Pelham began his association with the UWC movement in 1995 when he joined UWC Atlantic College. There he taught History and Peace and Conflict Studies and ran the RNLI Lifeboat Service. Before his appointment as Head of UWC Mahindra College in India in 2011 he had led schools in Africa, Europe and North America. At Mahindra College, he is known for his passion for bringing the UWC Mission to life within and beyond the IB, the classroom and the confines of the college campus.
After leaving Atlantic College in 2004, Pelham held Headships at Salem International College in Germany (part of Schule Schloss Salem, the first school founded by Kurt Hahn) and at IB schools in the USA and South Africa. When his wife, Ulrike, worked at the Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa he volunteered there, undertaking academic research.
He has a wide-range of professional experience prior to training as a teacher at Oxford University. He has a Masters in Education from Bristol University and worked on doctoral studies at Bath University where his focus has been on Leadership and creating the culture of a Learning Organization. Pelham and his wife, Ulrike have three sons, all of whom have passed through different UWC schools and colleges. Their entire family is grounded in UWC’s mission and values and Ulrike is also taking teaching and other responsibilities in the college.
“It is our responsibility to envision the role that education has to play in our changing world, and to empower our students to not only be up to its many challenges but be forces for peace and sustainability in shaping a better future.”