Meet the crew

Andy Walsh

Andy Walsh

Session Leader

Andy studied English Literature at University College London before teaching his favourite subject at secondary schools in East London. Andy ran and now volunteers for Mentoring and Advocacy Project working with Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Minors. He’s a keen, albeit as-of-yet unpublished short story writer – unlike many of our Young Pirates!

Andrew McWhirter

Andrew McWhirter

Senior Session Leader

Andrew first taught in India before studying English Literature at Leeds University, and then going on to receive a MA in Children’s Literature. Andrew taught as a primary school teacher in Lewisham and Bermondsey. Andrew join us in 2015 as a Session Leader, teaching and leading our partnership work with schools.

Caitlin Hawkins

Caitlin Hawkins

Education Team Assistant

A keen volunteer before joining the crew as an intern, Caitlin has moved into the role of Education Team Assistant in September 2020. Caitlin has an MA in Children’s Literature from Goldsmiths and is writing her own children’s book about dragons and girls in wellington boots.

Carmen Nasr

Carmen Nasr

Corporate Partnerships Officer

Carmen joined us in 2016 as Volunteer Coordinator, and soon developed a passion for fundraising, moving into her new role in March 2019. Carmen studied English Literature at Royal Holloway, followed by a Masters in Playwriting. Outside of the Ship Carmen is a playwright and enjoys going to the theatre.

Eavan McKay

Eavan McKay

Session Leader

Eavan’s worked in policy, research and campaigning roles in parliament and the third sector before re-training as a secondary English teacher in 2016 with Teach First. She taught in Barking before becoming English curriculum lead at King Solomon Academy, Westminster. Eavan is passionate about tackling educational inequality and about harnessing and nurturing the potential of all young people.

Hannah Preston

Hannah Preston

Session Leader

Hannah managed support services for vulnerable and socially excluded adults for a large Charitable Housing Association after graduating from University of Leeds. In 2012, she re-trained as a Primary Teacher, teaching in Hackney. She took several Subject Lead roles, with the goal of raising attainment for those children who experience obstacles to learning. She joined to continue that work.

Jude Williams

Jude Williams

Chief Executive

Jude took over from the Founder, Catriona in 2017. Previously Jude ran an international development charity, a youth organisation and has a background in developing programmes for young people. Jude has an ongoing passion for social justice, leadership and young people reaching their potential.

Liba Ravindran

Liba Ravindran

Education Team Assistant

Liba joined in December 2020 having worked in schools in many countries inc. Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as the UK. His passion for literature stems from a love of sharing poetry which he picked up from listening to hip-hop music as a teenager.

Lily Eastwood

Lily Eastwood

Director of Learning

Lily is an experienced English teacher and former Head of English, specialising in raising attainment for vulnerable pupils. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership. Lily joined in Sept 2015 and is responsible for developing the Session Leaders, the programme and monitoring the impact of the learning programme.

Mary Coleman

Mary Coleman

Project Manager

Mary is on secondment from the Civil Service, and the Dept. of Education. She studied Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. She has volunteered for charities such as The Book Bus, Mind and Leukaemia Care. Mary is passionate about social mobility, helping others develop themselves and the power of reading.

Ollie Mpofu

Ollie Mpofu

First Mate – intern

Ollie recently  graduated from the University of Roehampton, where he read Classical Civilization. Before joining Literacy Pirates, Ollie worked in digital marketing as a brand partnerships executive, involved in the planning and creation of live events and online social media campaigns.
As the current Jack Petchey Foundation intern, Ollie will spend the year learning about all the different elements of our charity, supporting the volunteer team, education team, and fundraising.

Paula Daines

Paula Daines

Session Leader

Paula worked in advertising for ten years after graduating from the University of Greenwich. She then set up a girl’s youth club and discovered a passion for championing children’s agency. She retrained as a primary school teacher and became an advocate for creativity in learning. Paula has worked as a Lecturer in Teacher Education in Tower Hamlets, has an MA in Education and is currently studying for an EdD.

Rosanna Hutchings

Rosanna Hutchings

Volunteer Manager

Rosanna has worked with volunteers at a number of youth-focused organisations and is also a volunteer herself at local organisation, East London Cares. She first joined the team in 2019 as a volunteer and was inspired to help following a stint of teaching English in Beijing. Her favourite part of the role is seeing volunteers beam when the Young Pirates thank them for their support.

Tim

Tim Jarvis

Finance Manager

Tim is our Finance Manager. Tim is a qualified accountant (FCMA) and has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Management from Manchester Met. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial management, choosing to specialise in the third sector since 2014.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams

Education Team Assistant

Tom graduated from the University of Reading in 2014 with a BSc in Zoology, before spending some years working in summer & winter camps in the US and at language schools in Hungary and Sicily. Tom joined in 2019 to support Young Pirates and their families, as well as taking on projects around the ship.

Tommy Bower

Tommy Bower

Session Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator

Tommy joined the team in Oct 2018 after managing a Prince-themed cafe in Brighton. He was a regular volunteer while studying in London. As well as leading sessions and training sessions, Tommy works closely with the volunteering team to explore new channels for volunteers to find their way to both of our ships.

Triona Larkin

Triona Larkin

Head of Fundraising

Triona joined the Literacy Pirates in May 2019. With 15 years experience in charity fundraising Triona has worked with organisations, community groups and individuals to raise much needed funds. Triona believes passionately that people want to help, they just need to be given to the opportunity to do so.

Veronica Ghobert

Veronica Ghobert

Office Manager

Veronica is an experienced project manager, having spent 10 years volunteering and working for charities to help them better organize and problem-solve. Most recently, Veronica was Manager at a London Heart Foundation charity shop. Veronica brings her expertise to the Pirates alongside a passion to make a positive impact on children and society. Everyone should have a chance to reach their potential!

Meet the trustees

Alon Avner

Alon Avner

Trustee, Finance

Alon is Head of Europe at Bain Capital. Alon graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BSc in Industrial Engineering and INSEAD Business School with an MBA.

Erin Northey

Erin Northey

Trustee, Fundraising & Governance

Erin is CEO at EducAid Sierra Leone. Erin has experience as a Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees over many years in the UK and USA.

James Westhead

James Westhead

Trustee, Fundraising & Governance

James Westhead is Director of External Relations at Big Society Capital. Formerly he was the BBC’s Education Correspondent and Director of External Relations at Teach First. James was Chair of the Board from January 2018 to 2021.

Dr Jason Arday

Dr Jason Arday

Trustee, EDI & Education

Jason is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University, a Research Associate at Nelson Mandela University, and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust. Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London.

Katherine Fennell

Katherine Fennell

Trustee, Communications

Katherine is a consultant PR and marketing specialist currently at Kekst CNC, and previously Edison Group. She works to bring investor intelligence, providing research and advisory services to corporate and investor clients. Katherine is also a school Governor and worked as the Deputy Field Organiser for DNC in the 2016 USA election.

Martin Halford

Martin Halford

Trustee, Legal

Martin is a senior lawyer, strategic adviser and risk manager at Barclays. Martin has 17 years international experience in top tier law firms and global organisations. He is experienced in establishing and managing legal teams and law firm panel arrangements, delivering a value added and cost effective service.

Nick Canning

Nick Canning

Chair

Nick is Founder and Chief Executive Kizazi, a global non-profit organization supporting local teams to run networks of great schools in under-resourced communities all over the world. Previously Nick was COO for Teach for All, and Deputy Director of Prime Ministers Strategy Unity between 2004 and 2009.

Aisha Miller-Dyer

Aisha Miller-Dyer

Trustee, Safeguarding & Wellness

Aisha is nurse with specialist public health school nurse training. Aisha delivers health promotion sessions, chronic health condition management and assessments for children in school. Aisha is passionate about child protection and the development of children. She is a parent of a Young Pirate and has seen first hand how children develop their skills with our support.

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