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.

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.

Atiya Ahmed

Atiya Ahmed

Jack Petchey Intern

Atiya graduated from King’s College London this year and has joined the Literacy Pirates as our new Jack Petchey Intern, to further her passion for education and it’s power in boosting social mobility. She has a keen interest in EdTech and previous experience in tutoring and marketing within the education sector.

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.

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.

Eve Walker

Eve Walker

Trusts & Foundation Officer

 Eve studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham. She is a writer and a photographer in her spare time. She joined The Literacy Pirates in July and is looking forward to raise funding for our Young Pirates.

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.

Hannah Preston

Hannah Preston

Session Leader

Hannah managed support services for vulnerable and socially excluded adults for a large Charitable Housing Association before re-training as a Primary Teacher in 2021. She took several subject lead roles, with the goal of raising attainment for those children who experience obstacles to learning.

Issy Williams

Issy Williams

Corporate Partnerships Officer

Isobel has recently graduated from Coventry University studying International Relations. Before joining us in July, Isobel was an online tutor supporting children that were disadvantaged by the digital divide during the pandemic. She is working alongside Carmen as our new Corporate Partnerships Officer.

Jude Williams

Jude Williams

Chief Executive

Jude took over from the Founder, Catriona in 2017. Previously, Jude ran an international development charity Tzedek, the Youth & Education Department of the Reform Movement, and has a background in developing programmes for young people overseas and in the UK.

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.

Olivia Prophet

Olivia Prophet

Volunteer Coordinator

Olivia graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in Classical Civilisation. Having been a volunteer for many organisations, she joined the Pirates as one of the Volunteer Coordinators to help find, train and support new Crewmates.

Rema Pinnock

Rema Pinnock

Volunteer Coordinator

Rema was inspired to join The Literacy Pirates as Volunteer Coordinator as he has a passion for educational inequality. He has welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the community and make a difference. Rema is a keen reader and prides himself on being a man of literature.

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 having been inspired by teaching English in Beijing.

Tim Jarvis

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.

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.

Veronica Ghobert

Veronica Ghobert

Office Manager

Veronica has spent 10 years volunteering and working for charities to help them better organize and problem-solve. Most recently, Veronica was a Training Manager at a London Heart Foundation charity shop.

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, Durham University, Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University & Nelson Mandela University. Jason is trustee at Runnymede Trust, and sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor.

Katherine Fennell

Katherine Fennell

Trustee, Communications

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

Martin Halford

Martin Halford

Trustee, Legal & Digital

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.

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 specialist public health school nurse. Aisha delivers health promotion sessions, and supports children with chronic health conditions in school. She is a parent of a Young Pirate and has seen first hand how children develop their skills with our support.

Mel Exon

Mel Exon

Trustee, Communications

Mel is a board advisor & trustee with 25 years’ operational board experience working in nonprofit and commercial creative organisations. She is also a fiction writer, who was lucky to grow up as an unapologetic bookworm.
 

Paul Munday Castle

Paul Mundy-Castle

Trustee, Education

Paul is Director at The Leadership Village. Paul played basketball at a national level with the famed Brixton Topcats. In 2001, he started teaching. As one of the few BAME secondary headteachers in Britain, Paul has worked with the DFE Diversity and Equality , Harris and ARK Federations, and Academies Enterprise Trust.

Fiona McAuslan

Fiona McAuslan

Trustee, EDI, Education & Comms

Fiona McAuslan is a journalist, and a marketing and communications consultant. She currently works at Getting on Board, a trustee recruitment and diversity charity, and Action for Trustee for Racial Diversity. Fiona has also worked in secondary education in the library and careers departments.

Valentina Okolu

Valentina Okolo

Trustee, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Valentina is a Partner at Carnstone Partners Ltd, specialising developing strategies and workshops in environmental sustainability and D&I. An alumnus of the Social Mobility Foundation, she is passionate about promoting D, E & I principles.
 

Emma King

Emma King

Trustee, Education & Impact

Emma is Head of English at Teach First, overseeing the curriculum in English for all their trainee teachers. She has worked as a Senior Lecturer in education at UK universities. Before her career in education, Emma worked in the charity sector, specialising in governance and trusteeship.

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