Find out who sits on our Executive Committee and sub-committees. You can also see brief bios of those who are not on the NALDIC Executive.
NALDIC is led by the Executive Committee, which is made up of its nine membership-elected trustees and directors, supported by co-optees.
Victoria Murphy (Chair)
Hamish Chalmers (Vice-Chair; Editor, ealjournal.org & NALDIC Pulse)
Robert Sharples (Vice-Chair)
Nandhaka Pieris (Secretary)
Paul Butcher (Treasurer)
Naomi Flynn (Chair of Events Committee)
Yvonne Foley (Training Lead)
Constant Leung (Chair of Publications Committee)
Christina Richardson (Editor, EAL Journal)
Tracey Costley (Conference Chair)
Dianne Excell (RIGs & SIGs Coordinator)
Lisa-Maria Müller (Chair of Business Development Committee)
Sally Zacharias (Membership)
Elizabeth Chilton (Publications)
Elizabeth is Lecturer in Language, Literacies and Education in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She is Director of the MEd Bilingualism in Education programme, and teaches on the MSc TESOL Education and MA Education programmes, as well as supervising dissertation and doctoral students. She is a member of the Mosaic Group for Research on Mulitilingualism.
Before moving to work in higher education, Elizabeth was employed as a lecturer and manager in further education, working in the fields of adult literacy, ESOL, and learning support. Elizabeth’s research interests include multilingual and multimodal language and literacy practices, academic literacies, the interrelationship between ideologies, social interactions and texts in multilingual and monolingual contexts, and creative methods of inquiry.
Elizabeth is a member of NALDIC’s Publications Committee, and was previously a member of the Events Committee. Since June 2020 she has been deputy editor of the EAL Journal.
Rosa Kwok (Events)
Rosa has supported the English proficiency development of bilingual students over the past decade. Across different roles, She is involved in enhancing the English proficiency level of bilingual speakers in primary, secondary and higher education settings.
She works as a research fellow at the University College London Institute of Education. Her research focuses on the interface between cognitive development and language impairment.
She has published in psycholinguistics and developmental psychology journals on the area of utilizing the bilingual speakers’ first language to scaffold their second language development.
Her current research focuses on the feasibility and efficacy of a computer-based intervention aimed at monolingual and bilingual children with poor reading comprehension ability. The end goal is to enhance the quality of life for children with language and reading problems.
Diane Leedham (Events)
Diane is an independent education consultant, trainer and writer with 30 years’ experience in teaching, teacher development/training and subject/school leadership cross phase EYFS to KS5.
She has mainstream subject teaching specialisms in English/ English Literature/Media Studies along with specialist knowledge and expertise in Multilingualism, Language and Literacy development, Family Literacy, Equalities and Cultural Competence and EAL strategies/ leadership.
Her professional roles include Head of English, whole school Literacy Lead, LA English/Literacy Consultant and EAL Advisory Team Leader.
She has a successful track record of raising achievement, both directly and indirectly and developing creative, research informed pedagogy which supports learner agency and progress.
Vicky Macleroy (Publications)
Vicky Macleroy is a Reader in Education, Head of the Research Centre for Language, Culture and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London and Coordinator for the MA Children’s Literature: Creative Writing Pathway. Her work focuses on: language development and multilingualism; creative writing practices and poetry; multiliteracies and digital storytelling; and transformative pedagogy. Underpinning her research is a commitment to research methodologies that embrace collaborative and creative ways of researching. Vicky is co-director with Jim Anderson of an international literacy project ‘Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling’ (2012-ongoing) that uses digital storytelling to support engagement with language learning and digital literacy.
Frank Monaghan (Publications)
He has run workshops and been a keynote speaker on a variety of topics, including EAL and phonics, literacy across the curriculum, language and mathematics; and EAL assessment. Before joining the OU, he had worked for twenty years as an EAL and mainstream English teacher in a large, multilingual comprehensive school in central London.
Paul Nancarrow (Publications)
Paul is an English Teacher and Associate Lecturer for the Open University. He has been EAL Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator and held other positions in a South London School. Currently he teaches English in a school in North London which has a number of international students. He is deputy Editor of NALDIC’s EAL Journal and writes regularly for the journal.
He is interested in linguistic diversity, linguistic and cultural barriers to accessing education and the value of cultural capital acquired through education. He holds Masters and a number of postgraduate qualifications in EAL, Literacy and Literature.
Manny Vazquez (Publications)