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This is a list of the current committee members and their roles. If you are interested in a particular activity of BAS, please contact the committee member responsible for that area.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Paul Conroy

Chair

Louise Lander

Treasurer

Sally Knapp

Newsletter Editor

Lotte Meteyard

Research Update Meeting Co-ordinator

Tessa Ackerman

Therapy Symposium Co-ordinator

Suzanne Beeke

Conference Support Fund Officer

Jennifer Vigouroux

Student Prize Coordinator

Helen Kelly

Website Co-ordinator

Rosey Meiring

BASics Officer

Paul Conroy

Publicity Officer

Madeleine Pritchard

Initiatives in Aphasia Seed Fund (IASF) 

Margaret Sandars

Membership Secretary

Sally McVicker

Connect Representative

Melanie Derbyshire

Speakability Representative

 

Paul Conroy- Chair

Paul Conroy is a Clinical Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester. He qualified via City University in 1993 and then worked in Adult Acquired clinical posts in Liverpool, London and Shropshire for 12 years. In 2005 he commenced a PhD funded by the Stroke Association investigating errorless therapy techniques for verb processing deficits in aphasia. He has an honorary clinical contract via the Shropshire Enablement Team and his research interests include word retrieval, sentence and writing therapies in aphasia. 

Contact details:

Email: chair@bas.org.uk

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Louise Lander- Treasurer 

Louise has worked as a speech and language therapist in a range of "adult acquired" settings, since qualification in 2007. She currently works at Moor Green Outpatient Brain Injury Unit in Birmingham, a regional multi-disciplinary centre specialising in milieu-based vocational rehabilitation. She has instigated "Intensive Language Action Therapy" for stroke clients at the unit. Following some successful outcomes, she is now pursuing study of the efficacy of therapeutic language games post stroke as part of a Masters in Health Research at the University of Birmingham.

Contact details:

Email: treasurer@bas.org.uk

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 Sally Knapp -Newsletter Editor

Sally Knapp is the Stroke Pathway Lead for the Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service in Nottinghamshire. She qualified from Manchester University and subsequently undertook an MSc in Acquired Communication Disorders at City University, carrying out a qualitative research project looking at the experience of people with aphasia in care homes. She has worked to develop aphasia services in Nottinghamshire over many years, and is currently also involved with Sheffield University’s aphasia RCT, the Big CACTUS study.

 

Contact details:
Email: 
newsletter@bas.org.uk

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 Lotte Meteyard- Research Update Meeting Co-ordinator

I am a Lecturer in Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading, UK. This post allows me to work clinically as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), continue research and teach trainee SLTs and postgraduate students. I work with adults who have acquired language and communication difficulties as a result of neurological damage. For example, individuals with aphasia following a stroke, or with speech and voice difficulties as a result of Parkinson's Disease. I am interested in all areas of aphasia rehabilitation. I also complete research that looks at how the mind and brain 'do' language in healthy adults, with a particular focus on meaning / semantic representation. I completed a doctorate at University College London (UCL), with Professor Gabriella Vigliocco and then post-doctoral research with Professor Karalyn Patterson at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. I completed training to be an SLT at UCL, before starting my post at the University of Reading

Contact details:

Email: research-in-progress@bas.org.uk

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 Tessa Ackerman- Therapy Symposium Co-ordinator

For further information about the Therapy Symposium, click here.

Contact details

Email: therapy-symposium@bas.org.uk

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 Suzanne Beeke- Conference Support Fund Officer

Suzanne is a speech and language therapist who is a senior lecturer in the Research Department of Language and Communication at University College London. Her research interests include the application of Conversation Analysis to the study of acquired language disorders, and the development and evaluation of conversation-based therapies. She developed the Better Conversations with Aphasia e-learning resource with colleagues at UCL and Reading University, and in partnership with Connect, and the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. 

Contact details:
Email: conference-support-fund@bas.org.uk

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 Jennifer Vigouroux - Student Prize Co-ordinator

I am qualified speech and language therapist based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. I work between the NHS as an expert practitioner in aphasia delivering a clinic with colleagues in neurology to provide prognostic information to clients with aphasia about likely recovery based on MRI scanning, and at the Tavistock Aphasia Centre at Newcastle University as co-director of the centre and clinical educator.  

For further information about the Student Project and Essay Prizes, click here.

Contact details:
Dept Speech and Language Therapy
Newcastle Hospitals Community Health
Denton Park Health Centre 
West Denton Way 
Newcastle upon Tyne 
NE5 2QW
Tel: 0191 2295845
Email: prizes@bas.org.uk

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 Helen Kelly - Website Co-ordinator

Helen is a lecturer in Speech and Hearing Sciences at University College Cork, Ireland. Before joining UCC, she was a lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and worked as a speech and language therapist with adults with acquired communication and swallowing impairments in the NHS Scotland. She is involved in teaching aphasia and quantitative research methods to undergraduate and post-graduate students. Research interests include the assessment and treatment of post-stroke aphasia with particular interest in 'new learning' abilities in people with aphasia and how this could potentially be harnessed in rehabilitation. The use of eye-tracking instrumentation to gain a more indepth understanding of cognitive and linguistic processing/functioning in acquired neuropathologies is a particular interest.

Please email any comments or suggestions about the BAS website to Helen.

Contact details
:
Dept Speech and Hearing Sciences 
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

Email: website@bas.org.uk

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 Rosey Meiring – BASics File Officer

Rosey is a lecturer on the Speech and Language Therapy course at Birmingham City University. She continues to work clinically one day per week with a mixed inpatient and community acquired neurological caseload. She has been a practising therapist since 1998, working mainly in Birmingham, but also in Northern Ireland. As well as stroke and general neuro-rehab, past experience has included residential Traumatic Brain Injury rehabilitation. Rosey has completed her MSc at University College London with her research being in the field of Conversation Analysis.

Contact details

Email: basics@bas.org.uk

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 Paul Conroy - Publicity Officer

Paul Conroy is a Clinical Lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester. He qualified via City University in 1993 and then worked in Adult Acquired clinical posts in Liverpool, London and Shropshire for 12 years. In 2005 he commenced a PhD funded by the Stroke Association investigating errorless therapy techniques for verb processing deficits in aphasia. He has an honorary clinical contract via the Shropshire Enablement Team and his research interests include word retrieval, sentence and writing therapies in aphasia. 

Contact details:
Email: publicity@bas.org.uk

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 Madeleine Pritchard – Initiatives in Aphasia Seed Fund (IASF)

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 Margaret Sandars - Membership Secretary

Contact details:
Emailmembership-secretary@bas.org.uk

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Sally McVicker – Connect Representative 

Sally is Chief Executive of Connect. Sally qualified as a speech and language therapist after first completing her BA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Durham. Sally has since had many years’ experience as a speech and language therapist, working in the community, acute and rehab settings before starting at Connect in October 2000. As Projects lead, and more latterly Director of Services at Connect, Sally managed many services innovation projects: one example is the Conversation Partner Scheme which has been rolled out across university and health sectors in the UK and Ireland. Sally has also been involved in training across the UK and contributing to the Connect Publications and resources programme. Looking ahead, Sally is passionate to see Connect move forward to create sustainable peer-support opportunities for people living and working with aphasia.  

Contact details:

Email: alexstirling@ukconnect.org

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Melanie Derbyshire - Speakability Representative

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Contact details:

Speakability (Action for Dysphasic Adults)

240 City Road

London

EC1V 2PR 

Emailmelanie@speakability.org.uk

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