Julia Olisa – Trustee, Chair and co-founder of Literacy100

Fehmida Norat-Gilchrist – Trustee, Secretary and co-founder of Literacy100

Fehmida has over a decade of experience teaching and leading English support across the mainstream and third sectors. She has previously written and presented on topics relating research-based pedagogies and reflective practice within the classroom. She is currently a learning co-ordinator for a national homelessness charity in the midlands and volunteer special educational needs consultant for looked after young people.

Lisa Byers – Committee member

Lisa has over 20 years in Sales & Marketing leadership working within IT, Legal and Professional service sectors, she is now an independent consultant working with business leaders and chosen charities advising them on successful go to market strategies.

Kat Goodacre – committee member and communications associate

Kat has worked as Literacy Tutor and Dyslexia Specialist for a national homeless charity in London for over 3 years and has recently completed an MA in SpLD (dyslexia). Kat's research focuses on understanding the support strategies deemed most effective by homeless literacy learners with poor literacy or dyslexia.

Alessy Beaver – committee member and communications lead

Alessy has worked in the charity sector for almost a decade, with roles at the publishing arm of a major disability charity, and more recently in homelessness. Her current work is concerned with the role that sustainable employment and basic skills can play in preventing homelessness.

Dominika Milowka – committee member and IT associate

Dominika has 10 years' experience in the IT sector, providing support, maintenance and unaccredited digital skills training to both private clients and businesses. She has combined her IT experience and interest in social issues to deliver a digital inclusion project at a London-based homeless charity.


Julia Olisa – Trustee, Chair and co-founder of Literacy100

Julia is a dyslexia specialist who has taught in primary, secondary and higher education.  At London University’s Institute of Education, Julia worked in the Literacy Assessment Centre and has been a volunteer literacy tutor at the homelessness charity Thames Reach since 2006. In 2010 she was commissioned by Thames Reach to write a research report into low literacy and homelessness: ‘Turning the Key’.

Hilary Stevens – Committee member and Finance officer

Hilary has spent the last 20 years in the UK software industry, working within and then leading various engineering and development teams across a number of sectors. Born during apartheid in Zimbabwe, Hilary trained as an accountant and used that experience to repay the support given to him by his children's home by joining the Board of Directors and establishing a fundraising committee. The political unrest in the late 90’s led to his move to the UK, but he maintains strong personal ties to his home country.

Tom Henry – Committee member

I'm an Assistive Technology Trainer and I have been working with Diversity and Ability for over 5 years. 
I love people and technology. I love the former because everyone has a unique perspective you can learn from; I love the latter because, on the whole, it can make your life SO. MUCH. EASIER.
My background: I have an MSc in Applied Social Psychology from Sussex University. My main areas of interest focused on Identity, Responsibility and how we react in a crisis. 
I have had the opportunity to work with adults and children across the spectrum of neurodivergence and I hope to pool my experiences with the aim of becoming a therapist later in life.
My favourite part of my job is working with people to find strategies that fit them, and how these strategies can help them reach their untapped potential.

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