Speakers and Panel Members

Dean Beadle

Dean Beadle is a successful adult with Asperger’s Syndrome. He is an experienced journalist, and he tours extensively speaking about his experiences with Asperger’s; discussing how he developed from a child considered a “monster” to an A-Grade Student. Dean’s story highlights a humorous and moving personal experience of life in education with Asperger’s, and proves just how big a difference parents and professionals can make to children on the spectrum.

André Imich

Since April 2010, André has worked for the DfE in the role of SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, and has worked on a range of policy developments, including the Children and Families Bill. André is a qualified teacher and educational psychologist who has held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities. He was a Regional Director in the National SEN Adviser team, providing support and challenge to local authorities in implementing the government’s strategy for special educational needs, and acting as an adviser to the Lamb Inquiry into parental confidence.

Lynn Watson

Recently retired Director of Education for the Percy Hedley Foundation and prior to this a highly successful Head teacher for 13 years. Lynn has worked in all sectors of education including nursery where she also worked as an Ofsted inspector, she is a trustee of Schools North East and part of the Secondary Head teachers Reference Group working with the DfE.  Lynn has worked with ministers on a number of reviews including ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Lynn is presently a National Leader of Education and is head of the Teaching School at Percy Hedley.

Gina White

HMI and the NEYH Ofsted regional representative for SEND.