Dr Kate Saunders Retires Following a Great Contribution Within the Field of Dyslexia

Dr Kate Saunders Retires Following a Great Contribution Within the Field of Dyslexia

After several years at the helm of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), Dr Kate Saunders is retiring. Kate joined the BDA in January 2009 as Education and Policy Director and was promoted to CEO in November 2010. Under her leadership, the charity has moved into healthy positive reserves and made great strides towards a dyslexia-friendly society for all.

Kate has over 25 years of experience in the field of dyslexia and special educational needs, having worked as a Senior Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia Advisory Teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer.

Kate has a PhD in Education and is co-author of 'How Dyslexics Learn', published by the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLD (PATOSS) and co-author of the original ‘Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide’ along with other handbooks published by the British Dyslexia Association.

In November 2017 at the BDA Dyslexia Awards Dinner, Dr Kate Saunders was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Dyslexia.

Margaret Malpas, MBE, said, “Kate Saunders has campaigned for and supported dyslexics all through her adult life, most recently as BDA’s CEO where she achieved many significant changes for dyslexics and led the Charity to its current sustainable position.”

Kate leaves the BDA in safe hands as Helen Boden takes on the role of Chief Executive. Helen has vast experience in the field of dyslexia, including working for the BDA for the past 11 years, most recently as Head of Training, Assessments and Conferences.


Notes to Editors

About the British Dyslexia Association (BDA):

  • The largest UK charity in the field of dyslexia
  • The BDA has been listening, supporting and empowering people since 1972
  • The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people, aiming to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enables dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential
  • The BDA offers key services to educators, employers, dyslexics and parents


The 11th British Dyslexia Association’s International Conference (IC) and EXPO:

The BDA International Conference takes place 12-14th April 2018 in Telford. The conference theme of Evidence to Practice and Back Again will link research through to good practice and this flagship event will present speakers, experts from across the world and professional practitioners. This is a leading conference on Dyslexia/Specific Learning difficulties across the age ranges, for the latest in research and practice, exciting developments and inspiration.

See Dyslexia Differently

This animation was created as part of a project alongside dyslex.io - a mobile first website which provides easily accessible information for people with dyslexia and those who support them, led by the British Dyslexia Association with funding from the Department for Education. The animation was created by Studio Tinto.


For further information, please contact:

Liz Loly, Communications and Relationship Manager

Email:           lizl@bdadyslexia.org.uk

Mobile:         07458 033 935

Website:       www.bdadyslexia.org.uk