Programme Team

Claire Read

27 April 2022

Claire grew up in South London and studied English Literature at the University of Sussex. She began her career as a policy advisor at the Department for Education, including completing the Civil Service Fast Stream there. In 2015 she moved to the charity sector, joining Save the Children, to work on their UK schools policy, and then managed the delivery of their primary school programmes. Before Action Tutoring she was Director of Operations at StreetDoctors, which works with volunteers to deliver programmes for young people affected by violence.

In her space time Claire plays and coaches co-ed softball, and volunteers with the London Softball League. She also enjoys cooking and visiting different parts of the UK.

Grace Atkinson

21 August 2021

She studied International Politics at university and has volunteered for various organisations in the past. Following graduation, she worked in Business Development roles in London before moving to Greece to work in the charity sector. While in Greece, her passion for education grew as she taught English to asylum seekers and later coordinated education programmes in refugee camps.

She was born and raised in the north west and is very excited to be helping young people achieve their potential in her home region.

Outside of work, Grace’s interests include listening to obscure music, making pottery and discussing politics.

Sophie Cowling

7 April 2022

Whilst completing an integrated master’s degree in Psychology at the University of York, Sophie volunteered with a local charity aimed at improving the lives of vulnerable children through mentoring. It was through this role that she gained a deep interest in how inequality during childhood can affect overall outcomes later on in life.

After graduating, she worked in education as both a learning support assistant in a primary school and as part of the mental health team in a high school. Alongside this she was also tutoring English and maths both online and in person. Working for a charity has always been a goal for Sophie and she feels very lucky to have found one so aligned with her own passions for allowing all children to realise their full potential.

Outside of work Sophie is a novice gardener who enjoys growing her own produce and flowers! She loves spending time outside in the garden with her cat, Star. She also loves reading, talking about politics, and Star Trek!

Daniel Pearson

5 October 2021

Originally from South Wales, Dan studied English at the University of Liverpool and has remained on Merseyside ever since.

During his time as a student, Dan volunteered with Action Tutoring. Inspired by his volunteering, Dan trained to be a secondary school English teacher and taught English for three years in North Liverpool. Dan jumped at the chance to work for Action Tutoring and support disadvantaged pupils to access the extra support they deserve.

In his spare time Dan likes to listen to, and write about, music. He likes metal and other loud genres, although he also likes dream-pop and old singer-songwriter. When not listening to, or writing about, music, Dan likes to read books about music. He also likes fiction, wrestling and horror movies.

Anna Robinson

21 August 2021

Having worked in education since graduating from the University of Wales with English Language and TEFL in 2005 and a PGCE in Secondary English at Sheffield Hallam in 2007, Anna worked  at a disadvantaged city school in Sheffield for six years. There, she began to know the challenges and understand the barriers that disadvantaged pupils face in education.

Being a trainer in safeguarding, a Girl Guide Leader and Division Commissioner for Girlguiding, Anna has always worked with young people, aiming to bring out the best in pupils, both academic and personal, so they can succeed at anything they put their mind to.

In her spare time, Anna also loves to bake and decorate cakes!

Gabi Cumming

21 August 2021

Whilst completing her degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies, Gabi spent three years working in student recruitment for a university – targeting potential students from widening participation backgrounds. Following this, Gabi spent some time working in the media industry for local television, before furthering her studies in a new field of counselling therapies.

Gabi is now proud to help open doors for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, merging her experiences with young people, education, and communication.

In her own time, Gabi volunteers for a women’s charity, providing counselling sessions to its service users. She also enjoys teaching yoga, climbing, and experiencing new cultures.

Cathy Cartwright

21 August 2021

Whilst studying for her degree in English Language and Linguistics, Cathy volunteered in a local primary school, supporting children with their English and maths. Cathy then went on to complete her teacher training at Bath Spa University in 2017. After graduating, Cathy worked in a further education college on a social mobility programme to raise aspirations and support young people from underrepresented groups to access higher education.

After spending seven years studying and working in Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire, Cathy has recently moved back to the north west, where she grew up. Cathy is passionate about supporting young people in her community to overcome barriers and realise their full potential.

Alice Nelson

21 August 2021

She moved to Sheffield whilst studying for a Geography degree and seventeen years later, she is still here! Since graduating, Alice has spent eighteen months volunteering in Europe, she’s worked on several projects in schools across south Yorkshire and most recently worked to tackle loneliness and isolation in older adults.

She is passionate about supporting Sheffield’s most disadvantaged young people to succeed and broaden their opportunities for the future.

Away from work, Alice negotiates the seven hills of Sheffield on her bicycle and enjoys making her garden as verdant as possible.

Rachael Galletly

21 August 2021

She moved to Sheffield to go to university in 1995 and, apart from a year out in Canada, has lived there ever since.

Rachael completed her PGCE in English in 1999 and taught at King Edward VII School for twenty years. In that time, she held the role of Assistant Head of Y11 and later, became second in the department for English. She has also taught Drama, General Studies as well as being an EPQ tutor.

Rachael is passionate about supporting Sheffield’s most disadvantaged pupils, especially those ‘of middle ability’ who often get overlooked.

Away from work, Rachael volunteers for another charity, The Philip Larkin Society and is their Merchandising Officer as well as being in the events sub-group. She also enjoys music, cooking, walking in the Peaks and reading.

Sam Crampton

21 August 2021

She has slowly moved northwards, growing up in Devon, studying for a BSc in Evolutionary Anthropology in Liverpool and then a PGDip in Museum Studies at Newcastle University. She has lived in the North East since 2012.

For the last decade Sam has worked in museums and heritage sites across the region, sharing knowledge in informal settings, and working with volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds. She quickly found the most enjoyable and satisfying part of her work was with people and local communities.

As the first person in her family to attend university Sam is a strong believer in the importance of educational equality, and the strong impact supporting this can have on young people’s lives.

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