Supporting people with aphasia after stroke or brain injury
Queens AwardTALK received the
Queen's Award
for Voluntary Service
in recognition of the outstanding
contribution made by volunteers

Carol Sacchett - Talk Surrey Interim Chair

I’m the Group Leader at our Walton Group.

As a speech and language therapist, I’ve been involved in supporting people with aphasia throughout my 40-year career. I worked in the NHS for about 18 years, in hospitals and in the local community.  I then became a lecturer at University College London, where I worked for 22 years, before retiring in April 2021.  As Director of Studies, I was responsible for the speech and language therapy training course.  I also carried out research into aphasia therapy.

I joined TALK in 2003 as a volunteer at the Walton group. For some years, I delivered training for our volunteers and provided professional advice to the staff and trustees of TALK.  I became a Trustee myself in June 2017 because I wanted to become more involved in developing TALK’s work.  My main role as a Trustee is to liaise with local speech and language therapists and other organisations that support people with aphasia.  I feel privileged to work for TALK, helping to provide the best support possible for our members.

I live in Walton with my husband.  We have two grown-up children.  I enjoy travelling, cycling, walking, reading, knitting and going to the theatre.  I recently took up stained glass and have started to sell some of my creations at Hersham Village Market to raise money for TALK.