The Team

Clare Hobart

Director (Training)

Clare designs and delivers Lowering Language Barriers training across the UK.                                                                                   Clare also serves on a foster panel and is a mediator with Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service.  

  • Masters in Education (Applied Linguistics)
  • Trained teacher and Member of the Institute for Learning
  • Manager - reception education project for young refugees
  • Teacher -  secondary school English in the UK and Asia 
  • Senior Health Promotion Adviser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)                                                   Publication - a guide to preventing malaria (for FCO staff)
  • Health Educator for United Nations International Service in Bolivia                                                                                                Publication - a health guide for communities (in Spanish).                                                                                                                           

Katy Byrne

Director (Events)

Katy handles our finance, marketing and events management.

  • Author of A Parents Guide to Primary Schools
  • Chair of Governors at a London school.
  • Previously she worked as a researcher and producer of television documentaries.
  • Lived in Spain, teaching English and speaking Spanish as an additional language.

Caroline Bligh

Caroline is Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, specialising in teaching EAL.
She has designed and delivered our new course, Overcoming Barriers to Learning  - supporting EAL students in the classroom.

  • Teaches students across Initial Teacher Education and Postgraduate courses.
  • Previously, Caroline worked as a teacher of  primary and middle-school education,specialising  in bilingual learners.
  • Caroline worked as a school Co-ordinator of EAL between 2003- 2007.
  • Caroline is passionate about sharing her knowledge of innovative EAL practice with teaching professionals.

Caroline Hardwicke

Caroline designs and delivers our Handling Challenging Conversations training.

Caroline works with organisations to help them improve customer experience.  Previous roles in organisations include Customer Services Director for the Brady Corporation and Commercial Director for SJD Accountancy.  Caroline is an experienced trainer and coach and a qualified MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) facilitator.