Nasen appoints new Chief Executive


Nasen, the leading UK professional association embracing all special and additional educational needs and disabilities, has appointed Dr Adam Boddison as its new chief executive

Dr Boddison, who will take up the post from January 2016, is currently director of the Centre for Professional Education at Warwick University. He has taught at both primary and secondary levels, been a school governor, sat on various regional and national education committees, and overseen a number of international education projects.

Dr Boddison’s experience in teacher training with an emphasis on SEND specialism, combined with his strong background in research focusing on inclusive education and educational technology, have given him broad insight into the demands of SEN practitioners and the children that they support.

Utilising his background he intends to work closely with nasen’s members and stakeholders to support practitioners, co-constructing and sharing best practice methods to enhance SEN provision across the UK and further afield.

Stephen Bajdala Brown, chair of nasen’s trustees, said:

‘It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr Boddison to chief executive of nasen. Dr Boddison joins us at a pivotal time. The SEND reforms are becoming more embedded, while professional development becomes more collaborative and evidence-based, and Dr Boddison’s background in education, research and teacher training will help nasen continue to be at the forefront of these changes. Until January 2016, nasen’s senior team will continue its work managing nasen’s training, events, research and policy links, working closely with members to effectively communicate the needs of the sector.’

Dr Boddison said:

‘Nasen’s work with its members helped shape the recent policy reforms and has also demonstrated the breadth of expertise available within its membership base and the wider education sector. Working closely with our members and stakeholders to share and build on this expertise is a role that I am proud to undertake.’


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