Successful businessman and education specialist, Charlie founded World Challenge, the schools developmental expedition company, in 1986. Charlie sold the company to the world’s largest travel company, TUI Travel PLC, in 2008 but his enthusiasm for building the self-esteem of young people through activities that may not be otherwise available to them continues. Charlie is a social entrepreneur who does not shy away from the debates at the centre of education policy.
Chief Operating Officer
With over 25 years of working in Operational Management, Business Development and Service Delivery, David is an experienced bi-lingual, commercially minded Company Director. David has worked in the private and public sector in the UK and throughout Europe across diverse marketplaces such as: Science, Space, FM, M&E, ICT, Banking and Finance and Education. Since 2011, David has been responsible for business development strategies, brokering strategic relationships, delivering transformation programmes, project management, bid management and service delivery roles across the UK and Europe.
Michelle graduated with a first class degree in Tourism & Hospitality Business Management and previously worked within the travel and tourism industry, before joining the education sector as part of the Contour Supply Department in 2015. Michelle has a great eye for detail and is highly motivated; her experience and strong interpersonal skills ensure that she goes the extra mile to guarantee all schools and suppliers are extremely satisfied.
Office and Research Assistant
Naren is a graduate of Forensic Science and has obtained a Masters in Criminology. He has a plethora of experience when it comes to research and the presentation of work, which includes assignments for the UN. With strong analytical skills he is able to dissect information and obtain the relevant information required. He has also taught in South Korea for 18 months, giving him first-hand knowledge of how a foreign society studies and utilises the English Language. Naren is a keen traveller, who has been lucky enough to visit a wide array of different countries, happily delving into local life and culture.
Jo has worked in the education sector since 2011, working with schools and suppliers to provide new equipment to encourage learning and outdoor play, including outdoor amphitheatres, all weather sports pitches and bespoke playgrounds. Jo has been involved with competitive sports from a young age, including swimming, athletics and hockey, and was lucky to have a father who encouraged all types of extracurricular activities, including sailing holidays round the Greek Islands and walking holidays. Jo walked the coast to coast walk in England when she was just 14. She was also an active member of the local tennis club where she played competitively in leagues across the North West up to the age of 19. Jo brings to Contour a real passion for learning outside the classroom activities and a good understanding of the importance of sports and team-based pursuits in enriching children’s lives.
Abi originally hails from Oxford but has also lived in Aberdeen and Paris. After spending one year at the University of St Andrews, Abi decided University life wasn’t for her and began a career in the sport and leisure industry. She has, however, recently returned to education and is currently studying for a part-time online Business & Sport Management degree. Abi is a keen sports person, playing rugby at International level (Scotland under 20s). Unfortunately, due to injuries, she has now retired from the sport and moved on to playing hockey. As a child, Abi was lucky enough to be given lots of opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities; she is very keen to ensure that these opportunities are made accessible to as many children as possible.
Office and Research Assistant
Tracy brings a wealth of administrative experience to Contour from a variety of industries, the most recent with Warwickshire and West Mercia Police before joining Contour Education. A previous career change to education took Tracy on the path as a Supply Teaching Assistant with primary aged pupils around Warwickshire schools, and as an Early Years Practitioner at an ‘outstanding’ Pre-School which has secured a firm understanding of pupil’s educational needs in and out of the classroom. Her TA experience has seen her take on supporting pupils with special needs on 1:1 basis as well as class group activities for all learning abilities from age 3 – 11 years old. With this knowledge in mind, she is able to apply this to an array of educational programmes on behalf of school requirements ensuring the pupils development and character are at the forefront of the research.