Meet Our Team

ELIZABETH TAKYI

Founder & CEO (BA Hons, PGCE post 16 FE)

Diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Irlen Syndrome, Elizabeth set up this charitable organisation. She has also recently been diagnosed with Dyscalculia. After identifying a gap in support services, She took it upon herself to support adults with Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, who want to start their own business, go back to further education or improve their employability skills.

 “I felt I needed to help other Dyslexics who may be struggling within the education and self employment system or within the work place.”

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Lifelong Learning) (post 16)

BA Hons Human Resource Management/Sociology

PTLLS-Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector

NVQ Level 3 A1 Assessor

(DBS Certified)

RACHAEL DIAZ-PINTO 

Research and Admin Assistant

Rachael supports the team in an administration and research role. She has a keen interest in languages and cultures, and has taught English as a foreign language abroad and worked as a freelance translator. Before joining A2i in September 2020, Rachael spent five years working for a cultural tour operator, making arrangements for cultural events across Europe, the Middle East and the UK.

She is also DBS certified

University of Leeds

Degree NameSpanish and Italian

Field Of StudyLanguages

Grade2:1 with Distinction in Spoken Spanish and Spoken Catalan

Dates attended or expected graduation – 

 

Universitat de Barcelona

Degree NameErasmus

Field Of StudySpanish Grammar, Catalan Language, History of the Spanish Language

Dates attended or expected graduation – 

 

British Institute of Florence

Degree NameIntensive Italian Language Course

Field Of StudyItalian Language and Culture

Dates attended or expected graduation – 

DWAYNE DEER  BA MA

Accredited Workplace Needs Assessor who also holds a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs

He is a passionate advocate for recognising the strengths that individuals with dyslexia contribute to the workplace and society at large, and  has a profound understanding of the role and influence of culture, education and inclusivity in ensuring that individuals with dyslexia are able to fulfil their potential. Dwayne’s professional background spans the charitable sector, Local Authority multi-agency working

Specialist Foster Care and Education in London and the North of England

Accredited Workplace Needs Assessor

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Special Educational Needs

PAT TAYLOR

Specialist Dyslexia Teacher KS1-KS3

Pat holds an MA in SpLd (Dyslexia) as well as an assessors practicing certificate. As a qualified teacher, she has over 25 years of teaching experience and has worked as a mainstream class teacher, SENCo, out of school project coordinator and specialist Dyslexia teacher whose role also involves delivering Dyslexia training to schools. Additionally, Pat is also a qualified Art Therapist and more recently, alongside working in schools, Pat has become involved in community work, teaching and raising awareness about the emotional impact of Dyslexia.

Ma SpLD (Dyslexia) 2015

Certificate Solution Focused Therapy 2008

CELTA (Certificate English Language Teaching Adults) 2012

PTTLLS (Preparing to Teach Adults in the Lifelong Learning Sector) 2009

Certificate SpLD (Dyslexia) 2003

Post Graduate Diploma Art Psychotherapy 1998

PGCE (Primary) 1992

BA Hons Combined Studies Art & Design (1st) 1986

London Diploma Art & Design (Mural & Stained Glass) 1984

Professional Bodies Memberships

AMBDA (Associate Member British Dyslexia Association)

BAAT (British Association Art Therapists)

PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties)

(DBS Certified)

CAROLYN GREEN

Dyslexia Assessor

Carolyn has an Assessment Practising Certificate to assess and diagnose Specific Learning Difficulties. She works in the Disabilities and Dyslexia Services Department at a top London University as a dyslexia assessor.

OCR Level 7 Diploma in Specialist Teaching and Assessing

OCR Level 5 Diploma in an SpLD (Dyslexia)

Irlen Certificate; assessment of the visual perception difficulty (Irlen Syndrome)

Professional Development Program, Standard Teaching Certificate. Valid QTS certificate-

Simon Fraser University- Vancouver, Canada

RSA Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language-

International House School- Rome, Italy

Bachelor of Arts in Education-

Trinity Western University- British Columbia, Canada

(DBS Certified)

JANNETT MORGAN

Neurodiversity Consultant (PGDipADDS)

Jannett Morgan is a teacher, trainer, consultant and coach with twenty years’ experience in further and higher education and more recently as a leadership and management training provider in the private sector. Since 1998, Jannett has supported students and employees with ‘hidden’ disabilities, mainly the neurodivergent learning differences of dyslexia and dyspraxia, working part-time as a neurodiversity tutor at several universities and as an independent consultant in the workplace.

Cert. Ed.

PGDipADDS (Level 7)

FHEA

Jannett is also a member of the Associate of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) and a member of the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS).

(DBS Certified)

EMMA ALLSOPP

Neurodiversity Coach & Consultant (BA (Hons), PGCE MFL, L5 Cert SpLD, FHEA)

Emma Allsopp currently coaches senior staff and strategists in leadership and management development in UK organisations and HEIs, her favourite coaching flavour being solutions-focused in order for clients to take a self-directive role in sessions. Clients are able to bring their own goals for development that blend with coaching into self-efficacy, self-regulation and an attitude of curious experimentation in trying alternative solutions to bring about change.
Emma also has a special interest in championing the talents of people with neurodivergent profiles.

ILM L7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, Academy of Leadership and Management

9295 Certificate in Adult Learner Support  (HCT)

OCR Certificate for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

(Herefordshire College of Technology (HCT)

PGCE Modern Languages

(University of Sheffield)

BA (Hons) Russian 2:1, distinction in spoken Russian

(University of Bristol)

Professional Bodies Memberships:

Member – Association for Coaching

Professional QA Tutor, Association for Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Board of Directors

HERMINTRUDE WENDY SOLOMON

Retired

Wendy Solomon is a mother of 5. She has a daughter and grandson who are both dyslexic. Wendy is a passionate supporter of A2i Dyslexia and wants to be able to play a significant part in sculpting the future of the organisation.

CHARLES FREEMAN

BA Msc

Charles was assessed to be dyslexic at the age of 6 in 1969.  He was then sent to a remedial school and behavioural unit.  After attending a variety of schools, he went to university and graduated in economics. In 2001 he completed a masters winning the University of Birmingham School of Public Policy Research Prize for his dissertation.

Charles now has 30 years’ experience in public policy. He started his career in Local Government, then Joined Sport England. He later became Executive Director of Culture South East CSE. He currently works as a freelance consultant supporting the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH) on Creative Industry and Place Shaping initiatives. He is also working on several cultural planning  and research projects.

At CSE Charles setup the regions Cultural Olympiad legacy project Accentuate. Accentuate celebrated the South Easts history as the birthplace of the Paralympics by creating paid opportunities for artists with disabilities. This project continues to be successful and is managed by Screen South.

Between 2012 – 2019 Charles was joint organiser of a network of Dyslexic Entrepreneurs and Professionals which met at Ravensbourne University.  In 2014 Charles helped shape Ravensbourne Universities award winning Self Employment Entrepreneurship and Diversity Program SEEDs. SEEDs is the first HE entrepreneurship programme specifically designed to support ND people, and has achieved a 97% success rate. Charles continues to work as a business coach on this programme.

In 2018 & 2019 Charles facilitated a project to investigate ways of making apprenticeships and paid work-based learning opportunities more accessible to ND people wishing to work in the creative sector. This work was undertaken in partnership with the youth arts charity Artswork and AchievAbility, an organisation promoting opportunities for ND people.

ROBERT D JOHNSON

Co-Vice Chair BAME Committee G.L.A

Robert has an undergraduate diploma in employment law and has held many titles, some of which include Co-Vice Chair BAME Committee G.L.A,Vice Chair G.L.A Branch Unison, Recruitment officer, Health and safety officer and he has been a Unison rep for 15 years. Robert is also a promoter of Health and Wellbeing and a Motivational speaker.

Friends of A2i

SUZETTE METZ, Chairperson

South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, Employment Officer

My name is Suzette Metz and I have several years of experience working with members of the public and in particular people with special needs. I joined the NHS in 2006. Prior to joining the Trust I had a long career as a civil servant in the Department of Works and Pensions. My last and most significant role there was as a Disability Employment Advisor with Jobcentre Plus. It was whilst in that role I became aware of the User Employment Programme (UEP) and what they do. Hence, when there was an opportunity to join the team I was keen to apply for the role of Employment Specialist. As an Employment Specialist it is my role to increase access to posts within the Trust for people with personal experience of mental ill-health.  This is achieved through a variety of ways: In the past I have helped support clients via work preparation courses which involved workshop facilitations and organising work experience for clients on the course to attend. Most of the work that I do is 1-1 work helping clients to develop their job search techniques and supporting them to sustain their employment in the Trust. I feel that a major part of my role is to have that belief for my clients even when they don’t have that belief in themselves  i.e. helping to apply for that job that they are unsure they can do and to look at reasonable adjustments to help them sustain employment.

Cllr LEONIE COOPER, Vice Chair

Councillor

Leonie is a British Labour Party politician. Since May 2016 she has represented Merton and Wandsworth in the London Assembly. She has served as a Councillor on the Wandsworth London Borough Council since 2006, representing Latchmere 2006-10 and Furzedown Ward from 2010 onwards.

COUNCILLOR IAN LEWER

Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth

Ian Lewer
Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth
Chair of the Adult Services & Health OSC
Conservative Councillor for West Putney

TRACEY PARTRIDGE

Tracey Partridge is a Senior Lecturer of Lifelong Learning, in the Department of Secondary LLTE and PE & Sport at the University of Greenwich.

Tracey is interested in dyslexia and how students are supported within the Higher Education (HE) environment, particularly on the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Lifelong Learning Sector (LLS) programme. She presently supports dyslexic students and intends to implement a small research project to study the effectiveness of the support. Tracey lectures on a range of courses in the PGCE Further Education (FE) programme and tutors both full time and distance learners.

She has a particular interest in learning theories, and coordinates the Professional Development Portfolio course as well as trainee teacher placements for students on the full time PGCE and mentors across all our Lifelong Learning programmes.

Prior to joining the university, she was a full time lecturer in Politics and Course Coordinator at Tower Hamlets College. Here, she undertook a number of mentoring roles on a range of courses as well as responsibility for coordinating Key Skills (Functional Skills) across the college. Whilst there, she also undertook training in diagnosing and supporting dyslexic students through the London Language and Literacy Unit at Southbank University, and qualified to train teachers to diagnose and support dyslexic students.

Tracey was a member of the working group, looking at English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners with dyslexia and delivered a number of workshops, training sessions and co-authored a publication as a guide for tutors in this field.