Dr Lesley Hendy EdD MA ADSD (Central School) LGSM has worked in education for 40 years both in primary and secondary schools and in teacher training. She is a former senior lecturer in drama and education in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.
Since leaving teacher education in 2000, she has specialised in voice training and runs courses for teachers for the LA and for schools in East and West Sussex. She has a small private practice that includes teachers, managers, sales representatives and newsreaders for local radio.
Her publications include Voice Workshop a book about voice for teachers (NATE pub); a series of articles for teachers on the training of children’s voices called ‘A Voice for Life’ for the Primary English Magazine (NATE); voice articles for teachers in ‘Teaching Expertise’ a teachers’ magazine, and Speak2Learn, a handbook for Primary School Teachers (2006).
Suzanne is a teacher, performer, and coach with over twenty-five years’ experience in the voice industry. She is currently Leader of Learning for Peer Productions, an award-winning youth arts charity specialising in combining high quality arts practice with peer education.
Prior to joining Peer, Suzanne was Course Leader for Performance Preparation Academy’s BA Hons Acting for Stage and Screen. She was also their Head of Voice for eight years.
Suzanne is deeply involved in the Teaching Voice and delivers comprehensive voice training in the education sector. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Voice at the Essex and Thames Primary Consortium.
Her private work, Parke Communication offers several different voice courses, including presentation skills and one to one coaching. Suzanne holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is a voice-over artist represented by Rhubarb Voices.
Clarissa Hardaker is a specialist speech and language therapist and voice and dialect coach. She currently works on the Voice and Head and Neck Cancer team at The Harley Street Clinic, London and is skilled in the assessment and treatment of clients with speech and swallowing disorders, vocal nodules, cysts, polyps, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal trauma and voice loss. She also works in Leeds Gender Identity clinic where she provides voice and communication therapy with trans and non-binary people.
Clarissa is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), the British Voice Association (BVA) and the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists (BAHNO). She is one of the recommended Vocal Rehabilitation Specialists for the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM).
Sue Lockwood holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice Voice Pedagogy and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. Sue has completed vocal training with Patsy Rodenberg OBE, Christina Shewell and Cicely Berry CBE, integrating much of their methodology into her own practice.
She was a voice tutor for the Voice Care Network and more recently has taught on SCITT courses, training both primary and secondary school teachers in voice care. She is also a voice practitioner at Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company.
Sue is a LAMDA examiner and has her own studio in Suffolk where she coaches individuals on actors’ text, presentation skills and voice work.
In addition to media appearances, we regularly present at teaching and research conferences, including:
We are also associated with the Thames Primary Consortium and Essex Graduate Training Programme and deliver workshops for Speech and Language Therapists’ Special Interest Groups across the UK.
You will need to be able to use your voice at a professional skills level in order to communicate effectively in the classroom. Read and consider the following statements. Mark each statement yes or no according to your view of your voice.