These are the people behind GOALS4Life.
Honorary Vice President
Karen is a highly qualified and experienced educator with over 20 years’ experience in the UK and overseas, ranging from Early Years to adults, in the private and state sector. She has had varied and extensive responsibilities including: Executive Manager, Head Teacher, Deputy, Coordinator, Class teacher, SENCO. She has been a whole school coordinator for: Inclusion, behaviour, EAL, assessment, PSHE, safeguarding, RE, attendance. She was Resources and Communications Manager at The National Centre for Language and Literacy before taking up the position of Learning Hub Director at the Institute of Education, University of Reading. As well as being a Director of GOALS4Life, she is also a Director of Specialkidz which aims to promote the education of children and young people with a variety of disabilities and/or difficulties for the purpose of enabling them to learn, appreciate and enjoy the skill of communication through the use of technology.
Honorary Vice President
Sandie Lee is a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor. She has spent the last 25 years working in Academia for University College of Estate Management, a leading online University in the Property and Construction sector.
Prior to joining the College Sandie gained her first degree in Quantity Surveying and a Masters’ Degree in Construction Management. She has worked in Private Practice in the traditional quantity surveyors’ role on a wide range of projects, gaining experience in dealing with clients and contractors from inception through to the completion of projects.
Sandie took great pleasure in encouraging and supporting students to gain a professional qualification and further their careers. She continues to work as an External Examiner for Northumbria University and on the Accreditation Panel of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Chair of Directors
Throughout his 50 years of involvement in teaching and learning, Ken has developed a particular expertise in deafness and special educational needs, due in part, to having a deaf daughter. He has been highly entrepreneurial helping to set up a number of charitable companies/companies limited by guarantee, namely: Deafax,(incorporating Deafchild UK & Deafchild International); Breakthrough (deaf/hearing) Integration Trust (now DeafPlus), FYD, AACT; DisabledChild-India; Specialkidz; Deaf Aspirations; Decibels; Ability2Access (previously Inclusive Environments); EASiTEC; and DSFF. GOALS4Life which is an Academy for Virtual Education, Research & Inclusive Learning is Ken’s latest venture. The concept of GOALS4Life is that, as it matures, it will become a ‘Centre of Excellence’; and in this regard can build upon its partnerships with other ICT Charitable Companies, the University of Reading, other Universities worldwide and the IT and Telecommunications Industry to develop online inclusive learning through social, educational, interactive/communications training and employment opportunities operating locally, regionally, nationally and internationally...
Director of GOALS4Life
Stephen was born in Maidenhead and after completing his education in the County of Berkshire, he spent his first 10 years in the retail industry, and then decided to move into the financial services industry. He has continued in this industry ever since, and now has his own extremely successful financial services company, Stephen Spires Financial Services Ltd. The Company is actively involved with investment planning, pension planning, life assurance, protection and mortgage arrangement. He currently has around 500 clients who are serviced on a regular basis. Investment planning is arranged on a medium to long term basis, and over the last decade he has successfully increased his clients’ money substantially. As he is a Trustee/Director & Treasurer of Ability2Access (formerly named Inclusive Environments) which is a charitable company, he was delighted to be asked to be a Director of GOALS4Life (Academy for Virtual Education Research & Inclusive Learning) as his financial planning & overall business experience will be of considerable value to this innovative online learning initiative. His leisure time is spent playing golf, going to the gym, fishing and travelling (when time allows).
Lead on Education
Director of Make it Yours
As a father of two amazing boys, Ex special school headteacher and IT support manager, his life has been focused around providing the best possible ‘Service of Care’ for those around him. He has worked in a variety of settings and scenarios and believes absolutely that education is about supporting individuals to learn how to be resilient, caring, independent and happy. It is imperative that we support the most vulnerable in society to achieve this. Make it Yours is the next step on this journey.
As a graduate, I ran post sales hardware support call centre for international IT company for a number of years. At the age of 25 I decided a change of career was what I wanted and became a teacher. I have taught in mainstream, run pupil referral units for excluded children, run an education centre, been part of the leadership team of the first special school in the country to be awarded TES school of the year and became Head Teacher of a special school in Gloucestershire for boys with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, turning the school around from failing to thriving. I am a father of two young boys and an avid rugby follower and cyclist.
Dr Luis Pereira
Advisor of GOALS4Life
Luis started his career as a Secondary Teacher employed by the Portuguese Ministry of Education.He later became a Ph.D researcher at the University of Minho with his subject area being the European Union’s Digital Literacy policies.On completing his doctorate, he came to the UK and became a Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading and a tutor at the Oxford University Language Centre.He later moved to Coventry University as a Learning Technologist and recently became a Senior Lecturer in Education and Digital Literacies.Even though extremely busy,he has agreed to act as an Adviser for GOALS4Life especially as part of its online learning will be educating individuals and groups of people who are disadvantaged and have a variety of disabilities.
Since February 2916, Riccardo Mancuso has been skilfully developing and leading the implementation of a strategy to shape future business opportunities for Decibels and GOALS4LIFE (Global Online Assisted Learning & Support). He is continuing to develop a comprehensive 5-year business plan comprising both transactional & transformational elements to ensure stakeholder buy-in and establish a robust & transparent governance model. He has over 15 years of experience in a blue chip environment, providing a broad, strong foundation of best practice solutions to tackle operational challenges. Riccardo works with a strong sense of urgency to achieve quality results, quickly. Outside of work, Riccardo loves to explore and discover new things. His camera follows him wherever he goes and his computer boasts a decade of photos of architecture, people and cultures.