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Our Team

Our team members come from a wide range of backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is a desire to support those with communication difficulties. We are happy to provide support or advice via telephone or email, so please do get in touch.


Joan Murphy
Joan Murphy
Non-executive Director
Joan Murphy
Non-executive Director

I am a Research Speech and Language Therapist and founder of Talking Mats. In September 2018 I changed my role with Talking Mats and I am now working as Talking Mats Consultant rather than Director. I worked with people with acquired communication difficulties with the NHS for many years and began working at Stirling University in 1989 as a researcher. Since then I have led a number of research projects and have a wide portfolio of publications. Together with my colleagues, I have developed Talking Mats into a well-respected communication framework, which is used worldwide with a wide range of people.

Lois Cameron
Lois Cameron
Director
Lois Cameron
Director

Lois is one of the founding directors of Talking Mats Social enterprise. She has worked with Joan, the other founding director, developing Talking Mats since 1998. By profession, Lois is a Speech and Language Therapist and worked in various roles in the NHS primarily in learning disabilities . She was heavily involved in building the research evidence base for Talking Mats and since 2011 her focus has been to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this transformational communication framework.

Margo Mackay
Margo Mackay
Operations Director
Margo Mackay
Operations Director

Margo became Operations Director in December 2019 after joining the Talking Mats team in 2012. She previously practiced as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS and worked collaboratively in a variety of settings to  support children and young people with Additional Support Needs. She is a strong advocate for rights based practice and in 2019 wrote a report for the Scottish Government called “Can Scotland be brave?” to help practitioners to understand what full incorporation of UNCRC means in practice.

Nicki Ewing
Nicki Ewing
Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers
Nicki Ewing
Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers

Nicki joined  the Talking Mats Team in January 2016 and is our Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers. She has a background in social work and worked in adult services, latterly as a planning and commissioning officer for people with learning disabilities. She became an accredited Talking Mats trainer in 2013 and enjoys delivering training across the UK and internationally. She strongly believes that Talking Mats improves the quality of life for people with communication difficulties by ensuring that they have their voices heard.

Pauline Geddes
Pauline Geddes
Resources Co-ordinator
Pauline Geddes
Resources Co-ordinator

I joined the Talking Mats Team in July 2014.  I am responsible for making up and dispatching orders, as well as organising training materials.

Paula Douglas
Paula Douglas
Communications and Marketing
Paula Douglas
Communications and Marketing

Paula qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at University College London in 2002. She worked with adult inpatients in Ayrshire and Arran before moving to work in the community in Dumfries. She had career break to raise her family and we are delighted that she is now part of our office team

Laura Holmes
Laura Holmes
Lead Associate for Children and Young People
Laura Holmes
Lead Associate for Children and Young People

Laura joined the Talking  Mats Team in 2016 and is based in North West England.  Laura also works for NHS Stockport Foundation Trust as a Highly Specialist  Speech and Language Therapist with the Stockport Virtual Schools Team.  She is committed to supporting children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings using Talking Mats, enabling their voices to be heard and responded to by those around them.

Heather Cambridge
Heather Cambridge
Business and Office Manager
Heather Cambridge
Business and Office Manager

Heather’s background is in Business Administration and Education and she joined Talking Mats in early 2020. Heather will be your point of contact for organising training and general enquiries.

Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson
Digital Support Officer
Mark Dawson
Digital Support Officer

Mark is a modern languages graduate and completed his masters at the beginning of 2020. After stints working for a farm and an educational publishing company, in the Summer of 2021 he joined the Talking Mats team where he deals with all things digital.

Mary Duffy
Mary Duffy
Mary Duffy

Associate Tutor

Mary is a Speech and Language Therapist working with children and young people with physical disability and additional support needs. She has been one of our Licenced Trainers since 2015 and is now applying her experience and knowledge to her role as a tutor on our online Foundation Training Course

Rachel Woolcomb
Rachel Woolcomb
Rachel Woolcomb

Associate Tutor

Rachel is a freelance occupational therapist working in and around Gloucestershire.  She works with people who have experienced neurological impairment following a brain or spinal cord injury and those who have sustained traumatic life changing physical and psychological injuries.  She also acts as an expert witness with the medico-legal process.  Rachel has been a team member since 2018 and is particularly interested in the use of Talking Mats as a thinking tool.  She currently tutors on the Talking Mats online Foundation Training course.

Sharon McGrory
Sharon McGrory
Sharon McGrory

Associate Tutor

Sharon qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005 and her specialism is working within the Acute Stroke Team of Forth Valley. She has also worked within the 3rd Sector in a training and consultancy role. Sharon believes this experience allows her to offer support to our online participants and introduce them to a practical tool that can make communication easier.

Julie King
Julie King
Julie King

Associate Tutor

Based in Edinburgh, Julie currently works as a specliast neuro Occupational Therapist in an inpatient setting. Prior to this she worked in the community supporting adults with neurological conditions to access digital technology and she also has experience in reablement and care management. Julie became one of our trainers in 2014 and she is keen to promote how Talking Mats can help those living with cognitive impairment have a voice on areas that matter to them.

Euan Robertson
Euan Robertson
Euan Robertson

Associate Tutor

Euan is a Speech and Language Therapist who has worked in Alternative and Augmentative Communication for over twenty years, seeing first hand the impact Talking Mats can have. He has his own Independent SLT practice working with AAC users across the country as well as offering consultancy to some of the leading manufacturers of AAC in the UK. When not working Euan is usually found roaming the country in his campervan with his husband and 2 dogs

Lois Cameron
Lois Cameron
Director
Lois Cameron
Director

Lois is one of the founding directors of Talking Mats Social enterprise. She has worked with Joan, the other founding director, developing Talking Mats since 1998. By profession, Lois is a Speech and Language Therapist and worked in various roles in the NHS primarily in learning disabilities . She was heavily involved in building the research evidence base for Talking Mats and since 2011 her focus has been to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this transformational communication framework.

Margo Mackay
Margo Mackay
Operations Director
Margo Mackay
Operations Director

Margo became Operations Director in December 2019 after joining the Talking Mats team in 2012. She previously practiced as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS and worked collaboratively in a variety of settings to  support children and young people with Additional Support Needs. She is a strong advocate for rights based practice and in 2019 wrote a report for the Scottish Government called “Can Scotland be brave?” to help practitioners to understand what full incorporation of UNCRC means in practice.

Nicki Ewing
Nicki Ewing
Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers
Nicki Ewing
Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers

Nicki joined  the Talking Mats Team in January 2016 and is our Lead Associate for Licensed Trainers. She has a background in social work and worked in adult services, latterly as a planning and commissioning officer for people with learning disabilities. She became an accredited Talking Mats trainer in 2013 and enjoys delivering training across the UK and internationally. She strongly believes that Talking Mats improves the quality of life for people with communication difficulties by ensuring that they have their voices heard.

Pauline Geddes
Pauline Geddes
Resources Co-ordinator
Pauline Geddes
Resources Co-ordinator

I joined the Talking Mats Team in July 2014.  I am responsible for making up and dispatching orders, as well as organising training materials.

Paula Douglas
Paula Douglas
Communications and Marketing
Paula Douglas
Communications and Marketing

Paula qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at University College London in 2002. She worked with adult inpatients in Ayrshire and Arran before moving to work in the community in Dumfries. She had career break to raise her family and we are delighted that she is now part of our office team

Laura Holmes
Laura Holmes
Lead Associate for Children and Young People
Laura Holmes
Lead Associate for Children and Young People

Laura joined the Talking  Mats Team in 2016 and is based in North West England.  Laura also works for NHS Stockport Foundation Trust as a Highly Specialist  Speech and Language Therapist with the Stockport Virtual Schools Team.  She is committed to supporting children and young people to express their thoughts and feelings using Talking Mats, enabling their voices to be heard and responded to by those around them.

Heather Cambridge
Heather Cambridge
Business and Office Manager
Heather Cambridge
Business and Office Manager

Heather’s background is in Business Administration and Education and she joined Talking Mats in early 2020. Heather will be your point of contact for organising training and general enquiries.

Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson
Digital Support Officer
Mark Dawson
Digital Support Officer

Mark is a modern languages graduate and completed his masters at the beginning of 2020. After stints working for a farm and an educational publishing company, in the Summer of 2021 he joined the Talking Mats team where he deals with all things digital.

Mary Duffy
Mary Duffy
Mary Duffy

Associate Tutor

Mary is a Speech and Language Therapist working with children and young people with physical disability and additional support needs. She has been one of our Licenced Trainers since 2015 and is now applying her experience and knowledge to her role as a tutor on our online Foundation Training Course

Rachel Woolcomb
Rachel Woolcomb
Rachel Woolcomb

Associate Tutor

Rachel is a freelance occupational therapist working in and around Gloucestershire.  She works with people who have experienced neurological impairment following a brain or spinal cord injury and those who have sustained traumatic life changing physical and psychological injuries.  She also acts as an expert witness with the medico-legal process.  Rachel has been a team member since 2018 and is particularly interested in the use of Talking Mats as a thinking tool.  She currently tutors on the Talking Mats online Foundation Training course.

Sharon McGrory
Sharon McGrory
Sharon McGrory

Associate Tutor

Sharon qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2005 and her specialism is working within the Acute Stroke Team of Forth Valley. She has also worked within the 3rd Sector in a training and consultancy role. Sharon believes this experience allows her to offer support to our online participants and introduce them to a practical tool that can make communication easier.

Julie King
Julie King
Julie King

Associate Tutor

Based in Edinburgh, Julie currently works as a specliast neuro Occupational Therapist in an inpatient setting. Prior to this she worked in the community supporting adults with neurological conditions to access digital technology and she also has experience in reablement and care management. Julie became one of our trainers in 2014 and she is keen to promote how Talking Mats can help those living with cognitive impairment have a voice on areas that matter to them.

Euan Robertson
Euan Robertson
Euan Robertson

Associate Tutor

Euan is a Speech and Language Therapist who has worked in Alternative and Augmentative Communication for over twenty years, seeing first hand the impact Talking Mats can have. He has his own Independent SLT practice working with AAC users across the country as well as offering consultancy to some of the leading manufacturers of AAC in the UK. When not working Euan is usually found roaming the country in his campervan with his husband and 2 dogs

Joan Murphy
Joan Murphy
Non-executive Director
Joan Murphy
Non-executive Director

I am a Research Speech and Language Therapist and founder of Talking Mats. In September 2018 I changed my role with Talking Mats and I am now working as Talking Mats Consultant rather than Director. I worked with people with acquired communication difficulties with the NHS for many years and began working at Stirling University in 1989 as a researcher. Since then I have led a number of research projects and have a wide portfolio of publications. Together with my colleagues, I have developed Talking Mats into a well-respected communication framework, which is used worldwide with a wide range of people.

Lois Cameron
Lois Cameron
Director
Lois Cameron
Director

Lois is one of the founding directors of Talking Mats Social enterprise. She has worked with Joan, the other founding director, developing Talking Mats since 1998. By profession, Lois is a Speech and Language Therapist and worked in various roles in the NHS primarily in learning disabilities . She was heavily involved in building the research evidence base for Talking Mats and since 2011 her focus has been to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this transformational communication framework.

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