The EA-Audits team is led by educational expert Lesley Mifsud, a former Headteacher. All of our access consultants come from a teaching background, giving us a deep-rooted knowledge and understanding of the education sector.
Lesley Mifsud - Head Access Consultant
With over 30 years experience in teaching, Lesley has held the positions of Head of Year, Deputy Head and Headteacher.
Lesley set up Equality Act Audits over 12 years ago and has personally advised over 1000 schools on accessibility. Lesley has a passion for this subject and has an excellent knowledge of all areas related to Equality in Schools and SEN.
Lesley regularly undertakes the following:
Access Auditing schools to ensure they conform to the Equality Act of 2010
Writing SEN Policies and Accessibility Plans
Preparing Access Audit reports
Advising schools on inclusion for their SEN pupils
Advising on classroom construction for hearing impaired pupils and staff
Expert witness services
Lesley is happily married, and enjoys travelling and playing golf in her spare time.
Lorraine Dixon - Access Consultant, London
Lorraine covers the London and surrounding areas. She has over twenty five years teaching and leadership experience, which has given her a wealth of exposure in teaching pupils of varying abilities from diverse cultural backgrounds, different types of school and class sizes.
Lorraine has held the positions of Humanities Faculty Leader, Assistant Headteacher and Headteacher in a number of schools in the UK. Lorraine is committed to helping schools meet the needs of pupils with SEND.
Lorraine's qualifications include:
Masters degree in Leadership from the Institute of Education, UCL
Bachelor Degree in Managing Learning Difficulties from the University of the West Indies
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education
Special Inclusive Education qualification from the Open University
Diploma in Education majoring in History and Geography
Lorraine's understanding and experience of SEND from every level within schools, especially from a leadership perspective, is a great asset to Equality Act Audits.
Lorraine is married with two wonderful children and loves to travel.
Vanessa Marsland - Access Consultant, North West
Vanessa covers the accessibility planning for schools in the North West and surrounding areas. She holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and is passionate about equality issues, particularly in education.
Vanessa has two years experience working in a primary school setting within EYFS and Key Stage 1. Other qualifications she holds include 'Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2', and 'Introduction to Child Psychology'.
Vanessa has also completed safeguarding training and ‘No Outsiders’ inclusion and equality training with Ex-Headteacher Andrew Moffat (who was awarded an MBE for his work in equality education).
Becky Parker - Head of Operations and Business Development
Becky is responsible for managing the business operations, creating relevant content for clients and prospects, and developing marketing and business development strategy.
She has a degree in Literature and English Language from the University of Manchester and prior to joining the company, has over a decade of experience in professional services gained in London.