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 Governing Body meets six times in the year 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.


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 StobbsPhilippa 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.  


Beverley Brewer – Parent Governor

Beverley joined the Governing Body in October 2014. Two of Beverley’s sons are pupils at TreeHouse School.

Beverley has been involved in the ABA community for 8 years. She has previously served as a Governor in a primary school. She has also led and supported many campaigns in her area opposing cuts to services for children with special educational needs and been involved in local parent support groups. Beverley works for the Care Quality Commission.


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.


Trevor Cox – Parent Governor

Trevor joined the Governing Body in October 2014. Trevor is a father of two and his youngest son has been at TreeHouse School since 2009. Trevor has worked in IT industry for over twenty years. He is a qualified Rugby Football Union coach, as well as an Adapted Sports Coach

Trevor is hugely passionate about the role that education plays in our pupil’s lives. Trevor plans to put the facilitation, analysis and project management skills he has acquired over the years to good use as a Parent Governor, as well as using his understanding as a parent in his role as Parent Governor.


Emma Greene, Staff Governor Emma 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.


Alison HoganAlison Hogan – Staff Governor

Alison joined TreeHouse School as a Behaviour Analyst in 2013. She has an undergraduate degree in History and Psychology, and a Higher Diploma in Psychology. Alison completed her Masters in ABA in 2010 and attained her BCBA 2 years ago. She has eight years of experience working with children and adults with learning difficulties and autism. She worked as an ABA Tutor and ABA Consultant in Ireland in special schools, home programs and residential homes, before moving to London in 2013 to work at TreeHouse School.


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.


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, Marianne changed her career path and qualified with NVQs in Childcare Learning and Development. She has also 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 member, working 1:1 with a pupil.


Allison Knight Allison Knight – Staff Governor

Allison Knight has been a qualified teacher at TreeHouse School since September 2013. Receiving a Distinction for her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, Allison has worked across a wide variety of settings including mainstream schools and schools for children with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviour. She has always had a passion for working with young people with special needs and has worked as a learning support assistant, reading intervention specialist, ASDAN coordinator and Technology and English integration practitioner.


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.