Meet our Training Partners
Byron Campbell, Lead Trainer – Ministry of Justice training
BSL/English Interpreter, Trainer, Consultant RSLI, FASLI, MVLP
Byron was born and raised in Canada and started interpreting in 1978. He qualified as an ASL interpreter through the RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) in 1980 and then became a trained ASL interpreter assessor.
He moved to the UK in 1983 and after retraining in BSL started working as an interpreter and qualified through CACDP in 1989.
Byron has over 35 years experience working as an interpreter in every domain where interpreters are required. He designed and delivered the interpreter training courses for the RNID for 3 years where he training over 150 people, most of whom went on to become qualified interpreters.
He worked for 30 years as a freelance interpreter and in 2010 joined Sign Solutions as their Head Interpreter. He designed and ran several interpreter training courses for the Sign Solutions training department and still does work for them on a freelance basis.
Byron is also an amateur magician and has enjoyed flying paragliders for the past 9 years.
Mike Unsworth has 20 years of interpreting within the Legal domain. He has worked in all areas of LegalInterpreting including Police; Magistrates Courts; Crown Courts; Coroners Courts; Royal Courts of Justice;The Old Bailey; Immigration and Extradition hearings. Having Interpreted the full spectrum of crime cases, Mike draws on this wealth of experience in his workshops. He has been Head of Interpreting for a leadingnational Interpreting agency and has mentored and supervised a large team of Interpreters.
Michael Peart (BSc Hons, MA, PGCE) is an OCNL qualified manual notetaker with 14 years’ notetaking experience in further, higher and adult education. He holds Level 6 (Signature) in British Sign Language. He adores the arts and fashion, sciences and BSL and currently embarked on his TSLI course.
“I was a PGCE qualified teacher-coordinator, until the closure of City Lit’s OCNL Notetaking programme in 2014. I planned, delivered and assessed OCNL accredited notetaking certificates: ‘Notetaking for Students with Disabilities in Higher Education’ and ‘Electronic Notetaking for Disabled People’ along with colleague Paul Clark.
In my additional capacity as Quality Standards, Notetaking, I monitored and supported professional development amongst notetakers employed by City Lit’s Deaf and Disabled Support service.
I enjoyed the shared experience of establishing Note-Able Notetakers, working with both Mim and Paul. We each have strengths that make the unit and our common cause whole.
We all firmly believe that the text-based support requirements of service users are best met through the provision of trained, qualified professionals. It is with this in mind that Note-able Notetakers aims to provide OCNL accredited notetaker training for individuals and institutions.”
My favourite quote: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Dr Maya Angelou.
“I am an electronic notetaker (ENT). It seemed a sensible progression for me as I had a background in admin, management and supporting deaf and disabled people in education and work. I didn’t want to be an interpreter, and I had touch typing skills, what else do I need?
However, I had not been doing that very long before I realised that there are so few registered notetakers that it is not possible to support everyone who requires support. I took the OCN qualification in London at City Lit, and was taught by Paul Clark and Michael Peart, both of whom are my partners within Note-Able Notetakers. I am passionate about accessible support for people who need it, when they need it, and that has translated to ensuring more people become qualified to make the support happen.
Whilst the three of us teach and assess notetakers, my main income is from electronic notetaking. I am based in Essex and work wherever I can. Much of my work is in London, but I do other work elsewhere, and the occasional conference where my notes are projected (I was once told to do something that scares me every day, and projected live notes are a little down that path).
I am one of nine children and I have two children myself. Both my boys are adults now and working on their respective careers. My husband is incredibly supportive and puts up with my random travelling patterns (sometimes staying away), editing notes whilst watching telly, and my appalling jokes.
I am also the proud owner of two lovely dogs, Basil and Wilf. You might hear them when we have online or telephone tutorials.”
“I ‘fell into’ notetaking after I’d finished my MA in Fine Art (1989!) I’ve been doing it ever since, and I enjoy it very much.
I worked for one institution (City Lit) for 22 years; first as a part-timer, providing support to students across London; then as a full-timer with additional responsibilities as Quality Standards/ Notetaking, and teacher (of notetaking).
I got my teaching qualification in 2011, and I recently qualified as a Counsellor; that’s something I do voluntarily on a weekly basis. Between teaching, notetaking and counselling I make time to pursue photography and spend time with friends and family. My daughter is 12 years old.
We started this training enterprise in 2015, and since then there have been some regulatory changes that require notetakers to be suitably qualified – a good thing, we believe, as it helps ensure people receive a high standard of support.
You’re doing this course because you need to be qualified, and we want to make that happen with you. I’ve been teaching notetaking for more than 10 years now, and with very few exceptions my trainees have achieved their notetaking certificates.
This course requires engagement, commitment and a strategic approach to the assignments. You’ll need guidance from me and my colleagues, and I hope you’ll make use of opportunities for online discussion to ask questions and share answers.
We’re committed to providing ethical, excellent notetaking for people who need it. We want to share with you our experience and expertise, and we want to know about you, too; your skills, knowledge, experiences and interests.
I look forward to working with you all towards your Level three, Open College Network notetaking certificate.”