Who are we? Meet Our Team!


Our 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 a few years’ break to have my own family I returned to qualify as a Primary School Teacher. Having worked in Early Years I then became a lecturer in Further Education teaching a wide range of Health and Social Care subjects. I left the College to go down to London to manage a children’s home for a full year before returning to buy and manage a shop on the Wirral and spend time with my family. Passion for Learning is a result of very many different experiences and roles that I have had with children of all ages and from all walks of life. I am a passionate believer in the power of play, fun, enthusiasm and motivation because I have seen lives transformed when children start to enjoy learning and believe in themselves. This is my dream job and there is still so much to do. You’re never too old to go for your dreams and one of our missions is to give the children that we work with their own dreams and the skills and determination to make them come true.

Trustee & Development Manager

I started as a Volunteer with Passion for Learning in 2012. Having previously worked in project management, consulting and HR, the shift to working with children was a huge one for me! However, I can honestly say that working with Passion for Learning has been the best role I’ve ever had. In my role as Development Manager, no two days are the same. A big part of my role is about identifying opportunities for us to grow as an organisation, in order to reach more children through our wonderful Volunteers. I still enjoy attending the Enrichment Clubs whenever I can, being with the children is both energising and inspiring for me. I am excited about how our team is growing and can see so much potential for us as an organisation. I would recommend the experience of volunteering to anyone, it is such a rewarding thing to do.

Enrichment Manager – Beth McJury


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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 Learning team. Beth now leads the Enrichment Team with responsibility for the expanding network of Clubs and the current programme of virtual enrichment which we are offering to children until our face to face sessions can resume.

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 children grow in confidence over the course of the year was hugely rewarding, and when the opportunity to join the Passion for Learning Team as one of the new Volunteer Managers arose, I jumped at the chance. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know our amazing volunteers, schools and of course, pupils and it is fantastic to see the difference that the organisation, and everyone involved with it, can make to young lives.

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. I have now joined the team of Volunteer Support Managers and am excited to be able to support other volunteers in giving their time and expertise to children in local schools. There is nothing better than building a relationship with a child, and seeing them flourish.

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 and I am enjoying the variety of working with schools and their staff and pupils, as well as getting to know our wonderful team of Volunteers. I attend the Enrichment Clubs when I can and love this opportunity to work alongside the children.

Winsford Volunteer Manager

Jo Perry is our Winsford, Northwich and Knutsford Volunteer Manager


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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 to provide children with opportunities that allow them to grow and achieve their full potential.

In November 2017, I also qualified as a Tai Chi Instructor.  I have supported the Emotional Healthy Schools programme by delivering workshops for students which include mindful movement and an introduction to meditation.

My current role is to facilitate Passion for Learning in establishing its presence in Winsford and Northwich Primary schools as well as supporting the current volunteer network. I am delighted to be part of the amazing Passion for Learning team and I look forward to developing this challenging, varied and very exciting post.

Sue Hughes Education Development Manager


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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 all.

I left as Deputy Head and since then I have worked in several West Cheshire schools and focussed in the main on those who for whatever reason, find it difficult to engage. During my many years in a large Chester Primary School I worked as teacher of the dyslexic, in Year 4 and Reception and was SENCo, Assistant Head Teacher and most recently Interim Deputy. But threading across the years was my continued passion for children’s engagement, so when Passion for Learning reached out to our school, we were thrilled to welcome their volunteers for 1:1 work and Enrichment Club. Now I am delighted to join the company as Education Development Manager. My role is to develop innovative ways to enhance the life chances of the children and families that we support, and to develop learning resources to complement this. I feel I have come full circle and am once again privileged to be able to focus my energies on motivating children to dream big and to believe that they can!

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 help with the administration.  In June 2016 this role was formalised and I started a part-time role as Office Administrator.  My background is Accounting, having gained my CIMA qualification in July 1996, and I have worked in Industry and the Education sector for the last 20 years, so I was very keen to use this experience within such an exciting, caring and fun organisation.

I continue to volunteer in schools as I love this interaction with the children and find it very rewarding as I watch the children develop, grow and become inspired to learn.

With the support of the Steve Morgan Foundation, in June 2020 I was delighted to be appointed to the new post of Business Manager, to help the organisation with our next phase of growth.