School Governors

Since April 2008, TreeHouse School has been a Non Maintained Special School. This is a type of special school run by a charity rather than a local authority, which can receive certain types of Government funding. The Governing Body is separate from, but over-lapping with, the Board of Trustees in that two Governors are also Trustees and the Trustees receive reports from the Governing Body.  By law we do everything that a Governing Body does in a local authority school except manage the budget and the premises.

The full Governing Body meets six times in the year as do its two sub committees: Curriculum, Assessment and Pupil Progress Committee and the Pupil Welfare Committee but Governors are also actively involved in many aspects of school life. They are completely committed to the success of the school and to ensuring the best possible provision for our pupils.

Governing Body newsletter - July 2014 (PDF 212KB)

Governing Body newsletter - December 2013 (PDF 336KB)

Governing Body newsletter - July 2013 (PDF 240KB)

Deputy Chair of School Governing Body, Lorraine Petersen OBE

Lorraine Petersen OBE – Chair of School Governing Body

As Chief Executive Officer of nasen, Lorraine worked on numerous projects with the Department for Education, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Authority and the Training and Development Agency. Lorraine is also a member of a number of advisory groups including UKTI Sector Advisory Group for Education and Skills (SAGES). During her 25 year teaching career, Lorraine has worked with pupils with an array of special and additional needs within mainstream settings and in June 2009 Lorraine was awarded the OBE for services to education. She now works as an independent Educational Consultant.

Philippa Stobbs

Philippa Stobbs – Vice Chair of School Governing Body

Philippa Stobbs has a professional background in teaching and school inspection work. She has led a number of national developments in the education of disabled children and children with special educational needs (SEN). She has led policy work for the Special Educational Consortium since 1992, the development of national support to parent partnership services, the development of guidance on the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act in schools and early years settings. She is Assistant Director at the Council for Disabled Children and Policy Vice-chair of the Special Educational Consortium.

Tony Balazs, Associate GovernorTony Balazs – Associate Governor

Tony is both the father of a boy with autism and a board certified behaviour analyst. Tony has been a researcher in molecular biology, a psychotherapist and psychotherapy supervisor, an academic counsellor at the Open University, and a counselling lecturer at City University. He currently consults to families about their children’s ABA programs, and trains both families and ABA teams in teaching children with autism. Tony is also a consulting behaviour analyst for an ABA school, and works in the UK and overseas. Tony has recently founded a charity at the maintained primary school to support SEN and is chair of the school’s SEN committee.  

Alyson BallochAlyson Balloch – Parent Governor

Alyson is a full-time carer of three children, two of whom are pupils at TreeHouse School. A committee member for her local branch of the NAS, she has also attended a whole range of meetings and conferences on autism, and is currently studying for a Ucert in ASD with the University of Birmingham.  Alyson is also a Healing Trust trained Healer and works on a voluntary basis at a Healing Centre with people with mental health problems, stress and other significant health issues.

Laura Brind, Staff GovernorLaura Brind – Staff Governor

Laura joined TreeHouse in August 2008 and works as a Curriculum Manager. She has a degree in Biology, qualifying as a science teacher in 2003. She has worked in a number of educational establishments in London including 2 years in mainstream schools and 3 years at a pupil referral unit.

She is a qualified counsellor and worked for 2 years as a volunteer with the Samaritans, as well as time with Mind and at Birkbeck University.

Jimmy BrownellJimmy Brownell – ABA Consultant

Jimmy has worked as an ABA Consultant at TreeHouse School for the last three years. His experience and background in autism and education spans over 15 years. He pursued a degree in Psychology and worked as an early intervention therapist for a non-profit organisation. Eventually his career path led him towards Applied Behaviour Analysis where he worked as a Programme Coordinator for home ABA and DIR Floortime programmes.

Emma Greene, Staff GovernorEmma Greene – Staff Governor

Emma joined TreeHouse in March 2011 and is a Senior ABA Tutor. Prior to joining at TreeHouse, Emma worked as a learning support assistant in special educational needs settings and worked on a voluntary basis with the NHS on an acute psychiatric ward.

Emma has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology. She also holds a Masters Degree (MSc) in Psychology of Education. Emma has been a full member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) since 2011.

Marianne Keane – Parent Governor

Marianne is a full-time carer to three children. One child attends TreeHouse School and she also has a child of primary school age and an older child in secondary school. Marianne is a member of her local National Autistic Society Group (ENAS). She frequently attends conferences, seminars and evenings relating to the field of autism.
Although a banker by profession, has changed her career path and qualified with NVQ's in Childcare Learning and Development-Level 2 and 3.Has attended courses relating to Early Years Foundation Stage, Safeguarding and Child Protection, as well as autism specific courses. Marianne is a member of FOSA secondary school as well as volunteering at her son's primary school (as a Learning Support Staff - to a child 1:1).

Becky Jones, Headteacher

Becky Jones – Headteacher

Becky has 14 years’ experience working with children, young people and adults with learning difficulties. Her work has covered various settings, including respite care centres, residential homes for children with autism, holiday camps and family homes. A qualified teacher, she has previously worked in mainstream schools. Becky's past roles have included Humanities and English teacher, Nurture Group Teacher (meeting special educational needs within a mainstream setting) and Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Ann Waters, Community GovernorAnn Waters – Local Authority Governor

Ann Waters is currently a Labour councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. She was a career civil servant and has also helped to manage a community centre in Muswell Hill where she has lived for more than 30 years. She has two grown up children.