HearSay Garden Party

Sunday 30th June 2019
at The Grange, Marden

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Founder and Senior Therapist

Dr Kitty Morgan-Jones

Dr Kitty Morgan-JonesDr R A (Kitty) Morgan-Jones was born in the USA. She qualified as a social worker and later worked as a counsellor with RELATE National Marriage Guidance Counsel. Towards the end of this period when Kitty was in her late 40’s, her mild/moderate hearing loss broke out of the family pattern and became severe/profound. Wishing to make it useful, she decided to investigate the impact of hearing loss on relationships. This led to a Ph.D degree at the London School of Economics. In the process of conducting her research, she learned that counselling provision for people with hearing loss in the UK is extremely limited. This encouraged her, with the help of others, to set up a charity (2001) to help others to have access to appropriate rehabilitation counselling services that they were unable to obtain. While Kitty is a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Senior Accredited Practitioner, her specialist work is with people with hearing loss and disability more generally.

Kitty wrote a book based on her research entitled Hearing Differently. More details on its content and where it can be purchased can be found here.

In 2015, Kitty shifted from clinical lead to senior therapist. She has also returned to research and giving workshops. Her private practice may be checked out at .


Dr Theodore Zeldin CBE

Theodore ZeldinDr Theodore Zeldin is President of the Oxford Muse Foundation, and an English philosopher, sociologist, historian, writer and public speaker. He is best known as the author of An Intimate History of Humanity (1994). He has also looked into how work can be made less boring and frustrating, how conversation can be less superficial, and how individuals can be more honest with one another. The Oxford Muse was founded in 2001 and aims “to pioneer new methods to improve personal, professional and intercultural relationships in ways that satisfy both private and public values”

What is the Muse? Website

Dr Paul Preston

Paul PrestonDr Paul Preston (United States) is Associate Director of Through the Looking Glass, a centre that is nationally recognised in the US. The Center has pioneered research, training and services for families which include a member with a disability or medical issue. He is also Co-Director of the National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. He is author of “Mother Father Deaf: Living between Sound and Silence (Harvard Press, 1994)”, the result of a national study of adult hearing children of deaf parents, which has been acknowledged as a landmark work on the intersection of disability, culture and family.

Through the Looking Glass

John Rolland MD

John RollandJohn Rolland MD (United States) is Executive Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Chicago Center for Family Health and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.  He is internationally recognized for his Family Systems-Illness model, clinical work, and research with families facing serious physical disorders and loss, and is author of “Families, Illness, and Disability: An Integrative Treatment Model”.

Chicago Center for Family Heath


Professor Martin Knapp, Chair of Trustees

Professor Martin KnappProfessor Martin Knapp has appointments at two universities. At the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) he is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE and also Co-Director of LSE Health and Social Care. At King’s College London (KCL), he is Professor of Health Economics, based in the Centre for the Economics of Mental and Physical Health. Since 2009, Martin has been Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research. Martin’s research is mainly in the areas of mental health, dementia, autism and long-term care. Most of this work has had a particular focus on economic issues. His work has fed through to have an impact on policy and practice discussions in the mental health and long-term care areas, both in the UK and elsewhere.

Martin's Website

Dr Nellie Adjaye, MBE

Dr Nellie AdjayeNellie is a consultant paediatrician and has worked with children and families in Maidstone for more than 24 years. She has dedicated her career to helping children with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, and children with autism, aspergers syndrome or Attentive Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as well as those who have suffered from emotional or sexual abuse and neglect.

Ann Freeman

Frances BishAnn is a retired health professional from a nursing background. During her long career she has established Special Educational Needs and ADHD services in support of families. She has worked in Africa for the Red Cross, as a teacher in the West Indies and as nurse in the USA. Her book on ADHD is aimed at informing parents and family members (see ). She brings her direct experience of the current focus of the charity to her role as Trustee which will benefit HearSay’s clients and the charity itself.


Gill Hinson MBE, Clerk to the Trustees

Gill HinsonGill retired from working in Higher Education in 2012, having spent most of her career as an administrator at the Institute of Education, University of London. During her career she has organized teaching practice placements for trainee teachers, acted as the Institute’s first Co-ordinator for Staff and Students with Disabilities and had oversight of quality assurance arrangements, ensuring that the Institute was successful in OFSTED inspections of its Teacher Training and in Quality Assurance Agency reviews of all the Institute’s Masters and Doctoral programmes. Gill has supported the HearSay Charitable Trust since its inception.

Committee Members

Sally Kemp

Sally KempSally is a trainee psychotherapist studying transactional analysis at the Wealden Institute in Crowborough. She works part-time signing for deaf students at a college of further education and has personal experience in the field of disability.

Anne Vincent, MA MBACP

Anne VincentAnne is an experienced psychotherapist and supervisor specialising in the dynamics of the relationships between couples and families. Her approach is non pathologising and she works in a collaborative and empathic manner with all her clients. She has a particular interest in child mental health and the effect of the parental relationship on children’s adult relationships. She lectures for the Relate Institute in Relationship Studies and is a trainer for Relate centres in Kent and London. In addition she is a qualified Occupational Psychologist and Coach. Anne is responsible for the management and clinical supervision of the therapists and counsellors that work with the HearSay Trust.

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