British Dyslexia Association announce new Chair
Monday 1 August 2022
The British Dyslexia Association has appointed Michelle Catterson as the new Chair of its Board of Trustees from 1 August 2022.
Michelle Catterson brings a wealth of leadership and educational experience to the role of Chair. She has 20 years of teaching in state and independent schools, and the passion and drive to ensure that all those with special educational needs have access to the support that they deserve.
Michelle is currently Headteacher of the independent specialist dyslexia school, Moon Hall. Prior to taking on the role of Chair of Board at the BDA, Michelle was the Vice Chair and Head of Education Committee.
The BDA is currently celebrating 50 Years of success and has its sights firmly fixed on the future with a new strategy and branch launch planned in Autumn.
“I’m honoured to be taking on the role of Chair at this momentous time. The BDA has a great history, but I’m most excited to lead it into the future.
“Too many dyslexic individuals still face challenges when trying to access an initial assessment, support or resources. Our vision is to create a world that embraces and promotes people with dyslexia.
“I’m looking forward to working with the wonderful staff at the BDA to drive forward positive changes in support, intervention and policy.”
Michelle takes over from Colin Gallick, who has been involved with the BDA for over 10 years as an Observer, Trustee and most recent as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Lord Addington, President of the BDA said:
“I know I speak for the entire Charity in looking forward to working with Michelle as she brings her experience and ideas as we embark on the next 50 years of the BDA.”
Michelle Catterson Biography
Michelle is currently Headteacher of the independent specialist dyslexia school, Moon Hall.
Michelle has always had a keen interest in working with children with special educational needs. Her career in Education has included work with children who have typically struggled with traditional teaching methods and who are ultimately unable to access standard classroom learning.
Michelle has also been a state School Governor and continues as a member of several APPG’s including the APPG’s for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Social Justice. Prior to taking on the role of Chair of Board at the BDA, Michelle was the Vice Chair and Head of Education Committee.
Early intervention and support are a key focus area for Michelle as she believes that with the right support and understanding in place in the early formative years, many dyslexic individuals would avoid well-documented negative experiences of education which can be so damaging.
Michelle’s extensive experience in the education sector and visionary leadership will take the BDA through this exciting time with passion and momentum.