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, I and my husband, Tim, established Liaise Loddon for similar reasons: there was little adequate provision for adults with severe autism. Liaise Loddon offers small, friendly community based care homes that are the perfect home for adults with a range of difficulties.
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 and 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 now work part-time as Chair of Directors, 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 was 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.