• The We Speak team

    We Speak Founder and CEO - Laura North

    Laura North

    Founder and CEO

    Laura has a long-standing fear of speaking in front of groups and feels passionately about removing this barrier for others.


    She has been developing speaking confidence with young people and professionals for almost ten years. She was awarded a Fellowship at the University of the Arts London to research how to improve speaking confidence and won a Teaching Award.


    Laura developed We Speak with the support of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Teach First Innovation Series and Cambridge Social Ventures. We Speak was a winner of Investec Beyond Business (2019), UnLtd Award (2021) and NatWest Star of the Future Award (2022).


    "I've been terrified of speaking in front of groups for most of my life. I've come on a big personal journey with We Speak. I'm on a mission to remove this barrier, particularly for young people."

    We Speak Training Lead - Patsy Isles

    Patsy Isles

    Training Lead

    Patsy is a media skills trainer and has worked with major corporate companies such such as Metrobank and Thames Water.


    She's also got years of experience delivering speaking confidence workshops in education and to university students across the UK, including Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Queen Mary's University, Middlesex University and Plymouth University.


    Patsy works with We Speak to train the Student Facilitators, and delivers workshops for our university and corporate partners.


    She also leads the programme of one-to-one coaching for professionals.

    We Speak Programme Manager - Sydney


    Programme Manager

    Sydney is a fashion designer. She completed her degree in Fashion Design at the University of East London, after studying business in Chicago.


    She was one of the first facilitators on the We Speak programme and started to help out behind the scenes doing project management.


    An UnLtd Award made it possible for us to bring on a Programme Manager, and Sydney had all the right qualities and skills.


    Since then she's led on running programmes, managing facilitators and organising operations to help We Speak run smoothly and grow.


    "I enjoy being part of an experience that helps young people to find their authentic voice.


    I understand now that the only reason I ever felt confident being in front of crowds was because I had already found my own voice.”

  • Facilitators and producers

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Vashtita


    Lead Facilitator

    Vashtita works for We Speak delivering workshops and programmes to young people, and supporting corporate Mentor training.

    "I have developed a confidence for speaking in front of an audience and it’s something that I also thoroughly enjoy.

    It is an honour to be able to encourage, edify and inspire greatness in people and especially those who lack confidence, just through words."

    We Speak Facilitator - Aisha


    Lead Facilitator

    Aisha is a recent graduate of Liverpool University, and is studying Law at the University of Law.


    “I recently completed the We Speak programme and it was the best programme I had ever joined in terms of it actually helping with building confidence!


    I'm really pleased to have now joined the team as a Facilitator."


    We Speak Facilitator - Shereese


    Lead Facilitator

    Shereese studies Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

    “One of the most beautiful things about being a facilitator is developing a young person's confidence and passions. 
    I have been on the We Speak programme and have experienced how it helps people regain their confidence. 
    I look forward to helping empower young people to do great things.” 
  • We Speak Facilitator - Fazira


    Lead Facilitator

    Fazira studies Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London.


    "Joining the We Speak program has really helped with my confidence and self esteem.


    I really look forward to helping young people find the courage and confidence to speak in front of an audience."

    We Speak Producer - Sundus


    Lead Producer

    Sundus is studying Computer Science at Goldsmiths, University of London


    “I believe everyone has the ability to do anything, even if it is nerve-racking."


    Having benefited from being a part of the We Speak programme, I look forward to helping others develop their confidence from within.

    We Speak Facilitator - Lalita


    Lead Facilitator

    Leah graduated from the Royal Holloway University of London with an MA in Creative Writing.


    “There is this sensation of thrill that comes over me before public speaking; it's the kind of thrill that anxiety can't beat.


    I’m looking forward to working with We Speak, and helping to spread confidence to young people that are passionate about speaking.”

    We Speak Producer - Charday



    Charday studies Economics and Finance at the University of Sussex.


    “I am very anxious talking in front of people, especially when I don’t have a script to read off. The programme definitely increased my confidence in speaking in front of an audience.


    Confidence is an issue that many people struggle with so I’m looking forward to working with We Speak and helping people that are in the same position I have been in.”

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Ilaria


    Lead Facilitator

    Ilaria recently graduated from the University of Westminster, studying English Literature.


    “Low self-esteem and shyness have always accompanied me in my life experiences. WeSpeak taught me that when it comes to speaking in public we’re all in the same boat.


    My passion is to represent and help students reach their potential and being a We Speak facilitator allows me to encourage and inspire young people to make the most of their abilities.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Noshin



    Noshin is a recent graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London. They studied Computer Science.


    “I used to feel anxious and nervous speaking in front of a group. After the We Speak programme, I started to feel more confident, and that allowed me to freely speak on topics I was passionate about.


    I now feel better prepared and excited about speaking in front of people.”

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Salem


    Lead Facilitator

    Salem is currently studying English with Creative Writing at Queen Mary University of London.


    “Before I speak in front of an audience, I usually feel a mix of anticipation and excitement which is replaced by relief and delight once I begin.


    I'm excited to work with We Speak because it is a brilliant way of helping other young people who have been in the same position as me to develop their skills and I will be able to contribute in creating the same supportive environment that I experienced on the programme.”

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Desire


    Lead Facilitator

    Desire recently graduated from MA User Experience Design at the University of the Arts London.


    “Thanks to the We Speak programme, I have greatly increased my confidence and enthusiasm when speaking in front of large groups. The mentors were excellent at providing guidance.


    I'm looking forward to working in a team that encourages and motivates other young people to reach their full potential and be the best they can be.”

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Giulia


    Lead Facilitator

    Giulia is a recent graduate of Experimental Linguistics at UCL.


    “My favourite thing about the WeSpeak programme is seeing students develop these skills and become more comfortable speaking in front of people

    I enjoy public speaking and think it's a great way to show my passion/interest in a given subject or topic.


    I want to help others feel more confident in their abilities and teach them ways to overcome the fear of speaking in front of a big audience. ”

    We Speak Lead Facilitator - Melissa


    Lead Facilitator

    Melissa studies Medicine at UCL.


    “I enjoyed the informal nature of the programme and I’m getting more confident speaking in front of an audience


    I think public speaking is such an important skill to have in life and I want to create a safe and fun environment for others to develop this skill.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Hannah



    Hannah is currently completing an MA in Black British Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London.


    “What I loved most about the We Speak programme was the way that each week built upon what was learnt previously, so there was always a feeling of progression.

    I want to work with young people who lack speaking confidence because I know that these are the people who can make the biggest impact in the world if they could say what they thought with confidence.

    We Speak Facilitator - Natalie



    Natalie is a student at London College of Fashion. She is currently studying Fashion Design and Development.


    “I used to be very shy and start to panic whenever I spoke in front of people, but after the We Speak course I’ve felt so much more confident talking in front of others.


    Everyone on the programme was so lovely and positive and it really helped boost my confidence.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Norah



    Norah currently studies Bioveterinary Sciences at the Royal Veterinary College.


    “I enjoyed the friendliness of all the mentors and facilitators.


    I’m looking forward to working with We Speak as it will be nice to see the progress of people over the programme, similar to how I saw the facilitators be fully invested and supportive when I completed the programme.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Angelique



    Angelique graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Black British Writing.


    My confidence in speaking has improved a lot since being on the We Speak programme.


    It will be great to work with We Speak and support other students in the way I was supported. The testament to the programme's result is my even being able to consider contributing as a facilitator. I would never have considered this before.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Carla



    Carla is studying for an MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.


    “Thanks to the We Speak programme, I am learning to speak with confidence and conviction!


    I am so excited to work with We Speak as I have experienced first hand the incredible work that they do and how the programme has the ability to transform people's speaking ability and confidence.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Jahnavi



    Jahnavi currently studies Veterinary Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College.


    “The WeSpeak course has taught me some useful techniques that have made the idea of public speaking much less scary!


    I feel less anxious about speaking in front of an audience than I used to - it really helps remembering that your audience is rooting for you!”

    We Speak Facilitator - Eve



    Eve studies Childhood and Youth Studies at the University of Sussex.


    “I always have butterflies before speaking in front of an audience but now I also have a sense of pride and am excited to pass on knowledge and skills I can share!


    I'm excited to be working within the We Speak team to provide that empowering environment that I experienced to help people find their voices.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Baveena



    Baveena is studying Medicine at King’s College London.


    “My confidence in speaking in front of people has definitely grown through the We Speak programme.


    There are so many people out there with amazing thoughts and ideas who just haven't got the confidence to convey them. They could have the exact solutions we've been searching for, or the next innovations that we've been waiting for, but we will never know unless we help them find their voice.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Elif



    Elif recently graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with an MA in Digital Media.


    “As a person living abroad, I know what kind of difficulties you may face if the language spoken in the country you are visiting is not your mother tongue.


    I’m looking forward to working with We Speak and students lacking confidence, to help their university life be much more productive and enjoyable.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Lalita



    Habiiba studies Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.


    “I struggled with speaking confidently for a very long time so I would love to provide the help I was given to students who are in the same boat as I was.


    I really enjoyed how encouraging the programme environment was. After the first session I felt as if I had the space to improve as well as make mistakes.”

    We Speak Facilitator - Afra



    Afra is a recent graduate from Bayes Business School, studying Investment and Financial Risk Management.


    “As a young person who lacked speaking with confidence myself, I really would like to help others overcome this problem.


    I believe that every individual has something unique to offer and should be given a level playing field to showcase their thoughts and ideas.”

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