Our Staff


Nicky Jowitt, Centre Manager

Has 20 years experience of working at MaTReC and has been employed in various job roles with a wide range of responsibilities during this time. Her previous roles include Development Worker and Internal Verifier. Nicky’s specialist subjects are finance, employability and child development. She has considerable experience of teaching Bookkeeping, Accounting, Payroll, Personal Budgeting, Administration, Child Development and Employability, in addition to, working in administration and finance on a number of different funding projects. She is qualified to graduate level and holds a degree in Education, Culture and Childhood Studies and Certificate in Education, plus TAQA qualifications.


Kay Catling, Building & Communications Officer

Has vast experience of working within a community setting, networking and developing strong partnerships to provide and support adult learning. Kay joined MaTReC in 2013 originally in the role of Learning Champion and changed roles to Communications Officer at the start of 2016 academic year where she married up her expertise in two key areas. As a Learning Champion of 7 years, she organised adult training courses hosting them in local venues and using local childcare providers to help break down barriers to learners.  Kay developed her experience in the reception and admin role, working in a range of environments, educational and commercial. She gained extensive knowledge in customer service during her 17 years in retail at John Lewis Partnership in Sheffield. In 2010, Kay, enrolled and successfully completed a level 3 tutor training course at MaTReC, Functional Skills English Level 2, Business Admin Level 2 and currently studying Level 3.


John Pratt, Senior Tutor, GCSE & Functional Skills Maths Specialist Tutor

Over thirty years’ experience managing and teaching within the lifelong learning sector, working with adults in a variety of contexts and settings: employability and personal development, secure establishment, ABE, Access to HE, Key and Functional Skills English, maths and ICT. Cross-county staff development and training (East Midlands). Former staff member of Lincoln College Board of Corporation serving on Audit Committee.


Sarah Walsh, Functional Skills English Tutor

Qualifications include the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and a first class honors degree in French and Psychology from the University of Glasgow. She has almost 15 years of teaching experience, which includes teaching general and business English within companies and has also taught international students at the University of Sheffield. More recently, she has worked with ESOL learners at The Sheffield College and has been teaching functional skills at Matrec for over a year. Sarah is currently studying for the Cambridge Delta English teaching qualification and intends to undertake a Dyslexia Guild certificate later this year.


Haley Mears, Dyslexia Support Tutor

Haley Mears is new to adult and community education. She is a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and holds an Honours degree in Primary Education with Mathematics. After completing her training as an NQT Haley had some time away from full-time teaching, working as a Quality Manager but still kept a keen interest in education taking on the role of private tutor on a one-to-one basis. She also volunteered at a local Primary School in Year 2. At MaTReC she is currently working as part of the Dyslexia Project team.


Samantha Nicholson, Finance Officer

A former learner, volunteer and employee of MaTReC. Samantha’s association with MaTReC began 11 years’ ago when she enrolled as a learner on Bookkeeping courses and as she progressed opted to become a volunteer, supporting learners on Bookkeeping courses. When the position of Finance Worker became available Samantha was successful and became a member of staff.  In 2015 Samantha successfully completed and gained her Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification and in April 2016 became the treasurer of the Sheffield AAT branch.  She achieved a BA Hons Open Degree from the Open University in 2016 and is currently studying for her Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) qualification.