Board Of Directors


Debby Ardley - Chair

 Debby is an experienced teacher who trained with the Dyslexia Institute (Action) to become a literacy specialist.  Debby worked as a literacy specialist and then became a SENCo; she also worked as an independent educational assessor covering a range of assessment areas.  Debby is a member of the Patoss Board and has been involved in training for Patoss. She has delivered workshops at Patoss Annual Conferences with follow up articles published in the respective Patoss Bulletins.  Debby also delivered training on the Understanding and Delivery of Standardised Tests and on Diagnostic Assessment at Primary Level.  As part of her role within the APC Team she delivered training designed to support members with the renewal of Assessment Practising Certificates.  She contributed to the 4th Edition of the Patoss Book – Assessing the Need for Access Arrangements during Examinations, and was involved in the early stages of training on the Bath Spa module - SpLD/Dyslexia: The Effective Assessment Report.Debby has served on the Patoss Board since 2011 and as a Board Member supports the ongoing development of Patoss.




Lynn Greenwold - Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chair

Lynn has served on the Executive Committee of Patoss from 1995 through to the present day. She is current Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Patoss Ltd.In 2015, Lynn was awarded OBE for services to Special Educational Needs.She was on the DfES SpLD Working Group and from 2008 Chair of SASC, the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee, which was formed to help implement the recommendations of the DfES Guidance.Lynn was Chair of the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust [DST] from 2009 through 2013 which has been established to co-ordinate the dyslexia sector, promoting better awareness and understanding throughout government, across local authorities, within schools and for parents, as well as to ensure that the right help and support is accessible within mainstream education. Lynn has co-directed the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust’s Literacy and Dyslexia-SpLD Professional Development Framework project to provide a free on-line resource that defines the additional knowledge, skills and understanding required to fulfil relevant job roles supporting dyslexic-SpLD learners in the school workforce, and helps professionals plan their continuing professional development. Lynn helped to lead the Trust DfE funded training reaching hundreds of schools in 2015-16. She remains a member of the DST steering group.Lynn has served on the Patoss Committee and Board since 1995 and as Vice Chair since 2005.




Monica Gilbert - Treasurer

 Monica has been teaching in the field of Private Tuition for twenty six years. She gained her B.A. History Hons. at Birkbeck College in 1990 and then her SpLD Certificate in 1999 and her SpLD Diploma in 2003. She teaches privately across the age range: primary, secondary and tertiary. Monica is an enthusiastic member of Patoss, frequently attending CPD conferences and the AGM.She has a keen interest in pursuing the history of words, their development in our English language and how they arrived in their present form. She is passionate about this aspect of language and believes it adds a vital ingredient to teaching making it extremely interesting for her and her students. She has a long-standing interest in Philosophy, Economics and Ayurvedic Medicine and is a member of an early-baroque-music choir, which sings in the UK, Europe and beyond. Monica was elected to the Patoss Board in 2016




Jennie Price

 Jennie is a specialist teacher and co-director of The Child and Educational Psychology Practice based in Norfolk. She works closely with a range of other health and educational professionals in assessment, intervention planning and delivery, training and detailed diagnostic. Jennie runs the Norwich Centre delivering the OCR Diploma qualifications for the assessment and teaching of learners with SpLD (dyslexia). She is also an External Verifier for OCR. Jennie is committed to the concept of services that place each learner as central and by enabling teachers to develop their skills and knowledge she believes that personalised learning can, and should, make a difference. Jennie has been a member of the Patoss Board since 2013 and supports the DfE training opportunities that Patoss has been invited to contribute to. 




Judy Capener

Judy Capener is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and assessor. Judy has been programme leader for a number of post-graduate courses in SpLD.  More recently she led an OCR Certificate in Teaching Learners with SpLD for teachers under the Rose Review funding. She has delivered extensive dyslexia training in the UK, and abroad including speaking at BDA International Conferences. Her particular interest lies in using a morphological approach to managing the literacy and vocabulary needs of the dyslexic leaner. Currently Judy works independently as a consultant, assessor and teacher of learners with dyslexia. She has served on the Patoss Board since 2005 and a long-standing member of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board. She recently handed over the responsibility for co-ordinating and organisation of the Patoss CPD training programme but continues as a member of the Patoss CPD team delivering training on a range of topics.



Nicola Wilde

Nicky began her teaching career as a secondary drama teacher in 1993 however retrained as a Dyslexia Specialist Teacher in 2006. She has an OCR Level 7 diploma in Teaching and Assessing Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties and has worked as a Specialist Teacher for Norfolk County Council. Nicky has been working for Suffolk County Council for the last 8 years. Initially her role was Adviser for Specific Learning Difficulties which entailed working closely with SENCOs, writing detailed diagnostic reports, delivering county wide training and managing Suffolk’s 3 Resource Bases for Dyslexia and a team of specialist teachers. She is also a trainer for Fischer Family Trust Wave Three Literacy Intervention and Talking Partners. In the last 3 years her role changed to Adviser for Learning Support (SEN) where the focus was on supporting children and young people who have a statement of special educational needs or an EHCP. Nicky undertook a review of Suffolk’s Dyslexia centres. This involved the up-skilling of the teams and advising the managers. Nicky has been a guest speaker on the National Senco Award course. In September 2015 she joined Suffolk’s The Dyslexia Outreach Team (DOT) and continues to line manage a team of specialist teachers. She is currently developing the Service’s core and traded offer as well as maintaining a teaching caseload. The Dyslexia Outreach Service worked in partnership with Patoss and the Dyslexia SpLD Trust to deliver the DST project, over 100 schools in Suffolk participated.  Nicky is very interested in supporting schools to become self-efficient in ensuring that all children and young people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties have access to high quality literacy teaching. Nicky was elected to the Board in 2016.




Sue Francis

Sue has worked in the field of SpLD since gaining her qualifications in the 1990s. She is a Senior SEND Advisor for Stoke-on-Trent LEA and regularly undertakes SEN reviews in both primary and secondary schools. She continually updates her knowledge in the field of dyslexia and uses this and her experience to support schools, individual teachers, SENCOs, parents, professionals and pupils. Sue undertakes training in all areas that affect the inclusion of pupils with SpLD in the classroom and leads on the Stoke-on-Trent Dyslexia Friendly Schools initiative together with her team of specialist teachers. Sue is an accredited Inference Training, Better Reading and Word Aware trainer as well as an SEN link governor. Sue has served on the Patoss Board since 2010 and her current board responsibility is Membership



Julian B

Julian Brown

Julian Brown is the Subject Leader for Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at the University of Northampton. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University since 2010. This has included programmes such as the National Award in SEN Coordination, the OCR Diploma in SpLD teaching and assessment as well as BA and MA programmes in SEN and Inclusion at the University and as part of an international arrangement in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to his time in higher education, Julian worked for fifteen years in schools in primary, middle, secondary and special school settings as a subject leader, a form tutor and as a SENCo. He is treasurer for the PATOSS Local Group in Northamptonshire and holds an Assessment Practising Certificate. He is a trustee for Northamptonshire’s Hospital and Outreach Education. Julian’s main research interests are the professional development of staff for inclusive teaching in schools and support for students with SpLD in Higher Education. Julian grew up in the cities of Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. He moved to the UK after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Millersville and has lived in the U.K. since.




Lucy Sacre

Lucy graduated from UEA with a first-class degree in English Literature in 2002 and spent 2003 travelling before returning to UEA to complete a master’s in English Literature, she graduated with distinction in 2005.  She returned to live in Norwich and applied for a role in a local school. Having been utterly resistant to the idea of ever teaching, she became utterly absorbed by it - overhauling the curriculum at Key Stage 3 in order to reflect the literacy needs of the children at the school. Lucy was AGT Co-Ordinator at the school and that experience informed her view that all teaching (for SEND, AGT or any pupil) should be challenging in content and employ the same fundamental strategies as being good for all. After five years she then moved schools and became a SENCo. She discovered a passion for developing enjoyment of reading in children; she completed her OCR L7 diploma in July 2013. Lucy found herself responsible for curriculum design and developed an Integrated Curriculum designed to meet the needs of children with specific learning difficulties affecting the acquisition of literacy skills - the curriculum was academic and challenging in content, in order to reflect underlying abilities, but provided time for basic teaching appropriate to SEND students (multi-sensory/ opportunities for over-learning and development).

Lucy currently works as an Assistant Head at Wymondham High Academy in Norfolk - and continues to enjoy teaching English - she is responsible for the school's SEND Policy and its School Offer. Last year, she also assumed responsibility for Teaching and Learning at the school - and has designed a CPD programme she is particularly proud of - in part because it provides the opportunity to influence the quality of classroom instruction and employment of teaching strategies that would benefit SEND students - but are actually good strategies for all.



Grace Elliott

Dr Grace Elliott is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and assessor with APC, ATS, PG Cert SENCO and AMBDA. After completing a MSc at Oxford University focusing on dyslexia, Grace went onto study for an EdD to further research the causes of poor reading comprehension and the most effective interventions for poor comprehenders. Following this, she has written numerous publications on the topic of poor reading comprehension. Whilst studying, Grace has worked as a Head of Year and SENDCO at a secondary school before moving schools where she is currently pursuing her passion of being an Early Years and Primary School SENDCO. She also teaches and assesses privately across the age range: primary, secondary and tertiary.

Grace was elected to the Board at the 2020 AGM


Steve W

Steve Wheeler

 Steve is a Management Consultant who has been working with Patoss for 3 years. He has been helping the business to develop and grow in a number of different areas.

Steve began his career as a Trainee Manager at Sainsburys in 1980.  After 4 years he moved into the publishing world in the Advertising Department of a Regional Newspaper Group. He became the Sales Manager and was responsible for around £4m of advertising revenue.  In 1993, he moved to a Promotional Services company and worked with Gillette, P & G and Kelloggs on multi million pound sampling projects.  He returned to the publishing industry in 1998 as the General Manager of Southern Newspapers covering the South Coast of England. He had responsibility for 70 office based staff and over 4000 field based employees. During this time Steve oversaw major change management projects as the publishing industry changed and he delivered savings of over £10m pa.

During his spare time, Steve likes to play squash as well as trying his best to look after his 7 children!