David Crabtree is an inspirational trainer and coach, his message is that by knowing about learning and cognitive differences, we can enable all learners to achieve and be successful. David has worked for over 30 years in the FE and Skills sector; 10 years in Senior Management and 20 years teaching in General FE Colleges. David is now based at the University of Westminster and The British Council as a specialist advisor on SEN and inclusive education. In the region, David has previously successfully managed projects and programmes for SfL and LSIS working with a range of vocational sectors such as health and social care, beauty therapy, catering, construction, hairdressing and engineering. In recent years he has been involved in national and international projects exploring approaches to whole class teaching with neurodiverse learners. David has an MA in Vocational Education and Training, PGCE (Secondary) in English, and a Diploma in Teaching students with SplD (Dyslexia).
Ruth Perry has spent the last ten years working as an independent consultant, specialising in the area of learning difficulty and disability. Her particular areas of expertise and interest include personalising learning, progression-focused programmes, supporting learners into employment, and recognising and recording progress and achievement, particularly in relation to post-16 learners.