manager for the inception phase of the Ministry of Education modernisation. He worked previously as a Principal Consultant with PA Consulting Group; and has worked for the UK Government’s Department for International Development (both in headquarters and on secondment overseas), the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, and the NGO sector. Nick has worked on projects funded by DFID, USAID, SIDA and IDB in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Nick is also Managing Director of Tobal Consulting.
These colleagues may all be contacted via the Contact Page.
We work mainly with experienced consultants who are well known to us on a personal basis and in most cases with whom we have worked over several years. Our colleagues all have substantial UK and international experience. They share our values and approach and are highly skilled at implementing effective education change, in cross cultural contexts.
Our consultants have a very wide range of experience and expertise, including in professional education but also in a wide range of other professional specialisms.