The people working with the Trust

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Anita Kerwin-Nye has a long standing commitment to the voluntary and community sector and, as a lifelong volunteer, supports with a passion the role of charities in creating social justice. As a qualified teacher and youth worker much of her voluntary work has been in education and learning, most recently as Head of Education at the British Red Cross then the Director of Communications at children’s communication charity I CAN and currently as Director of The Communication Trust.

Anita has written and contributed to several books in the field of health and education and leads sessions on several youth and community training programmes. As a local councillor she is leading on community work in her home town – including the development of a multi-agency approach to a new build community centre and direct face to face work with the young people ‘who have nothing to do!’.

As a mother of two primary school aged children, Anita’s commitment to education and learning is now taking the practical form of ensuring that spellings are learnt, books are read and that good speech, language and communication skills are developed. This is a challenge!

Anita Kerwin-Nye

Glenys Heap

Director of CPD: Dyslexia Action

Glenys has worked for Dyslexia Action (formerly the Dyslexia Institute) since 1989. Before that time she trained as a Primary school teacher and, after a break to have two children, worked within Adult Basic Education for a number of years.

Glenys was a course director on the attendance PG Diploma in Leicester for a number of years and is currently Programme Director for accredited and non-accredited short courses delivered within the training department.

Glenys was the lead writer for the dyslexia materials produced within the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), working in partnership with I CAN and the National Strategies, and took the lead in the development of Pathfinder Sites to evaluate models of delivery for the dyslexia units within the IDP materials. She is currently leading on a project: Building on Inclusion Development (BID), to produce a range of CPD courses for classroom teachers who wish to build on the work begun in the IDP. She is also taking part in a pilot project to raise awareness of dyslexia and SLCN within the area of Youth Justice.

Glenys Heap

Caroline Hattersley MEd MIoD MInstF

Head of Information, Advice and Advocacy at the National Autistic Society.

Caroline joined the NAS in March 2006 and has worked in the disability field, specialising in autism, for 12 years. She heads up a large team delivering the NAS Autism Helpline, the education, welfare rights, community care, advocacy and casework services, the NAS Library and Information Centre and leads for the NAS on a number of special projects including the Autism Education Trust, she is a senior spokesperson for the organisation and undertakes media and other speaking opportunities regularly.

Caroline Hattersley

Mary Hartshorne

Mary Hartshorne is I CAN’s Head of Quality and Outcomes and has responsibility for ensuring high quality, evidenced programmes of work. She is a specialist speech and language therapist with a Masters qualification in special educational needs and many years experience of working in education - both as a practitioner and manager. She is a trainer and lecturer in speech, language and communication needs and has authored many of I CAN’s discussion papers, most notably The Cost to the nation of Children’s Poor Communication. Specific areas of interest are the link between SLCN and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, and working with secondary aged pupils with SLCN.


Anne Mackintosh

Within Skills for Justice Anne is the Sector Lead for Custodial Care and Youth Justice strands.  Anne has 17 years experience in successfully designing, securing funding and managing a diverse range of HR and research projects. She has responsibility for the development and management of the Partnership Agreement with Ministry of Justice. Before Skills for Justice, Anne was Head of Learning and Research at Cultural Heritage NTO.  Her career began in HE followed by the development of an Oral History archive that collected living memories of war.  She has a BSc(Hons) Behavioural Sciences and is Corporate of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  She has twin boys and is an Infant School Governor.

Diz Minnitt

Diz Minnitt is the Speech and Language Lead for the Association of Youth Offending Team Managers (AYM) and one of the founder members of the Children's Communication Coalition which brings together national organisations and experts in the field of communication and justice to call for action to meet the needs of vulnerable children with communication disability. He is a qualified Social Worker and has been Operational Manager in Milton Keynes Youth Offending Team since 2001. He has worked within the area of Youth Justice for over 22 years and within multi-agency Youth Offending Teams since their creation in 1998.

Diz Minnitt

Dr John Rack BSc, PhD, AFBPsS, C Psychol

John Rack is a Chartered Psychologist and a leading researcher in the field of dyslexia, He was one of the first researchers to focus on phonology and dyslexia, and won the Norman Geschwind Prize for outstanding contribution to dyslexia research in1990. He has held appointments at the University of York and the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has worked for Dyslexia Action since 1993. He is on the editorial boards of ‘Dyslexia Review’ and in 2009 was appointed Director of the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust. John was a member of the Rose Review Expert Advisory Group whose recommendations in 2009 were immediately adopted by the Government.

John Rack