Our judging panel
Each category is judged by our judging panel of hand-picked professionals who all have a wealth of experience working across the educational industry.
Dr Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs) with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity. He is also the Chair of the Whole School SEND consortium, which is leading on the delivery of the government’s SEND Schools’ Workforce contract. Adam is a National Leader of Governance, Chair and Vice-Chair of two Local Authority primary schools and a Trustee at two Multi-Academy Trusts, which span primary, secondary and specialist settings.
Professor Adam Boddison
Myles is a Specialist SEND ICT-AT SEND Consultant with 30 years’ experience as a special schools teacher working with complex needs and 10 years an adviser for ICT SEN with a local authority. For the last 8 years he has been running his consultancy and training company working with families, schools and professionals on a wide range of ICT to enable them to succeed.
Head of Family Services Seashell Trust, Co-Chair Stockport Parent Forum, NNPCF National Rep. Sherann was significantly involved in the Children and Families Act 2014 and relevant legislation. Sherann is a parent carer of 3 young people with SEND who is passionate about ensuring that children, young people and their families are at the heart of all services and legislation. Constantly advocating for the involvement of children, young people and parent carers in the design, development, review and delivery of services.
Sherann Hillman MBE
Claire Vuckovic is a Senior Lecturer (SEND and Inclusion) at the University of Cumbria, teaching on Undergraduate SEND and Inclusion Specialist ITE, Masters in Professional Practice and the National Professional Qualification for SENCOs. Claire has a background in primary teaching and the SENCO role, Specialist Teacher (Speech, Language and Communication) and LA Advisor for Early Years SEND. Claire has also contributed to NASEN's Special magazine and Early Years programmes.
Dr Sandeep Bodhanker conducted four solo world tours performing and promoting peace through art, mediation and yoga. He conducted lectures and demonstrations at 32 universities worldwide and received 5 honorary doctorates in addition to his PhD in Dance Therapy. His research in this area provides unique insight into the links between physical and mental wellbeing. As a cultural ambassador and member of UNESCO’s International Dance Council, he worked with 35 cultural ministries to build partnerships between nations through arts. Currently, Sandeep is a Primary teacher at an inner-city school in the West Midlands where he promotes equal opportunities and diversity.
Dr Sandeep Bodhanker
Lynette Whitehouse is the Learning Mentor at Stivichall Primary School in Coventry; she is part of the Inclusion Team, is the CAF/Early Help Lead and is one of the school’s four DSL’s. She has also recently been asked to be the Deputy of the Mental Health Team for the school. Lynette has 16 years’ experience at the school supporting children with SEN and SEBD; recognising and supporting children with these needs are of paramount importance to her; she facilitates many groups such as self-esteem, self-regulation and mindfulness, Lego Therapy and Sensory groups. She has Relate training to provide counselling for children within her role, and has established a pupil self-referral system across the school for children to request to speak with her about their worries.
Graham is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the New Bridge MAT and Group based in the north west of England. He has over 30 years’ experience of working with children and young people with additional needs. Graham is the SSAT’s National SEND ambassador. He is chair of Special School’s Voice (SSV) and also a member of the National SEND Reference Group. Both groups work directly with key national policy makers. He is a designated National Leader of Education.
Malcolm Reeve is an independent SEND consultant and National SEND Leader with Whole School SEND. Malcolm was designated a National Leader of Education in 2012 and is a Member of the National SEND Forum. He was formerly Chief Executive of Columbus School and College and Executive Director for SEND & Inclusion at Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) - the UK’s largest academy chain. He is Patron of the Centre Algarve holiday centre for people with special needs.
Jack Grange, is a British rapper, songwriter, Mental Health and neurodiversity advocate. Jack was diagnosed with ADHD during the latter stages of his time in education. Before this he endured several years of feeling misunderstood leading him to hit rock bottom. His own personal experiences gave him a massive passion for creating vital awareness around neurodiversity and to use his platform to make a positive change. Jack currently delivers presentations to both students and teachers in a wide range of education settings, including Pupil Referral Units and mainstream provision. Jack has also appeared on BBC National news, radio stations and a number of online magazines. Jack also recently attended the all party parliamentary group (APPG) for ADHD and has worked with charities such as The Princes Trust. He is also a young ambassador for the ADHD Foundation.
Submit a nomination
Nominations open on 10th May!
In 2020, we received a record number of nominations from across the glob and crowned 13 individuals and organisations winners of a nasen award. Join us in celebrating and submit a nomination from Monday 10th May.