Meet our DSA Team

Get to know the people behind our products.

As Texthelp’s DSA team, we’re passionate about getting essential technology into the hands of students who need it most. Bringing together a diverse range of experience and extensive product knowledge, we're with you every step of the way on your DSA journey.

A little bit about us

Rick Bell, Head of Education, Texthelp Group

Rick is committed to making sure that all students have the right tools and support they need to learn with confidence. In his current role, Rick leads the Texthelp Education team to help students around the world achieve their full potential. This includes bringing a wide choice of innovative, inclusive technologies to students who are eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. He is also Chair of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), working with the Board and Members to deliver the aims of BATA. This includes campaigning on behalf of those needing Assistive Technology (AT) and driving awareness of the benefits of AT.

Nicole Michael, Head of DSA

Nicole has been working for Texthelp for over five years and is passionate about her role leading the DSA strategy within the company, especially following the recent acquisition of the Lingit Group bringing Claro and LexAble products into the Texthelp Group. Nicole works with the team supporting students across the UK. Helping them to understand and be understood by providing advice on assistive technology software. Not only is she involved in the daily goings on of DSA but also in the wider eco- system of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA).

Katri Lassinen Walker, Product Manager

Katri has an MSc in Economics from Turku School of Economics and Business Administration in Finland. She came to the UK for the summer after spending a university term in Japan, and 25 years later, she is still here! She speaks six languages: Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Spanish and Japanese. She joined LexAble in 2019 and is a product manager for Global AutoCorrect, Global Tasks and ClaroRead products.

Louise Martini, Product Specialist

Since joining Texthelp's DSA team, Louise's focus has primarily been on Read&Write and Equatio. She is passionate about supporting students across the UK by providing information and training on software to DSA assessors and trainers.

Niamh McCollum, Product Specialist

A former secondary school teacher who has worked in schools across the UK, Ireland and the UAE, Niamh has seen first-hand the positive impact technology can have on teaching and learning. She works hard to support assessors and trainers to maximise the potential of our entire product family and ensure all students have the support they need.