Communicate with passion - meet our team
I’m Mags Kirk, the director of a team that provides speech and language therapy for babies, children and young adults.
I'm originally from the good old North, brought up in a small village on the outskirts of Sheffield. Since graduating in 2003, I have lived in Ely Cambridge, with my three gorgeous children!
My passion for speech therapy started when my mum organised a work placement with a family friend who was a Speech Therapist. For as long as I can remember, I was interested in how I can help people. I was 14 then and I haven’t looked back!
I have been involved with speech and language therapy ever since. I had the privilege of a very supportive NHS team, and my amazing boss taught me how to expand my inquisitive mind and always ask questions: “Why does that work?”, “What do we need to do next to get the outcome we need?” I had countless opportunities to learn from many fabulous people in the field. The learning never ends.
I set up Two Can Talk (TCT) after having my two children. Working from home means that I am able to provide speech therapy that children and young people seek, need and deserve. TCT is amazing because of my wonderful team. We’re like a family that support and learn from each other. Every day brings a new and exciting challenge!
I get enormous satisfaction seeing the positive changes in my clients from when they first come to me. They may suffer from a lack of confidence or issues with communication. After they work through the training sessions, they come out the other side much happier. It’s like they’re standing on the tallest mountain with arms outstretched, in admiration for what have achieved!
We believe young people deserve the best speech therapy available, delivered with excellent service and by highly skilled therapists.
The Two Can Talk ethos is built on love, honesty and compassion.
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I’m Ray, my position within Two Can Talk is Creative Manager! I’m also Mags’ partner. Career wise I was an electrician and then a fire alarm engineer, both of which draw on my natural ability to problem solve and use logic. In the 1990s I was the key founder in setting up a youth and community centre and here I met Mags, who volunteered for the project for several years. In the decade or so that it was open we saw hundreds of the local children and youth come to a place that was simply there for them.
During the first COVID lockdown I noticed that Mags was able to accomplish more different tasks in a week than any one I have ever seen but I saw that Mags needed help to get a structure so that she could delegate, thus enabling her to continue her mission of helping as many families as is humanly possible. I have found a natural place within TCT making gentle observations and then creating systems to give better visibility of what is happening in the business.
I believe that in all spheres of life everyone has things they have the most knowledge and insight on. I can see that over time my role will keep changing and I feel will continue to revolve around finding creative ways to improve all we do.
I have a few personal loves including photography, dancing and running.
I’m Jude Harbour and I’m an Independent Speech and Language Therapist.
I’m originally from Sunderland and I studied in Leeds for my BSc in Clinical Language Sciences. I also trained in Applied Theology and Youth Ministry.
After university, I worked as a children’s and youth worker, which gave me a family-centred approach. I also have mentoring experience which helped me understand the challenges older teenagers face during transitions in their lives.
When my family moved to Cambridge in December 2017, I looked for a role in an independent practice. I felt better able to support children in this setting, where the speech and language therapists look after a wide variety of children with differing needs. Working at Two Can Talk provided this opportunity.
In my role I travel around the region meeting children with a range of needs. No one day is the same. I set achievable targets and I work closely with our speech and language therapy assistant. I work in homes and schools, regularly attend reviews, and meet many children, parents and professionals.
My speech and language therapy experience is broad. I am able to provide an individual service to each child, as well as employing a ‘whole team approach’, working alongside parents and education staff.
My personal mission is to see every child achieve their individual potential. The three most important things to me are my faith, my family and helping people live life to the fullest.
I’m Emma Halls and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist.
I’m originally from East London, but I now live in Suffolk with my husband, and my two children, who desperately want a dog… or a dinosaur! My hobbies include music and art, and you’ll recognise me from my distinctive East End accent!
My past work provides a solid foundation to help young people with speech and language issues. I also have extensive knowledge of dinosaurs and tractors so my young clients and I can communicate better with each other!
The expertise of our manager Mags, along with my desire to help others brought me to Two Can Talk. I particularly enjoy the passion and support of the team and how well we work together.
I believe that everyone should have a voice. I want my clients to fulfil their full potential by helping them be heard and understood.
The three most important things to me are my family, my health and my home.
My name is Taru Launiainen and I’m originally from a city called Tampere in southern Finland. After having my fill of the arctic winters, I opted to move to the (slightly less chilly) city of Edinburgh in Scotland to study and have since found myself settled in Cambridgeshire with my partner and our often disgruntled, but occasionally affectionate rescue cat.
I studied psychology and neuroscience at university and stumbled upon speech and language therapy while working with children within a school setting. The blend of evidence-based practice with an ethos of being guided by the individual needs of children and their unique families felt intuitively right for me. I knew this was a profession that I wanted to be a part of! So, after completing a postgraduate degree in speech and language therapy this year, I’m truly over the moon to be joining the Two can Talk family!
I have always wanted to enter a profession that has a positive and meaningful impact on the day to day lives of individuals. I’m thrilled to be able to work with Mags and the team to deliver therapy in a holistic, client-centred, and individually tailored way. I don’t believe that ‘one size fits all’ and I am committed to supporting each child to find their own individual form of expression and to reach their potential.
I fell into the TCT team as I was currently my employers (Mags Kirk) nanny. I had an interest in what she was doing and she asked me if I would consider switching roles and become her assistant which I was excited to do.
What I love most about being a part of the TCT team is watching my clients grow and progress with their communication and how each session and child is different.
I feel that I can bring value to my clients as I have worked with children of all ages for 12 years in all different environments, so I feel that I can use tools from my past to help me in my sessions.
I am close with my family, I have one sister and two nephews, Ethan and Leo. I have a love for animals, I have two dogs and two horses.
I enjoy spending lots of time with my animals, I go riding when I can. I also enjoy keeping active, I like running and taking part in races throughout the year.
The three most important things to me are my family and friends, my animals and living my life the best way I can and fulfilling all my personal goals.
I’m Becky Frewin and I’m a Speech and Language Therapist.
I’m from Colchester, but I now live in Ely with my husband, and two daughters, who are two and five. As a mum of young children, I empathise with parents of young children going through difficulties. I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, putting experience into practice and developing knowledge in new areas.
I have 13 years’ experience in Speech and Language Therapy and have worked in education and healthcare with people of all ages. I have a certificate in British Sign Language Level 1, trained in introductory Cued Speech, and I am working towards TalkTools Level 1 accreditation.
Speech and language therapy is important to be because of my love for language and helping people. At Two Can Talk, I offer clinical specialties that complement the existing team.
My personal mission is to do my best for my family and for my patients, by being kind, considerate and friendly. The three most important things in my life are my husband and two daughters :)
I’m Jane and I am an independent Speech and Language Therapist.
I grew up in Histon in Cambridge, but now live in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. I live with my teenage son and a rather bad tempered, but occasionally affectionate cat!
Years ago, I worked as a teaching assistant for hearing impaired children in a special school. One day, the headteacher kindly told me, “Stop hiding your light under a bushel”. That’s when I looked into Speech and Language Therapy.
I have since had twenty years practising in the NHS in various post-graduate courses.
I came to Two Can Talk after working with Mags in a previous role. I have always respected her knowledge and drive. We got back in touch with each other after having a client in common, so when Mags offered me a role working with her, I was flattered, so I said yes!
I love working with clients to assess, plan and deliver effective therapy and strategies. Two Can Talk gives me the time to do this without constraints, so I can provide professional support with a caring approach. Whenever I work with a child, I assess the entire family and offer advice that works for the family as a whole.
My personal mission is to ensure my son is happy and able to cope with the challenges of life, and to be the best therapist I can be, doing a job I love. My son, his happiness and creating good memories together, are the most important things in my life.
I’m originally from South East London, but I have lived in Cambridgeshire for over 30 years. We have 4 sons, one of whom is adopted and has complex needs. We also have 3 dogs. My hobbies include gardening and singing!
Hello my name is Candida Kent and I am from Missouri in the USA. I have been a paediatric Occupational Therapist for 22 years and have lived and worked all over the globe. I am now settled in Norfolk with my husband, two amazing daughters, and a cheeky black lab named Jasmine.
I chose to be an Occupational Therapist after meeting and mentoring with an amazing paediatric Occupational Therapist when I was in my late 20s. I loved (and still love) the idea of helping parents support their children to achieve independence and happiness. I love how every family and child is different and I love learning from the families I work with, as well as from my colleagues.
Some of my areas of special interest include sensory processing challenges, sensory and oral motor feeding issues, addressing fine motor skills to improve functional skills such as dressing and handwriting, and providing developmental follow ups for babies born prematurely. My background has given me the privilege of working with children with a variety of complex diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and Angelman Syndrome.
I am very excited to join Mags and the Two Can Talk team. As developmental skills can be closely entwined, I look forward to learning from them as well as sharing my knowledge.
The three most important things in my life are my family and friends (both here and abroad), giving back to the community and helping others in need, and continuing to grow as a person and a professional.
I’m Marguerite Gaynor and I am a Speech and Language Therapist. I am originally from Ireland but moved to the UK for university. I have over a decade of experience working with children learning English as a second language and I have a particular interest in supporting children who have language and social communication issues.
Speech and Language Therapy is my passion and through luck and taking a chance, I connected with Two Can Talk and the company director Mags. At Two Can Talk, I have the opportunity to delve into the world of teletherapy.
The three most important things in life are my husband, my family and my dog Sherlock.