BCAS - Meet the Team

Clinical Manager - Speech and Language Therapist

Vicky Styles

After gaining an interest in the field of AAC through her first community speech and language therapy post, Vicky joined the team at the Centre in 2003, taking over as clinical manager for the service in February 2017. Since joining the team she has refined her knowledge of AAC in relation to assessments for an adult population and remains passionate about the positive effects AAC can have on people’s lives.

Speech and Language Therapist

Cat Proom

Cat joined BCAS in April 2012. Since qualifying in 2005 she has had a keen interest in AAC. Her previous experience includes working with children with speech and language difficulties, adults with learning difficulties and adults with physical impairments. Cat works across the service with both adults and children.

Speech and Language Therapist

Emily Preston

Emily joined BCAS in January 2016 working across the service with both adults and children. Her previous experience includes working with children and young adults with learning and physical difficulties in both their home and education environments. She is particularly excited by the life changing impact the right AAC system can have on the lives of individuals, their families and those who support them.

Speech & Language Therapist

Shani Ackford

Shani qualified in 2008 and joined the BCAS team in June 2017.  Shani developed her interest in AAC through working with adults with neurological disorders and is now honing her skills working with both adults and children.  She is enjoying the opportunity to work with a range of people and seeing the impact that the right communication aid can have.

Occupational Therapist

Polly Wingate Saul

Polly joined the team in March 2012 on a part-time basis as the first Occupational Therapist to work in the service. Her main role is mounting and access assessments. Polly has a broad range of clinical experience including wheelchairs and seating, palliative care, stroke rehabilitation and spinal injuries. She also spent four years working overseas for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka and Tanzania and loves travelling.

Occupational Therapist

Lisa Conroy

Lisa joined the BCAS team in June 2015 on a part time basis. Her role includes mounting and access assessments. Since qualifying in 1999 her clinical experience has included working in areas of learning disabilities/mental health, community rehabilitation and stroke.

Assistant Practitioner

Stephanie Ellis

Steph joined BCAS in 2015 as an Assistant Practitioner, her role is to assist the therapists in preparing equipment, computer programming and to attend client assessments. Steph also carries out client follow up appointments and offers training and on-going support to clients and their families. Her previous clinical experience includes, nursing neurology patients for 3 years, followed by caring for stroke patients in a palliative and acute setting for a further 3 years.

Assistant Practitioner

Charlotte Brooks

Coming from a Linguistic and ESL teaching background, Charlotte first joined BCAS as a volunteer in order to learn more about the field of AAC and Speech and Language Therapy. She became an Assistant Practitioner in September 2015 and now provides support for adults with communication aids.

Assisant Practitioner

Natasha Pearce

Natasha joined BCAS in March 2019 as an Assistant Practitioner. Her role is to see and support clients who use high tech communication aids, assisting in appointments with therapists and to carry out behind the scenes work by programming and preparing equipment and software.
Her background includes working alongside children with additional needs including physical, visual and speech impairments and is keen to transfer those skills to both adults and children across the service and developing new skills in AAC.

Specialist Communication Aid Centre Technician

Alison Teague

Ali has been working at BCAS since 1996. Her role is to support the team and clients regarding technical queries, to manage the equipment and to assess clients who need communication aids and switches mounted to wheelchairs. Outside of work she is also busy and enjoys cycling, walking, swimming and reading.

Assistant Practitioner

Jeanette Garrett

Netty joined the team in January 2015 as an Assistant Practitioner. Her background is technical and financial. She deals with the equipment side of the service, supporting the therapists with equipment management and queries. This is an exciting time to be with BCAS as the service and department are expanding.

Support Manager

Katherine Bryce

Katherine has worked for North Bristol NHS Trust since February 2014, joining the team at the Bristol Centre for Enablement in April 2016 as a Support Manager. Katherine's role is to work closely with the clinical and administration teams across the centre, providing valuable support in areas such as IT systems, and service standards.

Office Manager

Anna Birnie

Anna joined the Team in August 2015. She has a background as a medical secretary in Urology & Cardiology and 5 years with NHS Direct. She now works as Office Manager for BCAS and thoroughly enjoys working as part of a friendly supportive team.

Office Manager

Simone Paisey

Simone has worked for the NHS Trust since 2004, working previously with both the Wheelchair & Special Seating Service and Prosthetics & Orthotics Service.
Simone joined the Bristol Communication Aid team in November 2016 as an Office Manager, and finds the role varied and rewarding. She enjoys working within such a close and supportive team and service.


Amanda Rogers

Before having a family, Amanda worked as a legal secretary and then as a legal executive. She joined the team in May 2008 as a part-time secretary. The work is varied which makes the days go by very quickly. It’s a nice team to work with as well.


Melanie Reed

Melanie has worked for the NHS since 2001, in Community Child Health for 3½ years, and since then with BCAS. Her role is Secretary/Administrator 2 days a week. Up until the move to a different admin office in 2014 she has worked at the paediatric base at Claremont School, where she has enjoyed a variety of tasks including meeting and welcoming the families who attend assessments.