Our team

LOVE TO LEARN currently employs six part-time staff.


Elaine Sheppard manages our education advice and advocacy services.

Faaduma Mahamoud is a former teaching assistant, and has particular experience supporting children with special educational needs. At Love to Learn, she is a case worker focusing on parental engagement and support. She speaks Somali and Arabic.

Ibtisam Adem is a Family Education Caseworker specialising in support for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), as well as unaccompanied asylum seeking children. She has over 12 years experience in youth and community work. Ibtisam speaks Tigrinya and Amharic. She has NVQ Level 4 in Information Advice & Guidance and a Masters in Applied Anthropology and Youth & Community Work.

Mery Mekonen is a caseworker who works primarily to support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. She is currently on maternity leave. Mery speaks Tigrinya, Amharic and German.


Lisa Schulkind co-ordinates the learning mentor programme.

Ahmed Omar works with secondary school children in Battersea and runs an after-school study group for boys. Ahmed speaks Somali and specialises in maths and science.

Sophie Roumat has a background in refugee advice & advocacy and ESOL teaching. She matches mentors with newly-arrived unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with minimal English. Sophie speaks French and has an LLB and Masters degree in Law.


Nadine Ballantyne co-ordinates our Homework Clubs and summer activities. Nadine has worked with refugees for over ten years. She has been with Love to Learn for 8 years, and previously set up and ran projects in secondary schools to support newly-arrived pupils and their families with the charity Salusbury WORLD. Nadine studied Psychology and Spanish as well as a Masters in Psychotherapeutic Care with Refugees. She speaks German and Spanish.

Molly Daniel works on our Homework Clubs and summer activities with Nadine