Dr James Simpson - Chair of Trustees

James Simpson is the Chair of Trustees of MESH. He works as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Leeds, where he carries out research in the teaching and learning of English for Speakers of Other Languages in migration contexts, in migrant language learning and arts practice, and in the sociolinguistics of mobility and migration. He has written and edited a number of books on these topics, including Adult Language Education and Migration: Challenging Agendas in Policy and Practice (Routledge, 2015), The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (Routledge, 2011), and ESOL: A Critical Guide (OUP, 2008). He manages an email discussion forum ESOL-Research, for researchers and practitioners with an interest in adult migrant language education.  

Hannah Jameson - Trustee and Secretary

Hannah Jameson currently works for Leeds City Council’s migration programme within the Communities Team.  She coordinates the Language Hub grants programme for activities in communities which bring people together and provide opportunities for conversational English practice.  She also supports on the council’s work in Leeds to develop an ESOL strategy for the city.  Prior to joining the council, Hannah worked in the third sector, managing and coordinating ESOL and adult learning programmes in communities.  Hannah has a background in English language teaching, working in several Further Education colleges, Higher Education settings and the private sector in the UK, France and Spain.  She is committed to improving access to education for all communities and celebrating linguistic diversity.  

Carl Banks - Trustee2

Carl initially taught English in Europe before moving back to the UK to begin a career in the third-sector at education charity Learning Partnerships. Over the last 10 years, Carl has developed and led on a number of local and European funded programmes to support the English language development of migrants in Leeds. His passion for innovation and technology has enabled other practitioners to think about traditional teaching methods in a different light. More recently, Carl has joined Leeds City Council’s Employment Service and is involved in IAG and working with partners to improve the life chances of local residents of Leeds.

Julie Linley - Trustee

Julie Linley currently works as the Education Manager at St. Vincent’s Support Centre in Leeds. She manages a large free ESOL programme and the wider Education programme and Migrant Support projects. Before working at St. Vincent’s, she was a primary school teacher, completed an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and has been involved in teaching ESOL since. She enjoys providing training and support to teachers and trainee teachers around a learner centred approach. As an immigration adviser, she also has an interest in migration and access to ESOL for all in the community, particularly the most vulnerable.

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Emma Taylor - Trustee

Emma has worked in HE and FE for 15 years in the York area, with a background in Teacher Training and teaching EFL and ESOL. She has set up networks in York to map the free English provision available and to fill gaps in provision. She has also set up Volunteer Training programmes to help organisations and charities access volunteers who have had initial safeguarding, refugee trauma and conversation facilitation training. 

She is committed to accessible and affordable English language provision for all. 

Dr Martin Nickson - Trustee

Martin works as a Lecturer in the School of Education, University of Hull, where he lectures in Informal Education, Education policy, and the sociology of Education. He has also published on learner needs in ESOL and on community and voluntary ESOL. As an ESOL practitioner Martin established and participates in Talking Hull which is a participatory ESOL project offering free, open access ESOL classes on campus (at Hull) and online. He is particularly interested in access and progress for ESOL learners who want to study at University.  Martin works closely with the Refugee Council and other local third sector organisations, advocating for network building in the local community and from this highlighting and actively supporting pathways to progression for ESOL learners.