Who we are
Ali Shorer – Strategic Director and Trainer
Ali has nearly 20 years of teaching, training and lecturing within schools, universities and businesses.
She strongly believes that being able to communicate effectively is key to success in life, whether you are sharing ideas and thoughts with friends or giving a keynote presentation. This is why she set up Articulacy alongside Julia, as she is passionate about teaching people the skills to communicate naturally and become confident speakers.
She is really interested in speaking and is particularly interested in how formative assessment improves one’s speaking confidence.
Julia Ward – Managing Director and Trainer
Creating a specialist company to enable people to communicate effectively was a natural progression for Julia. She uses more than 30 years of experience in education and training to support people in their personal battles to communicate more effectively, build confidence and polish speaking skills. She works with people of all ages and backgrounds and believes that being able to tell each other how we feel, express our ideas and value those of others is the bedrock for successful relationships both at home and work.
Julia also works as an examiner assessing nationally recognised oral communication qualifications and travels throughout the UK and abroad working alone and in collaboration with other companies. She is in a role she loves.
Leanne Fennell – Business Manager
Leanne is very passionate about education and careers and helping people to be the best they can be. She has considerable experience working within the training and education sector; training to be a primary school teacher, training young people with disabilities and special needs about issues such drugs, communication skills, boundaries etc, then training job seeking skills to disadvantaged young people and University students.
Her role is behind the scenes management of Articulacy. She organises training events both within schools and businesses and is here to answer your questions.
Our freelance specialist trainers:
Having worked in the Media and taught the subject for many years, it was during Molly’s teaching that she developed a passion and commitment to young people and to helping foster self-confidence within them.
With Articulacy UK and through using the ESB syllabuses, Molly works with hundreds of students and has been fortunate to see the incredible journey these teenagers make in such a short space of time.
She says it is a unique and privileged position that not many teachers experience, with the opportunity to work exclusively with one class for an entire week. The development of student’s communication skills and unlocking their potential is the key aspiration and success of the week.
Trevor has worked therapeutically with children, families and adults for 20 years and believes in using his experience as a counsellor, communicator and trainer to equip, empower and enable others to achieve their full potential in life. He is particularly passionate about emotional literacy and the role this plays in our relationships, personal development and ability to communicate with others.
Having worked in a variety of different settings he has gained experience in a wide range of mental health issues and disorders, particularly, those experienced by children and young people.
Trevor’s motto is “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”
Darren’s background in drama and theatre arts, as well as an abundance of sales and motivational training is key to his teaching style and he believes passionately that all children are capable of success.
He thrives on getting the best possible results from all students and knows that being able to communicate effectively is a vital skill for us all . He has also worked as an Ambulance Care Assistant and been partly responsible for training and improving other staff members where working in stressful situations has further reinforced for him the importance of effective communication.
He believes that improved confidence enhances learning for children in all aspects of their education, in turn this complements life skills such as job interviews, networking, and improved confidence in new situations.
After twenty years of teaching English in secondary education, Ben decided to take some time off for good behaviour.
Having recharged the batteries and made a minor dent in the book pile by the side of the bed, he took the leap of faith and went freelance. Now copywriting and copy-editing pay the bills, as well as private tutoring. He is a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders.
He claims ESB runs in his blood! He did the English Speaking Board examination over thirty years ago, when he was 11. His dad was an ESB examiner but obviously not for his assessment.
A big believer in the power of the written and spoken word, he said, ‘I am delighted to join Articulacy as a tutor. What an inspiring team of people to work with!’
Louise has over twenty years’ experience in education, working as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages, before moving into school leadership, eventually retiring as a Headteacher in 2018.
She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people, and is enjoying putting her considerable experience of public speaking to good use when working with Articulacy.
She is also skilled at working with adults, and has enjoyed mentoring and coaching people into leadership positions. Now, as Director of Utter Perfect, she is busy with a range of training and consultancy projects.
Education is Gary’s passion and the creative arts his love. He has over 20 years’ experience in education, has worked in five distinct settings – mixed comprehensive, boys’ grammar, girls’ voluntary-aided, Free School, academy – and has a strong insight into the successful features of quality education.
As a former headteacher and English & Drama teacher by training Gary believes education is rooted in transformational change: the widening of horizons and the opening of doors to prepare young people for a variety of possible futures. Central to this is developing confidence, resilience and creativity through the skills of effective communication.
Kate Sermon is a journalist, teen author, and creative writing teacher at Totnes Writers’ Playshop. She’s taught aspiring writers from teens to 80 to write publishable short stories using her own devised ten-week course. This year she’s expanding this to include schools and weekend workshops.
Her passion for poetry and the written word has led to performing them. Her engagement with teenagers started with her own teenagers, and has led to becoming a local councillor in order to engage young people in her local community to give back and own the world around them. She feels that confidence building is key to enabling teens to grapple with their surroundings in order to make sense and feel empowered. This is why she’s so thrilled to be teaching with Articulacy.
I am dedicated to making learning enjoyable and relevant.
I believe that as adults we often have a lot of the knowledge and skill we need but lack the opportunity to step back to get a broader perspective and make better sense of how we can use them. For me training and development is about creating this space and then using that to add new information or develop new skills and abilities as appropriate.
I have 35 years’ experience of creating learning spaces for people and am a qualified trainer and coach.
Fran Montignani Rees
Fran is our vocal specialist, teaching how to use voice in an effective and influential way, boosting confidence and success. She also rehabilitates damaged and tired voices.
Fran works with executives, presenters, public speakers, teachers, academics, sales professionals, deaf speakers, anyone with a voice!
Her work is derived from the latest research and 20 years teaching and performance experience. She has a Masters degree in Voice Pathology and is a graduate of the Vocal Process Integrated Vocal Practice teacher training programme.
Her methods are built on a secure understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism in accordance with individual learning styles and the realities of professional expectations.
Janet is a passionate enabler and developer of people. With a career which spans over 30 years’ within business, she has consistently supported students in education to raise their aspirations by fostering an inspiring tutor approach. Janet loves to share and help people to become the best version of themselves, build confidence, self-esteem, learn and develop new skills. In addition to teaching the Art of Communication, she is a STEM Ambassador promoting Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering inspired learning.
As a professional business coach, management consultant/trainer, educational tutor she lives by her mantra.
‘Everyone has potential and I love to help unlock this potential’
Joe has been working in learning and development since 1982. His passion is in communication and changing the way we look at things, our approach to a more assertive way of getting what we need and asking for what we want, at the same time as listening to other’s needs. He is a Fellow of the CIPD and a member of the British Psychological Society and has worked with large and small organisations to help them get the best outcomes for their people. Joe met Julia when he was directing a show locally and so with his background in theatre work he is a fantastic fit working with us as a freelance associate.
Sarah Davies has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, school leader, training lead and facilitator. As a Professional Development Consultant, she now trains and supports individuals, teams, organisations and businesses to perform better, both individually and with others. Sarah has considerable experience working with both UK and international organisations, focusing on developing effective leadership skills, workforce reform, employee development, managing change and partnership working to impact on performance and productivity.
Sarah is passionate about maximising individual potential, regardless of background, academic achievement or job role, whether you are the CEO, middle leader, the newest recruit or potential employee.