leadership team

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE

Chair

Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia and a former Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project, developing online training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities.

Barry says: “Our successful engagement philosophy is built on the latest research techniques that inform our approaches to care and support.”

Mark Goodman

Chief Executive Officer

With over 25 years' care experience, Mark’s previous roles include managing homes for younger adults with learning disabilities, managing services for the elderly and people with dementia and interim crisis management.

Mark has held many esteemed positions including Head of Registration and Inspection for Dorset Health Authority, Head of Inspection for Borough of Poole unitary authority, Manager within NCSC and CSCI, Director of Operations for emerging care home providers Churchgate Healthcare and Canford Healthcare and Director and General Manager for BML Healthcare, a leading care home management company.

Mark says: “The word challenging, whether it is being applied to ‘behaviour’ or a ‘task’ is always about perception. Challenges are always best approached with the support and understanding of others.”

Gary Laville

Chief Operating Officer

Gary’s care career started in 1983 when he found a real passion for helping and supporting vulnerable people.

Climbing the care ladder, Gary worked in and managed homes for people with learning disabilities for 14 years, developing equal rights and opportunities for individuals to move into new places to live.

Working throughout the country as Director of Quality for a national care provider, Gary gained a valuable insight into what individual, good quality care should be. From this he created a framework to share best practice.

Gary explains: “It is my experiences, knowledge and understanding of how vulnerable people can be empowered to make choices and lead independent lives that drives me to get the best out of our team and the individuals we work with.”

Hannah Richardson

Chief Financial Officer

Hannah is a commercially orientated Chartered Accountant with knowledge of the healthcare sector. Her experience includes 12 years with the BDO, including six years in the Corporate Finance team. Whilst working as the M&A Director of Ark Home Healthcare Ltd, Hannah worked within a team that utilised both an aggressive buy and build, and organic growth strategy.

advisory board members

Professor Barry Carpenter CBE

Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia and a former Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project, developing online training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities.

Dame Philippa Russell

Dame Philippa Russell is Emeritus Chair of the Government's Standing Commission on Carers and a Board member of TLAP (the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership) and of NDTi (the National Development Team for Inclusion). She is a member of the Ministerial Mental Health Advisory Group, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Vice-President of Carers UK.

David Braybrook

David Braybrook works as an independent strategic and operational partner in SEND work in the public, private and voluntary sectors and for the Department for Education. He has over 35 years’ experience gained in front line and strategic work and in inspection, regulatory and consultancy roles. Originally with a background in teaching deaf children, David has been a teacher, specialist teacher trainer, Head of a large, residential special school, External Examiner, Registered Ofsted Inspector (SEN), Contractor and Accredited Trainer, Independent Care Standards Visitor and latterly a Director of Education and Chief Executive of two national educational charities.

Professor Michael Brown

Professor Michael Brown has held a joint clinical academic appointment with NHS Lothian as a Nurse Consultant and as Professor in Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University for over 10 years. He has over thirty years’ clinical experience in a range of nursing, academic and policy posts in hospitals, community settings, in practice development, education and research.

The joint clinical academic post was established to promote the growth and development of evidence-based nursing practice, the translation of nursing and wider research within the nursing curriculum and clinical practice. The clinical focus of the Nurse Consultant role is at present within forensic intellectual disability and community health services, involving direct patient care.

Jo Egerton

Jo Egerton is a Schools Research Consultant and writer. She previously worked as lead research coach for SSATs (The Schools Network) Research Charter Mark Award with mainstream and special schools as well as on a number of Department for Education and Teaching Agency funded research and writing projects including the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Education (FAS-eD) Research Project and the online training materials for Teachers of Pupils with Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties.

Darryl Morgan

Darryl qualified to teach in primary mainstream and to all ages of children with special needs in 1986. Darryl works in the special needs sector and specifically across the age and ability range of pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.

During his career, Darryl has specialised in the education of pupils with the most profound and complex needs as well as with children with autism and challenging behaviour. Darryl has been a Trainer on the Hampshire PAATHS Course, (Providing Approaches to Autism for Teachers in Hampshire Schools) for 12 years and has this year set up and run an equivalent course in Surrey. He has also been training in Autism and Behaviour Management for the past 14 years.

Dr Raja Mukherjee

Dr Raja Mukherjee MBBS, MRCPsych, PDip EPP is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician Specialist in FASD at Bracketts Resource Centre as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George’s University of London. He is also an NHS England Specialist Mental Health Clinical Reference group member and a member of the Executive Committee SSBP International Charity.

Dr Barry Coughlan

Dr Barry Coughlan is a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people and adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs. Since 2007, Barry has been Assistant Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prior to this he was in full time practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Brothers of Charity Services in Limerick, Ireland.

Barry holds an honours degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork, a PhD from University College Cork and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, from University College Dublin.