David Magee: is a state-registered (UK) English language and literacy teacher (QTS, PGCE B.A. (hons), with specialisms in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Workplace Literacy and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). His teaching career has focused on equipping individuals, especially those most at-risk, with the essential functional skills needed to safely and successfully transition into training, employment and independent living. He is also qualified and experienced in the delivery of a wide-range of OSH-related and teacher/trainer courses (MCIEH, grad IFireE, SIIRSM, techIOSH). He is the UK representative on the International Teachers’ Association (www.international-teacher.dk), is assistant head of OSH Africa’s Training and Competency Development Committee (www.osh.africa) and has an involvement with the ISSA’s VisionZero project (www.visionzero.global/profiles-0). He has designed, developed and delivered educational, vocational training and OSH programmes for teachers, trainers and students in Europe, the Middle-East, Asia and Africa. David is the founder of OSH literacy.org and has been advocating for OSH literacy to be recognised and taught as an essential life-skill literacy since his early days (2003) with the UK’s Workplace Basic Skills Unit. OSH literacy.org is the Irish Institutional member on the European Network for Education and Training Occupational Safety & Health (www.enetosh.net). David has written and published numerous academic papers and articles on OSH literacy as well as given presentations on the subject at many international conferences. Prior to retraining as a teacher, he initially trained and worked within the international hospitality sector. For his work in helping so many young and disadvantaged people around the world gain employment within the industry, he was made a Fellow and Ambassador of the Institute of Hospitality (http://www.instituteofhospitality.org ). He has been given several other awards and accolades.
Carlo Ferraris: is a native Londoner with more than 30 years of experience in training London’s multi-cultural inhabitants, especially within the hospitality and construction sectors. Carlo says that over his long career in management and training, he has trained people from every country in the world, each one with varying levels of English language, literacy and learning ability. His areas of expertise are in First-Aid, Occupational Safety & Health, Fire Safety, Train-the-Trainer, Human Factors, Customer Service and Communications and Food Hygiene.
Samlia ‘Sam’ Packam, RN: is a highly-qualified, experienced and internationally respected expert and consultant in nursing and training. Her areas of expertise are in operating-theatre (O.T.) nursing, staff training, Health literacy and communications, First-Aid, CPR and Emergency Response, Hygiene and Infection Control, Allergies, Food-Hygiene, Manual Handling and anything related to healthcare. Sam is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to that, for more than twenty years she worked as a senior O.T. nurse at several of the Middle-East’s major hospitals . She speaks four languages: English, Arabic, Tagalog (Philippines) and her native Chavacano dialect. She is currently learning German. Sam also holds recognised and accredited certification as an International Trainer. As a migrant, Muslim woman, Sam’s areas of special interest are OSH issues relating to migrant workers, especially female Muslims.
Anna Magee: has worked (voluntarily) with OSH literacy for a number of years (initially as a student intern). In particular she has given input and developed lessons to make them more appealing, accessible and fun for young people. She has also assisted with administrative tasks such as preparing and editing Power-Point presentations and correspondences as well as other duties relating to running an educational NGO. She has excellent admininistration, interpersonal and computer skills and has always shown commitment, sympathy and concern relating to educating young people, especially females, who may be less fortunate than herself.
Although still very young, Anna is mature and responsible, yet full of youthful dynamism and great ideas. She has already gained impressive qualifications, skills and experience as an English language and literacy teacher. She has a deep-rooted commitment and enthusiasm to build a career in education. This is not surprising as she comes from a long line of educators. Both her parents and many other family members are English teachers (her uncle is the founder of OSH literacy). She was educated at the prestigious Kent Grammar School for Girls and then obtained her degree in English from the Queen’s University, Belfast (A Russel Group University). During her second year she was accepted onto a CELTA programme with International House. After passing the course, she gained further teaching experience at Belfast’s other main EFL school: The Belfast International Language Academy, where she initially worked as a summer-school teacher. The academy then offered her the opportunity to teach adult evening classes. Despite her heavy work-load, Anna has never refused any work we have asked her to do, nor has she accepted any payment we have offered her, insisting instead that the money should go towards training young girls about health and safety. Having achieved her degree, Anna has now decided that she would like to gain a few years’ overseas English teaching experience prior to undertaking her PGCE. We cannot thank or recommend this intelligent, dedicated, hardworking and charming young English lady and teacher highly enough.
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