TALK Surrey CIO

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 currently the Chair of TALK and I’m also 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.