Management Team

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Marion Cornick, MBE – Chair of Directors

Get in touch with Marion on 01256 812663

I founded the Loddon School in 1988. It’s an internationally renowned charity for children who can no longer live at home because of their severe and complex learning difficulties. The Loddon School is the only school of its kind in the UK.

In 1995, my husband Tim and I established Liaise Loddon for similar reasons: there was little adequate provision for adults with severe autism.

I have worked in special care and education my whole life, including as head teacher of three special schools. I’ve also been director of a large facility offering special care and education.

The programmes I developed at the Loddon School are positive, delivered in a supportive and therapeutic environment. From these, I created PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, which is a proactive approach to care that focuses on the whole person, not just their behaviours. More than 700 instructors now teach this programme in schools, care settings, hospitals and community homes all over the British Isles.

On my retirement from the Loddon School in 2008, I joined the board of directors at Liaise. When Tim died in 2001 I took over as managing director. I work part-time now, but supporting people with severe learning disabilities and autism remains my priority.

I also write about care matters and lecture all over the UK and internationally. I’m an active Rotarian, and the first woman president of my Rotary Club! And I was fortunate enough to be awarded an MBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours.


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Quick fire questions:

What were you doing before Liaise Loddon?

I founded and developed The Loddon School as a charity providing care and education for children with complex autism

What do you like about working at Liaise Loddon?

The passion of the staff to ensure the Service Users have a great and fulfilling life.

What is your favourite song?

‘The Rose’ Bette Midler

What is your favourite holiday destination?

South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island

What is the best advice you have been given?

Don’t put it off till tomorrow – do it today!

Marion Cornick Co-founder & Chair of Directors Liaise Loddon

Deborah Cornick – Managing Director

Get in touch with Deborah on 01256 812663

Before joining Liaise Loddon in 2002, I worked in a variety of industries bringing experience in business and financial planning, marketing and sales. I hold postgraduate degrees in Mathematics, Business and Law.

I joined the organisation initially to help Marion out for three months. Fifteen years later, I am still here and get more passionate each year about ensuring that we deliver an amazing service to the people we support while also creating a great place to work.

The people Liaise Loddon supports have the same rights as everyone else. I work to make sure everyone recognises this. A big part of my role is encouraging an environment which treats everyone as an individual with personal hopes and aspirations.

I also want to focus on my colleagues: the people who do the caring. They are extraordinarily dedicated and hardworking and I want to celebrate that. I am currently care-taking the HR team in the Company, working with them, the directors and senior managers to ensuring that all the people in the organisation are well supported and have opportunities to grow and developed.

We are continuing to grow, with plans to open more new homes in the area. So, a busy time for everyone!

Quick fire questions:

What were you doing before Liaise Loddon?
I worked in engineering for 10 years starting as a very techy engineer. Then I moved into project management, marketing and then business development.
What do you like about working at Liaise Loddon?
The amazing staff team. They all work together to make a difference in the lives of the people we support.
What is your favourite song?
It changes, but at a push, I might have to say the Muse version of Feeling Good.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere hot and by the sea.
What is the best advice you have been given?
“You are not employed because of what you don’t know, but what you do know. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it”

Cathie Wyatt – Director of Care

Get in touch with Cathie on 01256 812663

In 1989 I visited the Loddon School for the first time, travelling nearly 200 miles to see a pupil who had moved there from the school I was working at. I spent the day in this amazing building and watched staff working with children with severe learning disabilities and autism in a way I’d never experienced before.

The teamwork was amazing. The positive, proactive management so impressive and the children were so happy. Staff interaction was wonderful. On the way home, my mind raced over what I had witnessed and I knew I had to apply to work there.

It was a massive decision to leave my family (they all lived within two miles of each other in Shrewsbury) – but I had to do it. So I went to Basingstoke for an interview. They offered me a job as a support worker and within a year, promoted me to head of care.

I stayed at the Loddon School until 1995, when Marion and Tim asked me to open and manage Liaise Loddon’s first home for adults. This was a huge responsibility, but everything I’d learned from Marion and the team at the school convinced me I could do it.

The next year, we opened our second home. I became registered manager for both services. My team and I offered homes that met the needs and exceeded the expectations of the people we support. We also promoted PROACT-SCIPr-UK®.

I was never keen on putting myself forward for courses or giving training, but Marion and Tim gave me the confidence to get qualified. I hold a NVQ Level 4 in Management and an NVQ Level 3 in Training and Development.

I intended to come to Basingstoke and work at the Loddon School for a year. More than 20 years later, I continue to enjoy my challenging role – now as director of care supporting nine homes (with more to come).

In 1989 I did have times when I thought I’d made a big mistake leaving my family and previous job. But when I sit back now and think of all the opportunities Loddon and Liaise have given me I will always be extremely grateful.

Quick fire questions:

What were you doing before Liaise Loddon?
I was head of care at the Loddon School.
What do you like about working at Liaise Loddon?
I like the way we encourage staff to progress in their careers. I’m proud that everyone has all the training they need to ensure they can give the people we support an excellent quality of life.
What is your favourite song?
Wooden Heart by Elvis.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Spain.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Always be available to support and advise staff. Keep smiling and the world will smile with you.

Henrik Holgersen – Positive Support Director

Get in touch with Henrik on 01256 812663

I am the Positive Support Director for Liaise Loddon Ltd. Having come to England in 1990 to work at the Loddon School for a year in order to gain experience and improve my English, my intention was to return to Denmark to continue my education. However, I find that twenty five years later I am still happily here and my one year’s work experience has become my long term career.

In 1998 I joined Liaise Loddon as a support worker. I continued my studying alongside my work, receiving several promotions and finally ended up as Positive Behaviour & Quality Development Director. Among my qualifications (so far) I have a BTEC Advanced Professional Management Diploma, NVQ A1/D32/D33 and RMA. I am also a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® instructor. I have attended many conferences including the IABA conference in LA in 2011.

My role at Liaise Loddon is varied and interesting. One day I might be dealing with IT issues at our Head Office and the next I may be at one of our homes helping to support one of our young people. I also accompany the Director of Care to visit prospective service users to assess our suitability to support them. It is vitally important that people with such complex needs receive the care and support that is exactly right for each one of them.

My career has been and continues to be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. I have seen the company grow from one home to the present ten that we have. I have seen some of our service users grow from teenagers into young adults and developed very special relationships with some of them. I believe that the quality of life offered to our service users is second to none. The co-workers that support our special young adults are caring, talented and hardworking and I am proud to be part of such a great team.

Quick fire questions:

What were you doing before Liaise Loddon?
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What is your favourite song?

What is your favourite holiday destination?

What is the best advice you have been given?

David Morgan – Director of Finance & Quality Management

Get in touch with David on 01256 812663

Shortly after finishing university in South Africa, I came to the UK in 1996 with the intention of using it as a base to see the world.  The opportunity arose to study further, and I completed my MBA in 1999.  I was then approached to join a start-up pharmaceutical company, and went on to serve as Finance Director for several pharmaceutical and healthcare companies.

I qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2012, and served in several interim finance roles, the most recent being Finance Director for a charity serving the needs of older people prior to joining Liaise Loddon in April 2017.

My role at Liaise has two main focuses.  The first being the traditional Finance Director role, ensuring the company is on a sound financial footing, and that appropriate financial controls are in place.  The other part of my role revolves around developing the right management systems and infrastructure that will help realise Liaise Loddon’s plans for growth.

Quick fire questions:

What were you doing before Liaise Loddon?
I was interim Finance Director for a charity.
What do you like about working at Liaise Loddon?
You mean apart from sharing an office with Cathie? The people, the challenge in tough times, and knowing Liaise makes a difference.
What is your favourite song?
It changes, but at the moment Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National, Cough Syrup by Young the Giant, or pretty much anything by The Rolling Stones.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
New Zealand.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Keep reading.

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