Annamarie Hassall is presently the Chief Executive of Nasen – the national association for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This leading membership charity firstly exists to champion, connect and support those working in the education community. It supports from the early years to schools, post-16, specialist schools and wider settings. Nasen assists all children and young people with SEND and learning differences. It also believes that all children should receive high quality education.
About Annamarie Hassall
Annamarie has held local, national and government advisory roles that span the breadth of education, children’s social care, early years and SEND. Annamarie is steadfast in her resolve that a high-quality education should be a right for all children and young people. Approaching 40 years of combining strategy with operational expertise, including regulatory and statutory services- she is especially known for bringing the voices of children, parents and practitioners to influence policy, legislation and quality outcomes.
She is also a qualified and registered social worker and a former Ofsted Inspector of early years. Annamarie is also a member of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and British Association of Social Work.
Currently the chair of the Whole School SEND Consortium and the National SEND Reference Group, she is regularly invited to join advisory panels. She was also awarded an MBE in 2011 for her work with children and families. Finally, she has Non-Executive Director roles as a Trustee at a Multi-Academy Trust and at a UK based charity with interest in pathways to education, training and employment for young people and adults.
Joining us for our webinar ‘Neurodivergence in Education – how can inclusive environments enhance children’s learning opportunities?’ Annamarie is excited to be involved with the webinar, which you can register to watch below.