Our Executive Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation and report to the Trustee Board.
Matthew Simkins, Interim Chief Executive
Matthew joined Dyslexia Action in January 2017 bringing with him a wealth of experience in the commercial, charity and not for profit sectors. He has held positions both in financial and company leadership, working together with shareholders, directors and trustees to create compelling strategy direction and operational efficiency.
Matthew is a guest lecturer at the CASS business school, London, has created and chaired courses for R3 and the IFT, and was awarded a Judges Commendation at the IFT annual awards in 2008 for his role with the Charles Darwin Foundation.
He has been actively involved in multiple charities and is passionate and committed to Dyslexia Action’s cause. He believes strongly in the need to effectively support those with literacy and numeracy difficulties, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties and understands the impact that this help can have through his experience of supporting a close family member with dyslexia.
John Rack, Director of Education and Policy
Matthew Wilkie, Human Resources Director
The Management Team offers additional support to the Executive Team.
Kathryn Benzine, Head of Education and Training
Becky Whitman, Head of Marketing and Fundraising
Becky joined the marketing and communications team at Dyslexia Action in August 2013. Prior to joining, Becky worked in marketing and fundraising within the cultural sector, heading up the membership team at the National Maritime Museum and the marketing and communications team at The Lightbox gallery and museum. Since October 2016 Becky has been overseeing both the marketing and fundraising departments.
Alison Keeley, Regional Manager, Southern and Devolved
Catherine Wright, Regional Manager, Central and Northern
Catherine joined Dyslexia Action as a Principal for the Lincoln Centre in 2010 after three years she was promoted to Central Regional Manager. She is now supporting the West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and North East Dyslexia Action Hubs. Prior to working for Dyslexia Action Catherine carried out senior management roles in Further Education College focusing on additional learning support and service departments.
Margaret Rooms, Head of Units of Sound Development
Nicola Amoroso, Marketing and Communications Manager
Nicola joined Dyslexia Action in 2014 in the fundraising department, moving over to lead the marketing and communications department in 2015. Nicola has experience in marketing, journalism, editing, design, PR and social media as well as experience in the charity sector through her role of founding trustee of a small cancer charity. Prior to working for Dyslexia Action, Nicola was Editorial Director for a B2B publishing company.
Sanja Shea, Senior Trust and Statutory Fundraising Manager
Sanja joined Dyslexia Action in November 2013 and is responsible for the development and management of the Trust fundraising strategy and for generating income form grant makers such as trusts, foundations and Big Lottery Fund. Sanja has been working in Fundraising for over 17 years, mainly in the international aid, education and health sectors and has had several roles prior to joining Dyslexia Action, including: Senior Partnership Development Manager role at The Children’s Society, Corporate Fundraising at Care International, Charity of the Year programme at Diabetes UK, among others. Her educational background is in Applied International Development & Policy and also in Linguistics.
Tracey Burt, Trading Manager
Tracey joined Dyslexia Action in June 1996 and has worked in a variety of departments including Finance and Marketing. She has been involved with the Trading arm of the charity since its inception and became Manager in 2006.
Karen Hurn, HR Administration and Payroll Manager
Karen joined the organisation in May 2004 and has worked in a variety of departments including Finance and Payroll. She has been involved in the centralising of all classic HR activities that were undertaken across the organisation into one function, overseeing the implementation of an HR Database, of which My Info is the staff portal into, and the integration of how we pay employees. Karen’s broader role sees her managing many ongoing work streams which include the issuing of terms and conditions of employment, recruitment, employment records, payroll and benefits, DAVE and DBS.
Tim Donne, IT Manager
Tim has worked in IT for over 20 years, joining Dyslexia Action in 2007 as the IT Manager with responsibility for our internal IT department. He previously worked for Mattel and Fisher-Price both in IT support and forecasting, and for a software distribution company before that.