Board of Directors - Profiles
Chairperson: Rosalind Rogers
Rosalind has an enviable track record of working to develop national standards of high quality education. She was on the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency’s group which developed the first Benchmark Statements for pre-registration health courses. She led the development of the UK Standards for Work-based Learning for Speech and Language Therapy and represented the UK professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, to develop the Health and Care Professional Council’s Standards for Education and Training. She was a Partner for the UK Regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council, the body that upholds standards in order to protect the public. She currently is working with the International Council for Education in Ayres Sensory Integration (ICEASI) to build a consensus for International Standards of Education in ASI.
Her externally focused work on standards is matched by a long-standing reputation within Ulster for developing innovative curricula. Her passion is in planning and developing high quality training and education across a range of sectors and people. She is acknowledged publicly by Dr. Kelly, Course Director of the Masters in Sensory Integration at Ulster University, as being the creator of the Masters programme in Sensory Integration –the first of its kind in the world.
In 2011, Rosalind was acknowledged by her profession through the conferment of the award of Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This honour was bestowed as a consequence of her engagement in a range of leadership roles, the most notable being Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists’ Council, where she was commended for her vision in respect of professional development frameworks for health professionals.
She was invited to chair the Board of Sensory Integration Education in 2014 in order that her skills of strategic leadership could be harnessed for this organisation. She had already demonstrated her strong support for this organisation’s Vision, with her leadership skills being honed through twelve years in academic management at Ulster University.
She also is a high quality teacher –she is a Fellow of the University’s Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice. However, she is most proud of being a finalist for the Students Union’s University Staff Member of the Year 2013 because this is a student-nominated award-she was the only academic from her faculty to be shortlisted. Occupational Therapists who heard her lecture on Neuroscience on recent Sensory Integration Foundations in Neuroscience modules have been consistent in their praise of her knowledge and ability to communicate complex concepts and ideas in a clear, engaging style.
In her personal life, living on the beautiful drumlins of Country Down, in Northern Ireland, as a foster mother, she is particularly motivated about the application of Ayres Sensory Integration to supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma. She uses the knowledge generously shared by her expert Sensory Integration Advanced Practitioner friends for children in her home environment.
Director of Education: Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh
Sylvia’s professional background encompasses academia, research, clinical practice, senior public-sector management and project management. She is committed to advancing evidence-based practice - one of the outputs of her PhD, which investigated the clinical reasoning and decision-making of occupational therapists, speech & language therapists and biomedical engineers, is the Taylor-Goh Model of Clinical Reasoning.
She is the editor of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Clinical Guidelines, a publication that provides evidence based guidance for 12 clinical areas of the profession. She has worked with the Department of Health, England, on establishing a Research Unit and undertaking an assistive technology research project. With the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), she assisted the development of ensuring the service user’s voice is heard in clinical guidelines.
She held academic positions at City University and University of London for over ten years and elsewhere has held the roles of External Examiner and Supervising Fellow for Professional Doctorate degrees. She is a Recognised Teacher with Ulster University. She is currently working in partnership with a UK university enabling them to embed her clinical reasoning model throughout their health course’s pre-registration curriculum. As a published author and active researcher, she regularly is an invited speaker at professional conferences.
Her clinical practice, ‘Relational Communication’, provides specialist assessment and intervention for children, young people and adults with complex congenital and acquired neurological disorders. She also works as a medico-legal Expert Witness within this clinical specialism. She is actively involved in many professional societies and is a member of the RCSLT Policy and Professional Practice Committee whose role is to consider and make recommendations upon matters relating to professional development, standards, policy and public affairs.
Director of Membership Services: Cathy Maguire
Cathy’s clinical background is as a physiotherapist, working initially in musculo-skeletal outpatients before moving into the field of paediatrics. She has worked in a variety of environments during her career, including acute ward settings, outpatient clinics, child development centres and special schools. Her particular areas of interest include learning difficulties, complex needs, hydrotherapy, posture and gait and looking at SI theory and practice from a physiotherapy perspective.
Cathy has a strong background in leadership, which is of great value to the organisation in her role as Membership Director. She has a MSc in Clinical Leadership for Allied Health Professionals and understands well the dynamics of working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams and across the diverse inter-professional boundaries. Dr Sylvia Taylor-Goh, one of her fellow directors, describes her as “a natural encourager”. Gina Daly, SensorNet Editor comments “Cathy is a great person to work alongside as her enthusiastic, optimistic attitude is contagious and serves to motivate those around her. She is an ideas-generator and has a very creative mindset”.
Her involvement with Sensory Integration Education began as an ASI student in 2010, when she embarked on the modular pathway, initially with Cardiff and then with Ulster University. She gained her advanced practitioner status in 2014 and sees this landmark as “a real personal highlight and one of the achievements I value most in my professional career”.
She has always immersed herself actively in the work of the organisation and as Director of Membership she manages the editorial teams for EmphaSIze, our monthly newsletter, and SensorNet, our bi-annual, e-magazine. She also oversees the social media platforms. Under Cathy’s leadership, all of these have been refreshed and developed to attract a strong global reach, as evidenced by the significantly increased numbers of social media followers and the requests for articles to be re-published in publications of other ASI organisations.
Her knowledge of how students learn their ASI knowledge and skills has been honed through her mentoring, e-mentoring and lecturing roles on the SI Modular Pathway. She is a recognised teacher for Ulster University and the Lead e-Mentor for the online modules. Penny Stewart, the Online Learning Lead, commends Cathy’s skills in supporting and engaging people, saying “Cathy is really proactive... always sharing her ideas and drawing on her knowledge and experience”. Members also respect her knowledge and skill. Moyna Talcer, Occupational Therapist and fellow SI lecturer writes “She has a gift for expressing herself in a warm and approachable manner which has gained the respect of all those around her".
Cathy has been a Director since 2014.
Director of Business Operations: Fiona Insch
Fiona Insch has a strong business background with over twenty years experience in a blue chip top 100 FTS company. As a Finance Manager, she was responsible for the management and delivery of the Profit & Loss, Management Information and Systems. She always was passionate about the training and development of others -it was therefore a natural progression into delivering Finance Training across the company’s suite of UK technical finance courses.
This commercial training and development experience was sought after by Ashridge Business School, where she worked in a joint venture to develop the leaders of future across the breadth of the organisation.
Fiona was head hunted into Sensory Integration Education in 2009 in order to apply her leadership and management skills in developing a professional learning organisation, true to its not-for-profit values, yet efficient and effective with its processes.
She provides wise financial and business counsel to the Board of Directors, while also leading on the implementation of the professional education and research, and membership decisions. In 2017, this leadership role was formalised at a Director-level. She has built up one of the strongest Operations Team. She leads so positively, and her passionate commitment to the goals of Sensory Integration Education are energising and uplifting to those around her.
Lelanie Brewer is a paediatric Occupational Therapist and researcher. Previously a Senior Lecturer in OT and MSc OT programme lead at Northumbria University, she has 13 years’ experience in private and NHS clinical practice.
Lelanie manages the planning and development of Sensory Integration Education’s postgraduate courses and is responsible for managing the team of lecturers, mentors and supervisors. She works closely with SIE's accreditation partner, Ulster University, on Sensory Integration Education’s unique postgraduate pathway leading to an MSc in Sensory Integration.
She is excited to work on these new educational developments in Ayres’ Sensory Integration and feels that a key priority is to ensure that the course standards continue to be outstanding and reflect the latest evidence in the fields of Neuroscience and Sensory Integration.
With an impressive track record spanning the UK and USA, Lelanie became a university lecturer full-time in 2014 because of her keen interest in teaching, research and furthering the evidence base for OT. In 2017, she won the award for best lecturer in the student-led teaching awards at Northumbria University.
Prior to this, Lelanie worked as a children’s occupational therapist in the NHS, charity and private settings since 2000. During this time, she became an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and spent the majority of her clinical career working with children and young people with sensory integration difficulties.
Originally qualifying in OT in South Africa, Lelanie gained her MSc in OT at Brunel University, London and is currently in the second year of her part-time PhD study at Newcastle University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.