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
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
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
Specialist Dyslexia Teacher KS1-KS3
Pat holds an MA in SpLd (Dyslexia) and has worked in the field for more than 15 years.
As a qualified teacher, Pat has over 25 years of teaching experience. She has worked as a mainstream class teacher, SENCo and out of school project coordinator. As a Specialist Dyslexia teacher her role has also involved assessments and delivering training to schools. She has taught in a range of settings including a hospital, community organisations and pupil referral units.
Additionally, Pat is also a qualified Art Therapist.
Most recently, alongside working in schools, Pat has become more 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)
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
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.
PGDipADDS (Level 7)
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).
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)
James Price (JP)
Social Media and Site Maintenance/ Blog Writer
James (JP) manages the many social media platforms that A2i is on, engaging with the large, diverse community to provide information on future projects and events, as well as the support that A2i offers. If you get in touch via Facebook, Twitter, etc, then he’s most likely the one you’ll be chatting with.
Before joining A2i, JP was a tour guide and performer in some of the UK’s most well-known sites, such as The Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace.
BA (Hons) Drama with Creative Writing
(University of the West of England)
Live Show Producer
BA (HONS) Digital TV Production
(Ravensbourne University London)
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.
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
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.
Rachel is an energetic and dedicated professional with 13 years experience working in marketing, developing successful marketing strategies for high profile FMCG, sports, entertainment and luxury global brands. She also plays and volunteers for Cumberland Netball Club, loves working with people and is an avid reader & sports fan.
Rachel is DBS Certified
Kimbly is from Sydney, Australia and has been living in London for over a year. Her background is in Fashion Design & Buying and she is currently employed as an Assistant Buyer and has the pleasure of buying designer accessories. Kimbly is a friendly, motivated individual that thrives on helping others.
Kimbly is DBS Certified
Diane has had a longstanding interest in adult learning and adult literacy, and has been volunteering with A2i since November 2020. Diane holds a degree in Economics and History, and has worked in the civil service and for a charity. She enjoys keeping fit, baking for friends, gardening and fireworks.
Bill graduated from Oxford University in 1973 with a B.A. (hons.) in Modern History and he subsequently spent some time living in Australia. His work experience ranges from painting and decorating to working as a housing officer at Thames Housing Association. Bill is also involved in his local cricket club, where he has worked in an administrative role, as well as writing the history of the club.
William is DBS Certified