Senior Communications and Engagement Officer
Payal Bhavsar is ARE’s Senior Communications and Engagement Officer. Before joining ARE in October 2020 as Comms Officer, Payal worked as a Social Media & Marketing Assistant for a children’s charity, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, contributing to its landmark ‘Reflecting Realities’ research into ethnic representation in children’s literature.
Payal has a background working across the education and publishing sectors helping young people engage on matters of race and representation. Following an English degree from King’s College London, she was awarded a MSt in World Literatures in English from Oxford University in 2017, and is a strong advocate for cross-cultural, intersectional and anticolonial dialogue. She was a guest contributor to Collins’ Who We Are and Through Our Lens anthologies to support the teaching of diverse texts at KS3 and for GCSEs.