Meet the CandLE Team


Marion Stanton

Managing Director

CandLE's Lead Trainer and Assessor


Marion is the lead trainer and assessor for Communication and Learning Enterprises Limited and author of the Cerebral Palsy Handbook which is recommended by SCOPE.


She lectures in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) on an accredited course that is validated by Bolton University.
She was an assessor for the Communication Aid Project (CAP) during its lifetime from 2002 through to 2006. This involved government funding for individual assessments across the UK to establish the AAC needs of school age children who had communication impairment and recommendations in regard to appropriate equipment.
In 1990 she set up a charity to support families and young children with disabilities called PALACE (Play and Learn and Creative Education). Marion qualified as a special needs teacher in 1993 having previously worked in Occupational Therapy, nursing, youth work and housing. In 1998 she set up the charity CASTLE (Communicative and Supportive Teaching and Learning Environment). CASTLE offered after school activities and learning support in schools to students with special needs across North London.
Marion has studied the following:
• Language and Communication impairment in children with Anne Locke (Speech and Language Therapist at Sheffield University).
• Language and literature in Social Context (with the Open University).
• Teaching and assessment for pupils who have Specific Learning Difficulties with the Hornsby Centre.
• PEC’s (Picture Exchange Communication) with Pyramid Education,
• AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) with Manchester University.
• Teaching Literacy to children with severe learning difficulties (with Karen Erikson from the University of North Carolina).
• AAC with Dr. Rosemary Crossley at the DEAL Communication Centre, Melbourne Australia.
• BSL (stage 1).
• Disability Equality Training with Disability Equality in Education.
• Conductive Education with the Hornsey Centre.
• Talking Mats with Stirling University.
Marion has delivered seminars and workshops at many local, national and international venues, particularly at Communication Matters, which is the annual symposium for practitioners in AAC in the UK and at ISAAC which is the international society for AAC.
In her work for CandLE she supports mainstream schools and LEA’s throughout the UK to help them to include individual students who experience barriers to learning and communicating. She has also worked extensively with special schools to support them in increasing their use of AAC and delivery of literacy instruction to students with complex needs. Marion took a lead role in CandLE’s recently completed government funded project aimed at supporting schools in the self-assessment of their use of AAC in the curriculum as well as for communication.


Marion has been invited to meet the Queen in recognition of her work for Children and Families and has also addressed MP's in Westminster at an all party parliamentary event.



 Mick Millward


 CandLE Manager


After many years as a manager in electrical wholesale, we were really happy to welcome Mick onboard in 2008, as manager. He brings his understanding of the commercial sphere into the charitable sector. 


Becka Kitchin


CandLE & Sales @ Candle's

Office Manager
Based in the Ulverston Office


I joined the company in April 2017.


My role at CandLE is the day to day running of the hub in Ulverston, Cumbria. I take care of all the admin tasks such as answering phones, emailing, liaising with clients and potential clients.


My role for Sales @ CandLE is manning the main office base of the company. I take care of all the admin tasks such as manning the online shop, ordering/making resources, packing and sending orders to customers all around the world. 


As well as administrative duties I also assist with lesson planning and resource making for our students such as creating reading for pleasure books, personalising our Access For All Communication Book and much more.


Out of the office I can be found at various Communication Matters Roadshows, Call Scotland and other exhibitions around the country—so if you are attending one of those please come and say Hi.






Catia Pedrosa
 AAC Teacher 

East and South West Regional Manager  



Joined the CandLE family in February 2019.

Hannah Reeves

CandLE Teacher



Joined the CandLE family in April 2019 and is heading up our newly developed south west department.



Philippa Blackbourn 

CandLE’s Speech and Language Therapist



Philippa is a Speech and Language Therapist who trained in Leicester, worked for 18 months in Norwich and then moved to Lincolnshire. 


Philippa worked for 15 years at St Francis Special School in Lincoln, as well as doing outreach work within mainstream schools around the county, (also with children with physical and/ or learning disabilities).

  All this time in her role, working with the Specialist Speech and Language Therapy and Electronic Assistive Technology teams, enabled her to develop skills in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, (AAC).   Philippa also completed post graduate training in dysphagia and AAC and prides herself on working well alongside her educational colleagues, as well as integrating functional communication targets into family life. 

Philippa is well equipped to deliver Speech and Language Therapy which dovetails and complements the work of CandLE’s teachers and AAC coordinators, who develop literacy skills and ensure inclusive access to the curriculum.





Saffron Murphy
CandLE Teacher
Based in Lincoln and covers the South East and London

Saff studied Music at university. After a short stint with Ofsted, she started teaching steel pans and music in a variety of schools in London including special schools for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. 


She moved to Lincolnshire in 2005 where she worked as a teaching assistant for a student who has cerebral palsy and relies on AAC to communicate from 2008 until 2013. During these years she became adept at differentiating the curriculum using a range of specialist software. 


 She went on to gain her QTS and currently works with CandLE students in the Midlands, the South East and London. Saff continues her music, playing with the Melodians Steel Orchestra in London and the Pilgrims Steel Band in Lincolnshire.




Jonny Shoults

Lesson Planner / Resource Maker


Based in the South


Katie Stanton


 CandLE’s Creative Director


Katie Stanton is a contemporary artist who can turn her hand to a multitude of design. As a sister of a young man who has cerebral palsy, she also brings insight into advocating for and supporting people who don't use speech to communicate.