The Team


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Kate Hollinshead

Head of Operations

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.

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Sarah Soyei

Head of Strategy and Development

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.

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Rachel Elgy

Programme Manager (Education)

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

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Jennifer Johnson

Education, Training & Strategy Officer

Jennifer has a BA in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Nottingham and a PGCE in Religious Education from the University of Birmingham. She began her career as a teacher of RE in a greater-London school, later becoming head of department. During this time she worked with young people on issues surrounding equality, diversity and critical thinking. Creating thought-provoking schemes of learning that allowed students to explore their values and develop a deep understanding of others’ was at the heart of her practice. As head of department she delivered workshops to colleagues on various issues, including ‘raising standards’ and promoting ‘Philosophy for Children’ across the school. Jennifer helped establish several inter-departmental working groups and developed whole-school strategies for SMSC. She mentored trainee teachers and worked with other schools to help improve their religious education provision. Jennifer has recently undertaken work promoting health and wellness in local workplaces and with individuals within the Bedford-area.

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Gabriella Craft

Business Development & Training 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 (Distinction) 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.
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Laura Richardson

Senior 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.
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Georgina Manning

Programme Support Officer

Georgina has 15 years’ experience of working with children, young people and communities in a variety of settings. Alongside her role her at Equaliteach she is also a practising artist, making and exhibiting her own work across the UK.  Through her career she has worked with schools, local authorities, galleries, community groups and secure settings. Much of this work has focused on working with young people to overcome challenges, and develop self-confidence.  Through roles within the community she has been responsible for organising and supporting a range of projects and events, including putting together community events and trips, supporting community groups, running consultations with young people and organising networking events for professionals working within the community.  Some of the recent projects Georgina has been involved with include projects with Cambridge Art Salon and Care Network, The Gibbered Gallery in Harlow. She was also highly commended by the Big Draw for an event delivered in partnership with Hinchingbrooke Country Park.

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Michael Chidgey

Youth Education Officer 

Michael holds a BA in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick and an MA from King’s College London in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory. His academic interests have always been interdisciplinary, making the loosely-defined field of critical theory a fitting finish line for his path through higher education. Michael has worked in the education sector in multiple capacities. Whilst a student himself, he tutored at Explore Learning, the UK-wide tuition-centre chain. During his stint as president of Warwick’s Shakespeare Society, he arranged for Warwick students to deliver workshops at local Warwickshire schools for pupils who would otherwise not have been introduced to Shakespeare’s plays. In between his degrees, Michael spent a year working as both a Learning Support Assistant and a LAMDA tutor; and most recently he has volunteered with The Great Men Project, a London-based charity who devise and deliver workshops on alternative masculinities for schoolboys across the capital. In his new role at EqualiTeach, Michael is excited to unite his academic interest in critical theory and its adjacent disciplines with his practical experience working in classroom situations. He is thrilled to be working to promote the emancipatory force of critical thinking in UK schools.

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Tammy Naidoo

Youth Education Officer (Operations)
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.
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Frankie Stephens

Youth Education Officer
Frankie has 7 years’ experience of working with not-for-profit organisations, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Terrence Higgins Trust. Whilst joint co-ordinating the National Chlamydia Screening Outreach Programme for Cambridgeshire as Youth Engagement Officer for Terrence Higgins Trust, she worked with LGBT communities, the BAME community, looked after children and vulnerable young adults ensuring every young person has equal access to sexual health services and sex & relationships education by bringing services to them. She has facilitated over 40 workshops for young people on all aspects of sexual health, including healthy relationships and protecting against sexually transmitted infections. She has also co-delivered training for professionals on the “C-Card” scheme. National campaigns that she has assisted with on a local level include “Can’t Pass It On”, “Give HIV The Finger” and “See Red”. Frankie has witnessed first-hand the restrictions that inequality can put on young people when it comes to their own health and wellbeing. She looks forward to combining her experience and love of working with young people with her passion for equality and diversity to help young people think critically when it comes to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination, allowing all to be happy and healthy.

Advisory Board

Sebastian Amyes

Advisory Board Member 

Sebastian is Emeritus Professor of Microbial Chemotherapy in the University of Edinburgh. He has both a PhD and a DSc from the University of London and is a Doctor honoris causa in the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest. Most of his career was spent in Edinburgh but, as an academic, he has undertaken research and taught in universities and hospitals in all continents. His research had concentrated on the problems of antibiotics and bacterial resistance and this has focussed extensively in the developing world, particularly India, Africa and South America. Although he has published more than 500 articles, he feels his main achievement has been the supervision and care of more than 50 PhD students; many of whom came from outside the United Kingdom and had to cope with the trials of integration not only within their working environment but also in society as a whole. Sebastian trusts that his experience of other cultures and the blatant and cruel intolerance he has observed during some of his travels, will allow him to play a significant role in contributing to the success of EqualiTeach.

Lucy Goodyear

Advisory Board Member
Lucy has nearly 10 years’ experience working within the Oil and Gas Industry after deciding against further study at university. At the age of 19 she took a job working as a Trainee Geophysicist in Bedford and never looked back. After 5 years working in a technical capacity, Lucy made the move into the commercial side of the industry to become an Account Manager. As such Lucy is now well versed in the art of negotiation, marketing and client presentations. Lucy is delighted to have been asked to join the EqualiTeach Advisory Board and is looking forward to bringing her commercial experience to the team, as well as learning more about equality and diversity along the way.
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David Landon Cole

Advisory Board Member
David is a doctoral candidate at the University of York, researching the effects of different forms of civil society opposition to the far right, and has been awarded ‘most enthusiastic lecturer’ for 2015/16 by the students’ union. Before returning to university, David worked with international affairs thinktanks (ACUK, ATA), and in public affairs and public relations. He was raised in Brazil, and has worked in the USA and Spain. He holds a BSc (Government) and an MSc (Comparative Politics) from the London School of Economics.

Paul Mortimer

Advisory Board Member
Paul is an ex professional footballer who in a 15 year career player for premier league football for the likes of Charlton, Aston Villa & Crystal Palace, as well as representing England at u21 level. On retirement he qualified as a coach and spent the next 10 years coaching the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Wimbledon, MK Dons and Charlton at academy level as well as being first team coach at Brentford and assistant manager of the Sierra Leone national side. Paul spent over four years delivering equality training with anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card where he delivered to trainee and experienced teachers, and at universities, Prisons and young offender institutions. He has experience in public speaking having delivered talks at numerous events. Paul is a qualified counsellor and will be taking up private practice later on in the year.
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David Tweats

Advisory Board Member
David obtained an Honours degree in Microbiology and Genetics at the University of Sheffield in 1971 and a PhD on microbial genetics at the University of London in 1975. His first post was as a Researcher at the University of Swansea, where he has held an honorary professorship since the year 2000. David has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 40 years, including holding a Vice Presidents role in a global company, helping to develop many drugs including those for HIV infections, asthma and in the last decade, neglected diseases affecting the Third World such as African Sleeping Sickness and River Blindness. David has held a non-Executive Director post in a biotechnology company (Kirkstall Ltd, 2008-2011). He has had an active interest in Social Justice issues for many years and is currently organising a series of debates locally on issues such as the need for foodbanks, social housing and migration. David supported the Show Racism the Red Card organisation for a number of years and EqualiTeach since its inception.