Dyslecsia Cymru / Wales Dyslexia

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Our vision is to make Wales the best place in the world for the dyslexic individual to live, learn, work and develop to their full potential.

Our Trustees

Sandra Cutler, Chair


Amanda Kelland, Vice Chair


John Williams, Treasurer

John has worked in a finance environment for over forty years. He started his career with the NatWest Bank, working in west Wales, London and Birmingham.  After five years service he took up employment with Trinity College Carmarthen, now known as University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He eventually became their Senior Financial Manager in charge of seven finance staff. John retired in 2011. He now has more time for his hobbies of game fishing, sport and Formula 1 racing, and for his two children and three grandchildren. He has been Dyslecsia Cymru/Wales Dyslexia’s Treasurer since March 2012.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones

Gwilym graduated in Welsh Language and Literature from the University of North Wales Bangor in 1985 before being awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship to study at the University of California Berkeley in 1986/87. He completed a Masters degree on his return to Bangor in 1987 and undertook a PGCE programme at the University of Wales Aberystwyth the following year. He was appointed to a teaching post at Ysgol Gyfun Gŵyr, Swansea, in 1988 and was appointed Head of the Welsh Department at the school in 1990. Two years later he was appointed a lecturer in Welsh at Trinity College Carmarthen and became Head of the Welsh Department at the College in 1997 before being appointed Head of the Faculty of Education and Training in 1999. He remains in that role today and has also undertaken the additional role of Provost of the Carmarthen Campus within the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David since January 2011. Gwilym has been a Trustee of Dyslecsia Cymru since 2010 and was Chairman of the charity from Autumn 2011 to Spring 2013.


Linda Grace

Linda is an experienced board member having been a trustee, director and volunteer of a variety of organisations, which have included in the past Age Concern, Crossroads and Cruse Bereavement Counselling. Until recently she was a town councillor for 17 years during which time she was elected town Mayor three times. She has been a long standing School Governor. At present she is Director of the local Credit Union and Chair of Trustees of Jig-So Children’s Centre, a well established charitable company. She is a member of the local Hospital League of Friends committee. Linda is a retired nurse having enjoyed a varied career including senior management and nursing children. She has the proud experience of seeing and supporting one of her children coping/managing dyslexia.


Nanna Ryder

Nanna is a Welsh medium teaching fellow within the School of Initial Teacher Education and Training at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where her main area of expertise is Additional Learning Needs. She also lectures on the Foundation degree in Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants and recently introduced a module to this programme focusing on supporting learners with dyslexia. Prior to this Nanna was a lecturer within the School of Social Justice and Inclusion within the university and is a former primary school teacher. She has published work through the medium of Welsh for Gomer press. Nanna is currently studying for a Masters degree in Equality and Diversity and has been a trustee of Wales Dyslexia since 2011.


Nicola Shaw

Nicola was introduced to Dyslexia Wales in 2008 when her son Bleddyn was having problems in his Welsh medium school in Newport. Michael Davies, the late CEO, arranged for her son to be tested for dyslexia.  After experiencing Michael’s dedication to helping dyslexic individuals, Nicola volunteered to help the charity in and around the south east Wales area. Nicola assisted with the telephone helpline for three years and as a trustee has attended various Welsh government and third sector meetings.


Heulwen Newton

Heulwen is an experienced teacher of children with specific learning difficulties living near Wrexham.


Julie Benson