Catherine Hemmings - Director
Catherine Hemmings became the Director of MESH in May 2019. Her professional life has included working as a teacher in Bradford and managing the peripatetic EAL teaching service for the City of York Council. More recently she was team leader for the Traveller Education Support Service. In 2016 she was seconded to manage the implementation of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme in York. Catherine’s role has always involved working closely with a range of services and organisations. She believes strongly that the needs of vulnerable communities can best be met by partnership working and empowering communities to help themselves.
Clare Jackson - Regional ESOL Project Coordinater
Clare has worked for MESH since December 2013. She was involved in the initial mapping of ESOL provision in Leeds and development of the first two websites. Since April of 2019 Clare has been the regional ESOL provision resource coordinator, working closely with the regional development workers and director of MESH to produce the new website, learningenglish.org.uk Clare is an experienced ESOL teacher. She has worked in the field since 2005 and is director of Sunflower ESOL - a community based provision that makes English accessible to people living in the Lincoln Green and Harehills areas of Leeds.
Safina Arif - Development worker
Safina Arif is an ESOL Development worker for MESH with a wide range of experience in establishing and delivering community based initiatives on a local and regional level, supporting people to improve their skills and confidence, as well as raise their aspirations. Safina’s efforts have been recognised through various awards and ceremonies over the years. She approaches her work with passion and positivity, working well with others to provide essential opportunities and support in local communities. She has a great devotion for making a difference to people’s lives by passing on the importance of learning, education and the possibility of overcoming barriers.
Caroline Norman - Development worker
Caroline is the MESH Development Worker for South Yorkshire, Kirklees and Calderdale. She has over ten years experience of teaching ESOL, particularly to women beginner learners. She has worked on varied projects with asylum seekers and refugees, and previously managed a project to support bilingual young people in Sheffield. Caroline also writes ESOL and literacy materials, including an adult literacy project for West Africa.
Anne Baber - Finance Officer
Anne Baber has been a Treasurer on various committees and worked at Housing Charities and as a accountant in the NHS and then as a substance misuse therapist. She is herself from a migrant family and her experience of finding work in Germany made language services essential to her stay there. She holds the view that language acquisition is key to migrant communities being able to fulfil their potential in their new home.