Our Team

Meet the folks who make Hear Their Roar happen! All of us, including Megan, are currently volunteers.

The Senior Leadership Team is headed up by Megan the Founder and Director of Hear Their Roar

Megan Tanner

Founder and Director

Megan graduated from Drama College in 2001 and in 2007 along side performing in theatre, TV and film Megan started working as a communication consultant and presenter. 

As a communication consultant Megan has facilitated workshops and presentations in small business to FTSE 100 companies and also in schools up and down the country.

Megan started fostering in 2013 and looks after highly challenging children and adolescents. So far she has fostered 6 teenagers and 3 children and is an advocate in UK fostering. Her advocacy includes: being part of The Fostering Network ‘Keep Connected’ campaign and also being part of their ‘State Of The Nation’ fostering survey by taking part in their podcast, encouraging foster carers to speak out for change. Megan and her supervising social worker have also changed agency policy for foster children’s benefit.

Megan’s training and certificates can be seen here: www.linkedin.com/in/megantanner/ 

Megan’s areas of specialist interest are:

- Childhood and adolescent development

- Equality and children’s rights

- Behaviour and emotional support

- Fostering service and carer support

- Safeguarding and child protection

- Attachment principles

- Abuse and trauma 

To contact Megan - [email protected]

Sue Longmate

Head of HTR UK Schools Department

To contact Sue - [email protected]

Penny Fazackerley

Head of Fundraising

To contact Penny - [email protected]

Victoria Billington

Head of Logistics

To contact Victoria - [email protected]

*** Volunteer International Facilitators ***

We value everyone who comes out on a project. Here are our previous project facilitators

Yianna Karagiannakis

Volunteer Facilitator for Jarjari, The Gambia 2020 project

Yianna earned a BA (Hons) in Music Performance, vocals at the Academy of Contemporary Music, and has since worked at the Academy within Educational support.

Whilst she isn't at ACM, Yianna works as a Buddy two days a week within a Nursery; supporting a young adult with additional needs at work, in preparation for them working independently in the future.

Yianna has been inspired to work supporting people from a young age. Her family fosters and has worked to support vulnerable young people with complex needs.

Working in a nursery has given Yianna lots of experience with very small children and she has also taught choir classes locally to Children of all ages and Adults, in addition to some 1:1 singing and keyboard lessons.

Catherine Lemmon

Volunteer Facilitator for Jarjari, The Gambia 2020 project

Catherine is a theatre practitioner and teacher.

She has a background in acting and performing and over 10 years’ experience as a director.

She enjoys the pastoral and creative side of teaching and has taught a diverse range of primary school aged children in a number of different settings.

With a personal understanding of emotional trauma and counselling, she feels she has a lot to give. She is passionate about the vision of ‘Hear their roar’ and is delighted to be facilitating this trip to the Gambia! 

Irene Moss

Volunteer Facilitator for Kamuli, Uganda 2019 project

Irene trained at Arts Educational, London, gaining a BA (Hons) in Acting. Irene has performed since a young age and during her training taught drama, dance and fitness classes locally.

After some time working professionally, Irene decided to embark on a full-time teaching career. She is founder and principal of ‘Starburst Academy’, which offers performing arts tuition at their Saturday Academy in Watford, after-school clubs and holiday workshops. Irene is also Head of Drama, an English Teacher and a Form Teacher at a girl’s school in Gerrards Cross. Approximately 10 years ago, (or more!), Irene and Megan met whilst teaching for a theatre school.

Alongside her passion for teaching, Irene is an avid reader/writer and has completed an MA in Creative Writing. She has written numerous scripts for workshop productions and has directed and choreographed a number of student productions including Mary Poppins, Bugsy Malone, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book and many more. She is also attempting her first children's book...!

Over the years, Irene has gained experience teaching students from age 3 – 18 as a performing arts teacher and up to age 85 as a fitness instructor.

Rachel Ohman

Volunteer Facilitator for Kamuli, Uganda 2019 project

Rachel is a qualified Occupational Therapist, graduated in 2017 with a previous degree in Drawing and Applied Arts in 2009. Recently working with vulnerable elderly people to establish secure living environments.

Rachel is keenly aware of the benefits of creative arts within therapy and was able to explore this through a recent trip to Latvia earlier this year working with children aged between 4 - 17 from socially damaged backgrounds.

Rachel has previous experience as an activities coordinator for vulnerable adults and working as a teaching assistant for children with special needs. She also has a martial arts instructor qualification and previously ran classes for her local club.

Mark Wheeler

Volunteer Facilitator for Kamuli, Uganda 2019 and Nairobi, Kenya 2019 project

Mark is a former Royal Marines Commando in the Heavy Weapons (Anti tanks) branch with ten years experience including Iraq (2009), Afghanistan (2011), search and rescue of refugees in the Aegean Sea (2016)and hurricane disaster relief in the Caribbean(2017).

On the 23rd of June 2017 Mark was awarded the QCB (Queens Commendation for Bravery) for actions taken trying to save refugee lives in the Aegean Sea.


Mark is a team medic with experience using his skills in Afghanistan, the Aegean Sea and here in the UK.

Mark is also a TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) practitioner. TRiM is a trauma-focused peer support system designed to help people who have experienced a traumatic, or potentially traumatic event. He used his TRiM whilst in the Aegean Sea helping his team to process some of the difficult situations they had to deal with.

Clare Wheeler

Volunteer Facilitator for Nairobi, Kenya 2019 project

Clare grew up in Kenya before moving to Manchester to attend Chethams School of Music, where she trained as a violinist and also studied classical voice.

She went on to study jazz composition and voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Lee Gibson, Pete Churchill and Tim Garland.

Clare was a founding member of the Heritage Orchestra, and also taught theory and harmony at the Academy of Contemporary Music, before joining The Swingle Singers (a.k.a. The Swingles) in 2007.

Clare is an experienced vocal coach and has worked with many semi-professional and community groups in the UK and overseas.

As a respected figure in contemporary vocal music, she has been a celebrity guest host of BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Choir’ and has adjudicated for the Voice Festival UK as well as the ICCAs, SoJam and BOSS a cappella competitions in the US.

TV and radio appearances include the T-Mobile flashmob ad campaign at Heathrow, Radio 1 Live Lounge with Labrinth and Tinie Tempah, Royal Variety Performance with Rumer and Jamie Cullum, Songs of Praise Christmas Big Sing and BBC Choir of the Year.

Stephanie Reddington

Volunteer Facilitator for Nairobi, Kenya 2019 project

Stephanie is a qualified teacher, with over 10 years teaching experience across all Key Stages including both Mainstream and Special sectors.

She has 5 years’ experience as a SENCO, member of the Senior Leadership Team and Governor at an Ofsted rated Outstanding primary school.

Stephanie is also:

* Member of British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

* Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of British Psychological Society (GBC)

* Member of the the Steering Board for Bucks SEND IAS (formally known as Parent Partnership)

* Graduate Diploma in Psychology (1st)

* PGCAE in Special Educational Needs (Distinction)

* NASENCo (National Award for SEN Coordination) certified

* BA(Hons) Education Studies

* Studied Child Development and Psychology at the Open University

Stephanie has attended numerous training courses to support a wide range of children's needs such as social and emotional issues, managing challenging behaviour, sensory difficulties, speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders, occupational therapy and physical disabilities.

Penny Fazackerley

Volunteer Facilitator for Kenema, Sierra Leone and Nairobi, Kenya 2019 projects

For the past thirteen years, Penny has had a successful career in the music industry working as a session singer with various artists and being part of numerous bands.

Credits include: working with the likes of Bruce Foxton (From The Jam), Steve Cropper, Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), George Shilling (producer of The Corrs, Texas, and Primal Scream) and the Discovery Channel.

In most recent years, Penny has been working with comedian Al Murray, performing at Download festival two years running in his rock covers band ‘T-34’, working as the front woman of his house band on his Edinburgh Fringe show in 2017, performing with him at the Royal Albert Hall, and performing alongside him in the QDOS production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at the New Wimbledon Theatre in 2017 alongside Clive Rowe.

Penny also runs her own singing lesson business, as well as working as a voiceover artist for various advertising companies.


Minnie Fitzpatrick

Volunteer Facilitator for Kenema, Sierra Leone 2019 project

Minnie has spent her professional career managing health services in the UK following studying medicine at university; her areas of work have included acute hospital settings, community services, mental health services and commissioning.

Recently she has moved to work within the charitable sector, with a keen interest in communication without boundaries.

Minnie is BSL L1 and paediatric first aid qualified.

Minnie has also helped organise the Sierra Leone project.

Abbey Merritt

Volunteer Facilitator for Nairobi, Kenya 2018 project

Abbey is a qualified teacher and a fabulous singer and musician and has a huge heart for the children and teens we will be working with. Abbey came out to Nairobi May 2018 as a volunteer facilitator and we could not be happier to have her and her skills on-board!

Sian Watkins

Volunteer Facilitator for Nairobi, Kenya 2018 project

Sian is a professionally trained Musical Theatre Actress, graduating from one of London’s top drama schools in 2013. Sian came out to Nairobi in 2018 and was an integral part of HTR senior leadership team till 2019.