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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.