We are ASEND – a highly specialised SEND-focused consulting, training and staffing business established and run by SEN experts with long experience of working in schools, charities and local authorities.

Our team of experts enables schools to create better provision for their SEND pupils and ensure progress. We’re not a Jack-of-all-Trades; we are definitely a master of one. We do SEND, and only SEND.

Our company is split up into three distinct, but connected, arms: ASEND Consulting, ASEND Staffing and ASEND Training, enabling us to cover any need a school may have within the field of SEN. The three arms cover separate remits but our overall service as a company is bespoke and fluid, utilising our considerable expertise wherever it is needed.

One thing that we’re very proud to say is that no project is too big or too small for ASEND. One school just needed one half-day assessment; in another we completed a full SEN audit, provided support for the SENCo and whole staff training, and placed several permanent staff.

ASEND believes in what it does, which is why we have such a highly qualified, experienced and committed team.


Asend has a strong team of over 150 specialists, all highly qualified and experienced in their fields within SEND. Take a look at some of our specialists’ profiles below.

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Barbara Ball

ASEND was founded in 2011 by Barbara Ball, after over 30 years’ experience in the UK and globally as a specialist teacher, consultant, trainer, inclusion manager and senior manager in a local authority.

Christine Alexander

An outstanding Headteacher for 23 years and a Primary inspector, Christine is a respected consultant and lead reviewer for Challenge Partners. She conducts reviews of governance and serves on IEBs.
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Catia Lemmi

Catia is a highly trained and experienced senior Clinical Psychologist, currently working at Great Ormond Street Hospital specialising in autism spectrum conditions and special needs.
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John Cane

A Senior Speech and Language Therapist, John has extensive experience of working in mainstream and special schools and staff training. He specialises in developing language and literacy, and on social communication.
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Fuyuko Takeda

Fuyuko has extensive experience as an Art Therapist with children with learning difficulties and mental health issues, in mainstream and special schools, PRUs, family centres, children’s hospitals and children’s homes.
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Jacqui Wolff

A teacher/assessor of children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Jacqui has worked at every level of education. She provides diagnostic assessments, assesses for examination Access Arrangements, runs training and advises schools.
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Miriam Winer

Miriam Winer has taught for over 20 years, ten years as Inclusion Manager/SENCo. She supports schools as consultant Inclusion Manager, mentors new SENCos, and provides support to school staff and families.
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Nicky Hawtin

Nicky is a Certified Play Therapist with significant experience working with children from a wide range of backgrounds and difficulties, improving emotional and mental health difficulties and behaviour.
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Sue Rush

Sue is an experienced consultant and trainer in safeguarding and child protection, as well as SEND and inclusive education. She has been a teacher and a local authority officer.
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Claire Rader

Clare is a highly experienced and qualified Occupational Therapist treating children with conditions such as ASD, Cerebral Palsy and DCD. Clare works with individuals, schools and an Autism outreach service.
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Tonia Gann

An Educational Psychologist for over 20 years, Tonia provides a range of services including individual assessments for Education Health & Care Plans, advice to support learning and recommendations on educational provision.
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Barbara Firth

Barbara has many years’ experience as a senior leader with significant experience in Inclusion, as well as being a lead inspector, international trainer and accredited assessor for Inclusion Quality Mark.


ASEND has a distinguished Advisory Board that supports and helps shape ASEND’s development. It is composed of Head Teachers from Primary and Secondary mainstream and special schools who have decades of experience in meeting the needs of their diverse populations and ensuring that every child makes progress. We are also lucky enough to have the support of an experienced Business Manager.