Dialogic Action CIC t/a Dialogica

We are a Community Interest Company, a form of social enterprise. Since our humble beginnings with the University of Sheffield, followed by three years of local and national work running free Dialogues for autism communities, our activities now includes working with national organisations, while remaining directly in touch with our community members and networks around the world.

large concentric circles of green plastic chairs in a modern room with a large window

We have a neurodivergent-majority board of directors 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 a steering group, 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 Members of the European Coaching & Mentoring Council and the Academy of Professional Dialogue. Our team receives regular supervision and is fully insured.
You can support us in different ways.

  • Participate in our Dialogues
  • Donate. We rely on patreons and the generosity of funding.
  • 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.

People. Our facilitators are trained coaches, counsellors and researchers who have many years experience in associated fields. We meet up regularly for supervision, development and research.

Jonathan (Jonny) Drury – Director | coach | facilitator.

Jonny has a wide field of professional interpersonal experience including devising and managing private education programmes with home-schooled children and refugees, writing, storytelling, arts workshops and victim-offender mediation. He is trained in the MIT Intergroup Dialogue facilitation, has travelled extensively overland in Europe and the Middle East and founded an international organic food business. Interests include generative dialogue, relational, existential and transpersonal coaching, non-verbal communication, quantum science, meditation, mysticism, autism, neurodiversity, 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). Personal website | LinkedIn

  • PG Cert Coaching & Mentoring (SHU)
  • PG Cert Autism Spectrum (SHU)
  • Associate Member European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Mentoring Students in Higher Education (Bridge Mentoring)
  • Women & Girls on the Autistic Spectrum (NAS)
  • Mindfulness Based Life Enhancement (SHU)
  • Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation (UHRI)
  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Fine Art (SHU)
  • Member of Academy of Professional Dialogue (APD)
  • Certificates in counselling, healthcare, mediation and chaplaincy.
Jackie Elliott

Jackie Elliott – Director (non-exec) | coach | facilitator.

EMCC accredited Coach-Mentor (Senior Practitioner). Expert teams, women and executive’s coach. 30 years in IT leadership and author. 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. Jackie is dyslexic.
www.jaxell.co.uk | LinkedIn

Kate Salinsky. – Director | co-facilitator | training manager.

Kate is an experienced training manager with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Executive Coaching, Team Building, and Public Speaking, she 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.

More recently Kate has pursued specialist teaching qualifications in dyslexia, has achieved fellowship of Advance HE (the Higher Education Academy), and has a first class Masters Degree in Autism (MA Autism Spectrum). 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. Kate has an autistic family member.

Hanne De Jaegher

Professor Hanne De Jaegher – Director | Research Lead

Hanne is a philosopher of cognitive science, studying the role of social interaction processes in subjectivity and intersubjectivity, particularly in the autism field, and has proposed the theory of participatory sense-making: ‘This enactive approach to intersubjectivity investigates how we move together while we interact with each other (including speaking), and how this influences how we understand each other and the world, together.’ Hanne has an essential consultancy role here at Dialogica, guiding our team in interactional philosophy for good practice.

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CanadaI
AS-Research Centre for Life, Mind, and SocietyDepartment of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), San Sebastián, ES
Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics and Centre for Cognitive Science, University of Sussex,

Helen Silverwood – Director

“Helen has a great passion for fairness, equality and neurodiversity, and special interests in autism and empowerment. She has pursued these goals and interests for several years within the fields of employment, criminal justice, health, social care and education, providing advocacy, advice, group facilitation, training, coaching, teaching, mediation, care and support. Her vocational qualifications include Understanding Autism, Equality & Diversity, Independent Advocacy and Mediation Skills. Her academic qualifications are in the field of Social Sciences, in which she specialised in cultural studies and semiology. When not in her day jobs she writes short stories, articles relating to autism, and personalised poetry for special occasions.  She’s an avid health and fitness freak, enjoying various sports and fitness activities, her favourites being roller-skating, street dance, salsa, and swimming. When she can find the time, she’s also into playing guitar and keyboard, wild gardening, coding and chess.”

Dr. Anna Robinson – Director. (profile coming soon)

Holly Judge – Director. (profile coming soon)

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

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.