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Welcome to The Invisible Gift, the show all about turning the Neurodiversity into possibility.

Andrew Kitley grew up knowing he was different. His dyslexia and ADHD made it difficult for Andrew to learn the same way others did in school. Despite Andrew possessing exceptional abilities in other areas, he was told he had a problem, a disability. Andrew left school frustrated, unfulfilled, without reaching his full potential.

This could have been a disaster but it turned out to be a blessing. Andrew would work his way up the literal and metaphorical ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: a structural engineering firm. Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK.

Now, Andrew is under no illusion he has a gift. His dyslexia, his neurodiversity, has made him determined, adaptive, and creative. Andrew is on a mission to learn more about neurodiversity. How it can challenge, define, and empower. In The Invisible Gift, Andrew will seek the advice and inspiration of another trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning their challenge into an invisible gift.

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Welcome to The Invisible Gift, the show all about turning the Neurodiversity into possibility.

Andrew Kitley grew up knowing he was different. His dyslexia and ADHD made it difficult for Andrew to learn the same way others did in school. Despite Andrew possessing exceptional abilities in other areas, he was told he had a problem, a disability. Andrew left school frustrated, unfulfilled, without reaching his full potential.

This could have been a disaster but it turned out to be a blessing. Andrew would work his way up the literal and metaphorical ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: a structural engineering firm. Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK.

Now, Andrew is under no illusion he has a gift. His dyslexia, his neurodiversity, has made him determined, adaptive, and creative. Andrew is on a mission to learn more about neurodiversity. How it can challenge, define, and empower. In The Invisible Gift, Andrew will seek the advice and inspiration of another trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning their challenge into an invisible gift.

    The dyslexic wit and getting 'fired from your own book' with Tom McLaughlin

    The dyslexic wit and getting 'fired from your own book' with Tom McLaughlin

    Episode Description:
    This week on the show, Andrew meets dyslexic author and illustrator Tom McLaughlin. In the episode, Tom tells Andrew why he believes dyslexia makes you quick witted. Tom also explains how dyslexia, in his own words, got him ‘fired from his own book’ and the discuss the problem with telling kids about famous neuro-divergents in history.
    Top Quotes:
    “Dyslexia allowed to me get quite good at lying, joking and faking. You can’t stand in front of a teacher and read a book so instead you start making it up. Both in class and with friends, I realised I could be the funny person. I think that’s why dyslexic people become quick witted.” - Tom McLaughlin
    “Self-awareness, I believe, is the key to happiness” - Andrew Kitley

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Tom is an author and illustrator from Devon. He worked for 10 years as a political cartoonist for The Western Morning News. In 2006 he left the paper to freelance as an animation designer for a number of TV shows, as well as an occasional columnist for The Guardian online.
    He won a bursary to direct his short animated film "The Girl With The Pink Shoes", as part of the Animated Exeter festival.
    He started in the world of children’s publishing by illustrating other people’s books before turning his hand to writing. He has written and illustrated for Bloomsbury, Puffin, Scholastic, OUP, and Walker. His books have been nominated for countless awards and have been translated into over 10 different languages.

    Resources:
    https://tommclaughlin.co.uk/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 45 min
    Pride in neuro-divergence & preserving endangered species with Tullis Matson

    Pride in neuro-divergence & preserving endangered species with Tullis Matson

    Episode Description:
    This week on the show, Andrew meets founder, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tullis Matson.
    Tullis Matson is Managing Director of the award winning Stallion AI Services which is one of the most successful stallion collection centres in Europe. In 2020, Tullis established a charity, called Nature’s SAFE, which is Europe’s only living Biobank and is aimed at assisting in the conservation of the worlds’ most rare and endangered species through regenerative cryo-preservation.
    In their chat, Tullis opens up about his difficult experience in education growing up. Tullis also explains why he sees his dyslexia as the reason behind his excellent communication skills and Andrew asks him what cryopreservation really entails.
    Top Quotes:
    “Never be ashamed to be dyslexic. Nowadays companies are actually looking for that different dynamic. That out of the box thinking.” - Tullis Matson

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Tullis Matson is Managing Director of award winning Stallion AI Services - Stallion AI Services.
    Stallion AI Services Ltd is one of the most successful stallion collection centres in Europe, offering semen collection services, fertility assessment and worldwide semen export. Tullis has practiced Artificial Insemination (AI) in stallions and freezing semen for over 30 years. Tullis works with organisations such as Chester Zoo to help cryopreserve semen from endangered species. In 2011 he received the Marsh Christian Award for Conservation in Genetic Bio-Diversity. In 2020 he established a charity, Nature’s SAFE, Europe’s only living Biobank, aimed at assisting in the conservation of the worlds’ most rare and endangered species through regenerative cryopreservation. In April 2022 he was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for his excellence in Innovation.

    Resources:
    www.natures-safe.com
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 56 min
    ADD and making magic with Amy from Amy's Bakehouse

    ADD and making magic with Amy from Amy's Bakehouse

    Episode Description:
    On today’s podcast, Andrew is joined by Amy from Amy’s Bakehouse - a luxury bakery. In the show, Amy reveals how lockdown led to her creating her 100k tiktok account, Amy explains why she thinks ADD helped her started her career in baking, and Andrew and Amy share their most embarrassing stories.
    Top Quote:
    “With dyslexia you have 1. the ability to see the big picture, and 2. because you go through school not able to do so much you don’t worry about your inadequacies.” - Andrew Kitley

    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Amy’s Bakehouse is a luxury baking company based in London. Amy started baking during lockdown and has since grown her tiktok account to over 100k followers, started a business and has amassed a legion of adoring fans for her creations!

    Resources:
    https://www.amysbakehouse.co.uk/
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/

    • 48 min
    ADHD Girls & embracing difference with Samantha Hiew

    ADHD Girls & embracing difference with Samantha Hiew

    Episode Description:
    In today’s show, Andrew meets communications consultant, writer, and founder of neurodiversity awareness group - ADHD Girls, Samantha Hiew. In the podcast, Samantha explains the origins of ADHD Girls, and why we need to redefine our male centric definitions of neurodiversity. Andrew & Samantha also discuss ‘masking’ and why embracing difference is the most effective pathway to change.
    Top Quotes:
    “The fact is - everyone is different. Different races, cultures, agendas. But recently it feels like everyone is trying to say that we’re all the same and that doesn’t seem helpful. In fact, we should embrace difference.” - Andrew Kitley
    “I think we need to start seeing ourselves out of this medical diagnoses, outside of this label society has put on us. A part of understanding neurodiversity is acknowledging that we’re all different. At its core, neurodiversity is a movement to help us understand difference.” - Samantha Hiew
    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.
    About the guest:
    Samantha Hiew is a Communications Consultant and founder, of neurodiversity awareness group ADHD Girls. Samantha is a PhD in Cancer Virology and Childhood Leukaemia from the University of London and has written extensively for medical journals like Imperial College Academic Health Science Centre. In the mid 2010s, Samantha was a columnist, feature and travel writer for the Huffington Post. After Samantha’s diagnoses for ADHD at age 40, she decided to start ADHD Girls: An organisation that aims to empower girls and women with ADHD to thrive in society; and improve Neurodiversity understanding via an intersectional lens. Her work was recognised with double nominations at the 2022 Celebrating Neurodiversity Awards: Stereotype Buster & Community Choice.
    Resources:
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/
    https://samanthahiew.com/

    • 53 min
    Neurodivergent fashion & redefining yourself with Jake Posner

    Neurodivergent fashion & redefining yourself with Jake Posner

    Episode Description:
    In today’s show, Andrew meets dyslexic fashion designer Jake Posner. In their conversation, Jake explains how his brand was born out of his neurodiversity, the boys discuss why fast fashion is bad for the planet and consumers, and Jake shares the story of when he arrived unannounced at Selfridges asking for a meeting!
    Top Quotes:
    “In life, you have to be constantly evolving. Evolve or go extinct.” - Jake Posner
    “My dyslexia allows me to tell stories, to be imaginative. It allows me a different way of seeing the world.” - Jake Posner
    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.

    About the guest:
    Jake Posner is a fashion designer and founder of his own brand NO ONE TRUE ANYTHING. NO ONE TRUE ANYTHING was founded in 2021 and has been directly inspired by Jake’s experiences with dyslexia. Jake is also an ambassador for the British Dyslexia Association and his work has been featured in a number of global publications such as Forbes Magazine and The Guardian.

    Resources:
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/
    https://noonetrueanything.com/

    • 52 min
    Dyslexia, hard work, and not fearing failure with Emma, 11th Duchess of Rutland

    Dyslexia, hard work, and not fearing failure with Emma, 11th Duchess of Rutland

    Episode Description:
    On today’s podcast, Andrew meets the custodian of Belvoir Castle - Emma, the Duchess of Rutland. For 30 years, Emma has revolutionised and grown the commercial side of one of Britain’s most historic Castles into a bustling and thriving business. Emma also has her own podcast, Duchess, and recently spoken about her experiences growing up with dyslexia.
    In this episode, the Duchess takes us back to her childhood growing up on a farm, and why those formative years steeled her for a life of custodianship. Andrew and the Duchess also discuss why dyslexia strengthens you against failure and how neurodiversity can make you a visionary.
    Top Quotes:
    “Two little words that matter are ‘hard work’. That’s the DNA in my veins and I really believe it came from dyslexia, an inability to do something, and a desire not to fail.” - Duchess of Rutland
    “From dyslexia, failures used to come thick and fast but now as an adult I think when I fail I’m more used to it than other people. I just see failures as good because you’re learning.” - Andrew Kitley
    About the host:
    The Invisible Gift is hosted by entrepreneur and dyslexic, Andrew Kitley. With twenty years experience, Andrew Kitley has worked his way up the metaphorical and literal ladder to become Managing Director of Kitall: an engineering firm.
    Under Andrew's guidance, Kitall is now one of the most sought after names to complete complex engineering projects in the UK. In each episode of The Invisible Gift, Andrew seeks the advice and inspiration of a fellow trailblazer who has defied the odds to achieve the extraordinary - turning the challenge of dyslexia into a gift.
    About the guest:
    Emma Rutland, The Duchess of Rutland, did not always stride the halls of stately homes. Born Emma Watkins, the Duchess grew up the daughter of a Quaker farmer, in the Welsh marsh countryside. She trained as an opera singer in the Guildhall School of Music, and worked as a successful interior designer before meeting her future husband David Manners, the 11th Duke of Rutland, at a dinner party. Their marriage in 1992 would transform Emma Watkins into the 11th Duchess of Rutland and the custodian of Belvoir Castle. The Duchess has authored a number of books and, in 2020, started a no.1 show on the Apple Podcast chart - Duchess

    Resources:
    http://theinvisiblegift.com/
    https://www.kitall.co.uk/
    https://www.onefineplay.com/
    https://www.belvoircastle.com/

    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/duchess/id1551120994

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

pAdAwAn72 ,

I love this show

I look forward to Wednesdays , it’s so nice to hear all of the positives of neuro diversity , I’m a mum of a struggling teenage daughter trying to get through school whilst working out my own undiagnosed difficulties & this show brings hope & really lifts me aswell as being super interesting . I love to understand , learn & spread awareness of the gift & struggles . I feel like I could have a beer & talk really fast for ages probably at the same time with Andrew.

ChandlerFromFriends ,

Positive & empowering

Its great to hear a show that tackles dyslexia in such a powerful. Sally Gardner is favourite guest - such a positive role model & wonderful speaker!

Patt_2021 ,

Such an inspiring podcast!

I loved this podcast so amazing, especially the episode with Sally Gardner. Her words at the end were super empowering. 10/10

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