Meet Our Team

Richard Whitehead

Director, Davis Workshop Presenter and Davis Specialist

Davis Learning Strategies Workshop Presenter


Richard has been a Davis Dyslexia Programme Facilitator since 2002. Having been a classroom teacher for several years, he originally discovered the Davis methods when looking for a solution for the son of some friends.

His extensive background in education includes time spent teaching in both the adult and mainstream secondary educational sectors. Richard has a keen interest in holistic approaches to health and learning;

alongside his dyslexia work, he has run workshops on effective parent/child communication based on the work of Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.


In recent years, Richard has lectured and presented on the Davis learning methods in countries and cultures as diverse as the UK, Ireland, Iceland, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Italy (Sardinia), New Zealand and the United States.

Richard's original university education was as a linguist, and he speaks several European languages. Alongside Richard's work with the Davis methods, he is also a Patoss-accredited Specialist Teacher Assessor, specialising in multilingual SpLD assessments for non-native speakers of English in the UK.

Richard is author of the book Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If ?, together with an accompanying free fifteen-part e-mentoring course for teachers and parents of struggling learners, a six-week practical course for parents and a practical workshop for teachers. He has written articles on the dyslexic learning style for publications as diverse as Literacy Today, Green Parent Magazine and Personnel Today magazine and has recorded video presentations on dyslexia for the Dystalk project.

Richard is also a Davis Autism Approach Facilitator and Coach.

Fionna Pilgrim

Head of Licence Renewal, Davis Specialist

Fionna has been a licensed Davis Dyslexia Programme Facilitator since 2003. Her daughter was defined as being dyslexic and dyspraxic and had issues with visual stress and Attention Deficit Disorder. Fionna discovered Ronald Davis’ book, “The Gift of Dyslexia” when her daughter was 15, after which her daughter followed a Davis Programme and went on to achieve an Honours Degree in Music in 2006.

In 2017, Fionna was honoured to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Teacher’s section of the British Dyslexia Association Awards. That year, one of Fionna’s Davis Programme clients was nominated – by Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire, where he is a student – for the Children’s Award. He, too, received a Highly Commended Award.

Fionna is also a Davis Autism Approach Facilitator and Coach. In her words, “My object is to enable people to use the talents that the dyslexic/autistic thought process gives them without needing to be hampered by the difficulties that often develop at the same time. To allow autistic individuals, in particular, to participate more fully in life.”

Jane Heywood

Davis Learning Strategies Workshop Presenter


Jane completed her training as a Davis Dyslexia Programme Facilitator at DDAI in San Francisco. Since then, Jane has also become a presenter for the Davis Learning Strategies and gives training to teachers to take the Davis methods into the classsroom. She is also a qualified Davis Autism Facilitator and Coach. Her background is in psychology and she also works in counselling and trauma therapy.

Marta Jarosiewicz

Personal Assistant to the Director

Marta has been a licensed Davis Dyslexia Programme Facilitator since 2017 and runs a busy and successful Davis practice in Warsaw, Poland. She is a Professional Member of Davis Learning Foundation as well as an active member of the Davis Dyslexia Facilitators' Assoiation (UK).

Her previous professional experience in business management helps her to support Davis Learning Foundation in administration, organisation and strategic development.

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