Dr Sean Pert PhD, PGDip, PGCert, BSc(Hons), mRCSLT, mBAGIS, HCPC Registered, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer (TF) in SLT

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I am a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist. I teach four days a week and work one day in clinical practice. My clinical role is Consultant Speech and Language Therapist for the Indigo Gender Service in Greater Manchester.

I am the Deputy Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

I am a consultant on the Heather Van der Lely Foundation funded BEST programme evaluation, known as the LIVELY project, This is a randomised control trial on early language intervention for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). We are working to research efficacy of interventions in home language with bilingual children speaking Pakistani heritage (Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu), Bangladeshi heritage (Sylheti) and Polish languages.

I have over 25 years' experience in the NHS and over six years in Higher Education. I have worked as a specialist speech and language therapist, service manager and student co-ordinator. Clinically I have worked with:

  • Trans and non-binary adults on voice and communication change
  • Bilingual children with speech and language disorders and their families
  • Children with severe speech and language impairments

I collaborated with Professor Cristina McKean, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Dr Carol Stow fRCSLT (Retired) to design a language intervention for children with severe language difficulties, Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST).

I worked with Dr Carol Stow, fRCSLT (Retired) to deliver a home-language highly specialist service for bilingual children and their families in the NHS in North West England. 

I am interested in evidence-based practice and how to apply evidence in real clinical situations.

In addition to my research publications, I have written advice leafets for the charity Afasic on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Speech Disorders, Inconsistent Speech Disorder, Language Disorder and Bilingualism (2016).

I was a lead author on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Clinical Guidelines on Bilingualism, and contributed to the Clinical Gudielines and Trans and Gender Diverse Voice and Communication Therapy Competency Framework

In May 2018 I won Staff Volunteer of the Year Award for trans and non-binary groups involving student volunteers, in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.

In October 2017 a radio programme I contributed to, exploring trans voice, 'Sounds Like She', part of the BBC Radio 3 'Between the Ears' series was nominated for an ARIA award (Audio & Radio Industry Awards) for Best Factual Storytelling.

In 2017 I won the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists' Sternberg Award for Clinical Innovation for Voice and Communication Groups involving student volunteers, in Partnership with Louie Stafford, Trans Programme Coordinator at the LGBT Foundation.

In 2017 I won the Making a Difference Award for Social Responsibility: Outstanding Contribution to Equality and Diversity for the Voice and Communication Groups for trans individuals delivered in partnership with the LGBT Foundation.

In 2017 I was nominated and shortlisted for Most Inspiring Lecturer, Students' Union Teaching Awards.

In 2012, with Dr C. McKean and Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing the Building Early Sentences Therapy (BEST) language therapy programme.

In June 2016 I was nominated for the Volunteer Going the Extra Mile award for the voice and communication workshops at the LGBT foundation (see Social Responsibility section).

In 2005, with Dr C. Stow, I won the Sternberg Clinical Innovation Award for work developing assessment tools to be used with Pakistani heritage children including the Bilingual Speech Sound Screen: Pakistani Heritage Languages, Mirpuri, Punjabi and Urdu.

Social responsibility

Voice & communication workshops (Voice coaching)

From February 2016 to February 2020 I worked in partnership with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans foundation (LGBT foundation) to provide award-winning Voice and communication workshops for trans and gender non-binary individuals. The aim of these workshops was to provide evidence-based information to trans people wishing to change their communication. This may involve changing the voice pitch (frequency), resonance, articulation style, use of language and non-verbal communication (also known as 'body language'). The workshops provided information on safe changes, as some non-professional online advice may risk damage to the vocal folds.

The workshops were typically delivered as intensive weekend group events at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester's Gay Village and involved student speech and language therapists studying on the BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy degree programme at The University of Manchester. We have also welcomed student volunteers from Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield University, Leeds University and De Montford University. This involvement encouraged students to feel confident supporting people from the Trans community.

This service is now offerred via an NHS commissioned service, The Indigo Gender Service.


NHS Commissioning Consultation
I have advised the NHS on the provision of speech and language therapy for the planned Greater Manchester Transgender Health Service care community care pathway.


LGBTQ+ Social Responsibility: Out in the Valley and Happy Valley Pride

I am a trustee for Out in the Valley, a social group for LGBTQ+ people and allies who live in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Todmorden and the Calder Valley (February 2020 to present). We believe that a supportive and inclusive group improves mental wellbeing. We continued our meetings online during the UK lockdowns, providing quizzes, book clubs, poetry reading and other social events.

I volunteered for the Happy Valley Pride annual LGBT Festival centred in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire since it's launch in 2016. The week long festival is run by volunteers as a not for profit organisation. I joined the Board of Trustees in May 2018 and chaired the Youth Engagement Committee. The committee encouraged children and young people to participate in the festival through art. I finished my term with Happy Valley Pride in January 2020 following the successful organisation of the Information Fair and engaging with local primary and secondary schools in the Calder valley.

Staff LGBTQ+ Allies Training
I take part in training sessions for LGBTQ+ allies, as part of the University of Manchester LGBTQ+ Staff Network.


2020-2021 Currently studying for the Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice
The University of London
Modules completed:

  • GIM010 Fundamental Ideas in Gender Identity and Diversity
  • GIM030 Clinical Responses to Gender Dysphoria Part 1

Currently studying modules:

  • GIM020-01 Gender diversity in the context of society
  • GIM400-01 Practicum 

2020 Senior Fellow of the AdvanceHE (Formerly The Higher Education Academy)
University of Manchester. Awarded 15th September 2020

2018 University of Manchester
PG Cert in Higher Education

2017 Fellow of the AdvanceHE (Formerly The Higher Education Academy)
Completion of the New Academics' Programme (NAP)

2009-2011 University of Salford
PgDip Healthcare management:

  • Leading and managing in healthcare organisations
  • The 'Me' in leadership
  • Leading change for patient and/or service improvement
  • Project management and methods of inquiry

2000-2007 University of Newcastle upon Tyne
PhD. Thesis title: Bilingual language development in Pakistani heritage children in Rochdale UK. Intrasentential codeswitching and the Implications for the identification of specific language impairment. Available at: http://hdl.handle.net/10443/2230

1992 – 1995 Manchester Metropolitan University
BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology
Dissertation: An evaluation of the dysarthria profile (revised) with reference to cerebral vascular accident, head injury, motor neurone disease client groups (Dissertation supervised by Sandra Robertson MScLCEST Reg.MCST LLCM), May 1995. Available at: http://www.speechtherapy.co.uk/PDF/1995SPertDissertation.pdf

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
September 1995 to present.


RCSLT Clinical Excellence Network Trans and Gender Diverse Voice & Communication
Member (since 11/11/2015), Committee member and Vice Chair (03/04/2019 to present)

British Association of Gender Identiity Specialists (BAGIS)
Member (17/09/2019 to present)


RCSLT Digital Strategy Oversight Committee
Committee member, August 2015 to March 2020
(Committee disbanded after digital transformation project completed and embedded).


Health & Care Professions Council

External positions

Deputy Chair, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists

9 Dec 2020 → …

Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Indigo Gender Service

28 Nov 2020 → …

External examiner for BSC (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, University of Strathclyde

Jun 20189 Jun 2020

External examiner for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Pathology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Sep 2016Jun 2018

Areas of expertise

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2007 - Doctor of Philosophy, Newcastle University (2000 - 2007)
  • 1995 - BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy, Manchester Metropolitan University (1992 - 1995)

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