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Making impossible, possible:

Together with fellow guest celebrities, Andrew reframes neurodiversity as something positive – a problem-solving, lateral-thinking gift. Each Podcast will help change children and adults alike and show them the immense possibilities for life-changing success. Every episode aims to be a treasure trove of advice, inspiration, and hope as we delve into the gloriously different mindset of those with a neurodiverse condition.

Neurodiversity is a gift like no other:

Season 4 is coming soon, featuring a wealth of dyslexic guests – all leaders in their various fields from dancers to entrepreneurs and so much more – and with snippets available on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.

The host of ‘The Invisible Gift’, Andrew Kitley:

As a child with undiagnosed dyslexia, Andrew faced the classic putdowns from teachers and peers. Today, he is a multiple business owner and investor, having learnt how to live, study, work and thrive with dyslexia, and ADHD. The Invisible Gift is Andrew’s brainchild – a passionate exploration of the power and potential of these conditions.     

Guests for season 1

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Rod Nicolson

A professor, author, and one of the most important academic voices on the subject of dyslexia.
Angie-Le-Mar

Angie Le Mar

Known as ‘The Queen of Black Comedy’ is a multi-award winning comedian, writer, actor, and director.
GrantHarrold

Grant Harrold

Aka The Royal Butler, is a British Entertainer, Royal and British Etiquette Expert, Royal Commentator, and Bradcaster.
Philip Schultz visits NPR headquarters in Washington on Monday.

philip Schultz

A Pulitzer prize winning poet and writer. He founded The Writer’s Studio in 1987. In 2011, he released his moving memoir My Dyslexia.
ChrisDonnelly

Chris Donnelly

The founder of VERB Brands; a luxury digital agency based in London valued at millions of pounds.
AdelleTracey

Adelle Tracey

A British runner competing primarily in the 800 metres. She was a torchbearer at the 2012 London games and lit the Olympic flame.
JimRokos

Jim Rokos

A multi award-wining designer and inventor.
PalomaForde

Paloma Forde

A teacher and entrepreneur that specialising in dyslexic children. Founder of award-winning business Screening4Dyslexia.
JonHolloway

Jon Holloway

A distinguished photographer specialising in actor headshots. His clients include Zoe Tapper, Lain Glen, and Michelle Bonnard.

Guests for Season 2

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon is an English actress, known for a variety of television and stage roles. In 2005, Tointon joined the cast of BBC soap Eastenders, as new character, Dawn Swann.

Rory

Rory The Vet

A British Veterinary Surgeon, writer, and television personality. Broadcaster on a number of well-known shows such as a CBBC show, and The Pets Factor.

Tanya Bardsley

Tanya Bradsley

Glamour model, Entrepreneur, and television personality known for her work in The Real Housewives of Cheshire.

Nigel Lockett

Nigel Lockett

Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Strathclyde.

Willard Wigan

Willard Wigan

An artist and sculptor who specialises in microscopic art. He has achieved two Guinness World Records for the smallest sculptures ever created entirely by human hand.

Rossie Stone

Rossie Stone

Rossie Stone is an illustrator, artist, and founder of Dekko Comics – an educational comic book company.

Michael Fabbri

Michael Fabbri

A comedian and writer who produced and performed the BBC radio series ‘The Dyslexicon’. He has performed in several solo shows at festivals – such as the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Michelle Catterson

Michelle Catterson

Michelle joined Moon Hall in 2017 as deputy head of academic before quickly working her way up to become Executive Head Teacher in 2019.

Carrie Britton

Carrie Britton

An award-winning Producer and Director, whose credits include ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘Who Do You Think You Are’

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner

An award-winning children’s Author and Illustrator. Her first full-length novel was a breakthrough, as I, Coriander won the Smarties prize in 2005.

Guests for Season 3

Dr.Nassier Siabi

Dr. Nassier Siabi

CEO and founder of Microlink – a technology company that aims to provide disability management to the workplace and educational facilities.

Jon Hammant

Jon Hammant

Head of Compute for UK and Ireland at Amazon Web Services.

Benjamin Cooke

Benjamin Cooke

Strategy Consultant at EY-Parthenon – Ernst and Young’s global strategy consulting arm.

Alison Edgar

Alison Edgar

Also known as – ‘The Entrepreneur’s Godmother’, Alison Edgar is Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions, as well as an author and entrepreneur.

Ellie Middleton

Ellie Middleton

An Influencer and personal brand specialist who has ADHD and autism. As of January 2022, Ellie has over 20,000 followers on LinkedIn, following a viral post.

Jack Dryhauge

Jack Dryhauge

An autistic, ADHD entrepreneur who is also CEO of Neuropool – a company that connects neurodiverse individuals to diverse employers.

David C.Hall

David C. Hall

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Motivational Coach. He became a teacher and soon after opened a private tutoring business in his home city of Birmingham.

Chris Quickfall

Chris Quickfall

CEO of leading EdTech platform, Cognassist – a company that offers tests to detect neurodiverse conditions.

Kane Dowell

Kane Dowell

Entrepreneur and founder of gift and confectionary company – ‘Ask Mummy and Daddy’.

Nathan

Nathan Whitbread

Motivational speaker and founder of The Neurodivergent Coach. Since 2017 he has been a Workplace Needs Assessor for the British Dyslexia Association.

Season 4 Launches September 2022

Want to get in touch with us?

You can record a voice memo and send it via email to andrew@theinvisiblegift.com

What’s coming up on Season 4?

In Season 4 we delve deeper into The Invisible Gift of neurodiversity from actors, to dancers, to entrepreneurs.

Neurodiverse Stats:

  • It is estimated that around 15-20% of the population have a neurodiverse condition.
  • Many companies such as NASA, Google, and GCHQ actively look for neurodiverse employees. Being neurodiverse-friendly makes good business sense.

TIG Training

The Invisible Gift (TIG) Training is a new educational workshop designed to teach primary school children what neurodiversity is and what it means to be neurodiverse. Using their knowledge from The Invisible Gift Podcast, Andrew, along with fellow guest Paloma Forde, aim to help children feel inspired, rather than ‘ashamed’ of having a condition, which for so long has been referred to as a ‘disability’.

Each visit consists of a PowerPoint presentation to educate the students on what neurodiversity is, as well as an introduction to Andrew and Paloma. The second half of the visit involves fun, inclusive activities to get the children to think outside the box, and get an idea of what it’s like to have a brain which functions differently. One of these includes writing a sentence with there non – dominant hand, to understand and perceive dyslexia.

TIG Training is aiming to visit as many schools across the nation as we can – up to 40 schools within the next year.

Andrew and Paloma are very excited to see what TIG Training will accomplish, and how they can change people’s perception of neurodiversity!

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Podcasts

Finding Humour And Power In Dyslexia With Angie Le Mar

On the opening episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew Kitley talks to comedian, playwright, and broadcaster, Angie Le Mar. Andrew learns all about Angie’s beginning in comedy, and how dyslexia is directly responsible for her sense of humour. Angie also takes us on a tour of her career, her sell-out one woman shows, why dyslexia has cost her work, and how it led to her writing her own roles. Andrew and Angie also speak about how dyslexia is misunderstood in school, why it really is a gift, and what needs to be done to get the most out of dyslexics.

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Butler To The Royals - Etiquette And Dyslexia With Grant Harrold

Andrew chats to Grant ‘The Royal Butler’ Harrold. Andrew quizzes Grant on how he began his career, as a butler and Andrew learns what The Royal Family are really like to work for. We also learn how Grant realised he was dyslexic, how it has both challenged and empowered him, Grant shares some stories of the hilarious faux pas as a result of dyslexia, and the boys also speak about Grant’s etiquette school, and his plans for the future.

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Sport, Determination, And Dyslexia With Adelle Tracey

In this episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew speaks to Adelle Tracey: a top Team Great Britain athlete and middle distance runner. Andrew and Adelle spoke about Adelle’s childhood in Jamaica, her beginning in sport, how dyslexia has impacted her life and her goals for the 2021 Olympic Games and beyond.

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