Staff profiles


Introducing the LU team:

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Karen Dudley

ESOL specialist, project manager, LU Director

Teaching and Learning English topic based units
Welcome to the UK materials toolkits
Skilled to go – consumer education materials

Experience: Karen has worked in ESOL and adult education for over 25 years as a teacher, trainer, FE manager, project manager, writer, materials developer, researcher, moderator and consultant. Previous work has included setting up and running a teacher training educational charity in Bangladesh, managing a volunteer teaching and ESOL programme for the African Women’s Welfare Group in London and training for the Refugee Council. Karen has undertaken a wide range of consultancy work for national bodies and government departments such as NIACE, the LDA, the Home Office and DfES. She is also an active member of NATECLA (the National Association for Teachers of ESOL and Community Languages) and a trustee for UKBET (the UK Bangladesh Education Trust) an educational charity and NGO.

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Ian Foster

LU administrator

Experience: Ian has 10 years of administrative experience, working with a range of voluntary sector organisations to implement information systems, publicity campaigns, communication strategies and record keeping. He has previously worked on European-funded projects, offering funding advice and writing applications for charities across London, and developing an e-network of over 3,000 organisations. At Learning Unlimited, he works across a number of projects, providing administrative support to team members and partner organisations. He has also developed the website for LU.

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Sallyann Freer

Family Learning specialist

Experience: Sallyann has been a Family Learning Tutor for 13 years, delivering the Best Start courses to parents and families accessing Southwark’s Children’s Centres. Her role as Befriender Support worker has developed through the Welcome to the UK and ACE projects which have been funded by the European Integration Fund. The role involves the recruitment of and on-going support of befrienders who provide friendship and practical support to third country national women arriving in the UK.

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Tessa Giffin

Family Learning  and Offender Learning specialist

Co-edited and written Family Learning in Prison – a complete guide

Experience: Tessa has worked in Family Learning and adult education for over 10 years. Previous work has included being the project co-ordinator and trainer for the Best Start for Families prison project. This involved developing and delivering training for parents in prison, prison staff, volunteers and museum staff as well as designing activities for Children and Family Visits. She has been a course trainer for a number of courses aimed at parents and carers. These include Helping My Child With Reading And Writing, Healthy Families, Best Start for Toddlers and the Teaching Assistant training programme.

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Graham Griffiths

LU Director
Numeracy and Mathematics Education specialist

Teaching adult numeracy: principles and practice. Maidenhead OUP (2013) Co edited with Rachel Stone
Numeracy Works for Life Proceedings of the 16th international conference of Adults Learning Mathematics – A Research Forum London LLU+/ALM (2009) Co-edited with David Kaye
The Teacher Educators Handbook Co edited with John Sutter and Helen Sunderland

Experience: Graham has more than 20 years experience working in the post compulsory education sector as a teacher, teacher trainer and manager. For 12 years he worked for City and Islington College, initially as a teacher of mathematics and numeracy for a range of age groups and then as a Curriculum Manager responsible for adult learners. In 2003, Graham joined LLU+  developing adult numeracy teacher training programmes and supporting the continuing professional development of teachers.

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David Kaye

Numeracy Education and History of Mathematics specialist
LU Director

Experience: David has had a varied working life over the last forty years. He has worked in adult numeracy since 1986 and joined LLU+ as a numeracy teacher trainer in 2003. He continues to work in adult numeracy professional development on a range of development projects. These include developing materials for financial capability and supporting innovative teaching in adult numeracy. He has contributed actively to Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) and to the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) over the last 20 years

Beth Kelly

Numeracy Education and Workplace Learning specialist

Learning maths at work: the research story so far. Kelly,B.
Teaching Everyday Maths and Finance through Open Online Learning: Open Online Learning: Some Critical Perspectives. Kelly, B., Moullton, R., Stone, R.
Financial Literacy Competencies Project: Reflecting on the resources, activities and outcomes. Kaye, D., Kelly, B.
All of the above are to be published in 2013 in Critical Moments in Adult Maths. Proceedings of the 20th International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics. London : ALM.

Experience: Beth has wide-ranging experience in Education, Health and working with the community. She has been a mathematics specialist for over 25 years teaching and assessing adults, teachers, teacher trainers and trainers of teacher trainers from Entry Level to Level 7. She specializes in working in vocational contexts including trade unions, construction and health.

Judy Kirsh

ESOL specialist

Experience: Judy has more than 25 years experience in the field of English Language Teaching, as a teacher, teacher-trainer, external examiner, consultant and materials-writer. She was project co-ordinator in 2102/13 for the ‘Welcome to the UK’ project, having previously worked at LLU+ on a range of projects and courses including the development of the Citizenship materials for ESOL learners, ESOL subject specialist modules, combined and blended learning ESOL/Literacy DTELLS and the Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL learners course, to name but a few. Judy has also worked on the British Council ESOL Nexus project and is currently co-chair of NATECLA, the professional association for ESOL teachers in the UK.

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Julia McGerty

LU Director
LU Operations Manager

Experience: Julia has worked in the community and education sectors for over 20 years, firstly as a teacher and for the last 12 years as an adviser and project manager. She taught EFL, ESOL and adult literacy for over 12 years in the community, FE and private sectors before moving into advisory and managerial roles. She has considerable experience of managing projects of all sizes from small grants to very large programmes running for several years and funded by a wide range of funding bodies. She is an experienced staff and finance manager and project evaluator and also leads on the quality management of Learning Unlimited, which currently holds the ISO:9001 quality mark.

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Marie-Josée Ollivierre

Family Learning Specialist and Workforce Development specialist
Internal Verifier

Marie-Josée is a literacy subject specialist with 15 years experience in the field of family learning, delivering a range of courses and developing course materials for embedding literacy into existing family learning provision. She has played a leading role in developing Learning Unlimited’s Parents as Mentors Course to develop adult’s knowledge and skills in literacy and as mentors. She also has considerable experience in Primary School Education, delivering Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools”, at all levels. She is a qualified internal verifier. Marie-Josée is a Southwark School governor at Bessemer Grange Primary School and a Community Governor at Grove Children’s Centre.

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Foufou Savitzky

Learning Unlimited Director
Family Learning and Literacy Education Specialist

Bilingual Children – A Guide for Parents
Helping My Child with Reading & Writing with Shan Rees
On the Road – Journeys in Family Learning with Shan Rees and Attilah Malik

Experience: Foufou has 25 years experience of family learning developing new courses, accreditation, materials and teaching as well as being a teacher educator and consultant in family learning, Skills for Life awareness. She has worked in two inner city London boroughs to develop appropriate family learning provision, liaise with a wide range of agencies and providers, develop working partnerships and recruit learners. Foufou has 20 years project management experience including international projects in family learning, bilingualism and offender learning. For the last 15 years she has worked with the offender learning sector in various projects, developing programmes and training teachers. In addition Foufou has 5 years as teacher educator and consultant on Caribbean language issues and Caribbean literature and 6 years of teaching at secondary school level.

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ESOL specialist

Experience: Sarah is an experienced ESOL teacher, co-ordinator and materials developer. She is currently carrying out work for the Council of Europe supporting the development of a toolkit for volunteers to use in providing linguistic and intercultural support for refugees travelling through or setting in any of the 47 Council of Europe member states. She’s also working on a current national randomised control trial research and delivery project which is looking at the impact of family learning in supporting children’s literacy skills in families who are speakers of other languages.

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Linda Smith

Language, Literacy and Dyslexia Education specialist

Family Learning in Prisons (co author) 2011

Experience: Linda has worked for over 30 years in Further Education, Adult Education and Higher Education managing, designing and delivering programmes across a range of levels for ESOL, Literacy and Dyslexia. She has wider sector experience through Continuous Professional Development consultancy (LLU+ and LSIS), material development (‘Excellence Gateway’) and curriculum content for Initial Teacher Training for the Lifelong Learning Sector. Previous work has included projects for OLASS, the Prison Service, the Home Office and Family Learning. Linda is currently an External Examiner for Literacy and ESOL Subject Specialist Diploma programmes.

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John Sutter

Language (ESOL and ELT) and Literacy Education specialist, LU Director

Experience: John has over twenty years of experience working as a teacher and teacher trainer in HE, FE, and the ELT and the LLN sectors, prior to which he worked as a creative in the advertising industry and as a session musician. He has taught ELT and ESOL at all levels to many age groups and nationalities in the UK, Greece, Poland and Ecuador, working for International House and the British Council as both teacher and teacher-trainer. He has extensive experience of consultancy, research and project management in the LLN sector.

Achievements: At LLU+ John designed and was Course Director for the unique MA in Language, Literacy and Numeracy. As well as teaching and teacher training, John contributed to many national educational projects as researcher, writer and consultant, including the new Adult ESOL Core Curriculum (2007-09) the new LLUK Professional Standards ESOL and Literacy (2006-07), the ESOL Citizenship Project and Materials Pack (2004-06). He led and managed the pan-London LSIS Support for LLN project 2010-11, and co-managed the earlier Skills for Life Improvement and Skills for Life Quality Initiative projects. He has published many articles on LLN, including two chapters in the key ESOL teacher training guide Teaching Adult ESOL –Principles and Practice. He is a member of Natecla’s Language Issues Editorial Board, and external examiner of the MA in Lifelong Learning at Middlesex University.

Qualifications: John holds an MA in ELT & Applied Linguistics (Distinction) with a specialism in teacher education from King’s College, London. He completed his RSA Diploma in TEFLA (with Distinction in Practical) whilst working for the British Council in Poland, and also holds a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy from the University of York.