Dialogic Action CIC t/a Dialogica

We are a group who formed a Community Interest Company after several years of work in this field. Since our humble beginnings at the University of Sheffield in 2017 followed by three years of direct community work, our activities have grown exponentially.

Roffey Park Institute. Hosts of International Academy of Professional Dialogue Conference and Autism Dialogue 2019.

We have an autistic-majority board of directors (see below) and each is eligible to take part in the business, vote at general meetings and be eligible for selection of activities. Strategy is influenced and guided by our friends, community members, clients and participants in a variety of ways.

We offer dialogic coaching facilitation, consultation, leadership and training programmes, individual and team coaching, talks and events and mindfulness initiatives. We are also working towards providing volunteering and employment opportunities.

We are Members of the European Coaching & Mentoring Council and the Academy of Professional Dialogue.

You can support us in different ways.

  • Participate in our Dialogues
  • Donate. We rely on patreons and the generosity of funding.
  • Write for us on our guest blog (coming soon).
  • Spread the word! Many ways to share.
  • Follow us on Twitter.

We hope you will support us in one way or another as we grow.


Jonathan (Jonny) Drury – director.

Launched the first Autism Dialogue session in 2017 with Professor Liz Milne at the University of Sheffield. He was born and lives in Sheffield, England


  • PGCert Coaching & Mentoring (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • PGCert Autism Spectrum (Sheffield Hallam University)
  • Developing Counselling Skills (The Academy)
  • Mentoring Students in Higher Education (Bridge Mentoring)
  • Women & Girls on the Autistic Spectrum (NAS)
  • Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement (SHU)
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Fine Art
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Arts
  • Member of Academy of Professional Dialogue
  • Certificates in healthcare, business, mediation and chaplaincy.

Jonathan has a wide field of experience including being a parent, devising and managing private education programmes with home-schooled children and refugees, writing, storytelling and arts workshops, extensive overland travel including in the Middle East, international organic food business founder and victim-offender mediation. His interests include relational and transpersonal coaching, non-verbal communication, quantum science, meditation, mysticism, autism, neurodiversity, dialogue, systems and organisations, anthropology, critical arts in health, writing, music, painting, photography, yoga, chi-gong and the arts. He received a diagnosis of Aspergers and ADHD in 2014, was once a postman on the Isle of Skye and has a short-legged cat called Paris (he didn’t choose that name). He lives some of the time in Sheffield, England and prefers a peripatetic lifestyle, living and working in a self-converted motorhome.
Personal website.

Jackie Elliott
Jackie Elliott. Non-executive director & co-facilitator

Jackie is an EMCC accredited Coach-Mentor  (Senior Practitioner). Expert teams, women and executive’s coach. 30 years in IT leadership. Author. Web: www.jaxell.co.uk. A performance-driven Business Transformation leader, with over 30 years in the IT Sector, Jackie’s approach is best described as dialogic and inclusive in co-creating change, and unlocking the authentic potential in individuals, teams, and organisations. She has held multiple Business Operations and HR Leadership positions, at UK and EMEA level, most recently as Head of Organisational Development for T- Systems Limited.

Jackie is vendor agnostic, using her knowledge and expertise to identify, design and implement tailored solutions for her clients. At her best when translating complex change requirements into specific deliverables, Jackie has designed and delivered multi-million-pound global productivity programmes and large-scale re-skilling systems. Throughout her dialogic coaching and consultancy work Jackie brings her passionate belief in the potential of people to meet and exceed challenges beyond what they think possible.

Kate worked as a training manager and counsellor in the voluntary sector for 20 years managing a team of trainers to design and deliver accredited training to people working in substance misuse, counselling and mediation. During this time Kate set up a social enterprise training arm within her organisation to support the wider charity. Kate is experienced at ensuring the quality of training and achieved recognised status with City & Guilds, National Open College Network and Sheffield Hallam University for the qualifications she designed and delivered.

Kate Salinsky
Kate Salinsky – director & training manager.

More recently Kate has pursued specialist teaching qualifications in dyslexia, has achieved fellowship of Advance HE (the Higher Education Academy), and has a 1st Class MA in Autism. Kate works one-to-one with neurodivergent higher education students and those with mental health difficulties, facilitating them to develop personalised strategies for successful learning at University. Kate has a deep commitment to working in an area that makes a difference to individuals and communities and to changing the medical narrative about disability to one which understands, accepts, and celebrates neurodivergent individuals.

Professor Hanne De Jaegher – Research director. hannedejaegher.net

Holly Judge – Research director.

Helen Silverwood – Policy director.

As well as striving for directors and members to be representative of the general population, we also strive for future volunteers and employees to be representative.