About Natalie

Natalie Mincher-Lockett is a practising speech and language therapist specialising in the area of long term conditions and neurological rehabilitation.


Qualifying with a BSc(Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) from Birmingham in 2002 she quickly decided to specialise in adult work.

Natalie has many years experience working for the NHS within multidisciplinary teams alongside physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses and consultant neurologists. During this time she has worked as a Senior Specialist, co-ordinating SLT community neurological rehabilitation teams. Natalie has worked in a variety of settings within the community including client’s homes, residential homes, outpatient clinics and specialist rehab units and within acute settings including intensive care, rehabilitation and general hospital wards.

She completed her MA in Evidence Based Practice at Middlesborough University in 2009 as well as lecturing in nursing degrees at Wolverhampton University. A special interest in Parkinson’s led to her completing post graduate training at London City University, to provide Lee Silvermann Voice Therapy (LSVT). Natalie was an active committee member of the Central Neuro Clinical Excellence Network (CEN) helping to organise conferences and study days for other speech and language therapists, which she now attends regularly. 

Natalie prides herself in providing treatment that is functional and evidence based, with an aim to help others achieve their potential. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy (RCSLT), The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) and is registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).


Our Team 

Jackie Dornford-May qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1986 and soon developed an interest in adult neurological conditions. This led to a change of direction in 2002, where she worked as a Regional Care Advisor for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) until the beginning of 2020. In this role Jackie enjoyed working alongside Speech and Language Therapists as well as other health and social care professionals. 


Interestingly, Jackie was Natalie's Clinical Supervisor back in 2001 on her final year university placement. Having not practised specifically as a Speech and Language Therapist during her time with the MND association she is now delighted to have the opportunity to work as a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant for Natalie at Speech Advance.  


Life outside of Speech Advance 


"I have many passions - obviously speech therapy is one of them and I'd be told off if I didn't include my wonderful family. My husband and I have two chidren and as a family we love to ski and snow board. We have a love for animals and have horses, a dog and a cat! I compete the horses on a regular basis and love to paint. Life is good and very very busy!!!" Natalie 


"Aside from work, I love a simple life - nature walks, drawing, cooking, learning German, fussing my two cats and being caddy for my husband when he plays golf!!" Jackie 



Lights, Camera, Action!

We always like doing something different in our working week!! This week we were filmed for a short video for Help for Heroes. And then we swapped roles, moving behind the camera to support our client who was, of course, the star of the video!  Read more >

Feb 18, 2022

Gold Standard Rehabilitation Service Presentation

We feel we have achieved our life work goals!! To be asked to present at a Case Management Conference on how to deliver a gold standard service we feel shows the level of service we offer. Read more to find out about our clients journey and why we were asked to present.  Read more >

Sep 27, 2021
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