Penny qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist City University in the 1980s and has worked in a range of teams across East Anglia with client groups including Learning Disabilities, Children and Adults, Pre-School and School mainstream and special schools, Autistic Spectrum Conditions; she has also advised in Speech and Language therapy in forensic settings. She has worked in settings from pre-school through to Further education and in social care settings with a wide range of staff and client groups. She is trained and experienced in the use of diagnostic tools for autism. Penny has also worked with creative arts organisations on Life Story and other projects for adults with learning disabilities. Her most recent position was as team leader for special needs in an Essex team. From 2011-2014 Penny was a core member of an innovative multi-disciplinary team offering specialist autism diagnostic services in adult mental health services. Penny undertakes clinical and professional supervision and mentoring for Speech and Language Therapists.
Active in professional body Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
2012-15 Board Member of Finance and Organisational Resources Board
2013-5 Member of Steering Group and author for Communicating Live - update to CQ3 Professional standards for Speech and Language Therapists
2016-7 Chair Curriculum Guidelines and Newly Qualified Practitioner Competency Framework Steering Group
Summer 2014 Nominated for Best Lecturer Award by the MSc Speech and Language Therapy student cohort in University Students' Union Annual Student Choice Awards - comments included ' Penny has been a true inspiration to our SLT cohort' and 'her passion for the profession shines through during each of her lectures'.
BA Honours (Modern and Medieval Languages- Russian) Oxford University 1980
Post Graduate Diploma Clinical Communication Studies City University 1988
MA Creative and Life Writing Goldsmiths, University of London 2006
Registered Member of Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council - Partner on Fitness to Practise Panel (2012-2017)
University of Essex