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I CAN Trustees

    Huw Davies


    Huw Davies

    Huw has recently retired from the Wates Group where he was CFO for 11 years. He was previously Head of Corporate Finance at Taylor Woodrow and has held key positions with KPMG, Ernst and Young and the Government of Oman. He is currently an independent director of Wessex Water Services Ltd, Hydro International plc and J. Murphy Ltd. He has had much involvement with the charity Business in the Community and was previously HRH The Prince of Wales Ambassador for Responsible Business in the South-East. Huw joined the Board of Trustees of I CAN in September 2010.

    Oliver Bates

    Judy Clegg

    Oliver is a Partner at Sarasin and Partners specialising in the management of charity portfolios and social impact investments, he joined the firm in September 2008. He previously spent his 20-year charity fund management career at HSBC (formerly James Capel & Co) where he was Head of Charities. In addition to managing charity portfolios he is also a specialist on the subject of social impact investments. Oliver is an Associate of the Securities Institute, and is on the Board of the Charity Investors’ Group (CIG). Oliver is married with three children, two of whom have Worster Drought Syndrome, and suffer speech and language communication difficulties.

    Dr Judy Clegg

    Judy Clegg

    Dr Judy Clegg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, UK. She trained as a Speech and language therapist at the University of Manchester and completed a PhD in developmental language disorders at the University of Nottingham. Judy is the Director of Professional Learning overseeing the clinical degree programmes in speech and language therapy. Her research interests focus on the developmental trajectories and outcomes of children with language and communication needs, the impact of social disadvantage on children’s language and communication development, the complex co-morbidity between children’s social disadvantage, their developing language and communication and their behaviour and mental health, and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions designed to facilitate children and young peoples' language and communication abilities. Judy is also co-editor of the journal, Child Language Teaching and Therapy. Further information can be found at

    Sue Gregory

    Susan Gregory

    Sue Gregory has decades of experience in the primary phase and was a headteacher for almost 12 years. Following secondment to a local authority Sue was appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) in 2000. While at Ofsted, Sue led teams of HMI, developing inspection frameworks, policy, guidance and training materials across early years, schools and children’s centres. Sue held a number of leadership posts at Ofsted, including director responsibility for inspections, schools and the early years. During her years as a director, she liaised with the Department for Education, national agencies, ministers and members of the House of Lords.

    Sue retired from full-time work as an Ofsted Director and HMI at the end of December 2013 and is now working part-time as an independent education consultant. Sue joined the Board of Trustees of I CAN in September 2014.

    Jean Gross CBE

    Jean Gross CBE

    Jean served as national Communication Champion for two years until the end of December 2011, and for her outstanding work was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

    Prior to her appointment as Communication Champion, Jean was founder Director of the Every Child a Chance Trust, which developed the Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts programmes. Before that she was Senior Director within the government’s Primary National Strategy, responsible for its work on overcoming barriers to achievement. A former teacher, lecturer, educational psychologist and Head of Children’s Services in a large urban local authority, Jean is a national expert on inclusion issues.

    Her work has focused on improving outcomes for children with significant difficulties in language, literacy and mathematics, promoting practitioners skills in inclusive teaching, and developing children’s social, emotional and behavioural skills through the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) whole-curriculum approach. She has been a visiting fellow at two universities and is currently an associate fellow at the University of Warwick.

    Adrian Hosford

    Adrian Hosford

    Adrian is a marketing professional, a campaigner for better interpersonal communication and a sustainability (CSR) expert.

    The roots of his passion for communication were formed in his early career, working in advertising. From 1985 he lead BT’s brand and customer communication, ensuring BT enjoyed both commercial and popular success with campaigns such as the Maureen Lipman “Beattie” and Bob Hoskins “It’s good to talk”.

    Adrian’s vision – “the power of communication to help create a better world” – inspired BT’s brand positioning and was at the heart of BT's success as a CSR world leader (number 1 Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index 2001-09).

    Adrian is currently chair of The Communication Trust; chair of a social enterprise called Moodscope, which helps people who suffer from depression and chair of the advisory panel for CSR at Nottingham Business School. He is also a non-executive director of KMCS, a leading NHS commissioning support unit.

    Professor Victoria Joffe

    Vicky Joffe

    Victoria Joffe is Associate Dean for taught postgraduate studies and internationalisation in the School of Health Sciences, and Professor in the Enhancement of Child and Adolescent Language and Learning in the Division of Language and Communication Science at City University London. She is also acting Divisional Lead of the Health Services Research and Management Division in the School

    Victoria’s area of clinical and research expertise include specific language impairment, child speech disorder, the interface between education and speech and language therapy, collaborative practice and the training of teaching staff, the relationship between language, metalinguistic awareness and literacy, language and communication intervention in secondary school students and evidence-based practice for children and young people with special educational needs.

    She has recently completed a Nuffield funded intervention research project (ELCISS) on enhancing language and communication in secondary school students with language and communication impairments through narrative and vocabulary enrichment ( Victoria has subsequently obtained grants from The Communication Trust and local educational authorities to continue her work in training school staff to meet the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs.

    Victoria is a trustee and governor of the Link school, a school for students with special educational needs. She is an Associate editor of the journal, Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools. She also acts as a speech and language therapy partner for the Health Care and Professions Council. She is external examiner at the School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Manchester. Victoria is a trustee and councillor for research and development at the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) and is chair of the RCSLT’s chair of the RCSLT’s national clinical excellence network/special interest group for older children and young adults with speech, language and communication needs. Victoria also serves as an expert reviewer for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Academic Training Scheme.

    Charles Newman

    Charles Newman

    Charles studied History at Cambridge University before deciding on a career in the law. On qualifying as a Solicitor in 1992, he chose to specialise in Employment Law, and has done so ever since, working at Slaughter and May, Rowe & Maw and Ashurst before joining Beachcroft as a Partner in 2000. Charles was a Partner at Beachcroft for 10 years, before becoming a Consultant at the end of 2010. He is an advocate of flexible working, having worked on a part time basis for several years. He lives in South London with his wife and two children.

    Stuart Shepley

    Stuart, a qualified actuary and former partner at both KPMG and Grant Thornton, was most recently Group Chief Actuary for Zurich Insurance, based in Switzerland. Now back in the UK, Stuart has a number of insurance and consulting interests. He was elected as a Board member by the Board of Trustees of I CAN in September 2016 and co-opted as treasurer until the 2017 AGM. Stuart previously held senior executive roles with Commercial Union (now Aviva) where he commenced his career; and also with ACE, a Bermudian insurance group. He has taken an active role in the Institute of Actuaries including on the Management Board, as a Council Member, as well as Chair of the General Insurance Board. He is also a member of two Worshipful Companies and contributes to their charitable and social activities. Stuart is married with two grown up children, living in Surrey and enjoys playing golf and participating in other outdoor pursuits

    Katharine Weston

    Katharine Weston

    Katharine is a consultant dermatologist with a special interest in skin cancer and dermatological surgery. She has worked at a number of dermatological centres including leading the Melanoma service at Guys and St Thomas hospital. Katharine is currently taking a break from medicine to look after her 4 children, one of whom has severe SLCD and was at Meath Schoo

    Riccardo Basile

    Riccardo is a Principal and a member of the Portfolio Group. He has worked on a number of transactions including Allegro Group, Magento and Tricor.

    Prior to joining Permira, Riccardo was a director at AlixPartners in London for five years, where he delivered a number of operational turnaround programmes mostly in retail, consumer goods, transport & logistics and industrial products. Before that, he worked for PwC in London for five years where he focused on delivering supply chain transformation programmes. Riccardo had previously held line management roles in industry.