Linda has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership and advisory roles in the inclusive education sector, including international projects and teacher training. She has delivered transformation of services for young people with SEND, notably through the expansion of SEN school places through major capital programmes and by establishing the award-winning South London SEN commissioning partnership of 15 boroughs in South London.
Nadia has worked in the design of school buildings for over 17 years. She has been an architect for Cazenove Architects, an associate for Curl la Tourelle Head Architecture, and an associate for Baxter Studio. Additionally, she has been involved in the design of special school buildings for ten years.
Robin is a retired architect who worked in educational design for the last 30 years. He worked for the Department or Education and Skills, Effective Learning Environments, and more recently for Curl la Tourelle. He has contributed to raising design standards for different educational environments, such as premises, for nurseries, schools, colleges, and alternative provisions.
Laurence Nesbitt (Chair of Trustees)
Laurence has worked as director and IT director at several companies including Combined Insurance Limited and Millfield Group plc. He has significant Senior Management and Board-level experience including serving on Risk and Business Transformation Committees.
Stuart Roden (Chair of Finance, Resources and Audit Committee)
Until January 2019 Stuart was Chairman of Lansdowne Partners and Chairman of the Management Committee having previously co-managed the Developed Markets funds since their inception in 2001. Stuart started his career in the City in 1984, joining SG Warburg & Co. He worked at McKinsey and prior to joining Lansdowne in 2001, was a Managing Director of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Stuart is non-Executive Chairman of Tresidor Investment Management, Chairman of the 1-Up Foundation and a Trustee of various third sector organisations including The Centre for Social Justice and Jewish Care. He is also the non-executive Chairman of the Investment Committee of Marylebone Partners LLP and Chairman of the Jewish Care and Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies Investment Committees.
John is Admissions and Planning Manager at Cressey College, an independent special school for students with social, emotional and attachment difficulties. He is experienced in school planning and managing intakes. John has extensive experience at a managerial level both in the public and private sector. Having had a long and successful career in the Royal Marines, John has extensive experience of managing people and leading teams of 30 to 300, building relationships with diverse cultures, finding diplomatic and pragmatic solutions to the unexpected, and designing and delivering training to meet new challenges
Professor Pat Sikes
Pat is a professor in Qualitive Inquiry at the University of Sheffield. She has particular interest in sociological approaches to research, including life history and autoethnography. Pat was awarded the John Nisbet Fellowship by the British Educational Research Association for outstanding contribution to education research. Pat is a School Governor at Worksop College.
Alex is a specialist public law and private client barrister. His practice covers a wide variety of contexts concerning mental capacity, healthcare and education. He acts in SEN Tribunals, school admission appeals and disciplinary appeals. Alex is on the committee of the Court of Protection Bar Association and is a Trustee of the Centre for Young Musicians, a division of the Guildhall School of Music. Alex is also a Bar Council social mobility advocate.
Richard is an Executive Head Teacher in East London for the Kedlestone Group and has been in school leadership since 2001 in Special schools. Richard has considerable experience of leading schools and school governance. He is qualified PQSI in school inspection.
Jonathan has considerable experience working in Local Authority School Client Support in Project Management and Capital Delivery. He has a breadth of knowledge and attention to detail which ensures compliance. He is currently working in Project Management for Brighton and Hove City Council delivering a £5m restoration of Stanmer Park.
David is a social entrepreneur and experienced technologist with a passion for innovation in healthcare, and a personal interest in paediatrics. He has had a career with IBM spanning 21 years where he has held a plethora of roles including leadership, sales, marketing and operational positions. David has spent the last four years working within IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) arm, Watson. Within IBM David leads a team focused on helping organisations embrace the latest digital technologies in order to make the most of their enterprises’ data assets. David is a regular public speaker and has a close working relationship with various parts of the University of Oxford where he is a digital health expert in residence. David is also a dedicated mentor inside and outside of IBM.