Head of Operations
Kate has a BA Honours degree in Politics and German from the University of Bristol 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 has previously completed research into the experiences of transgender people in the workplace, has written articles for the journal Race Equality Teaching, and has co-written numerous publications for teachers on racism, Islamophobia, disability discrimination and Fundamental British Values.
Sarah holds an MA in Equal Opportunities and Society (Distinction) and has been working in the field of equality for 14 years, delivering equality training to over 7000 people throughout the UK. She has overseen the development and delivery of educational programmes working with over 300,000 people. These have included programmes of work commissioned by the government, EHRC, over 20 Local Authorities and private sector organisations. Sarah has authored several publications in the field, including bespoke equality toolkits for organisations such as Home Group Housing Association and TeachFirst. She is working with UNESCO and ODIHR an on international approach to 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 is a firm believer in the power of education to create positive change and has worked in various roles focussed on educating and empowering young people to become active citizens in their schools, communities and beyond. She has just completed an MA in ‘Gender Without Borders’ at Kingston University, throughout which she has explored the concept of intersectionality and considered the multifaceted ways that different individuals may experience discrimination or prejudice. She takes steps to tackle injustices and advance equality wherever possible, having volunteered for Help Refugees, and more recently by challenging Islamophobia in the British press, attempting a Judicial Review against the Independent Press Standards Organisation. In September 2018 she joined a cohort of “emerging leaders” to take part in Clore Social’s Leadership Programme, with support from Rosa UK.
Claire has over 15 years of experience in operations and frontline coordination, including skills in complex project management, gained largely from working in events organisation. After completing a BA in English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Birmingham, Claire worked for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in a number of visitor-facing roles, including managing and coordinating teams and physical resources to support the Museum’s programme of activities and events. Claire worked closely with the Education team to support gallery-based and hands-on teaching across the museum environment for diverse groups of all ages and backgrounds, providing a stimulating learning environment and encouraging creativity and alternative ways of seeing. Claire brings effective and efficient project management experience from her more recent work with the University of Cambridge Development Office as Events Organiser, along with skills in problem solving and successful collaborative working across diverse project groups with multiple stakeholders.
At EqualiTeach, Claire supports business operations to enable smooth working across the team. This includes coordinating diary management and bookings for workshop delivery, supporting day-to-day activities and contributing to longer term planning. She is passionate about the importance of equality and diversity education to reduce discrimination and support inclusion, and enjoys providing the support which enables the team to work with diverse groups and audiences throughout 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.
Annie has several years of experience teaching across the entire primary age range, giving her a wealth of understanding of the academic and pastoral needs of each year group. She is passionate about the need for diverse curriculums which represent all areas of society and she has worked with multiple schools advising them on redesigning their curriculums to promote equality and diversity in all areas.
Her work as a PSHE coordinator furthered her passion for equality and resulted in opportunities to work with staff and young people on issues surrounding equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of this role she delivered staff training and supported colleagues to implement the new RSE guidance across the school, and mentored trainee teachers to ensure that PSHE was embedded in their practice.
Whilst training as a teacher, she contributed to a British Council funded project to deliver CPD courses for Malawian teachers across a three-year period, which focused on utilising locally available resources and group work to engage pupils in their learning. She also has experience of teaching in Ghana and working alongside pupils with additional needs in secondary schools.
Olga is passionate about the crucial interface between education and human rights. Motivated by this passion, she studied Early Childhood Education (University of Western Macedonia, Greece) and Social Anthropology specialising in development (University of Cambridge, UK). She focused her work on education and human rights during her time at Save the Children International where she supported refugee children and teenagers to regain stability in their lives. She has also gained experienced in the education sector as a tutor volunteer for underprivileged students in Greece and in the UK promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Her experience and studies has helped her to realise that education constitutes one of the most powerful weapons of every person in order to use their full potential and thrive. She therefore seeks to enhance the quality of education, ensuring that all children are treated equally without being recipients of any discrimination. Her current role at EqualiTeach CIC will give her the opportunity to ensure that students co-exist peacefully with others, allowing them to flourish at school.
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.
Matt holds a BSc in Construction Project Management and spent the early part of his career with two global companies within the Process Construction Industry. It was here that Matt built on his passion for innovative and creative thinking, problem solving, and project team collaboration, yet felt restricted and drained within a very macho and oppressive environment. In early 2017, after completing diplomas in Personal Performance Coaching and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), he made a complete career change and began working as Youth Worker and Mentor for Young People, offering safe spaces for personal and social development within youth service provisions, schools and private settings. He also works extensively with The Good Lad Initiative, a charity engaging young boys and men in conversations around masculinity and gender stereotyping, and has delivered speeches to the Construction Industry Council (CIC) on his experience in the industry, and why addressing toxic behaviour and equality is vital if it is to become a career area of choice for young people. Through this combination of working environments, Matt has developed experience of facilitating a multitude of equality, health & wellbeing focussed workshops and trainings to young people and the adults supporting them.
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.
Joella is an equalities practitioner who is passionate about social justice, particularly dismantling racism and driving forward women’s rights. She believes empowered individuals and communities are strong drivers for creating positive change and she enjoys working with community groups and people to help build their strengths and achieve goals.
When not leading work on equalities within local government, Joella can be found on her yoga mat.
Joella has a BA Honours degree in Sociology with Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of Central Lancashire and a Masters degree in Racial Equality Studies from Middlesex University.