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Meet the team

Sam Sims

Sam Sims

Sam Sims

Chief Executive

Sam is National Numeracy’s Chief Executive, joining to lead the organisation towards a new five-year strategy.

Sam brings a range of experience in helping to scale-up the reach and impact of charities. He was the Chief Operating Officer at social work charity, Frontline, and previously served as Director of Development at Teach First and as an Assistant Director of Research at the Yale University Office of Development.

Sam has held trustee positions at a number of youth development and humanitarian aid charities, and has degrees from University College London and the University of Oxford.

Partnerships Team

Sally

Sally Hilton

Sally Hilton

National Relationship Manager

Sally works closely with employers in the UK to put a spotlight on the issue surrounding numeracy in the workplace.

Working across sectors such as the NHS, retail and hospitality, she helps them explore attitudes to numeracy amongst managers and employees and the impact this has both on productivity and career progression.

Cassia

Cassia Weaver

Cassia Weaver

Partnerships Manager

Cassia manages strategic partnerships with companies and funders, working together to raise numeracy levels and achieve client goals.

For the past 11 years she has focused on skills development and social enterprise growth, and led business development and corporate partnerships in charity settings with Business in the Community, Crisis, EngineeringUK, Lasa and Sustainability Trust.

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Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

Partner Support Assistant

Rachel assists with maximising the impact of the charity's partnerships in a number of sectors, through various campaigns and projects.

She has a degree in psychology and has previously been a mentor for children with special educational needs.

Programmes Team

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Paul Milner

Paul Milner

Programmes Director

Paul has managed the development and launch of the Essentials of Numeracy and the National Numeracy Challenge; he now oversees the projects team working on the different development projects within National Numeracy.

Paul has a degree in Mathematics and over 20 years’ business management experience, including roles in buying, marketing and project management.

Ben Perkins

Ben Perkins

Ben Perkins

Training Development and Delivery Lead

Ben leads on attitudinal workshops and Numeracy Champion training programmes which focus on people’s feelings around maths. He is also responsible for development of digital attitudinal products and is involved in a range of projects.

He has a social science degree has worked with other organisations in the third sector.

Anna Purcell

Anna Purcell

Anna Purcell

Project Manager

Anna co-ordinates and manages projects for National Numeracy. Her work includes development and delivery projects, work with the education and health sectors, and managing the charity’s trading arm.She has a degree in English and a masters in children’s literature. Her previous experience encompasses roles in the FE sector, in communications and in online retail of education resources.

Maurice Tse-Leon

Maurice Tse-Leon

Maurice Tse-Leon

Digital Engagement Manager

Maurice’s role is focused on engaging working people with National Numeracy’s online learning tools and reaching new audiences through digital channels.

He has a degree in evolutionary biology and a masters in ecology. He has worked on digital communications within the third sector for 9 years, with an emphasis on education.

External Relations Team

Julia Day

Julia Day

Julia Day

External Relations Director

Julia leads the external relations strategy, team and activities, from communications, media and digital content to campaigns, external affairs and marketing.

A journalist for many years, she has led communications, content, marketing and SEO in education settings, including Birkbeck, University of London and the University of Sussex.

Stevie Robinson

Stevie Robinson

Stevie Robinson

Campaigns Lead

Stevie's role is to develop and deliver strategies that raise the profile and awareness of National Numeracy, with a focus on promoting the National Numeracy Challenge to partner organisations and the general public.

Lizzie Green

Lizzie Green

Lizzie Green

Communications Assistant

Lizzie’s role is to provide support to the External Relations Team. She works primarily on producing National Numeracy’s case studies and the planning of National Numeracy Day.

She holds a degree in English and a master’s in Publishing, and has previously worked as an English and Maths tutor.

Maya Metcalfe

Maya Metcalfe

Maya Metcalfe

Communications and Marketing Co-ordinator

Maya helps out with delivering marketing and communication campaigns and is involved in raising awareness for National Numeracy Day.

She has a media production degree and experience in production, marketing and advertising.

Laura Roca Díaz

Laura Roca Díaz

Laura Roca Díaz

Digital Communications Co-ordinator

Laura’s role is working with the External Relations Team to ensure National Numeracy reaches its digital engagement targets to help thousands of people improve their numeracy skills.

She has a Psychology degree and a masters in Neuromarketing, as well as experience in delivering social media campaigns.

Operations & Impact Team

Emily Kramers

Emily Kramers

Emily Kramers

Operations and Impact Director

Emily oversees the finance and HR functions as well as general office management, GDPR and governance matters. She also works with the team on charitable funding bids.

She has an editorial background including working in educational publishing.

Paul Foss

Paul Foss

Paul Foss

Impact and Evaluation Manager

Paul provides impact and data analysis in all aspects of the organisation, from Challenge statistics, educational projects and numeracy reviews, to surveys, working with external partners and helping to inform marketing strategy.

He leads the charity’s Financial Capability work by developing the strategy, keeping abreast of the latest research in this area and how it relates to National Numeracy’s Plain Numbers campaign.

Paul was a freelance data analyst with over 20 years’ experience in the private sector, and a secondary school maths teacher for 6 years.

Abbi Hartfree

Abbi Hartfree

Abbi Hartfree

Executive Support and Events

Abbi is National Numeracy’s Events Manager as well as providing executive support to the CEO. She works alongside the comms team arranging external & internal events, and assists in our national campaign work. Abbi also provides support with HR & recruitment for the organisation.

She completed her education in the Caribbean and was also awarded Eastbourne & Wealden YMCA 2016 Volunteer of the Year.

Diane Hume

Diane Hume

Diane Hume

Financial Controller

Diane oversees all aspects of finance and banking. She is a qualified Certified Accountant with extensive experience in accountancy practices and medium-sized organisations.

For the past 12 years Diane has worked specifically within Charities and Community Interest Companies within the fields of education and personal development.

Tabitha Reed

Tabitha Reed

Tabitha Reed

Junior Data Analyst

Tabitha’s role is to provide support to the data analysis aspect of the organisation. Her role includes assisting with data selection and reporting on Challenge statistics for both internal and external purposes.

Tabitha has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Her background is in the property management industry, with several years of experience encompassing relationship management, communications and reporting.

External Consultants

While not on our regular pay-roll, these experts contribute to National Numeracy's work as consultants. 

Derek

Derek Huby

Derek Huby

Maths advisor

Derek Huby is an experienced maths educator, writer and advisor, having worked on projects both nationally and internationally. He is the author of a variety of successful textbooks and is a registered Apple software developer. He is particularly interested in adult numeracy, and the role of ICT in mathematics learning.

For National Numeracy, Derek works extensively on our adult education projects.

Sue

Sue Skyrme

Sue Skyrme

Schools and parental engagement expert

Sue Skyrme has extensive primary maths education experience, both in headship, leadership and advisory roles. She has worked nationally and internationally, including in numeracy curriculum development for the Department for International Development. Her current roles with South Coast SCITT and the University of Winchester also draw on her expertise in teacher training.

Sue’s work with National Numeracy to date has focused on engaging parents in their children’s education.