Professional Practice and Policy Committee

The Professional Practice and Policy Committee (PPPC) was established by the Board of Trustees and is accountable to the Board for the consideration of matters of professional practice and policy. It is a governance committee and reports into the Board of Trustees in the governance structure.

The committee considers and make recommendations upon matters relating to professional development and practice, standards, policy and public affairs. It ensures that the perspective of members and service users in the four nations of the United Kingdom is taken into account, in development and pursuit of the strategic aims and objectives of the RCSLT and in supporting the Board of Trustees.

The committee also debates current and future cross-cutting issues in sufficient depth to inform policy decisions by the Board. In the process of consideration, discussion and debate, the committee consults with other RCSLT committees and groups and with the wider membership as it sees fit.

Meet the committee

Lesley Cavalli, PPPC chair and RCSLT trustee

Lesley Cavalli qualified as an SLT in 1988 from the University College London. Since then, she has worked in various areas of London, rotating across schools, community clinics and acute care. She spent several years working at the Royal London Hospital in adult neuro, head and neck, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and multidisciplinary team (MDT) clinics in videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) and voice. She completed her master’s degree at City University in 1995. Lesley moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) NHS Foundation Trust in 1997, where she held the role of joint head of SLT services since 2012. She has retained clinical specialism in paediatric and adolescent voice disorders and received a Fellowship from the RCSLT in 2018. Most recently, she joined the ‘Me First’ project which works with young people to co-produce and co-deliver communication skills training around tough topics.

Sylvia Taylor Goh, PPPC deputy chair

Sylvia Taylor Goh is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sensory Integration Education, a not-for-profit organisation, and works in close collaboration with their partner university, Sheffield Hallam. She provides leadership on strategic and operational initiatives to ensure excellence in teaching, learning and assessment for the accredited MSc and professional development courses. Her research focus is the development of clinical reasoning and decision-making skills in pre and post registration clinicians. She is also a consultant SLT with her own clinical practice, Relational Communication Practice. She has highly specialised experience providing intervention for communication disorders in neurological conditions and complex acquired brain injury in young people and adults. She is a sensory integration advanced practitioner and has a particular interest in the impact of vestibular disorders upon communication. She also works as a medico-legal expert witness within brain injury. Over the course of her career, she has been involved in many professional and research initiatives including working in collaboration with NICE.

Sean Pert, deputy chair of RCSLT Board of Trustees, Nominations Committee chair

Dr Sean Pert qualified as an SLT in 1995. Since then, he has worked in the NHS, charity sector and higher education, and has been awarded the Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation on three occasions. His PhD investigated the identification of developmental language disorder in bilingual children. Currently, Sean works as a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Manchester and as a consultant SLT for the Indigo Gender Service in Greater Manchester, providing voice and communication intervention for trans and gender diverse people.
Twitter: @SeanPert

Annabelle Burns

Annabelle Burns currently has a role as Head of Integration for Homerton Healthcare. This involves supporting community and acute health services to work together with system partners across Primary Care Networks and Neighbourhoods across their Integrated Care Partnership. She is a paediatric SLT by background and has worked across early years, schools and special schools, as well as in Sure Start and children’s centres. She has been a service lead for a large team of SLTs and throughout her career has taken an interest in staff wellbeing and quality improvement. She is an active member of her community and a trustee of a number of local charities. Annabelle’s current role brings together her skills and experience as an SLT, a manager, a team leader, an AHP and as a resident. She is passionate about the role of AHPs within the health and care system and the integration of services to meet the holistic needs of the whole population.
Twitter: @joinupthedots

Professor Judy Clegg

Professor Judy Clegg is Head of the Human Communication Sciences Division, Health Sciences School, University of Sheffield. Judy qualified as an SLT in 1997 and completed her PhD in 2002. Prior to joining the department, she worked as a clinical SLT in Chesterfield and North Derbyshire NHS Trust, St Andrews Hospital, Northampton and Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. Judy leads international research in the speech, language and communication needs of vulnerable children and young people as well as in the field of speech and language therapy. Judy co-edits the journal Child Language Teaching and Therapy with Professor Vicky Joffe, University of Essex. Judy is also a Trustee of ICAN, the National Children’s Communication Charity.
Twitter: @judyclegg2

Emma-Kay Dominey-Hill

Emma-Kay Dominey-Hill has been a registered SLT for 20 years and has worked in a variety of settings and age groups. Her primary interest and clinical focus is within the areas of mental health, autism and intellectual disability. She has previously worked within inpatient and community settings and spent a number of years working within forensic services. Currently, Emma-Kay is a consultant SLT in Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust. She works as the Trust Lead for Transforming Care, supporting autistic people and people with an intellectual disability to live well within their local communities with the right care and support, reducing the number of inappropriate specialist/mental health hospital admissions for this group and reducing their length of stay when admitted. She also has a specialist interest in sensory integration, is an Advanced Sensory Integration Practitioner and promotes the use of this in the wider speech and language therapy profession.
Twitter: @slt_kd

Dr Deborah Gibbard

Dr Deborah Gibbard qualified as an SLT from University College London and has worked in the NHS since then, currently as a clinical academic. She has also worked as an ACP programme accreditation reviewer for HEE. Her PhD investigated the effectiveness of parent-based intervention for pre-school children with language delay. Deborah is currently a member of the moderating panel for The Communication Trust – What Works. She is actively involved with the RCSLT, including Hub Forum England and the Public Health England AHP Strategy Board. Most recently, she has completed a research trial funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Janet Harrison, RCSLT Minor Grants Committee chair

Janet Harrison graduated as an SLT in 1986 and since then has worked in services for children, young people and families. She is passionate about developing strong partnerships with others to champion children’s speech, language and communication skills as critical for life chances, particularly for those who are most vulnerable. She has led speech and language therapy teams over many years and has been committed to high quality learning for Student SLTs and recently qualified SLTs setting out on their careers, and also to career progression and development opportunities for all. Janet’s current Head of Service role in Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust involves leadership across a wide range of children’s health services. She also takes a lead role in SEND in their partnerships across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. She is proud to have been an RCSLT member since her student days. In 2012-2018 she was an RCSLT trustee, firstly as Councillor for Service Management and then as country representative for England.
Twitter: @janforest1865

Dawn Leoni, Wales representative

Dawn Leoni is currently a service manager within NHS Wales, and is proud and privileged to represent Wales on the PPPC committee. She has been a practicing SLT for 24 years, having specialisms in neurological rehabilitation and head and neck cancer. She has worked in a range of NHS, private and public sector organisations in England and Wales. She has a particular interest in the provision of Welsh language services in Wales. Dawn is passionate and motivated to ensure that professional standards are at the forefront of operational and clinical decision making within the profession, whilst recognising the financial and political context of the speech and language therapy provision. She feels that that her experience enables her to approach situations with a dynamic understanding of the wider cultural and organisational climates and she aims to bring creativity and innovation into her position on the PPPC committee.
Twitter: @dawn_leoni

Lucie McAnespie, Hub Forum Scotland chair

Lucie McAnespie has been Head of Adult Speech and Language Therapy in NHS Lothian since 2012. Her current role is to support and develop SLTs and speech and language therapy services and to act as an advocate for speech and language therapy at broader AHP and strategic groups.

Bronagh McAuley, Northern Ireland Hub representative

Bronagh McAuley’s biography will be updated as soon as possible.

Murray Seivwright, RCSLT Clinical Adviser Review Panel chair

Murray Seivwright is currently the Head of Speech and Language Therapy in an acute NHS Trust, a member of the PPPC and chair the Clinical Advisor Review Panel. Acute dysphagia and critical care are where he has developed most of his clinical skills. Now as an operational lead and head of department, he is interested in organisational development and compassionate leadership. Out of work, he enjoys living on the south coast with his partner of 24 years and their two dogs and cat. He also enjoys practising yoga and baking in his spare time.

Suzi Woodhouse

Suzi Woodhouse currently works as a Service Line Lead for learning disability services across Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. She was previously Professional Lead for speech and language therapy in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire for adults with learning disabilities. Suzi has 20 years experience of working in the NHS, mostly in adult learning disability services.
Twitter: @suziwoodhouse

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