Our Team

Our team work hard to support and develop the SEND workforce. We have a dedicated, specialist education team, as well as marketing, operations, financial, and commercial functions. Find out more about the staff who work at nasen.

Executive Leadership team

Professor Adam Boddison

Chief Executive & Chair of Whole School SEND

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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Claudia Lace

Personal Assistant

Claudia is responsible for providing the executive leadership team with administrative and secretarial support.

Alison Wilcox

Education Director

Alison leads our Education team and is part of nasen’s executive leadership team. Alison has overall responsibility for nasen’s educational objectives.

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Amrit Singh

Finance and Commercial Director

As part of the Executive Leadership team, Amrit provides commercial and operational leadership for nasen ensuring its future sustainability and ability to continue meeting the sector’s needs. Amrit is responsible for Development & Operations, Finance, International Development and Sales & Marketing.

Development & Operations team

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Lisa Knowles

Head of Development and Operations

Lisa joined nasen in May 2020 and is responsible for project management, income generation and operations at nasen.  She works closely with colleagues across the organisation to ensure the smooth running of projects and contracts and to create funding proposals and tender responses. Lisa is also responsible for IT, equipment and the running of our Tamworth and London offices. 


Coral Stewart

Operations Manager

Coral is responsible for the day-to-day running of nasen’s operational activities. She ensures that colleagues have the necessary equipment and support available to them to deliver in their roles.

Katy Talbot


Katy is responsible for assessing, working on, and responding to bids and tenders on behalf of nasen, as well as raising funding for future projects in line with nasen’s charitable objects and strategic objectives.

Emma Carey

Delivery Support

Emma is responsible for the smooth running of our CPDL and webinar programmes. She also works closely with the Education team to provide project support and guidance.

Tracey Jenkins

Office Administrator

As Office Administrator, Tracey is first point of contact for visitors and calls as well as admin tasks relating to the smooth running of the nasen House office, as well as providing general administrative support across the nasen team.

Education team

Michael Surr

Head of Education (interim)

Michael is head of Education and part of nasen’s senior management team. Michael is responsible for leading our membership offer and, as well being the editor of nasen's membership magazine, nasen Connect, he oversees nasen’s research journals and the nasen Spotlight series published by Routledge. Michael develops nasen resources and training, as well as providing valuable advice to our members.

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Zoe Mather

Education Officer

Zoe began her career on the Graduate Teaching Programme in 2000 as a secondary maths teacher. She then furthered her practice across several secondary schools holding roles including outreach and SENCO. Her most recent post before joining nasen, was as Assessment and Achievement Lead as part of the SLT of an autism-specific all-through special school. 

Jamie Galpin

Education Officer

Jamie is an Education Officer at nasen and leads on the development and delivery of the organisations CPDL programme. He is also a chartered Developmental Psychologist who specialises in universal difficulties that children and young people experience. He has been working with children and young people with SEN for the past 18 years. Whilst working both as an SEN teaching assistant and then as an SEN teacher, he completed his Master’s degree in Child Development. His interest in the practical applications of research then led him to complete a Master’s in Research in Education. Jamie went on to complete his PhD in Developmental Psychology where his focus was on emotion in children’s drawings and the relationship between language and drawing. Jamie continues to work in developing practice-based evidence and putting theory into practice in education. 

Jamie has delivered CPDL to a range of education professionals including teachers, supports staff, SENCOs and other senior leaders on a range of SEND related topics.

Mandy Wilding

Education Officer (Early Years)

Mandy is a member of the Education team, responsible for leading on Early Years projects. Mandy develops nasen resources and training, as well as providing valuable advice to our members.

Finance & Data team

Richard Griffiths

Head of Finance & Data

Richard is responsible for nasen's finances, legal and commercial matters.  He also works with the Data and CRM team to ensure that our systems are working well, meet members' needs, comply with data and information legalisation and that valuable insight can be identified from data to help shape the direction of nasen.He is also responsible for HR and staffing matters.

Chontell Braceland

Data & CRM Manager

Chontell is responsible for reporting across the whole organisation ensuring that we are meeting all of our charitable objectives. As nasen's Data Protection Officer (DPO) Chontell is also responsible in ensuring that all data is held securely, accurately and in line with the latest GDPR regulations. Chontell also plays a key role in supporting projects and programmes. 

Lorretta Jones

Website & CRM Officer

Lorretta is responsible for maintaining the website and keeping our Customer Relationship Management system up to date. Lorretta joined the team in August 2020.

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Sadie Cotterill

HR Administrator

Sadie is our human resources administrator supporting on nasen's HR process, people matters and recruitment.

Gail Devey

Member Data Administrator

Gail is our member data administrator dealing with a variety of member data processes, including payments. 

Denise Upton

Financial Administrator

Denise is our Financial administrator dealing with a variety of finance office processes, including payments, purchase orders, invoicing, credit control and  administrative support in all areas of the operations team.

International Development

Kamal Bodhanker

Head of International Development

Kamal is Head of International Development, responsible for leading our international development. Kamal develops nasen resources and training and provides valuable advice to our members.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whole School SEND team

Alex Grady

Alex Grady

Head of Whole of School SEND (interim)

Alex is interim Head of WSS and is responsible for the contract management and project delivery for our current DfE project 'Whole School SEND'.

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Malcolm Reeve

National SEND Leader

Malcolm has worked in the field of SEND for 30 years and in that time has worked in adult provision, mainstream schools, and special schools. He has worked in with children throughout the age range and with learning difficulties ranging from moderate to profound. Malcolm has been a Headteacher of three schools and one federation. He is a National Leader of Education, a Member of the National SEND Forum, and Patron of the Centre Algarve holiday centre for people with special needs.

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Simon Knight

National SEND Leader

Simon Knight is Joint Headteacher at Frank Wise school in Banbury, a school for children aged between 2 and 19 with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. He has sat on the DfE panels developing both the Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants and the Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development. He regularly writes and contributes comment and content for a range of publications and organisations.

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Harriet Hannan

WSS Head of Programmes

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

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Natalie Reid

WSS 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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Francesca Wakefield

WSS Project Manager

Francesca supports project delivery for WSS and works on the events strands.

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Sarah Ayebi-Kwakye

WSS Project Manager

Sarah supports project delivery for WSS through our work with Local Authorities

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Pernille Petersen

WSS Project Manager

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

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Mia Tuckey

WSS Programme Assistant

Mia provides administrative and logistical support for WSS, supporting the event strands and regional teams.

Whole School SEND Review Trial team

Funded by the Endowment Foundation, WSS, in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, is managing the trial to evaluate the impact of the WSS Review process on attainment and wellbeing of young people with SEND.

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Margaret Mulholland

EEF Project Director

Margaret is joint Project Director for the EEF funded trial of the Whole School SEND Review in secondary mainstream schools.

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Katherine Walsh

EEF Project Director

Katherine is joint Project Director for the EEF funded trial of the Whole School SEND Review in secondary mainstream schools.

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Helen Prosser

EEF Project Manager

Helen supports project delivery for the EEF trial, liaising with Project Directors, partners, stakeholders and participating schools.

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Kayla Simpson-George

EEF Programme Assistant

Kayla provides administrative and logistical support for the EEF trial.