Thursday, 23 May 2024
Thursday, 23 May 2024

nasen begins search for new CEO

FOLLOWING a period of unparalleled growth, nasen (the National Association for Special Educational Needs) – the leading charity that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences – is seeking a new CEO.

Professor Adam Boddison, who has been CEO at nasen for the last six years, is stepping down to take on a new CEO role at education charity, Association For Project Management, the chartered body for the project profession.

nasen’s Board of Trustees has appointed Saxton Bamfylde to exclusively manage the search for a new Chief Executive at an exciting time in the organisation’s development.

The charity has seen significant UK and international growth by broadening its support for the sector with new services and resources. Recent developments include offering a wide range of information, support and resources to all individuals in the UK via nasen’s free membership, which has now grown to a 30,000-strong community.

Professor Adam Boddison, who will remain in post until 31st August 2021, said:

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead nasen’s important work in the education and SEND sector for almost six years, working with a dedicated and talented team that has collectively supported a radical transformation of the organisation that I joined in 2016.

“Building on its impressive 30-year history, nasen has recently launched its free membership offer, which has seen a record uptake in the community, both in terms of membership numbers and sector engagement. I am hugely confident that the team’s work has put nasen on track for even greater things to come, including significant international growth.

“Although I am moving on from the SEND sector, the importance of this work remains something I am incredibly passionate about, and I will continue to champion nasen and all it stands for.”

Elaine Simpson, nasen’s Chair of Trustees, said:

“On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to thank Adam for the excellent outcomes he has achieved for nasen over the last six years, and I know he will have equal success in his new role. We all wish him well. As we start to mark nasen’s 30th anniversary, we continue to drive our vital work forward with a clear strategy and vision for the future and an extremely talented and committed leadership and staff team.

“nasen’s membership continues to see significant growth, bringing together a vibrant community who share our passion for ensuring all children and young people, particularly those with SEND and learning differences, can thrive. We look forward to appointing a successor who can drive nasen’s trajectory to new heights!”

nasen’s vision is for the educational experience for learners with SEND to be consistently as good as it is for learners without SEND (equity for all). For further information, or to find out more about nasen’s free membership community, please visit: or follow on Twitter @nasen_org.

Jenny Dwyer from Saxon Bamfylde will be supporting the Board of Trustees in the search for the new CEO. To access further information on this role, please email Jenny at:


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