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The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

The Robin Tavistock Award


The Robin Tavistock Award is presented annually to a person, or group, who it is felt, has made a significant contribution in the field of aphasia. This contribution could be for helping people with aphasia, for personally overcoming aphasia, for crucial research work, or for making a financial commitment to aphasia; essentially this award will go to someone or a group who is inspirational and who has made a major difference.


The Robin Tavistock Award 2017

Joanie Scott

Joanie Scott

The Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are delighted to announce that Joanie Scott is the 2017 recipient of The Robin Tavistock Award, and she accepts this Award, representing all those who care for people with aphasia.

This Award is named after Robin Tavistock, the 14th Duke of Bedford who founded The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. It is given annually to a person or group who is inspiring and who has made a significant contribution to the world of aphasia.

This year the Trustees want to recognise a specific group of people – the people who love, support and care for people with aphasia, but who are often in the background. These are people who, not unlike those with aphasia, are often hidden heroes, whose stories are inspiring.

More importantly, this group of people have over the years, collectively, made the greatest and most significant contribution to the aphasia world.

It is not possible to acknowledge each and every person and we are delighted that Joanie Scott has agreed to accept the Award this year, on her behalf and on behalf of those, past and present, who have dedicated themselves to caring for someone with aphasia.

Joanie would say that she has only done what any loving mother would do but what makes her stand out is that she has gone ‘above and beyond’, not only helping her own daughter but others with aphasia too.

Joanie Scott

Joanie Scott, right, with her husband John and daughter Sarah

Joanie’s daughter, Sarah, had a stroke when she was 18, in 2009, and has aphasia. With the love and support of her mother, her father John and her sister Coralie, as well as friends and other family, she slowly but surely made a remarkable recovery.

Right from the start, Joanie and Sarah thought not only of themselves, but also of helping the wider community. Together they made a series of YouTube videos that are designed describe aphasia and give hope to those who are going through what they’ve experienced. These videos have had approximately a million and a half views to date, and are used in universities around the world to help train medical professionals.

Joanie and Sarah have established an aphasia and stroke self help group in their locality, which still thrives today. They have also made numerous television and radio appearances, raising the profile of aphasia.

Sarah is now leading a full and increasingly independent life. Instead of taking a well-earned rest, and despite the fact that she too suffered a stroke in 2011, Joanie continues to be involved in the aphasia world, trying to support others wherever possible.

Joanie works with a number of aphasia and stroke organisations, always trying to raise the profile of aphasia, particularly through the use of social media. She has spoken at conferences both in the UK and abroad, as well as in schools and businesses. She actively keeps abreast of current developments in aphasia research and is always looking for opportunities to support those who are living with aphasia.

The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia believes it is time to recognise and raise the profile of those who are not professionals but who care, support and contribute so much to the well being of people with aphasia. We are delighted that Joanie Scott, on behalf of the many hidden heroes, is the recipient of The Robin Tavistock Award 2017.

Henrietta Bedford will make the formal presentation later this year, details to be confirmed.

To contact Joanie Scott: T: 01438 717805; E:


The Robin Tavistock Award 2016

Professor Marian Brady

The Trustees are delighted to announce that Professor Marian Brady is the 2016 recipient of The Robin Tavistock Award.

Professor Brady’s work covers a wide range of post stroke rehabilitation issues but it is aphasia, with its devastating consequences, that has been an important driving force behind her work. This Award is specifically to recognise all that Marian has achieved, and is still achieving, in the field of aphasia.

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Marian Brady and Nicole Campbell at IARC, December 2016

For a long time The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia has been aware of the importance of continually advancing standards of research within the aphasia world. It is difficult to overestimate the contribution Professor Brady has made to this. Not least by ensuring greater collaboration, promoting the adoption of robust methodologies and, most importantly, high quality evidence based research syntheses that will be recognised by all.

Through her persistent, patient and diligent pursuance in establishing a rigorous and strong evidence base with the Cochrane collaboration, she has influenced the provision of speech and language therapy services locally, nationally and internationally. This work has influenced the Royal College of Physicians Stroke Guidelines and has had an ongoing ripple effect in developing and improving aphasia research standards and priorities across the board.

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Professor Marian Brady and Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford, October 2016

There is not space to list here all that Marian has contributed to aphasia. However a recurring theme that sets her apart is her exceptional leadership. In particular her her ability to draw people together and to provide a framework for collating, synthesising and disseminating research evidence, along with secondary data that can then be used to answer bigger questions.

As Chair of The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists she established and supports a network of leading European multidisciplinary aphasia investigators. This has ensured that links between those working in rehabilitation, neurology, social science, linguistics and speech and language research have been forged, providing an opportunity for sharing ideas, information and establishing protocols for research. Without doubt the work Professor Brady is doing will continue to have a positive impact for decades to come.

Since university, Marian’s passion for aphasia has been a central motivation. It has, to a large extent, meant that whatever aspect of stroke is being researched, one of her priorities has always been to ensure that the person with aphasia is included and represented, when they are so often marginalised by the very nature of being aphasic.

When talking to people, both in this country and abroad, it is clear the deep respect with which Marian is held, and yet how self-effacing and gracious she is, generously mentoring and praising others – ensuring that everyone is valued. Throughout all her work, integrity and humanity is evident.

It is for her outstanding contribution to the world of aphasia that Professor Marian Brady is being honoured with The Robin Tavistock Award 2016.


The Robin Tavistock Award 2015

Gill Pearl and Bury Speakeasy

Speakeasy receives The Robin Tavistock Award

Gill Pearl and Speakeasy receive The Robin Tavistock Award 2015. This is the first time a joint Award has been made. From left to right: Gill Pearl, Chief Executive of Speakeasy, Stephanie Holland, Founder and Trustee of Speakeasy, Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford, The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, and Jean Wright, Trustee and member of Speakeasy.


The Robin Tavistock Award 2014

Professor Linda Worrall, BSPTHY, PhD

Professor Linda Worrall Professor Linda Worrall

Linda Worrall receives the award from Henrietta Bedford at the University of Queensland, Australia on Friday 28th November 2014.


The Robin Tavistock Award 2013

Professor David Howard


Henrietta Bedford and David Howard with his family. Jane Dammers, Henrietta Bedford, David Howard, Amy Howard & Rosie Dammers.


The Robin Tavistock Award 2012

Professor Pam Enderby, MBE DSC (Hons) PhD MSc FRCSLT

Professor Pam Enderby

Henrietta Bedford with Pam Enderby, her husband Mike Roworth and daughter, Poppy Roworth


The Robin Tavistock Award 2011


Aphasia Institute

including The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre Toronto, Canada

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Aura Kagan and Henrietta Bedford


The Robin Tavistock Award 2010


Professor Chris Code MA PHD FBPSS FRCSLT

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Chris Code and Henrietta Bedford


The Robin Tavistock Award 2009


DR Jenny Dautlich DFPH

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Henrietta Bedford and Jenny Dautlich


The Robin Tavistock Award 2008


Connect - The Communication Disability Network

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Sally Byng and Henrietta Bedford


The Robin Tavistock Award 2007


Professor Jane Marshall

The Tavistock Trust For Aphasia

Henrietta Bedford and Jane Marshall


The inaugural Robin Tavistock Award 2006


Eirian Jones

Eirian Jones, first recipient of the Robin Tavistock Award

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