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Marie Gascoigne established MGA in 2007, in response to the growing demand for advice from commissioners and provider organisations regarding the effective delivery of support for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.

Initially a vehicle for Marie's own consulting work, her ambition from the outset was for MGA to bring together a group of talented associates to work with her in providing support for clients whilst also contributing to the wider understanding of 'what works' in commissioning and providing services for children and young people.  Critically, associates also work in 'the real world' in a range of positions including provider, voluntary sector, professional body and commissioning organisations.

MGA is always happy to consider new associates, if you wish to discuss possibilities then please contact us.

 

Marie Gascoigne

Marie has gained a national reputation as a champion for children with speech, language and communication needs and an expert on national policy in this area and its implementation. Her approach is to employ a whole system approach to supporting each individual child and by using creative problem solving techniques to put concepts into practice. This approach reflects Marie’s clinical background as a Speech and Language Therapist with an MSc and an MBA.

The scope of Marie’s work over the last three years has included advice at national, regional and local level. Marie was an expert advisor for the Bercow Review, a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Better Communication Action Plan and is one of the authors of the recently published Commissioning Tools for SLCN published by Commissioning Support Programme. Over the past three years Marie has supported over 20 Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts from both a commissioning and service delivery perspective.

Marie recently presented initial ideas regarding the impact of the SEN Green Paper: Support and Aspiration for children and young people with SLCN to a joint meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Learning Disabilities and Speech, Language and Communication Needs.  Download the presentation here

marie@mgaconsulting.org.uk

 

Annabelle Burns

Annabelle is a speech and language therapist who has worked with MGA Consulting since its inception. She has 10 years of clinical experience working with children and families in a variety of educational and health settings. Her area of specialism is the early years and she has a strong commitment to holistic, family-centred working and early intervention.  Annabelle has a MSc in Joint Professional Practice and is committed to the application of research and policy to everyday practise. She has been involved in the development of practitioner guidance and training materials for the early years workforce, including the Every Child a Talker initiative. She is currently working as a part-time SLT team manager in Hackney, London. 

 

Michelle Morris

Michelle is Consultant Head of Service for a large NHS Teaching organisation in the North West of England delivering SLT services into a range of primary, secondary and tertiary health organisations, to local authority and to the independent sector  

Until recently Michelle was the DH advisor for speech and language therapy and has strong links within the Departments of Education and Health and within third sector organizations.  She has contributed to a number of DH workstreams including the Healthy Child Programme, Continuing Care for Children with Disabilities and Allied Health Professional Service Improvement. Michelle was an advisor to the Bercow review, a core contributor to the Report and provided professional advice to a strand of the subsequent Better Communication Action Plan.

Michelle has an MSc and a keen interest in public health with specialist expertise in the relationship between inequalities and communication skills for children and young people.  She has supported both the DH and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in developing policy relating to clinical workforce in this area. Michelle was formally a member of the RCSLT policy and partnerships and clinical practice boards

Michelle has considerable experience of supporting children’s commissioners in the NHS and LA and is currently providing professional advice to the children’s board within a shadow GP consortium.

 

Victoria Riley-Hill

Victoria is a qualified speech and language therapist who has worked across the NHS, education and not-for-profit sectors. Victoria has worked with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs as well as their parents, carers and associated professionals. Victoria has been a lecturer for both undergraduate and postgraduate speech and language, and education students.

Victoria is passionate about supporting the learning and development of others within organisations and across sectors. Her MBA and postgraduate qualification in coaching and mentoring provide an evidence based approach which builds upon her background in human communication supporting individual, team and organisational change and development.

 

Sharon Tuppeny

Sharon is an Occupational Therapist with 22 years experience working in health, social care and in a professional membership organisation. Sharon has combined her role managing children’s therapy services with positions at Board and Trustee level (as Co-chair of the Professional Executive Committee for City and Hackney Primary Care Trust and as Vice Chair of the College of Occupational Therapists). From 2010 to 2012 Sharon worked as the professional affairs officer for the College of Occupational Therapists promoting the role of occupational therapy with children and young people and developing resources to allow members to do the same. 

Sharon has experience reviewing and re-designing services both with the Access Partnership, MGA Consulting and of developing and delivering training.  She is passionate about developing emerging roles for children’s occupational therapy in order to demonstrate and facilitate the impact of occupation on health, well-being and development.

Sharon was presented with a Merit award by the College of Occupational Therapists in 2010 in recognition of her contribution to the profession.

 

Elizabeth Williams

Beth has over 20 years of clinical experience predominantly in children’s physiotherapy. Having been educated in Australia, gaining a Degree from the University of South Australia, she commenced her career in eminent paediatric services in Adelaide and Sydney. She completed a Graduate Certificate in physiotherapy and then moved to the UK.  Since, she has worked in a variety of areas as a senior therapist, manager and independent physiotherapist.  Having lived in France for 3 years she is bilingual and has worked there and in Cambodia.

She has diverse experience and eclectic approach to her work. Her interest in research and improving clinical practice led her to become part of a team of researchers who published a paper with the ACPC on guidance on standing children with Cerebral Palsy in 2010. She brings to the MGA team a broad physiotherapy experience and a passion for improving physiotherapy services to children and families.