Our People

Practitioners


Rebecca Fleetwood

“Rebecca has extensive experience in both prison and healthcare settings, and is a skilled member of our team. Graduating in Speech and Language Therapy from Birmingham City University, she is a talented facilitator of communication and can accurately evaluate communication by assessing clients’ needs. Bec also advises on practical strategies to enable smooth communication in the courtroom.”

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Naomi Mason

“Naomi is director of Communicourt Ltd. She has over 30 years’ experience as a consultant Speech and Language Therapist, and now specialises is assisting vulnerable people to communicate effectively in the criminal and family courts. She trains police officers in specialist interviewing including ABE (Achieving Best Evidence). Naomi is also a Registered Intermediary with the Ministry of Justice Witness Intermediary Service and has assisted communication in over 200 criminal cases.”

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Polly Barber

“Polly has extensive experience working with children and young adults with a varied of communication impairments. She also has specialist experience in administering formal and informal assessments, in order to evaluate clients’ communication abilities and advise treatment and management of speech and language difficulties.”

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Cara Drury

“Cara has an MSc in Speech & Language Therapy and a degree in English Language & Linguistics. She has experience of providing specialist community support for mothers with learning disabilities, and worked as a paediatric speech & language therapist for almost 3 years within the NHS.  She now works as an intermediary for Communicourt having completed the Communicourt Intermediary Training Programme.”

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William Scrimshire

“William is an experienced teacher and Intermediary. He has particular interest in learning disability and mental health and its impact on the trial process. William is also Deputy to the Director of Communicourt.”

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Patrick Kirwan

“Patrick is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council, and a qualified Speech and Language Therapist. He is a specialist in assessment and diagnosis of communication disorders, to evaluate client needs and advise on management and facilitation strategies.”

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Janet Chambers

“Janet is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and hold a Master degree in Human Communication with particular expertise in learning disabilities, Autistic Spectrum Condition, mental health issues and acquired and neurological disorders. Janet assists vulnerable defendants at all stages of the criminal justice process, from assessment to evidence giving in court.”

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Lucy Verity

“Lucy read Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, then completed a degree in Speech and Language Therapy at Birmingham City University. She is a specialist in administering a range of communication assessments to diagnose clients’ specific communication needs.”

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Melissa Patidar

“Melissa graduated from Keele University with a degree in Psychology with Criminology. She has experience monitoring prisons as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Birmingham. She is accredited by Communicourt having successfully completed the advanced intermediary training course, and can assist any vulnerable defendant throughout the trial process.”

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Joanna Campbell

“Joanna is our longest standing intermediary and her knowledge and experience are unparalleled. She has been a highly valued member of the team since the company was established. Joanna graduated from Manchester University in 2011 in Speech and Language Therapy and now assists vulnerable people in Magistrate, Crown, Youth and Family courts.”

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Holly Jessup

“Holly has experience working with people with mild to severe mental health conditions including Alzheimer’s and dementia in a range of settings and trained as a Communicourt intermediary to work with vulnerable defendants and can assist any vulnerable defendant throughout the trial process.”

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Ashleigh Walker

“Ashleigh has an MA in Language & Linguistics and a BSc in Speech & Language Pathology. She has specialist experience working with adults and children with a range of communication impairments, including adults with neurological conditions in a residential setting. She also has expertise in administering formal and informal assessments to evaluate speech difficulties and advise treatment. She has undertaken the Communicourt Intermediary Training Programme and has worked on cases in the criminal and family courts.”

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Ashleigh Walker

“Ashleigh has an MA in Language & Linguistics and a BSc in Speech & Language Pathology. She has specialist experience working with adults and children with a range of communication impairments, including adults with neurological conditions in a residential setting. She also has expertise in administering formal and informal assessments to evaluate speech difficulties and advise treatment. She has undertaken the Communicourt Intermediary Training Programme and has worked on cases in the criminal and family courts.”

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Rachael Meroz

“Rachael studied Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Manchester, and Social Science at the University of Brighton. She has conducted research in community settings regarding drug and alcohol use, and has extensive experience in the courts, enabling defendants to fully participate in their trials.”

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Sarah-Jane Prout

“Sarah-Jane is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist with clinical experience in the NHS and in court as a Communicourt intermediary. She is an experienced and highly skilled facilitator of communication and can assist any vulnerable defendant throughout the trial process”

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Matt Wilson

“Matt studied Psychology at the University of Plymouth. His knowledge of the mechanisms behind mental health issues and neurological disorders enables him to effectively facilitate communication with vulnerable defendants utilising effective communication strategies in the court room. Matt is trained as a Communicourt Intermediary to assist throughout the trial process.”

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Rebecca Everitt

“Rebecca qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist with a degree from the University of Manchester in 2015. She has a special interest in the effects of Autism and the victims of stroke. Rebecca has extensive experience working with children and young people and is trained as an Communicourt Intermediary. She is also registered with the HCPC and RCSLT. “

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Maureen Sheerin

“Maureen is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist with a wealth of experience working with adults, young people and children with a wide range of communication difficulties. She has worked across a variety of settings including mainstream schools, specialist schools and residential care settings. She has extensive experience administering a range of formal and informal assessment to diagnose specific communication needs.”

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Maddy Roberts

“Maddy is a Specialist Speech & Language Therapist with over 10 years’ experience working within the NHS, both in community and acute sectors. She is now an intermediary with Communicourt and has specialist knowledge working with Adults with Learning Disability and Mental Health disorders. Maddy has a vast experience of undertaking a variety of formal and informal assessments throughout her career and utilises these skills in the courts, devising strategies to facilitate communication effectively.”

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Laura Haas

“Laura studied Psychology at the University of the West of England and has experience working with women who self-harm and offenders on probation. In 2016, she travelled to Sri Lanka to work with men, women and children suffering from mental illness. She has undertaken the Communicourt Intermediary Training Programme and worked on a variety of family and criminal cases.”

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Sara Draper

“Sara graduated with a degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Manchester. She has experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication impairments. She also has experience in administering assessments and has worked extensively with people with mild to severe learning disabilities.”

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Sarah Waterton

“Sarah graduated in BSc Hons in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Reading. She has a wide experience in working with individuals with communication difficulties, including working in a Special Educational Needs school.”

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Roxanne Parr

“Roxanne graduated with a degree in Speech and Language Therapy. She has experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication impairments and has knowledge of both informal and formal assessments to evaluate communication difficulties and develop effective strategies to overcome these barriers.”

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Sophie Lewendon

“Sophie graduated from the Open University with a degree in Psychology & Criminology. She has particular interests in mental illness & behavioral problems and can quickly identify and evaluate significant patterns of behaviour and can adapt accordingly to communicate effectively. Sophie has a history of working with vulnerable people and has worked in the criminal and family courts.”

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Stefanie Austin

“Stefanie is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who graduated from the University of Reading. She is also a member of the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC). Stefanie has specialised knowledge in assessing and providing therapy to both adults and children with a wide range of communication disorders. Stefanie has undertaken the Communicourt Intermediary Training Programme and now works as an Intermediary. She has experience working in Magistrates, Crown and Family Courts.  “

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Rosie Davies

“Rosie has a degree in Speech and Language Therapy from De Montfort University and is a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She has comprehensive experience working with children and adults with a range of communication difficulties including acquired conditions and learning disabilities in a variety of settings. “

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Admin and Customer Support


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Ashleigh Gibbs

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