Tara Furlong email@example.com for any queries about RaPAL. Tara has twenty years’ experience in adult education and training in the private and public sectors in the UK and abroad, specialising in integrated English language, literacies and digital learning. She is involved in delivering professional development via national organisations in the UK, and publication work; and has an established history of designing and implementing systemic curriculum quality initiatives in education providers. She has an ongoing interest in the relationship between multi-modal and contextualised versus abstracted learning; and its mirror in social and literate practice and language across life spheres. As well as work with Designing Futures Ltd, Tara does pro bono work for RaPAL, BALID, is an active local school governor; and is engaged in postgraduate studies in educational leadership with UCL, Institute of Education.
Sarah Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org for queries about accounts.
Jo Byrne email@example.com for membership. Jo has worked in education for the last 15 years, doing various roles ranging from managing regional and national projects to providing an active role in supporting colleagues across the education sector as well as managing events across the region. She is actively involved in supporting RaPAL so please do contact her with any membership enquiries you may have.
Regional Advocate Co-ordinator
Sam Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org for queries about Regional Advocacy. Sam is an adult literacy teacher, teacher educator and researcher working at the UCL Institute of Education in London. Sam has been teaching English language, literacy, poetry and drama to adults since 1997, and is the author of Novels, Reading Circles and Adult Reading Development (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Reading for Pleasure and Reading Circles for Adult Emergent Readers (NIACE, 2014). Sam is currently researching contemporary reading aloud practices.
These posts are currently vacant. If you might be interested in volunteering for these roles, which run for a year or more and generally involve participating in working groups on current projects, please do contact any of us, including Tara email@example.com, or Jo firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne Spare email@example.com for access to and distribution of the journal. Yvonne has been Journal Coordinator since 2015, having also been Membership Secretary for five years, enjoying being the first point of contact for RaPAL members. She has been involved in adult literacies teaching and training for 25 years, with a special interest in family literacies and workplace learning. Before joining the RaPAL management group she was working for several years carrying out research for the University of Sheffield, NRDC, National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, among others. She also runs a proofreading and editing service for business and academic writers.
Irene Schwab firstname.lastname@example.org for reviews. Irene is mainly retired from UCL IoE, having worked on the subject specialist English PGCEs for many years amongst other work.
Journal Production Editor
Claire Collins email@example.com for queries about production of the journal.