Walker stands down from top Makaton job

The founder of the Makaton Charity is to stand down from leading the organisation after 30 years.

Margaret Walker is to leave the post of chief executive at the charity and will be replaced by Lysa Schwartz.

Walker will continue working for the organisation to develop the programme's global reach.

Walker founded the Makaton Language Programme, a system of signs, symbols and speech that helps develop communication and literacy skills for adults and children with learning and speech disabilities.

"I have trained thousands of professionals, parents and the general public to use Makaton to encourage language development," said Walker. "I am encouraged to know that the impact of Makaton will continue to be felt long past my retirement from day-to-day operations."

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