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 5 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.
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.
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.
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.
Helen has a background in SEN teaching and currently volunteers as one of our community class teachers. She brings management experience in the education sector and represents the views of the volunteers which form the core of the work of LEAH. Helen is the designated Safeguarding Officer on the Trustee Board.
Madeleine has an extensive background in post 16 education teaching Law, Business and IT at all levels from 6th Form to University. She moved into education following commercial experience with Lloyds Bank. She was Chair of Governors' at a local secondary school and is a dedicated volunteer for different organisations.
Francesca brings extensive experience of strategy development having worked as a senior executive at Citi and Barclays Bank and prior to that as a business consultant for McKinsey & Company in Holland. Her personal experience of living in a foreign country without any language skills helps her empathise with the day to day struggles faced by LEAH clients.
Karen is a communications professional with 20 years’ experience at director level in the not-for-profit sector. From 1995 to September 2014 Karen was Assistant Director of Corporate Communications at Peabody, one of London’s largest and oldest housing associations. Prior to that, she had been Public Relations Director at Sight Savers International since 1987.
Photography by Colin Rogal www.rogal.org