Our Team

DR Ian Cunningham

Ian chairs the Governing Body of Self Managed Learning College in Sussex, which has been open for young people between the ages of 9 and 17 since 2001.

He created Self Managed Learning in the 1970’s. He was the first person to be awarded a PhD in Management Learning from the University of Lancaster. He has published six books and over 120 articles and papers in areas such as education, learning, leadership and organisational change.


Anne has been involved with the Centre since its inception, initially as a Director and latterly as Chair of Trustees of the Charity

She has worked alongside the creator of SML, Ian Cunningham, for over 20 years. She is a seasoned and deeply experienced Learning Group Advisor and is passionate about bringing the benefits of SML to both organisations and individuals of all ages.


Ben became a Director of the Centre for Self Managed Learning in 1994 and currently acts as the Charity’s Treasurer.

He has been actively involved with Self Managed Learning for more than 20 years and has published articles and co-authored four books in the fields of Self Managed Learning, coaching and work based learning.


Liz has been involved with the Centre since 1997 and has served two terms as a trustee since the organisation became a Charity.

She came across Self-Managed Learning in 1992 and she believes that being accepted onto the Self-Managed Learning MSc in Managing Change was one of the major events in her life. It has led to a lifelong continued interest in Self-Managed Learning.


Vikki has been a Trustee of the Centre since 2015 and also acts as the Centre’s Company Secretary.

She became involved in Self Managed Learning in 2008 when she introduced Self Managed Learning as the central tenet of the Leadership Development strategy for Nike across Europe.


Avis is a member of the Governing Body of the Self Managed Learning College and has represented the former as a Trustee on the Board of the Charity since 2015.

She became interested in Self Managed Learning as a well-researched and effective method, when her home-educated daughter attended the College from 2008-2011 before moving on to higher education and who is currently studying music at Leeds College of Music.