Portrait of Emily McArdle

Emily McArdle

Compassionate Communication Lead

“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
– Roald Dahl

About Me

As a practising Speech & Language Therapist working with children and Mum of two young women who both received extra support at school and college, my main area of expertise is working with those supporting children and young people.

I also have a passion for all things related to human relationships and communication and so I love to support teams to do their best work together.

What others like and admire about me

  • I am loving, loyal, and a good friend
  • I am positive – sees the good in others
  • I am funny
  • I am quick thinking
  • I am a ‘can-do’ person

Whats important to me

  • My family, Joe, Mel and Lucy. To spend time together as a family eating together every evening, walking our two whippets or travelling to far flung places (when we’re allowed)
  • My Mum and Dad. I like to speak to them every week and visit them in Brecon every couple of months.
  • My friends – meeting with my reading group every 6 weeks and getting together with my ‘Port Sunlight People’ every other week.
  • To see my good friend Gill at least once a fortnight for a cuppa and a heart to heart
  • To make a difference to the children I work with. To know that their families trust me and that we are working in partnership to help their children communicate better.
  • To work as part of a supportive, creative, motivated, enthusiastic team who embrace change and value each other.
  • To work with people who share the same values, trust each other and have a real commitment to doing the right thing. I find it upsetting if people do things without integrity or are disloyal.
  • To play my part in the local community. I am a school governor, charity Trustee and I’m a volunteer tour guide in Port Sunlight.
  • It is really important to me to see the fun in things and to laugh everyday.

How to best support me

  • I love to be creative and innovative, I’m a big picture sort of person so it really helps if someone lets me know if there’s detail I need to pay attention to.
  • If I have something on my mind that is worrying me I can become quite pre-occupied. It helps to have someone I trust to ask me what’s up and to listen to me, knowing it will go no further unless we agree it.
  • I like to feel in control and if I’m having a difficult day being clear about what I can influence and having a plan of action to resolve problems really helps. Remind me to be solution focused.
  • Keep me in the loop. I prefer email or messaging to the phone.
  • Tell me how you like to communicate so I know the best ways we can work well together.
  • Be clear what is expected of me, I will clarify or summarise plans once we’ve made them.
  • Know that I worry about letting people down. Let me know quickly if I’m not meeting expectations. The best way to do this is to email me so I can process the information before we talk and start to think about solutions.