Meet our Advisory Board Member
Marcia Brissett-Bailey is the parent of Ayana and Omari Bailey, co-authors of 'The Popcorn House - Team Work Makes The Dream Work', supporting the ‘Look Like Book Challenge’, to enable her children to see stories and images with characters that look like them. She wanted to also nurture entrepreneurial skills and an understanding of marketing and selling their books.
Marcia is a Top 50 Influential Neurodivergent Women 2022!! A narrative changer, Forbes-featured, author, speaker, provoking the representation of Dyslexia and Neurodiversity in education and the workplace. Nominated for the Stereotype Buster of the year category in 2021/22 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards!
She currently works as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, information, advice, support, service (SENDIASS), empowering parents. She has worked in the education community sector for the last 30 years, starting from nursery, youth work, primary, higher and post-16 education.
Marcia is also an advocate and champion of Dyslexia and neurodiversity, empowering others to find their voices, especially those from marginalised communities. Board Advisor Member of the Centre for Neurodiversity Research at work, Neurodiversity in Business Co-Production Board member, Observer of the executive board of the BDA and judge panellist member of the Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards!
She is the Co-founder of the British Dyslexia Cultural Perspective Committee and trustee at the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association.
Marcia has spoken at various organisations including Deloitte, Crown Prosecutions Service, NatWest Group, Sparta Global, British Dyslexia Association APPG – Dyslexia & SpLD (All party parliamentary Group to name a few… areas of topic include dyslexia, intersectionality, incorporating lived experience around education, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
She has a BSc (Hons) in information science, is a qualified librarian, postgraduate in career guidance, certificate in person-centred counselling skills, a diploma in specialist SEND teaching and MA in special educational needs.
She is the co-author of ‘Pioneering Women Speak: Transformative Leadership on the Rise’, featured in three books, ‘Dyslexia from a Cultural Perspective’, ‘The Bigger Picture Book of Amazing Dyslexics and the Jobs They Do’ and 'Brilliantly Dyslexic'.