Kate Hollinshead
Co-Director & Head of Education
Kate has a BA Honours degree in Politics and German from the University of Bristol in 2005 and a Masters degree in Managing Equality and Diversity (Distinction) from London Metropolitan University. Starting her career with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme in Berlin, Germany, she then spent four years delivering equality training with anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, before joining EqualiTeach as Head of Education in 2013. Kate has experience of delivering training to a wide variety of audiences, including schools, universities, Young Offenders Institutions, prisons and mental health institutions, and she is a confident and experienced public speaker, having spoken at numerous high profile events, including the ODIHR European Conference on Combating Racism towards Muslims and various Trade Union conferences across England. Kate recently completed research into the experiences of transgender people in the workplace, which will be published later this year.
Sarah Soyei
Co-Director & Head of Partnerships
Sarah holds an MA in Equal Opportunities and Society (Distinction) and has been working in the field of equality for 12 years, delivering equality training to over 5000 people throughout the UK. She has overseen the development and delivery of educational programmes working with over 200,000 people. These have included programmes of work commissioned by the government, EHRC, over 20 Local Authorities and private sector organisations such as Partnerships in Care. Sarah has authored several publications in the field, including bespoke equality toolkits for organisations such as Home Group Housing Association and TeachFirst. In 2012 she worked with UNESCO and the ODIHR to produce international guidelines on countering intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. An experienced public speaker, Sarah has delivered presentations at the House of Commons, London’s City Hall and several national and international conferences.
Rachel Elgy
Senior Education Officer
Rachel returned in Dec 2015 from an international volunteering placement in Botswana, delivering workshops to adults and children on topics including HIV awareness, healthy living, and Gender Based Violence. Prior to that she worked for the National charity, Centrepoint, working with volunteers, service users and staff to support young people experiencing homelessness in the UK. This involved working directly with Centrepoint's youth parliament on their various campaigns such as 'You've Got A Problem?!' and 'I Am Visible,' which both encouraged young people to get their voices heard by actively engaging in UK politics, registering to vote and taking part in the General Election 2015. Over the last 5 years she has traveled parts of Europe, Africa, South America and South East Asia, and is passionate about the importance of learning from different cultures and understanding and respecting different values. She is thrilled to be working with Equaliteach, bringing together her love of working with young people, and her drive to support the development of positive change in the UK
Siobhán Anderson
Youth Education Officer
Siobhán holds BA in Theology with Philosophy from the University of Exeter and MA Religion in Contemporary Society (Distinction) from King’s College London, where she conducted original research into lived experiences of young British Muslims. She has three years’ experience working with young people and teachers on interfaith and intercultural education, with particular expertise in opening up conversations about personal identity and story-telling as a tool for dialogue. She has spoken on interfaith and intercultural education at events including the Southbank Centre’s What’s Happening for Young People?, the Telegraph Festival of Education, and the British Humanist Association’s conference for RE teachers.
Gabriella Craft
Youth Education Officer
Gabriella holds a B.A. in Italian Studies from the University of Reading, where her final dissertation was an original work on Italian migration after 1945, looking at attitudes to and the reception of Italian migrants and their British/Venezuelan-born children. She then completed an MPhil in European and Latin American Comparative Cultures and Literatures at the University of Cambridge, focusing on masculinity studies. During her time at university she was President of Reading University Italian Society, a committee member for Reading University ERASMUS society and a volunteer at Jimmy’s Cambridge. She has experience working with young people of all ages, abilities and educational needs having spent a year working in Italy, first as an English Language Assistant for students aged 9 – 14, then as an English Teacher for Adults, Teens and Early Learners alike.
Tammy Naidoo
Youth Education Officer
Tammy has a B.A in Classical and Archaeological Studies from the University of Kent. She has always had a passion for volunteering and working with the community, during her time at University she volunteered with a local homeless charity and was heavily involved in supporting the welfare of the students of her college. Until recently she was working as an English Teacher at a language school in Florence working with students of all levels and ages, including student with special educational needs. She has particular experience working with young people and would often base her lessons around current issues such as Brexit or everyday sexism to try and get students to think critically about the world around them. Before that Tammy worked as the President of Kent Union for 2 years, a role which involved fighting for and representing students and young people at the highest levels. She focused on improving the training given to volunteers to help them to better fulfill their roles. As well as being President, Tammy was also the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Kent Union and a Student Governor on the University of Kent Council which gave her a great insight into the changes happening in higher education and the opportunity to fight for students access to education.
Laura Richardson
Youth Education Officer
Laura is a Theatre Arts and Drama graduate from East 15 Acting School and The University of Northampton. It was during her degree that she developed a passion for Community Theatre and began to explore how the creative arts can engage young people with education, their local community and social issues. She has participated in various projects working with homeless shelters, local schools and most recently has completed her Changemaker Certificate. This process involved researching, creating, leading and evaluating a social enterprise. Along with a group of year 7 students, Laura produced workshops exploring the anxieties year 6’s face when transitioning into secondary school. The workshops were presented to local year 6’s and was an opportunity to creatively explore their fears, meet peers and to become comfortable with the change that was facing them. Laura is also associate director and actor of an award winning children’s theatre company, Munchkins and Monsters. They aim to create engaging, imaginative and educational theatre for children ages 3+ and over the last few years have enjoyed several successful tours across the midlands.
Luther Blissett
Equality Champion
Luther Blissett is an ex-professional footballer who played for Watford, Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, AC Milan and England. He was the first Black player to score a hat-trick for England on his debut against Luxembourg. Luther regularly speaks to young people and adults about his experiences of discrimination on and off the football pitch, providing a personal insight into the difficulties of dealing with prejudice on a regular basis.
Hilary Barker
Workshop Facilitator
Hilary is a writer, tutor and former stand-up comedian who began her career as Hils Barker by getting to the final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny, hosted by Graham Norton, and the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award. From this start, she went on to write and appear in a number of TV and radio projects and performed stand-up across the U.K. and Europe, as well as being invited to the U.S. to appear on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Over the last couple of years, she has branched out into other means of engaging with audiences, since part of her reason for becoming a comedian was a desire to bring about change. To this end, she has worked with Brightside Trust and Arts Emergency, as a volunteer and Mentor Awards MC. She also continues to write for Radio 4 (most recently on the current series of Dilemma) and is engaged in working with young people as a tutor of English and French. She is very excited and proud to be working with EqualiTeach, and to being a part of changing people’s thinking towards increased tolerance and understanding.
Lila Begum
Workshop Facilitator
Lila Begum is a practicing Muslim who lives in Bedford and has cemented a place at the heart of the community. Lila advises people on welfare matters, immigration, discrimination and advises Bedfordshire Police, health professionals and housing associations as an advocate for black, Asian and other minority ethnic people living in Bedfordshire. Lila is passionate about removing the barriers to women's participation in society; she is treasurer for Bedford Bangladeshi Women’s Association and chair of Queens Park Women’s Forum. Lila has delivered talks on forced marriage and honour based violence and participated in the report and research conducted by The UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health.
Alaya Forte
Workshop Facilitator
Alaya Beatrice Forte is a final year PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London, where she is researching the significance of being a representative in British politics from the perspective of Muslim women who have been elected to the Houses of Parliament and local councils over the past decade. This research is the culmination of Alaya's many interests - Arabic and Islamic Studies (BA Exeter), Politics (Licence Nice) and Gender Studies (MA SOAS). Her language skills (Italian, English. French and Arabic) and interest in travelling have taken her to different parts of Europe, the Middle East (including a year studying Arabic at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Damascus before the war took its terrible toll) and Asia. Alongside her studies, she works as a freelance translator/interpreter and has been engaged in doing voluntary work for a number of organisations in Britain which are committed to improving the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and women (Counterpoints Arts, the Fawcett Society and Migrants Organise). She intends to finish writing up her research by the end of this year and is interested in working in a stimulating teaching environment or obtaining a post working for an international organisation actively contributing to equality and justice.
Fatima Rajina
Workshop Facilitator
Fatima is currently a Nohoudh PhD Candidate at SOAS and is a German and Spanish teacher. She has an innate appreciation for the diversity of human nature, as evidenced in her choice of degree and in her desire to constantly engage with the complex and challenging facets of our global society. She speaks Bengali, German, Spanish and conversational Urdu. She is currently studying Arabic as part of her PhD. Fatima is an active member in her local community and a radio show host at Betar Bangla 1503AM in London. Fatima was awarded the Princess Diana Memorial Award for her work in promoting diversity and social cohesion in a multi-cultural society.
Michael Yule
Workshop Facilitator
Mike practised as a criminal defence lawyer in London for 15 years, before converting to become a primary school teacher, teaching Key Stage 2 classes in West Sussex for seven years. As lead teacher for Global Citizenship in the county, Mike has trained a variety of groups, including governors, staff and pupils, and helped establish a Development Education Centre there. He is now an associate lecturer at Chichester University in the Primary Education Department, teaching courses on equality, diversity, rights respecting schools and moral issues in education. He particularly enjoys his role as Vice Chair of governors at his local school in Camden