June Renaldi
Assessment and Support Officer

​I joined Dyslexia North East as a volunteer in July 2017 and became a member of the team in May 2018.  I have a background in community work and pride myself on being able to communicate and connect with people from all walks of life.  I have worked for Citizens Advice and studied Community and Voluntary Organisations at Durham University.  I have learned a great deal about Dyslexia and strive to help people get the support which they need by performing screenings and organising assessments.

Maria Conaty
Head administrator

I joined the team in May 2017 and have developed the administration systems and procedures to fit with the growth of the Charity.  I have worked in the public and private sector and use this experience in my role.


Mehrban Sadiq
Chief Executive Officer and Chair

I was voted in as Chief Executive Officer of Dyslexia North East in January 2018. I am Dyslexic and am keen to change attitudes, showing that success can be achieved by many routes. I am keen to reach out to communities and spread knowledge about Dyslexia. I currently work for the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and have been with them for over 10 years working in community engagement. My commitment to equality and diversity extends far beyond BME work, with contributions to work around LGBT, disabilities, mental health and older people. I am also national chair of the Asian fire service Association (AFSA) UK.

Mary Kendal

I have been involved with the Charity since 2012 ans am a retired teacher. I began my career teaching secondary aged children and then children with special educational needs. I trained as a coach for IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning) in 2000 and in 2018 completed a course on Dyscalculia with IDL. In 2016 I trained to be a coach for Cogmed which is a computer programme to improve short term memory. I deliver Cogmed and IDL course

Dr Liz Ferguson

​My interest in Dyslexia came about through my son’s diagnosis.  I was rather shocked as a retired G.P that I had not noticed such a huge problem in my own son. I wanted to find out as much as I could about Dyslexia so that I could help my son, this led me to attend various courses and subsequently the founding of Dyslexia North East. I came to realise that their is a huge number of people who require support, who have a genuine need for our services.  My day to day role in the office is to provide support by telephone, e-mail and face to enquires, a lot of which involve setting up screenings, assessments and learning support appointments. I deliver workshops across the North East and undertake Dyslexia Screenings and Visual Stress screenings.  Part of my role as a trustee is to develop funding applications to secure the future of Dyslexia North East.

Kathy Richards

I have benefitted from the help that DNE has offered my
daughter who has struggled with dyslexia. As an Art and Design teacher with Gateshead college I have developed an annual project with my students called ‘Celebrating Difference’. The students work closely with DNE as well as with our patron Simon Donald, to encourage their creativity and explore emotions and mental health issues. “Celebrating Difference” in 2016, 2017 and 2018 has been a great success.

Karen Tait

I have been a teacher for more than 30 years and in that time have taught both children and adults with a range of additional needs, both here and in America. I have been a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland since 2008, and in that time developed and set up the Multi-Agency Continuing Professional Development modules in Dyslexia (SpLD) at the university.

Ron Joyce

I joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018. I have worked in Accountancy since 1981 and use my skills to guide Dyslexia North East in setting budgets and ensuring that adequate funds are available to fund the Charity’s work. My other interests are Judo and Scouting.

Patricia Custance

I was elected to the board of trustees in January 2019. I have 2 sons and a husband with dyslexia which is where my interest in dyslexia originates. I have a background in Sales, Marketing and Contract negotiations, also working in the Pharmaceutical Industry for several years. I am keen to learn more about dyslexia and how it impacts on the lives of dyslexics.

Lyn Brown

I was elected as a New Trustee at the AGM in January 2019 having been a Member of Dyslexia North East for a number of years. I am dyslexic myself and have 3 children with dyslexia, so have had a lot of personal experience. I am a NE Regional Representative for Parent Carer Forums and have been on the steering group for Families United in Newcastle for some years. I am keen to help families with dyslexia.