BDA Ambassador is an honorary title given to individuals who have, often through extensive work of a voluntary nature, raised awareness of dyslexia. The honorary title BDA Ambassador does not imply endorsement of any services or products provided by the individual concerned. Indeed, the BDA does not endorse any external services or products.
BDA Young Ambassador
Rory the Vet
Rory Cowlam, better known as Rory the Vet, has known since the age of four that he wanted to be a vet. As the lead talent on the CBBC show ‘The Pet Factor’ He is a truly respected voice in the Veterinary industry. Rory regularly calls his dyslexia his 'superpower', encouraging dyslexic children to do the same and embrace their unique gift.
Sally Gardner is renowned children's author. At eleven Sally was told she was word-blind. However when she went into writing, assuming dyslexia would be a true disability, it turned out to be the start of something amazing.
AJ and Curtis Pritchard
Both brothers discovered their dyslexia at a young age, having struggled with writing, spelling and getting information down on paper. Their own personal experiences with challenges related to being dyslexic have enabled them to develop a strong sense of empathy and a desire to build awareness about how people respond in different situations.
Mollie was diagnosed with dyslexia at ten years old. She has gone on to be part of The Saturdays and today, presents on BBC Radio1. Mollie has been a long-time champion for dyslexia and regularly supports the work of the British Dyslexia Association – including presenting to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs at the Houses of Parliament and leading our Dyslexia Awareness Week activities.
Lee Byrne is a retired Welsh international rugby player who played for 2 decades and achieved 46 caps for his country as well as touring with the British & Irish Lions.
Adelle Tracey is a talented Team GB athlete who has represented Great Britain at different age levels for more than a decade. One of her accolades is finishing 4th in the 800m final at the 2018 European Championships.
Darren Clark is the Director of the ‘Spotless Group’, a group of successful cleaning and training companies based in the south-west of England.
Leighton Denny MBE
Leighton Denny MBE is an award-winning businessman and internationally recognised figure in the beauty and grooming industry, with multi award-winning beauty collections. Leighton is proud to be a successful dyslexic.
Irish Soprano Anna Devin is widely acknowledged as one of today’s brightest talents for her vocal versatility and strong stage presence.
Grant Harrold, The Royal Butler
Grant Harrold, ‘The Royal Butler’ and ‘Defender of Etiquette’, has been described as ‘Britain’s Etiquette Expert’ and ‘One of Europe’s Top Gurus on Etiquette’ due to his background and teaching on the subject for almost 20 years.