I have been Principal of Orchard Hill College for five years. Before this, I spent many years as a specialist Lecturer in a range of educational provisions. I have a wealth of experience working with young people in both mainstream and specialist education and within the social care sector. I am driven by preparing students for adulthood and ensuring they are leaving the education system to achieve aspirational outcomes.
I have been a specialist SEND teacher for 14 years, teaching in both General FE and specialist provisions. I have recently gained my NPQH qualification which supports my cross-College role. I joined Orchard Hill College in 2011 as a Lecturer and progressed to my role as Deputy Principal. I am passionate about safeguarding, well-being and mental health, and I currently lead on these areas across Orchard Hill College; ensuring that a person-centred approach is applied enabling students to reach their own meaningful outcomes and develop skills for future success.
I have a wealth of experience with SEND, working in education and health and social care.
I became a teacher at the age of 23 and has continued to develop her skills within mainstream schools, Pupil Referral Units, Youth services as well as working in Children’s Services and since 2014 working with SEND students in post 16 education settings. All of my career has been centred on supporting those with additional needs to remove barriers to their learning and supporting their transition into adulthood.
I am is currently a Trustee for Fairshot cafe.
I joined Orchard Hill College as Head of College in the Hillingdon region in September 2022.
I have a professional background in Speech & Language Therapy, and have worked across all age ranges with people with learning disabilities for over 20 years. I have worked in the NHS, social care and education settings and I am now a National Advisor with the RCSLT (Royal College of S<s). I am also qualified in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and am an Associate Consultant with BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities).
I contribute at national strategic level through sitting on the PBS Alliance steering group and in leading the PBSA Schools and Colleges National Community of Practice and regularly contributes to National Conferences in the areas of PBS and Communication.
David has spent most of his career in the local voluntary and community sector, and is the Director of Sutton Mencap. David is passionate about supporting people with a learning disability to be fully involved in the life of the local community, and the vital role education can play in this. David also has a particular interest in supporting organisations to work together for the benefit of the people they support. Having been a governor for Orchard Hill College for a number of years, David is delighted to Chair the College Committee.
Michele has over 40 years’ experience of teaching, managing and developing provision for adults with learning difficulties in Adult and Community Education. She has worked in a variety of environments including schools, colleges, hospitals, youth centres, day centres and residential care homes in various London boroughs. For several years she also worked as a regional advisor and external moderator for ASDAN providing training and support to schools and colleges to implement specialist LD programmes throughout the south east of England. Michele has been a Governor at Orchard Hill College since 2003 and has also been a Trustee at Sutton Mencap since 2008.
Ric is a parent governor whose daughter, Abigail, attends Orchard Hill College. Three of Ric’s five children have additional needs. Ric works as a Ministry Assistant at Sutton Christian Centre and before joining the OHC Committee was Chair of Governors at Bandon Hill Primary School. Among other things, Ric enjoys running, photography and getting involved in community events in Wallington.
Akansha advises businesses on strategy and operations so they can achieve their objectives. As well as this she also assists in managing budgets of up to $100 million. A Cambridge graduate with an MBA from both The London Business School and Columbia Business School, she was previously a practicing veterinary surgeon. This personal understanding of numerous career paths as well as experience as an A Level Biology Tutor on an Access Project for the past year, and a Student Mentor advising at STEM careers fairs means she is passionate about education and supporting young people to make the best possible career choices.
Neil has been an SEN teacher for 25 years and has worked across a range of settings, including SLD, PMLD and mainstream (BRIT School, Croydon). He has been teaching in his current post at St Philip’s School for just under 14 years where he is the PE co-ordinator. He has a passion for sports and recognises the many benefits that a healthy lifestyle can give to young people with learning difficulties. Additionally he has a particular interest in Social Enterprises and would one day love the opportunity to set one up. He is currently studying an MRes (Ed) at Kingston University and has developed an interest in our young people’s aspirations. As a first time governor Neil is really looking forward to becoming involved in the College’s development.