ALM Trustees 2017/18

Chairperson – David Kaye (UK)

David KayeDavid is currently Chair of Trustees. He has contributed to ALM in many ways since 1995; he was previously the Secretary and has been part of the organising committee and co-editor of the proceedings for two international conferences.  He works in adult numeracy professional development, which is supported by substantial experience in teaching adult numeracy in a further education college in London. Prior to this career in education he was in local government. David has a deep and sustained interest in the history of mathematics and in particular the development of using the history of mathematics in adult numeracy and in teacher training. He has an MA in Education and a BA in the history and philosophy of science and technology. Both are from the Open University achieved whilst working full time. He is also a director of the education consultancy Learning Unlimited Ltd.

Trustee and Secretary  – Beth Kelly (UK)


Beth is a practitioner teacher trainer at University College Institute of Education, London and a researcher, recently achieving her Professional Doctorate (2017) into motivation to learn mathematics in the workplace through trade unions. Exploring the influence of context, social groups and emotions on motivation. Beth has extensive experience teaching Mathematics and Numeracy in Further Education as well as developing national qualifications for a UK awarding body. She uses her experience outside education working with the NHS, local government and trade unions to inform her teaching and research. She is also a founder member of Learning Unlimited Ltd., an education consultancy, where she has been involved in a number of national and international projects developing numeracy skills in a variety of contexts including IT, Finance, Science, Prisons and, excitingly, teacher training in Bangladesh.

Trustee and Treasurer – Graham Griffiths (UK)

GrahamGraham Griffiths works for the Institute of Education, University of London, and is a founding director of the education consultancy Learning Unlimited Ltd. Graham began his teaching career at Northampton College of Further Education before moving to London in 1991, teaching at Kingsway College (now part of Westminster-Kingsway) and City and East London College (now part of City and Islington College). Graham became a full-time curriculum manager at City and Islington College, and from 2003 to 2011 worked in the professional development of adult numeracy teachers at LLU+ at London South Bank University.

Membership Secretary – John Keogh (Ireland)


Dr John J. Keogh. The Institute of Technology Tallaght, Dublin 24, Ireland. After a career in the shipping industry spanning 30 years, John embraced a long yearned-for opportunity to study at 3rd level by distance learning. Having completed a degree in ICT, he began research into workplace mathematics under the supervision of Theresa Maguire and John O’Donoghue. John was awarded his PhD in 2013.

Trustee –  Jeff Evans (London, UK)

Jeff Evans is Emeritus Reader in Adults’ Mathematical Learning in the School of Science & Technology, at Middlesex University, London. Over the course of his career he has taught mathematics, applied statistics and research methods to mainly adult students within a variety of degree and diploma specialisations. He has also researched and written on a number of topics related to adult mathematics education:  mathematical thinking and emotion; the contexts of numerate thinking; images of mathematics in popular culture. He is particularly interested in demystifying statistical results, and encouraging a confident and critical reading of the findings of international educational surveys. Some of his critical methodological work has been done with colleagues in the Radical Statistics Group. He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals, including Adults Learning Mathematics: an International Journal.

Trustee – Lynda Ginsburg (USA)

Lynda Ginsburg works as a researcher and developer at Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey, USA.
She is also a board member of the USA sister organisation: Adult Numeracy Network


Trustee – Kees Hoogland (The Netherlands)

Kees pictureKees Hoogland is an associate professor Didactics of Numeracy and Mathematics in Vocational Education at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands.  Kees studied pure mathematics at the University of Leiden, graduating in 1988 with specialisations in didactics of mathematics and educational sciences. In 2016 he obtained his PhD from Technical University Eindhoven on research in representation of mathematical contextual problems.  From 1984 he worked in mathematics education, as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, textbook author and journal editor. From 1998 to 2015 he worked at APS, National Institute for School Development, as in-service teacher educator, coach, advisor, international educational consultant on mathematics education, with a special interest in mathematical literacy and numeracy, and CEO. He was active as consultant in Belarus, Dutch Antilles, Greece, Indonesia, South Africa, and Surinam. Additionally, he is the designer and co-developer of state-of-the-art blended learning materials in the domain of (young) adult numeracy: ffLerenRekenen. Currently he is member of the Numeracy Expert Group for the second cycle of PIAAC.

Trustee – Linda Jarlskog (Sweden)

Linda Jarlskog pictureLinda Jarlskog,, is an adult educator in mathematics, physics and chemistry. Her current workplace is Komvux, Lund, located in southern Sweden. Her interest in teaching maths has grown stronger with the years. Before Linda went on to teach she devoted herself to solid state physics. In addition to teaching Linda writes her first textbook in mathematics. The teaching material is aimed toward adult learners with a foreign first language studying basic math. In addition to her interest in teaching mathematics Linda dedicates a lot to art.

Trustee – Marc Jorgensen (USA)

Marcus “Marc” Jorgensen is an Associate Professor of Developmental Mathematics at Utah Valley University where he has taught since 2007. After several years of teaching tertiary-preparation courses, he currently specializes in teaching a required course in quantitative reasoning for non-STEM majors. His research interests include curriculum design for first-year university students. This includes teaching students to detect numerical deception in claims by politicians. Marc’s first career was as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. But, he has long had an interest in adult mathematics education having taught the mathematics portion of an after-hours high school equivalency program on his first shipboard assignment. After heading to civilian life, Marc has served as Dean of Computing, Mathematics, and Science at a community college and as Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at his current institution.

Trustee – Linda Larsson (Sweden)

Linda Larsson works as a mathematics teacher in a municipal adult education school in Sundsvall. She is also a licensed teacher in biology and science but now teaches mathematics in the basic level which she really likes. Beside her work she is also engaged in the Red Cross as a coordinator in a local emergency preparedness group.

Honorary Trustees

  • Prof Diana Coben, National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults and University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Dr Gail FitzSimons, Melbourne University, Australia
  • Dr Marj Horne, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Lisbeth Lindberg, Göteborg University, Sweden
  • Prof Juergen Maasz, University of Linz, Austria
  • Prof John O’Donoghue, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Dr Katherine Safford-Ramus, Saint Peter’s College, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Dr Alison Tomlin, King’s College London, UK
  • Dr Mieke van Groenestijn, Utrecht University of Professional Education, Utrecht,
    The Netherlands