About  Us

Suzanne McDowell

Suzanne McDowell BSC(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD AMBDA
Specialist Teacher, Assessor and Workplace Consultant

Suzanne has a vast range of experience working in education and has always had a particular passion for ensuring children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities succeed.

Suzanne has had experience as a senior leader and teacher, SENCO, Specialist advisory teacher and Area Manager of SEND in the West Midlands. She has over 23 years' experience working with students across a variety of Primary, Secondary and Higher Education Facilities across the West Midlands. She has current knowledge of the new SEND system and its implications in Educational Facilities.

She has a wide variety of knowledge in the areas of Dyslexia, Autism, Dyspraxia, General Learning Difficulties and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Suzanne has currently been involved in a DFE project expanding knowledge of Neurodiversity in schools.

Suzanne undertakes tuition and assessments at the Coventry Centre and training in schools and she is an experienced Consultant for Workplace Needs assessments.

Alison Pierson

Alison Pierson BA(Hons) PGCE Dip Spld AMBDA
Specialist Teacher and Dyslexia Assessor

Alison is a Specialist Dyslexic teacher with over 25 years of experience of working with children at primary school level. Alison has worked in Coventry and surrounding districts and is familiar with the current curriculum delivered in schools. Alison has delivered bespoke interventions in Primary schools. Alison delivers multi- sensory tuition at our Coventry Centre.

Octavius Ross

Octavius Ross BSc(Hons), PGCE, MEd (Ed Psych), C Psychol
Consultant Chartered Psychologist and Educational Psychologist

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, and Division of Educational & Child Psychology
Member of the Association of Educational Psychologists
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
HCPC Practising Certificate / Registration no: PYL20400

Octavius has over 20 years experience of working with Pre-school, Early Years, Children and Adults. He conducts Diagnostic Assessments for Children from age 6 years and adults (including for employment) for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia. He also conducts GCSE and A-Level Examination Access Arrangements and Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) for University.

Dawn Francis

Dawn Francis BSc, PhD, PG Dip, C.Psychol
British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist

Consultant Chartered Psychologist
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
Member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
HCPC Practising Certificate / Registration no:  PYL29162

Dawn is a psychologist who has worked in the dyslexia field for the past 16 years.  Her Specialist area is with the assessment of clients aged 16+ years for dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia.   Her clients seek assessment for all sorts of purposes, including university/Disabled Students Allowance applications, applications for extra time at GCSE and A level, and work and career-related issues.

She can also assess clients who may have acquired dyslexia and other literacy difficulties later in life through brain injury, strokes, or other brain conditions such as tumours and meningitis.


Justine Webb BSc (Hons) MSc COP AFBPsS
Occupational  Psychologist

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
Registered Occupational Psychologist
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
HCPC Practising Certificate / Registration no:  PYL21422

Justine has over 15 years' experience in the field of dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, the past 10 years having been spent as a Consultant Psychologist . She is widely experienced in assessing children of all ages, students (including DSA assessments) and adults in employment and covers matters concerning dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia in her reports.

Nisha Tanna

Nisha Tanna  BSc, MSc, C.Psychol
Chartered Consultant Psychologist

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
HCPC Practising Certificate / Registration no: PYL22184
Registered Irlen Screener
Master Practitioner of NLP & Timeline Therapy Registered with the ABNLP

Nisha has over 15 years of experience in the assessment of dyslexia.  She specialises in assessment for children (from ages 6+), examination access arrangement applications/ Disabled Students' Allowance applications, and employee assessments to enable reasonable adjustments at work.

Nisha offers a holistic approach to assessment. She has particular strengths in combining cognitive testing with psychological therapies, and has been successful in supporting both children and adults in breaking down the barriers to education/employment. Her approaches include; hypnotherapy, Time Line Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Screening for Irlen Syndrome, Solution Focused/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and dyslexia coaching.

Dimitra Hartas

Dimitra Hartas, MA, PhD, HCPC: PYL25357

Dr Dimitra Hartas is a HCPC-registered Educational Psychologist with 20 years of experience in conducting psycho-educational assessments and academic research in Special Educational Needs and Disability. She has also been a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society since 1997.

She specializes in dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia and has also an interest in Attention Deficit Disorders with or without hyperactivity and Autistic Spectrum Difficulties / Asperger's Syndrome.

She conducts assessments with both children (6 +) and adults and is also able to advise on DSA (Disabled Student Allowance) and other matters related to university support for students with SEN and disability.

Leanne Hadley

Leanne Hadley BSc (Hons), PGCE, P.G.Cert LLD, AMBDA, SpLD APC
Dyslexia Assessor and Specialist Teach

Leanne has 20 years of experience working with students at Primary, Secondary and Higher Education establishments and with adults in the workplace across the West Midlands and surrounding areas.

Leanne conducts Dyslexia Diagnostic Assessments for children from the age of 9 years through to adults.  She can also assess for GCSE/A Level Examination Access Arrangements, University/Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and work/career related issues.

Leanne also undertakes training in schools and has experience of working with children with Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and General Learning Difficulties.


Other Specialist Teachers and Educational Psychologists at the Coventry Centre include:

Moya Kirton - Specialist Teacher

All Specialist teachers and Psychologists have up to date enhanced DBS Certificates and have up to date knowledge on Safeguarding procedures.


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