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Dara Than

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Dara joined Real Action in April 2012 as a volunteer accountant and became Finance Manager in November 2012. He is responsible for and has oversight over all aspects of the day-to-day management of the charity’s finance function. Prior to joining Real Action, he worked as student ambassador while studying for his degrees. Dara held a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Anglia Ruskin University and MSc in International Money, Finance, and Investment from Durham University. He is currently studying toward a CIMA qualification.

Dara says: “Working at Real Action gave me the opportunity to put my skills into practice, gaining valuable work experience, while at the same time helping the community through the charitable work”.

Lucy Brown

Lucy Brown

Lucy started working for Real Action; helping with administration at The Learning Store in 2014.

Lucy says: “One of my friends who works here recommended me for the position due to the fact that I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English.  Working here has been a wonderful experience.  It’s my first time working for a charity and working in an office environment and I have learned such a lot since I started.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity to expand my skills and to work for such a worthwhile charity”.

Marilza Da Silva

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Marilza sent her CV to Real Action in Spring 2014, after being informed by word of mouth of a vacancy to help administer ‘English Express’ (RA’s English as a second language school).

Marilza says: “Katie Ivens interviewed me and I quickly realised her passion for education. I was impressed and thought that I really wanted to join the organisation. I’ve now been working for Real Action for the past 14 months and I really enjoy it.  No day is the same and I am constantly learning new things.  This coupled with the chance to meet new people every day has made me grow as a person and has developed my existing skills”.

Zane Hannan

Zane Hannan

Zane is from South Africa and joined Real Action to manage our ‘English Express’ English School in early Spring 2015.

At the start of his career, Zane acted in South African theatre for many years, then ran a seminary for a while. After that he managed an optometrist’s. He then studied to teach English as a foreign language. Zane moved to London and went on to teach English as a second language for several years.

Zane says: “After teaching adults for so long, I wanted to teach different types of students, and so I came to Real Action. I was also drawn to working with a charity teaching literacy to deprived children. I strongly believe in the power of literacy, and it’s very fulfilling seeing new worlds open up to children as they learn to read. This is probably the most satisfying part of my job”.

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