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Who are we?


We believe that literacy and life chances go hand in hand. Meet our dedicated team, all of whom are passionate about helping our customers benefit from the impact Lexonik has on learners worldwide.

Katy Parkinson

Katy Parkinson

Founder Director

Katy is the inspiration behind and creator of Sound Training. Prior to developing the programme she was a Senior Learning and Language Advisor in a large urban unitary authority. Katy has 27 years’ teaching experience, specialising in supporting pupils with dyslexia. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Special Education, a PGC in Dyslexia and is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).

Personal mission: to enable every child to fulfil their potential

Claire Preston

Claire Preston

CEO

Claire is the driving force behind the growth and development of the company and those within it. Passionate about education, personal development and raising standards, Claire brings 30 years’ experience in teaching, training and management to the role and is committed to channelling her leadership experience and expertise to lead the whole company to success in existing and new sectors.

Personal mission: to lead the company in enabling every child to fulfil their potential

 

Sarah Earl

Sarah Earl

Business Development Manager

Sarah applies her extensive knowledge and experience in school training and management roles to explore and promote business development opportunities. Her role enables the company to respond to the changing needs of customers and the educational climate, providing Lexonik solutions in a range of settings and sectors.

Anne Wassell

Anne Wassell

Training and Development Manager

Anne has previously held roles as Vice Principal, Director of Studies and SENCO and uses this experience to monitor and develop quality and training processes and activity, which are paramount to the consistency, success and potential growth of both Lexonik and Sound Training.

Lisa Parkinson

Lisa Parkinson

Teacher Training and Recruitment Manager

Involved in Sound Training from the start, Lisa is a qualified teacher, who brings huge passion and commitment to the recruitment and training of our national team of teachers, ensuring standardisation of delivery and impact of Lexonik in the UK and internationally.

Michelle Hicks

Michelle Hicks

Operations Manager

Michelle brings her 20 years’ experience and understanding of the demands on schools and teachers to the team and is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the business. This includes ensuring customer service and support of the highest standard. 

Cheryl Farrar

Cheryl Farrar

Regional Trainer

Cheryl is a Lead Trainer. A Cambridge graduate, she has taught Biology in a number of roles over 15 years. She was one of our first teachers and has delivered Sound Training in a local school since 2012. She brings her enthusiasm and experience to the role of training and supporting our teachers.

Lorna Grant

Lorna Grant

Regional Trainer

Lorna taught science for 18 years in London before working as advisor and team leader on the Specialist Schools Programme at SSAT. Lorna joined Sound Training in 2013 and brings her experience and enthusiasm to the role of supporting and training teachers to maximise the impact of Lexonik in schools.

Tricia van der Vliet

Tricia van der Vliet

Regional Trainer

Tricia has been a Lexonik teacher since 2013. She has a wealth of experience in teaching, training, senior leadership roles within schools and as an Advisory Officer for a Local Authority, specialising in Primary English and School Improvement. She has an innovative and creative approach to teaching both children and adults alike.

Jo Hern

Jo Hern

Regional Trainer

Jo is an enthusiastic and energetic English teacher who has delivered Lexonik in schools across the Midlands since 2013. Her first hand experience of teaching the programme means she is ideally placed to support and advise our new partners.

Etta Cohen

Etta Cohen

Regional Trainer

Etta taught for 22 years in inner city schools before to leaving to work in the public sector, linking education with business. She then ran her own business for 15 years, supporting women to achieve their full potential, for which she was awarded an OBE. Etta is passionate about the role of literacy in ensuring every individual has the opportunity to succeed.

Ian Jones

Ian Jones

Regional Trainer

Ian has twenty-five years’ experience of teaching and working with children and young adults in the Bristol area. He has extensive experience of delivering Lexonik, having been part of a team that successfully delivered the programme to over 600 students at Orchard School in Bristol.

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