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British Dyslexia Association Statement: CEO Retirement Announcement

Thursday 31 August 2017

The British Dyslexia Association (B.D.A.) is a charity which serves the Dyslexic community and those who support them. The BDA aims to bring about a Dyslexia Friendly Society.

Within this overall aim, the current key goals as agreed by the Board of Trustees are as follows:

1. Early identification of dyslexic difficulties for all in society.

2. Availability of effective and appropriate teaching provision for all dyslexic children and adults.

3. Availability of appropriate assessments for all dyslexic children and adults.

4. Reasonable adjustments for dyslexic individuals within all sectors of society (including education, employment, training and the criminal justice services).

5. Information should be available for dyslexic individuals across the age ranges and sectors, and for those who support them, about effective strategies to help overcome dyslexia related difficulties, and how to maximise the strengths of those with dyslexia.

6. To raise dyslexia awareness.

The B.D.A. is proud of the extensive work it carries out across a range of activities towards these aims. Several of these achievements are highlighted in the B.D.A.'s recent Impact Document. Click here to view.

As an organisation the B.D.A. is currently in a strong financial position, providing a very sound basis for future planning.

I have had the privilege to serve as B.D.A. CEO for 6½ years, having previously worked as Education and Policy Director, then Chief Education Officer and Interim CEO at the B.D.A. during the previous 2 years. I will be retiring at the end of February, 2018. The B.D.A. will, therefore, be advertising the CEO post in the near future, in order to enable recruitment and a planned hand-over period. The B.D.A. will be seeking a new CEO driven by the values and aims of the B.D.A. to work to make a positive difference in this field.

I would like to pay tribute to the Trustees, staff, members, supporters and volunteers at the B.D.A. for all their support, hard work and dedication to this common goal. This drive to do the best they can for Dyslexic individuals across the age ranges will fuel continued future success.

Dr. Kate Saunders