Meet our Trustees

Marion Cornick Founder and School Trustee

Marion Cornick

Marion founded The Loddon School® in 1988. She has been involved in special education all her teaching life and previously held the headship of three special schools and a directorship of a large facility offering special care and education.

Marion is well known in the field of special education for the contribution she has made to improving the quality of life for a very special group of people who are often marginalised.

Marion also created Liaise Loddon Ltd, a company devoted to the support of adults in the community, providing a continuity of the same philosophy of care and education found at the school.

Marion also developed PROACT-SCIPr-UK® for the UK which is based on a philosophy that places an emphasis on a proactive approach to supporting individuals through times of behavioural crisis in a sensitive and caring manner so that the needs of the whole person are met. Physical interventions are non-aversive and supportive, and are used minimally and only when essential for safety.

Marion has written extensively and lectures both in the UK and internationally.

Area of Assistance: Autism, PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, Education

Committee/Position: Chair of the Trustees.

Steve Fussey

Steve qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and prior to retirement spent the last 32 years of his career working in various roles for a large Defence Contractor, managing sites and facilities and culminating in a position on the board of Directors as the Infrastructure Director.

Steve enjoys music, watching football, walking and working as an occasional radio broadcaster, he has been a Director of two local radio stations and a local newspaper in the past and is also currently a Trustee Director of a large Pension Fund and a Trustee of Basingstoke College of Technology.

Area of Assistance: Finance, HR, Business Planning, Facilities

Committee/Position: Finance and HR Committee

Steve Dobson School Trustee

Steve Dobson

Steve graduated from Kingston University with a B.Eng (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering in the early 90’s, since then has built up qualifications in H+S, Project and Programme Management and financial management.

He has worked on range of engineering projects, which have included highway, water and sewage treatment, renewable power and more recently telecommunications and broadcast projects.

In his current role, Steve currently works as Principal Project Manager on a facilities management contract within a small team based in Winchester. The contract has been enabled to support over 16,000 assets in the UK, together with an annual budget of £7.8 million.

Most of Steve’s career has been behind the scenes, providing solutions and services that we all take for granted, for example: radio, digital tv, highways, removing our waste, provision of drinking water, and providing alternative power solutions.

Steve’s engineering, commercial, project, contract, H+S and finance background together with an attention to detail are qualities that he believes are of value to the Charity. This aligns with his main focus and interest which is the environment in which the Children and Staff work in.

Steve had an opportunity to become a Trustee a few years ago, the Charity is in a completely different sector to that of his own and he was extremely impressed when he first visited the School. Working in a commercially competitive environment is very different to that of the Charity, the position of Trustee allows Steve to see things from a different perspective.

On a personal level, Steve is married with 2 children and enjoys mountain biking, motorcycling and supports Chelsea FC.

Area of Assistance: Health & Safety, Project Management.

Committee/Position: Named Trustee for H&S and Facilities

Jennifer Lewendon School Trustee

Jennifer Lewendon

Jennifer qualified as an Institutional Manager/Matron Housekeeper after College and went on to manage a Dr Barnardo Home for physically handicapped children.

Her current position is Cook Housekeeper at an Anglican Convent in Ham, Surrey. She has been employed for 32 years and is responsible for most of the buying of catering and household supplies.

Jennifer was an active parent at her sons Scout Troop for over 10 years and enjoyed catering and fundraising for charitable events such as car boot sales.

She is interested in the life that Loddon School provides for the students and as a Trustee hopes that she can help in some small way towards the future for this work to continue.

Area of Assistance: Care Management; Catering, Special needs

Committee/Position: Children’s home link

Jenny Wright School Trustee

Jennifer Wright

Jenny is an experienced Head teacher in the field of severe and complex needs and autism. She has  been head of two residential special schools during the last 17 years, consistently leading them both through Outstanding or Good Ofsted Inspections. Previously Jenny was the head of primary at an NAS school. Jenny has been part of school improvement and  self-evaluation teams supporting a number of schools in mock Ofsted inspections.

Jenny has a B(Ed),  NPQH and MA(Ed) having completed a dissertation that investigated behaviour management strategies in a special school. She  has given talks on positive behaviour approaches including at an international conference on Autism. Jenny is a PROACT-SCIPr-UK® instructor and has completed the Gary La Vigna longitudinal study in positive approaches to challenging behaviour.

As a Trustee Jenny can bring expertise in self-evaluation and meeting Ofsted inspections, as well as her knowledge of teaching and learning, safeguarding and behaviour support.

Area of Assistance: Autism, Special Education, Leadership and Management in Education.

Committee/Position: Teaching and Learning

Jonathan Beebee School Trustee

Jonathan Beebee

Jonathan is a registered learning disability nurse and qualified behaviour analyst. He has experience in senior management of health and social care services. Jonathan is passionate about compassionate approaches to supporting people with learning disability that see the person first, and working in partnership with people and their families.

Jonathan has received national recognition for his contributions to Positive Behaviour Support, and has supported national projects relating to people with learning disability with challenging behaviours, offending behaviours, and people who experience inequality in access to healthcare.

Area of Assistance: Care, Leadership and Management in Care, Positive Behaviour support and Continuing Professional Development

Committee/Position: Lead for Training.

Mike Lakin

Mike spent the last 19 years as an IT Manager and Financial Application and Database specialist with a Corporate Software manufacturer based at Reading finishing with them in May 2017. Mike worked as an IT specialist in many across a variety of large/corporate companies prior to that.

Mike enjoys mountain biking and looking after his young grandson. He is actively involved in supporting many local charities and initiatives through his membership of the Basingstoke Deane Rotary Club.

Area of Assistance: IT, Finance

Committee : Finance

Joy Wake

Joy trained as a social worker while working for London Borough of Hillingdon Council. She specialised in the field of learning difficulties, working with both children and adults. She was part of a team of people who opened a purpose built home for 24 young adults, many of whom had spent many years in long stay hospitals and were experiencing life in a community for the first time.

Joy worked at The Loddon School® from 1990 until her retirement in 2017, she worked in the education, staff training and residential teams during this time, and latterly she was the Registered Care Manager. She is passionate about the care of children, believing they deserve the very highest standard of care and to be offered as many different opportunities as possible to fulfil their potential and to enhance the quality of their lives.

Joy is married with two grown up children and blessed with four wonderful grandchildren. Joy enjoys spending quality time with her family & friends and also enjoys dance fitness, the gym and walking.

Area of Assistance: Safeguarding and Care

Committee: Education and Care

Dr Robert Lycett

Bob Lycett spent the majority of his career working for a major defence contractor, initially using his expertise as a corrosion specialist as a research scientist working on corrosion fatigue and hydrogen embrittlement of steel.  After a period working on aspects of Ministry Defence policy Bob became involved in various aspects of project and programme management and risk management.  Latterly Bob focussed on corporate governance and on managing the interface between the defence contractor and the Ministry of Defence.

Bob’s hobbies include reading, music, and walking his Red Setter.  He has also indulged his passion for history by completing a degree with the Open University.  He also enjoys playing golf (rather badly) and organises the seniors section and is a committee member at his local golf club.  He is also a governor at a local school.

Ruth Jones

Ruth is a qualified teacher and taught at The Loddon School for 23 years, gaining her knowledge of autism mostly from the students themselves. During that time she worked with every age group of children and finished as Assistant Principal for the last 3 years. Ruth had also held the posts of Safeguarding coordinator , induction trainer and PROACT SCIPr -UK principal instructor. She adapted yoga to practice with the children and organised many extra-curricular activities and outings for the Loddon students, getting the students out into the community as much as possible.

Ruth has spent much time out of school working with other charitable groups. She was a Rainbow Guide leader for 10 years, a member of Ladies Circle and its sister group Tangent and is now a member of Rotary, focusing on the area of Youth. She enjoys walking and cycling, swimming and sings with Rock Choir.

Area of Assistance – Behaviour and the Reduction of the use of Physical Interventions

Committee position – Education

Translate »