Learn English at Home is governed by a Board of Trustees whose members come from various backgrounds and bring to the organisation their expertise, knowledge and skills.
Chair of Trustees
Richard is a retired senior civil servant who has been a LEAH volunteer since summer 2016. He has also worked with a disability charity and is interested in fostering partnering relationships between the public, private and third sectors. He has lived in both Paris and Moscow which has helped him understand the issues faced by non-native speakers.
A graduate in modern languages, Alison spent 20 years in business including five years running her own management consultancy. She re-trained as a music therapist, working for 18 years with children with severe and profound learning difficulties. Alison teaches music, is a church warden and a volunteer LEAH tutor.
Madeleine spent a long time in education at all levels including post 16 college, 6th form, iuniversity and vocational adult education, teaching Law, Business and IT. She also has banking experience and has been a dedicated volunteer for a range of oganisations. Madeleine is Chair of Governors at a local primary school.
WIth a background in economics and languages, Craig is currently an investment advisor to private individuals and families from around the world. Alongside this, Craig spearheads a financial literacy outreach programme with London schools, which has evolved and grown over a number of years. As part of his degree, Craig spent time in France when he provided English tuition to local young people alongside his studies. This experience across cultures provides an appreciation for the challenges involved in learning languages.
Audrey is French and has a background in sales and marketing. She has worked with top brands from the retail industry in France, Belgium and the UK to help them build their brand awareness and customer loyalty. An arts and design aficionado, Audrey likes to discover new artists and she recently joined the board of Young Arts Fundraisers to help develop partnerships in the arts sector. She is interested in building LEAH’s public awareness and fostering partnerships with the private sector to help LEAH expand its services to a wider public.
Isabelle is a native French speaker and comes from a finance background. She became a tutor with LEAH during a career break when her children were very young. She now combines being a trustee for LEAH with working in the adult education sector and volunteering for other local charities in Kingston.
Frances worked in book publishing for 12 years before retraining and qualifying as a solicitor. She worked as a business affairs lawyer for TV companies before joining the Government Legal Service. She has been a Trustee for HomeStart Richmond and is a governor at Kingston Hospital. She hopes her legal rigour, commercial and public sector background will help LEAH as it continues to develop and mature its services.
Lakshmi has a background in sales and digital marketing for both start-ups and corporations, currently working within the European Marketing division at Google. Prior this this role, she lived in New Zealand, where she helped to start-up and run the country's first non-profit company within the recruitment sector. She is interested in building awareness of LEAH across the web and helping businesses to incorporate partnerships with a cause as great as LEAH's into their business model.