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  • Julia McGerty

    Director / Operations Manager

  • Mary Devlin

    Family Learning Specialist

  • Judy Kirsh

    ESOL specialist

  • Ian Foster

    Administrator

  • Foufou Savitzky

    Director / Family Learning and Literacy Education Specialist

Julia McGerty

Director / Operations Manager

Julia has worked in the community and education sectors for over 25 years, firstly as a teacher and then as an adviser and manager. She taught EFL, ESOL and adult literacy for over 12 years in the community, FE and private sectors before moving into project and operations management. She has considerable experience of managing projects of all sizes from small grants to very large national and international programmes funded by a wide range of funders and commissioners. She is an experienced staff and finance manager and project evaluator and also leads on the quality management of Learning Unlimited, which currently holds the ISO:9001 quality mark.

Mary Devlin

Family Learning Specialist

Mary has worked in Family Learning, Children’s Services and Early Years training and consultancy for over 15 years. In that time, she established and led a Children’s Centre for 7 years and worked for the National Children’s Bureau as a trainer and consultant, including working on a national rollout of the PEAL – Parents, Early Years and Learning – training, and Making it REAL – Raising Early Achievement in Literacy – project. She is also an artist and enjoys designing creative workshops for parents and children.

Whilst at Learning Unlimited, she has delivered a range of courses and workshops for parents and carers including Best Start for Boys, Best Start for Nursery and the Teaching Assistant training programme.  She also participated in the research project Family Learning Online and co-ordinated the Bags of Fun project, designing activity packs for families who were stuck at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Judy Kirsh

ESOL specialist

Publications:
Kirsh, J., Akthar, A., Dudley, K., Kelly, B. & McGerty, J. (2013) Welcome to the UK project Year 3 Impact Assessment Research Report.
Kirsh, J. & Dudley, K. (2014) Active Citizenship and English project Year 1 Impact Assessment Report
Teaching and Learning English topic based units – contributor
Welcome to the UK materials toolkits – contributor
Integration for ESOL workshop article (2016) RaPal

Experience: Judy has more than 30 years’ experience in the field of English Language Teaching, as a teacher, teacher-trainer, external examiner, consultant and materials-writer. She was project co-ordinator for the ‘Active Citizenship and English’ project (2013-2015) and the ‘Welcome to the UK’ project (2012-2013), having previously worked at LLU+ on a range of projects and courses including the development of the Citizenship materials for ESOL learners, ESOL subject specialist modules, combined and blended learning ESOL/Literacy DTELLS and the Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL learners course, to name but a few. Judy led on the development of ESOL CPD modules for the British Council ESOL Nexus project (2011-2014) and she has recently undertaken consultancy work for the Education and Training Foundation and Learning and Work Institute. She is a trustee and former co-chair of NATECLA, the professional association for ESOL practitioners in the UK, and a member of the ESOL Strategy Steering Group.

Ian Foster

Administrator

Ian has over 15 years of administrative experience, working with a range of voluntary sector organisations to implement information systems, publicity campaigns, communication strategies and record keeping. He has previously worked on European-funded projects, offering funding advice and writing applications for charities across London, and developing an e-network of over 3,000 organisations. At Learning Unlimited, he works across a number of projects, providing administrative support to team members and partner organisations. He has also developed the website for LU.

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Foufou Savitzky

Director / Family Learning and Literacy Education Specialist

Publications
Bilingual Children – A Guide for Parents
Helping My Child with Reading & Writing with Shan Rees
On the Road – Journeys in Family Learning with Shan Rees and Attilah Malik

Foufou has 25 years experience of family learning developing new courses, accreditation, materials and teaching as well as being a teacher educator and consultant in family learning, Skills for Life awareness. She has worked in two inner city London boroughs to develop appropriate family learning provision, liaise with a wide range of agencies and providers, develop working partnerships and recruit learners. Foufou has 20 years project management experience including international projects in family learning, bilingualism and offender learning. For the last 15 years she has worked with the offender learning sector in various projects, developing programmes and training teachers. In addition Foufou has 5 years as teacher educator and consultant on Caribbean language issues and Caribbean literature and 6 years of teaching at secondary school level.