Current candidates and assessors

Commonly used documents and proformas


SEND Casework Advisory Board

The candidate and assessor representatives on the group would be happy to receive any comments from you to feed into this advisory board. Please contact them by email.

The advisory board meets twice a year and is the reference point for the monitoring and development of the award.

  • Alison Wilcox

    Vice Chair

    Alison worked for many years as a primary teacher before taking up a post with Birmingham Local Authority as an advisory teacher for SEN, working with schools and settings to develop their provision for children and young people with SEN in general, and those with learning and cognition difficulties in particular.

    Alison joined nasen in November 2014 as their Education Development Officer (EDO) and will contribute to the strategic direction of the Association; working to make the vision of securing the best possible outcomes for children and young people a reality.  The role includes being responsible for production of educational materials, resources and training, connecting with members and other education colleagues at events and within seminars, providing professional advice and guidance, as well as working directly with schools where possible.

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  • Gina Wookey


    Gina joined nasen in September 2016 as their Head of Sales and Marketing. She brings with her over eight years of marketing and communication experience from within the public sector.

    Gina’s role within the organisation is to market and sell all that nasen has to offer, including the benefits of a nasen membership, advertising across various nasen channels and lots more. Gina will also manage any nasen events, as well as lead on partnerships with key stakeholders – all to ensure that the organisation continues to strengthen its support to thousands of SEND professionals.

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  • Prof Adam Boddison

    Chief Executive

    Professor Adam Boddison is the Chief Executive for nasen with responsibility for strategic direction and operational delivery across the full breadth of nasen’s activity.  Prior to this, Adam held a number of senior education roles including Director of the Centre for Professional Education at the University of Warwick, Academic Principal for IGGY (an educational social network for gifted teenagers) and West Midlands Area Coordinator for the Further Mathematics Support Programme.  In addition to a range of teaching and leadership posts in both primary and secondary schools, Adam has a portfolio of education research and international education projects.

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  • AndrĂ© Imich

    SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, DfE

    André is the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Adviser. He has been a teacher and educational psychologist and has held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities and at national level. Throughout his career, he has been committed to the continuous professional development of staff.

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  • Claire Mason

    SEN Assessment Team Manager, successful candidate and current assessor

    West Sussex

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  • Emma Kinrade

    Senior case officer, successful candidate and current assessor


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  • Ian Palmer

    Internal verifier and programme co-ordinator

    Ian has been a consultant, trainer and coach for 15 years. Over the last 10 years Ian has developed and run the national SEN casework award accreditation for local authority SEN team staff. As well as carrying out various SEND and inclusion consultancy projects for individual local authorities, Ian is currently the coordinator for the East of England regional SEND peer network, and for a regional group of local authority lead SEND officers. Previously, Ian had 18 years of school and local authority experience. He has an MBA, was a trained Ofsted inspector and is an accredited coach and mediator.


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  • Liz Malcolm

    Internal verifier and quality assurance

    Liz is an applied educational and child psychologist and previous Principal Educational Psychologist with expertise in SEND, organisational change and learning environments. Liz has many years of experience in consultancy, service development and management in local government. Over the last 10 years Liz has worked with Ian Palmer to develop and deliver the national SEN casework award for local authority staff. Recent areas of work have included managing the implementation of the SEND reforms; local area SEND self evaluations and strategic support for organisational change associated with redesign of local authority inclusion services.

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