‘The facilitator doesn’t need to steer the ship, just be the lighthouse.’

Nellie - Manager

Nellie – Manager

Nellie Garthwaite – Manager

Nellie is the Manager of the programme region wide. She enjoys meeting the people who come into the programme. Each day is a new day with rewards, challenges to be met and great people all enhancing the changing and collaborative environment in which we do business.

Nellie is involved in the wider community in many ways. Since starting in the position in 1996 the programme has grown many times over.

Averil - Community Coordinator

Averil – Community Coordinator

Averil Mawdsley – Community Co-ordinator

Averil has been with programme since 1997. She started as the office assistant and because of her experience is now the Community Coordinator.

She meets, assesses, and matches students with tutors and ensures a good learning environment for all. She enjoys the challenges of the changing environment in which we work.

Lilian- Finance Admin

Lilian- Finance Admin

Lilian Spriggs – Finance Admin

Lilian looks after the money. She pays the bills, pays the staff and keeps the paper work in logical order and accounted for.

She has been with the programme four years. Lilian enjoys being involved in many community organisations.

Noreen McLouglin - Database Admin, Workplace and Professional Development

Noreen McLouglin – Database Admin, Workplace and Professional Development

Noreen McLouglin – Database Admin, Workplace and Professional Development

It is a privilege for me to join the team at Southern Adult Literacy. I embrace the varied challenges this role offers with enthusiasm. I have a passion for sharing and acquiring knowledge and am committed to life long learning. I look forward to getting to know you all better and working alongside you to support the achievement of your professional development goals.


We have 50 tutors region wide. They are a diverse, and community focused group who enjoy the work that they do and are constantly rising to the challenge of learning something new. E.g the retired lady learning about motors and how they function through tutoring a MITO apprentice, or the intricacies of plumbing or aluminum windows, Pet care, elderly caregiving and much, much more.

The adaptably and innovative practices they employ to assist their students is amazing and very much appreciated by all.