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’.

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’.

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’.

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 – Trustee, Finance Director and 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.

Atif Choudhury – committee member and inclusion associate

Atif Choudhury is a social entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Diversity and Ability (DnA) and Zaytoun, the Palestinian fair trade co-operative.

Having worked as an Assistive Technology trainer for a number of years, Atif applied his own lived experience as a neurodiverse learner to create DnA. DnA is a disabled-led social enterprise supporting students, organisations and social justice projects to create inclusive cultures.

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.

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.

 

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’.

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