Communication Workshops for hire

Our Team

Talk The Talk firmly believe that oracy is the foundation of literacy

Our Team

Mark Farmer

Mark is Director of Talk The Talk and has been with the charity since 2016. He has twenty years’ experience in business, logistics and event management. Mark also supports schools across England and Wales with their Talk The Talk programmes as well as developing relationships with funding partners.

Richard Edkins
Schools Liaison Director

Richard has worked within the education sector since 2009, both within UK schools as a qualified teacher and also for an international education company and UK awarding body. Richard supports multi-academy trusts, non-school organisations and partners with their Talk The Talk programmes as well as supporting our fundraising strategy.

June Horton

June manages all our bookings, trainers and finances for Talk The Talk. Prior to working with us, she has worked within administration and human resources for Marie Curie Cancer Care, English Churches Housing Group and Merit Direct.

Sally Rhydderch
Programme Administrator

Sally manages the programme bookings for Talk The Talk. Having spent much of her later childhood abroad, she has remained in Herefordshire since returning and has experience of working in the areas of HR, Event Management and Marketing. Before joining Talk The Talk, Sally worked for a leadership development company, The Leadership Trust and also Wyvern Business Systems.

Chloe Hayman
School Liaison Advisor

Chloe manages our social media pages and liaises with schools before and after the delivery of workshops. Before joining Talk The Talk, Chloe lived and worked in South Wales while completing an MSc in Forensic Psychology and returned to Gloucestershire after graduating in 2022.

Olivia Adjei-Grant
School Liaison Advisor

Olivia supports schools with their workshop bookings by ensuring they have all the information they need to prepare for the day, whilst also producing their workshop impact report. Olivia previously worked in Early Years, running the day to day operations of a nursery and she lives in Hereford with her husband and two children.

Trudy Petrow
School Liaison Advisor

Trudy liaises with the schools before and after the delivery of the workshops. Before joining Talk The Talk, Trudy was working for an Estate Agency. She has many years of experience working in sales and business management. Trudy was previously living abroad before resettling in Hereford with her family.

Lei Cooper
School Liaison Advisor

Lei liaises with the schools before and after the delivery of the workshops. Before joining the Talk The Talk team, Lei was a school teacher for ten years and worked in customer service before this. Lei lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband, daughter and her dog.

“Wow! Yet another outstanding day delivered by Talk The Talk. Never tire of seeing these confident young adults standing up and talking about something that matters to them!”

Our Lady & St John Catholic College,

“A well delivered session that has visibly improved my tutor group’s confidence. Students went home buzzing at the end of their first day at school. We have booked the sessions again for next year.”

Dorcan Academy,

“Have to say, if anyone had told me at the start of the day, that the students would produce speeches of the quality they did, just five hours later, I’d have said they were delusional…! Phenomenal results!”

Langley Grammar School,

“Lovely manner with the students, building their confidence and resilience effectively. Students engaged in all activities and a positive learning environment throughout.”

Newall Green High School,

“The training was perfectly pitched for the age of our students and it enabled all students to progress significantly with their ability to construct and present to an audience effectively. Everyone from the most confident through to the most anxious absolutely thrived.”

Glenmoor and Winton Academies,

“Students are highly engaged and are learning a lot of good skills. Pace is good and the sessions progress well. The trainer is obviously vastly experienced with training school children. Excellent!”

Prendergast Ladywell School,

“The CPD delivered was outstanding. Many teachers felt it was one of the best inset days we’ve had and they feel great motivation as a result of the tips and guidance.”

Ladybridge High School,