Team nasen

Chief Executive Office

  • Professor Adam Boddison

    Chief Executive at nasen

    Professor Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive of nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. He is the main point of contact for the board of trustees and has a close working relationship with the Department for Education (DfE). Adam also has overall responsibility for external relations and business development.

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  • Coral Stewart

    Executive Assistant/Project Officer

    Coral is the Executive Assistant, and her responsibilities include organising the Chief Executive’s diary, providing support to the Senior Management Team, to provide secretarial support to the Board of Trustees, and to the Advisory Groups (Inc. Northern Ireland). Coral is also a Project Officer for the Whole School SEND project – monitoring and supporting various subcontractors to ensure they meet their KPI’s

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  • Tracey Jenkins

    Administrative Assistant

    Tracey provides administrative support for the nasen team, the SEND Casework Award and the Youth Mental Health First Aid training courses.

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  • Emma Carey

    Project Administrator

    Emma joined the nasen team in July 2019 to provide administrative support to the projects teams, including Whole School SEND and the Early Years projects. 

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Education team

  • Alison Wilcox

    Head of Education

    Alison Wilcox is the head of our education department at nasen leading on our training offering, resources and provision

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  • Alex Grady

    Education Development Officer

    Alex is a member of the education team, responsible for leading our DfE funded Early Years Project 'Early Years SEND Partnership' as well as developing nasen resources and training.

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  • Michael Surr

    Education Development Officer and nasen Connect Editor

    As part of the education team, Michael helps to develop the nasen hosted training and resources as well as provide valuable advice to our members. Michael is also editor of nasen's membership magazine, nasen Connect.

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  • Kamal Bodhanker

    Education Development Officer

    Kamal is part of the education team at nasen providing support and advice on nasen resources and training opportunities. Kamal is also the nasen lead on a current DfE funded project.

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  • Mandy Wilding

    Education Development Officer

    Mandy is part of the education team responsible for leading on a current DfE funded early years project 'Accredited Early Years SENCO Award'. Mandy also helps the nasen team develop resources and training to our members.

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Sales & Marketing team

  • Gina Wookey

    Head of Marketing and Sales

    Gina leads the sales and marketing team ensuring that nasen's membership growth and revenue targets are met and exceeded. Gina also manages nasens PR profile by overseeing campaigns, exhibitions, events and branding.

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  • Chontell Braceland

    Marketing Executive

    Chontell is part of the marketing & sales team and is responsible for deploying and managing marketing campaigns to help raise the nasen profile and grow the membership. Chontell also manages our communication channels including member newsletters and social media. Chontell is also responsible for organising nasen hosted events such as nasen Live and the nasen Awards.

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  • Sam Ward

    Marketing Executive

    Sam contributes to nasen’s strategic priorities by promoting nasen across the UK through targeted marketing campaigns, social media, external exhibitions and external advertising. Sam also organises our annual events such as nasen Live and the nasen Awards.

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  • Charlotte Hutchings

    Marketing Executive

    Charlotte supports nasens strategic objectives by promoting nasen across the UK through targeted marketing campaigns, social media external exhibitions and external advertising. Charlotte also attends exhibitions on behalf of nasen and leads the event management of the nasen Awards.

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  • Alistair Gilbert

    Sales Executive

    Alistair supports nasen by securing sales, such as advertising in our membership magazine, nasen Connect, selling exhibition spaces at nasen Live and sponsorship opportunities for our annual awards ceremony.

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Operations team

  • David Roberts

    Head of Operations

    David is responsible for data protection, financial reporting, budgeting, audit management and reporting for the trustees.

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  • Denise Upton

    Finance Administrator

    Denise is responsible for processing expense claims, purchase order forms, supplier invoice queries, event booking invoicing and processing all sales and advertising invoices. 

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  • Gail Devey

    Membership Co-ordinator

    As our membership co-ordinator, Gail is responsible for managing and responding to membership queries. Gail also manages the renewal period and helps members with online access and upgrade requests.

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Whole School SEND team

  • Anne Heavey

    National Director

    Anne is responsible for the delivery of high quality contractual outputs across our current DfE funded project 'Whole School SEND' (WSS). Anne leads on research, content, policy and positioning, line management, planning, scoping and pitching for the project as well as liaising directly with the Department for Education (DfE).

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  • Harriet Hannan

    Senior Contract Manager

    Harriet is responsible for the contract management and project delivery for our current DfE project 'Whole School SEND'.

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  • Natalie Reid

    Communications and Training Events Manager

    Natalie is responsible for the day-to-day liaison with the regional teams as well as building the Community of Practice. Natalie also manages and promotes our regional CPD events for the current DfE funded project 'Whole School SEND'.

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  • Pernille Peterson

    Project Manager

    Pernille supports project delivery for WSS and liaises with our consortium partners.

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  • Francesca Wakefield

    Programme Assistant

    Francesca provides administrative and logistical support to WSS.

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  • Katherine Walsh

    EEF Project Director

  • Margaret Mulholland

    EEF Project Director

  • Helen Prosser

    EEF Project Manager

    Helen supports project delivery for the EEF trial.

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  • Kayla Simpson-George

    EEF Programme Assistant

    Kayla provides administrative support for the EEF trial.

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Trustees

  • Elaine Simpson

    Chair of Trustees

    With over 30 years’ experience in UK education and children’s services, Elaine is an influential figure who has achieved positive change in how regional and national education is delivered, managed and perceived. Her career has spanned public, private and third sectors, with her last executive role being at Serco. Since leaving her executive roles Elaine has held a portfolio of Board roles including chairing Minerva Education, Chairing the National Children's Bureau, being Non-Executive Director for Acorn Care and Education, Non-Executive Director of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and a Governor at Staffordshire University.

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  • Alex Griffiths

    CHAIR OF THE GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

    Alex is an Educational Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience. The author of various books and texts on parental involvement, reading and behaviour, he also edited the magazine 'Special' for over 10 years. Alex is currently the CEO of the Educational Guidance Service which provides educational, psychological, counselling and specialist advice across all sectors of education. This includes a sister company 'The Kade Consultancy' who have a team of occupational psychologists specially dedicated to meeting the needs of adults in the workplace and business generally. The company works with numerous universities, colleges and schools as well as a variety of companies. Alex was instrumental in enabling a major shift to involving parents in education. He has previously held senior posts in schools and was a Principal Educational Psychologist in West Yorkshire – and later responsible for all specialist services.

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  • CAROLYN EYRE

    Carolyn Eyre is an independent safeguarding consultant, working with schools, FE colleges, local authorities and LSCBs. Much of her time is spent delivering a broad range of Child Protection and safeguarding training events or undertaking site audits and disciplinary investigations. Carolyn worked in the Local Education Authority safeguarding arena for many years, first in Education Welfare services before becoming Child Protection Co-ordinator for a large authority with 265 schools, 18,500 staff and 110,000 school-aged children. More recently, she was Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for the authority - combining also the roles of Senior Allegations Manager and Safer Recruitment lead officer.

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  • CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL

    After teaching Chris trained and practised as an educational psychologist in the north east and as principal for an East Midlands LEA. He was a university lecturer in education, tutoring a one-year course in ‘remedial education’ as well as supervising research projects. Subsequently he was a HMI for 21 years during which he was appointed staff inspector responsible for a team of colleagues whose specialisms were in special educational needs. He became the professional head of the Assessment of Performance Unit and later acted as an adviser to the DES on assessment and on parents’ appeals and complaints concerning disagreements with their LEA.

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  • TREVOR DANIELS

    After 13+ years teaching in comprehensive schools in Essex, Trevor worked as an officer managing special educational needs in four local authorities. He was Head of Special Educational Needs in both S.Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Subsequently he has worked as a consultant specialising in strategic review of SEN provision and the development of the Local Offer. He is married with two adult children, one of whom has just started on a career as a teacher. His wife continues to follow her own career in special educational needs.

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  • Leo Stanley

    Leo has over 20 years’ experience of the education publishing and resource sector; working on digital marketing, communications, and product development. His experience encompasses the schools, higher education, and qualifications market.

    Currently Director of Digital Innovation at Macmillan International Higher Education, he has previously held roles at other leading educational businesses and organisations including City & Guilds, Discovery Education and Pearson.

    Leo is passionate about facilitating inclusivity in education. He joined the board in September 2019.

    In his spare time Leo enjoys football, going on walks, and growing wonky marrows with his partner Liz on their allotment. He is also a proud dad to baby daughter, Alexandra.

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  • ELAINE COLQUHOUN

    Deputy Chair

    Elaine is currently Executive Principal of Whitefield Academy Trust. This consists of two schools and is one of the largest Special Education providers in the UK. The Academy provides education and care for pupils with profound, severe and complex difficulties from the ages of 3 to 19 years, including pupils with autism and visual impairment. She has worked for most of her career in the field of Special Education. She has been a Head teacher for 17 years in two outstanding schools. She has a wide ranging local, national and international experience and perspective in the field of SEN. She worked as an additional Inspector seconded to Ofsted in which she worked in conjunction with HMI for a year.

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  • Richard Carpenter

    CHAIR OF FINANCE COMMITTEE

    Richard commenced his working life in 1960 when he joined Barclays Bank as a 16 year old Junior Clerk at their Swansea Branch. His first Junior Management position came in 1971 when he was appointed an Assistant Inspector on the Bank’s Audit and Inspection team. He enjoyed further managerial appointments in a long and successful career. His last role before retirement in 2000 was at the City of Cardiff Group of Branches where he was the Area Personal Sector Manager. However retirement was short lived, a mere 2 months, as he joined Headlands School in Penarth as their Bursar on a part time basis. Headlands, part of Action for Children, are a residential special school for children aged 8-19 with challenging behaviour in the EBD and ASD sector. When he arrived there were around 30 young people but by the time he finally retired in April 2014 there were in excess of 60.

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  • SUE SOAN

    Dr Sue Soan is the Faculty Director of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to this Sue taught in mainstream and special schools (Nursery – Key Stage 4) for over 25 years; the last decade as a Senior Leader and Special Eucational Neds Cordinator (SENCO). Her areas of expertise are social, emotional and behavioural needs, motor and coordination development and autism.

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  • Mark Blois

    Mark is a Partner and Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson, a leading national education law firm. Mark personally has over twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer and has been recommended as a Leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than ten years. ‘Chambers UK’ has dubbed him “an industry leader” and ‘Legal 500’ has described him as “exceptional”. He was named Lawyer of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards in 2012 and designated a National Leader of Governance by the NCTL in 2015. He has previously served as a member of the Regional Council of the Learning and Skills Council, as a Director of the National Governors' Association and on the Board of a 157 Group FE College. For the last five years Mark has been the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a large multi-academy trust in the Midlands. He is also the Non-Executive Legal Advisor to the National SEND Forum.

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  • Helen Cooper

    Following an early career as a teacher Helen moved into Local Government HR eventually becoming the Director of HR - Children’s Services, for a local authority. She then ran a successful HR consultancy business specialising in Education HR for 21 years (HC Associates Ltd). During this time she worked as an Interim HR Director in various local authorities and an HR Consultant to schools and academies. Helen worked with a number of residential and day special schools and she brings a wealth of experience of working in the SEN sector. The company was bought by North Yorkshire Council HR in 2019 setting Helen free to enjoy retirement and support various charities including nasen.

    In 2016 Helen was honoured to be asked to become a trustee of nasen and is enjoying taking an active role on the Board and the General Purposes Committee.

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  • Jeremy Gould

    Jeremy is a senior civil servant with many years of experience of digital service transformation. An early member of the Government Digital Service, Jeremy has worked with public sector organisations including the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Education and Foreign and Commonwealth Office to delivery better public services that are digital by default and build user centred design capability across government.

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Advisory Groups

  • Northern Ireland

    Brenda Montgomery: Chair of the Advisory Group

    The role of the NISAG is to support the work and be the voice of education professionals in Northern Ireland. This group supports the Chief Executive and the nasen House team in the running of NI annual events. They help identify and secure funding through bids to trusts, foundations and government grants/contracts as well as commercial/sponsorship arrangements. The group also supports the Chief Executive with political engagement with the Department of Education and the Education Authority.

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  • SENCO and Learning Support

    Jackie Muggleton: Chair of the Advisory Group

    The role of the SLSAG is to support the voice of all SENCOs and Learning Support professionals working in both mainstream and specialist settings. This group responds to relevant consultations, educational initiatives and issues relating directly or indirectly to the role of SENCOs and Learning Support staff. They seek to represent the needs of children and young people educated in both mainstream and specialist settings by providing evidence from nasen members in regard to the role and responsibilities of SENCOs and Learning Support professionals. The group also support the work of the education team in identifying key themes and speakers for nasen projects, conferences, seminars and events.

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  • Birth to Eleven

    Michelle Haywood: Chair of the Advisory Group

    The role of the BEAG is to support the work of all nasen members who are working within the early years and primary sector, and to respond to early years and primary curriculum consultations, policy changes and educational initiatives. They seek to represent the needs of children and young people within the early years and primary phases who have special and/or additional educational needs, by providing evidence from nasen members. The group also supports the work of the education team in identifying key themes and speakers for nasen projects, conferences, seminars and events.

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  • Eleven to Twenty Five

    Matt Todd: Chair of the Advisory Group

    The role of the ETAG is to support the work of all nasen members who are working within the secondary and post 16 sector and respond on behalf of nasen to secondary and post-16 curriculum consultations, policy changes and educational initiatives. They seek to represent the needs of children and young people within the secondary and post-16 phases who have special and/or additional educational needs, by providing evidence from nasen members. The group also supports the work of the education team in identifying key themes and speakers for nasen projects, conferences, seminars and events.

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  • Specialist Provision

    Chair role: vacant

    The role of the SPAG is to support the work of all nasen members who are working in special schools or specialist settings. This group responds to relevant consultations, educational initiatives and issues relating directly or indirectly to special schools and specialist settings. They seek to represent the needs of children and young people educated in special schools and specialists settings by providing evidence from nasen members. The group also supports the work of the education team in identifying key themes and speakers for nasen projects, conferences, seminars and events.

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