Meet Our Team

Say hello to the Passion for Learning team!

Diane Clark

Chief Executive Officer

I have been working with children in many different capacities for over 40 years.  Having completed a psychology degree at Liverpool University, my career started in play and community work in Halton where I ran a Playcentre for 5-16 year olds and set up the first ‘Latchkey Scheme’ long before after school clubs existed. After … Read More

Elaine Tongue

Business Manager

In October 2014, after reading in the local paper an article about the amazing work of Passion for Learning, I started to volunteer, going in to two schools twice a week and working one to one with up to 6 children.  Seeing the wonderful opportunities of the organisation I also offered to volunteer in the office to … Read More

Sue Hughes

Education Development Manager

I started teaching in London over 30 years ago feeling privileged to be able to facilitate exciting learning opportunities for children. Making and flying hot air balloons, investigating ‘crime scenes,’ engaging with the big local football clubs, developing songs, plays and big art with them, challenging them to think, creating memories and hopefully inspiring them … Read More

Louise Parry

Volunteer Support Manager

I joined Passion for Learning as a Volunteer Manager in June 2019. Prior to this I was a Deputy Manager and SENDCO of a charity run pre-school. I have always been passionate about working with children and helping each individual to achieve their full potential. I feel privileged to be a part of the organisation … Read More

Beth McJury

Enrichment Manager

Beth McJury began as a volunteer at Passion for Learning in 2014 and has been a core part of our Enrichment Clubs team since we began offering this provision in 2015. Having studied Criminology and Crime and Justice at Chester University, Beth adds to the diverse mix of skills and experience within the Passion for … Read More

Emma Mitson

Fundraising and Business Development Manager

I started my working life at Nat West in 1983 at Manchester City office and for a time at Tarporley branch. Working as a medical rep, stop smoking cessation advisor, Homestart volunteer and Volunteer Services manager for a children’s literacy charity all have given me lots of experience working, selling to, supporting and listening to … Read More

Miriam Gilmore

Enrichment Team Support

I joined PFL back in 2017 as an intern looking for work experience to compliment my undergraduate degree in Counselling skills with Drama and theatre studies. As part of the placement, I was able to get involved in all aspects of the charity’s work. This included, assisting in report writing, measuring our impact and face-to-face … Read More

Cathy Smith

Enrichment Club Supervisor

After a few years of varied jobs, including Nursery Assistant, I finally settled into University Administration. I worked in Higher Education for 5 years, during which time I obtained an MA in Design. In 2015 I had to take a career break to become a carer and concentrate on my young family. Before returning to … Read More

Julia Pyke

Enrichment Club Supervisor

After working in banking for 13 years and then having a family, I decided to undertake qualifications in teaching adult basic skills.  I worked as a lecturer for my local college for some years before moving to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Family Learning Team. Here, I helped parents gain qualifications and also helped to … Read More

Catherine Adams

Volunteer Support Manager

Working with young children has always been my passion and it has been expressed through primary teaching, church children’s work, and raising my own family. For the past few years I have loved volunteering with Passion for Learning, supporting children in school – helping them develop in confidence and self-esteem through work, chat and play. … Read More

Jan Cavanagh

Enrichment Club Supervisor

I studied Art and Design at Sheffield Polytechnic and spent more than 20 years as graphic designer whilst raising a family. After feeling the need to be more creative and spending more of my time painting whilst my children were young, I returned to fine art and became an artist and art tutor. I currently … Read More

Chantelle Boyce

Volunteer Manager

I started as a volunteer with Passion for Learning in 2016, going into a local primary school and working one to one with the children there. Well, I say ‘working’ but the role of a Passion for Learning volunteer is really more about having fun with the children and inspiring them to learn! Seeing the … Read More

Jo Perry

Winsford Volunteer Manager

I joined Passion for Learning as the new Volunteer Manager in March 2019.  Prior to this I have enjoyed a rich and varied career as a Secondary English Teacher working in schools in the UK and Overseas.  I have always found my work with children to be hugely rewarding and I am passionate about helping … Read More