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. At that time, the Loddon School was 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 Loddon. When Tim died in 2001 I took over as Managing Director, eventually working part-time as Chair of Directors, but supporting people with severe learning disabilities and autism always remained my priority.
I have also written about care matters and lectured 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.
In 2019, the decision was taken that the time had come, where, for the company to continue to grow, it needed to be part of a wider group. Myself and my family therefore decided to sell the company to Sequence Care Group who we feel share the same values and passion for supporting adults with high quality services to ensure they have the best lives possible.