AchieveAbility vision, aims and objectives. Board members

Board Members
President of Board: Barry Sheerman MP
Richard Pitts (Chair)
Kevin Maskell (Vice Chair Finance)
Dr Katherine Hewlett MBE (CEO)
Dr Melanie Thorley (Higher Education Ambassadors)
Professor Debra Kelly (Academic and research)
Craig Kennady (Advocacy)
Becki Morris (Heritage sector)
David Hermanstein (Community Partnerships)

Dr Ross Cooper Emeritus

John Pike (legal Advisor)

AchieveAbility is a Charity. On 2004 AchieveAbility started life as a Widening Participation HEFCE funded National Project based at the University of Westminster.

Leon Cole from the University of Westminster talks about Dyslexia

As from 2010 AchieveAbility moved towards charity work as a not for profit company working with adults who are most vulnerable due to neurodivergent conditions and dyslexia. Such as the homeless and those who are margonalized by society. In 2014 AchieveAbility became a charity existing to promote accessible education, training and employment opportunities for vulnerable people who experience dyslexia and who are neurodivergent . Our purpose is to enable people to reach their potential.

Our Vision now:
To work towards a society that positively recognises the strengths of dyslexic and neurodivergent people to achieve of their full potential and ability within education, training and employment.


To plan and deliver accessible and inclusive education and training within the London and wider community in partnership with other like minded organisations.

To provide opportunity for workplace learning and skills development

Specific Objectives:
To unlock the potential of those who are neurodivergent and dyslexia
To recognise the strengths of those who are neurodivergent and dyslexia
To support the adult neurodivergent and dyslexic people in the workplace

What we do:
Campaign to empower dyslexic and neurodivergent people to overcome barriers for success.
Short courses and workshops include:
Extreme study skills
Leadership and communication skills

Enabling institutions, organisations and businesses to reduce unnecessary barriers to achievement.
Courses and training include:
How universities, colleges and schools can dramatically improve retention and achievement through
an understanding of neurodiversity
How teaching can become inclusive by taking account of neurodivergence
Enabling those who are unemployed to develop ability and skills
How employers can get the most from all their staff from small changes to large differences
Enabling the self-employed and employed to achieve the most from the work place.