At the Latin Programme we value the individuality, diversity and creativity of all the people we work with and strive to develop a culture where everyone can have a voice and fulfil their potential.
Our team is made up of core directors who work part-time to develop, finance, and coordinate the Programme and a wider team of part-time teachers based in schools across London. In order to keep overheads low, we have no permanent office space but work from home, in schools, and at the Camden Collective workspace hub in the heart of Camden Town.
JONATHAN GODDARD -
TEACHING AND LEARNING DIRECTOR
Jonathan is one of the longest standing members of the Latin Programme team with many years of experience teaching in classrooms across London and shaping the Programme into what it is today. Promoted to Teaching and Learning Director in 2017, Jonathan leads our team of teachers and is responsible for training, mentoring, and developing resources. He has recently developed two interactive textbooks for iPad for use in the classroom and is contributing to creative projects.
DR TIM SMITH-LAING - TEACHER
Tim joined the Latin Programme as a teacher at the beginning of 2018 and teaches at two primary schools in Westminster. The rest of the time Tim works as a freelance journalist, critic and researcher working for a variety of well-known publications. He has studied Latin since school and holds a DPhil in early modern mythology from Merton College, Oxford.
CHARMIAN BEDFORD - PROGRAMME DIRECTOR (MARKETING & STRATEGY)
Charmian works on a part time basis to manage the finances, marketing and strategy at The Latin Programme as well as project managing our termly storytelling events with schools. She has a close relationship with the schools we work with and brings to the Latin Programme her expertise in music as a professional classical singer.
ALEX MACKEITH - TEACHER
Alex has a BA in Classics and an MPhil in Classical Literature. He specialised in Greek tragedy and poetry of the late Roman Republic. He teaches Latin to Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Central and North London, where he goes by the alternate titles ‘Magister’ or ‘Mr Latin.’ He prefers the latter.
JAMILA ZEBIRI - TEACHER
Jamila joined the team as a teacher in January 2018 teaching in a large primary school in Waltham Forest. She has extensive experience delivering workshops around self esteem to young people in Hackney, Haringey, and Camden and is passionate about bringing her wider skills and passions into her teaching. She is also a professional hip hop artist and is studying for a MA in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birkbeck, University of London.
ZANNA WING-DAVEY -
Zanna studied Classics at King’s College, Cambridge but got her taste for Latin while she attended the fantastic comprehensive Camden School for Girls in North London where Classics (including ancient Greek) is still going strong today. A professionally trained violinist, Zanna also has a background in drama and the visual arts and graduated as a Scholar from the MA Psychology programme at New York University. It was this creative background that helped shape a vision of the charity as a space for creativity, passion and playfulness, an organisation that values and celebrates the individuality of every member of staff and aims to incorporate as much creativity as possible into the way that we teach the Programme.
JACK ASHTON - TEACHER
Jack joined the Latin Programme as a teacher at the end of 2018, and teaches in various schools around the city. Having not encountered Latin formally until his undergraduate degree, he is passionate about making languages (both modern and ancient) accessible to school students from all backgrounds. This enthusiasm for linguistics is something that he brings to his teaching, in order to encourage students to explore London’s amazing linguistic diversity. He also works with several food projects in King’s Cross aiming to bring sustainable gardening and cooking skills to the general public, and volunteers as an ESL teacher for Latin American communities in London.
DR RICHARD GILDER - FOUNDER
Dr. Richard Gilder III received his MA in Classics from the Graduate Center of CUNY and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written two innovative Latin textbooks designed for the beginning and intermediate Latin student of any age: Via Facilis: Mastering Latin and Understanding Language and Via Non Difficilior: Deepening Our Mastery of Latin and Understanding of Language.
Rebecca trained and practised as a company law solicitor at Freshfields in London before moving into legal publishing for many years. More recently, she has been involved in the charity/educational sector both as a governor of a secondary school, trustee of a nursery school, trustee of a grant-making foundation and now as a trustee of The Latin Programme.
SIMON CARR - TRUSTEE
Simon has almost 30 years experience teaching Classics at secondary schools in England, 20 of which as Head of Department. He is currently teaching at Sevenoaks School, Kent, having previously taught at Goffs School, Cheshunt, Bath High School and Camden School for Girls. Throughout his career he has sought to promote the teaching of Classics in schools and he has worked with Cambridge University in the training of Classics teachers.
PHILIP MOORE - TREASURER
Philip has over 20 years experience in business, operations and financial management, and currently works in the not-for profit sector, overseeing the administrative management of the national mental health charity, OCD Action.