Charity Trustees

The Hands Up Project is now a registered charity. We have three trustees who have overall control of the management of the project.  They are all leading experts in their respective fields; Judy Clark (primary literacy and storytelling), Scott Thornbury (English Language Teaching methodology) and Tim Sayer (technology assisted learning).

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Judy Clark

I’m a freelance primary literacy consultant passionate about the power of story and children’s literature. I’m committed to opening up treasures and delights of the world of reading and writing to pupils of all ages. I’ve worked as a senior leader in school, a local authority school improvement adviser for literacy and currently work as the Primary Adviser for the National Literacy Trust whilst lecturing in English at university on a range of initial teacher education programmes.

Scott Thornbury

I’m a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. I am currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. My previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where I live), and in my native New Zealand. My writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. My website is

Tim Sayer

I am Faculty Director (Research) for the Faculty of Culture and Language Sciences at the University of St Mark and St John Plymouth and a Senior Lecturer in the psychology of sound, composition, new media and sound design. I’ve been teaching in higher education for over 20 years, utilising technology assisted learning in a range of contexts. My research interests centre on human computer interface design in improvised musical performance, and I’ve written a number of published articles and papers relating to this. Recently I’ve been involved in a European Union bid to aid refugee integration and staged a large event in support of the refugee crisis.