Meet the Team
Dyslexia Cornwall successfully applied for Big Lottery funding in 2014. The funding has enable the charity to employ a Dyslexia Awareness, Information and Support Initiative (DAISI) team until June 2017.
Susan Mendham – DAISI Project Manager
Since moving to Cornwall in 1999 I have been involved in developing a wide range of person-centred projects which have focused on engaging, supporting and helping individuals to progress on a personal, vocational and professional level. Working with Dyslexia Cornwall as a project manager I have the exciting responsibility of empowering dyslexic individuals to achieve their full potential by creating new services and focusing on the future sustainability of the charity.
On a personal level, I am married with a nine-year-old daughter who has recently been identified as having dyslexic tendencies. After years of learning the theory of supporting people with specific learning difficulties I am now developing the practical experience to enable my daughter to progress through life with a smile.
Debi Aindow – Office Administrator
I started work with Dyslexia Cornwall as their Office Administrator in November 2015. In this role I work closely with all our services users, staff and volunteers. My key role is to ensure that everyone who contacts our charity gets a high level of customer service and they can quickly access the services they need.
My administration career started when I joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service in 1978, where I trained to become a Secretary and were I also met my husband.
Since then I have had many exciting experiences including raising 2 daughters and working in Australia as a Factory Administrator in a popcorn factory.
After we returned to the UK in 2007 we started our own business that focused on developing the physical well-being of people in the local community.
I enjoy my job as an Office Administrator as I get to meet many interesting people whose lives are impacted by dyslexia and being part of a team that has a passion for helping people reach their full potential.
Shawn Brown – Outreach Dyslexia Adviser (Employment)
As an Outreach Worker with Dyslexia Cornwall my work involves getting out and about around Cornwall, improving awareness of dyslexia through workshops and training events, as well as providing key services for dyslexic people. I’m also a qualified engineer and designer and split my time between my outreach role and working on an array of weird and wonderful design engineering projects. In 2010 I was also fortunate enough to be awarded the title of UK Young Engineer of the Year.
I am dyslexic myself and have had some fantastic support in the past, which has enabled me to develop my potential; both practically and in academia. As such it’s great to be able to work with dyslexic people in Cornwall and to provide support to others.
Miriam Kennedy – Outreach Dyslexia Adviser (Education and Training)
I have been employed in adult education for 17 years working for a London Borough, teaching literacy and numeracy and supporting dyslexic students. I started managing dyslexia support in 2006 and was responsible for teaching and supporting lecturers to identify and refer learners with specific learning difficulties and adapt to their learners’ needs and for some lecturers to give one to one support.
I moved to Cornwall after being made redundant as a result of Government’s funding cuts to adult education at the end of 2015. Although I half planned to live the `good life’ I was delighted to be given the opportunity to continue working with dyslexic adults and to improve awareness of dyslexia in Cornwall as an outreach worker.