Our staff and governors
We are fortunate to have a team of passionate and experienced people working at Livability Nash College – both as staff and Governors.
Simon Cartwright, Head of College
Steve McDermott, Regional Livability Manager
I have had the pleasure of over 23 years’ experience working and managing services in Social Care and more recently education. I have predominantly worked for Charities, providing services for people with disabilities. The services I have worked in, managed and developed include, residential, supported living, respite domiciliary care, retail and social enterprises.
My passion is to ensure support services are tailored and delivered to people with disabilities to empower and develop individuals to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life. I am also a governor of an infant school, which I have been enjoying for over 18 months and really value being part of a team that delivers education to young children, in order they can prosper through each key stage of their life.
Julia Wilson, Head of Therapies
Julia has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years within the NHS, private companies and the charity sector. During this time she has worked in a variety of fields including wheelchair services, accident and emergency, medicine, orthopaedics and surgery, community outreach teams, special needs education, medical engineering and within mental health. Julia has a wealth of experience working with people with complex physical needs and learning disabilities including complex seating and positioning, upper limb intervention with neurological dysfunction, upper limb splinting, assistive technologies and use of ICT.
During her career she has developed a variety of new services and initiatives and managed a diverse range of teams. Julia started working at Nash College as Head of Occupational Therapy in 2010 and in September 2015 was successfully promoted to Head of Therapies. Julia works with the therapy team at Nash College to ensure they empower the students to develop and maintain their skills to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives
During her career, Julia has run many internal and external training courses for therapists, managers and external organisations. She has lectured at the College of Occupational Therapists and also at the Posture and Mobility Conference. Julia is also a trained mediator, a skill which she uses in work situations to great effect.
Julia has a passion for staff development and support in the workplace. She has attended a variety of management courses including safer recruitment, safeguarding (she is a safeguarding lead at Nash College), supervision training and transformational leadership.
Julia lives in Kent with her husband and family.
Donna Burgan, Transitions Manager
I registered as a child-minder when my own children were born. I was asked if I would care for children with additional needs and this was when my work in the special needs field started. 5 years on I joined Priory School as a student support assistant and trained to be an assessor to help others gain a qualification. After 13 years I moved to travelling around nurseries as a trainer/assessor. In 2010 I joined Nash College. I began helping support assistants with their qualifications and then branched out to activities coordinator. I went on to become a Transition officer and I am currently the Transition Manager with a team of 4. I enjoy empowering parents with our wealth of knowledge and sign posting them to the right professionals and services. For the past 12 years I have provided respite care for a young woman with SEN, which has been a very rewarding experience.
Kelly Hanson, Registered Manager
I have worked within the Social care field for the past 16 years in both the private sector and with charities. I started my career as a Support Worker and found very quickly that I had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities and complex needs. My career has developed to where I am now through learning on the job and from the people I’ve had the pleasure to support and work with.
In my post I am accountable for the Management, growth and development of the Residential services, the Nursing team and our Next steps Day Service. My aim is to ensure the services I support have had the best possible impact on an individual’s care and welfare whilst improving outcomes for all young people and staff.
Simon Cowdery, Head of Facilities
Originally from Australia I have lived in the UK for the past 4 years and joined Nash in November 2015 having previously worked as a Facilities Manager for a museum and private estate managing repairs and maintenance to 50 residential properties in South East England.
I bring a broad range of skills, experience and qualifications including project management, health and safety, building maintenance which I have gained from working in the construction industry for the past 20 years as well as spending 10 years in the Charity Sector delivering outdoor education programs for disadvantaged young people.
I enjoy working with the many different departments within the College and ensuring the facilities provided are maintained to high level and are continually meeting the needs of the students, staff and visitors in both the short and longer term.
Ann Corrigan, Chair of Governors
Resources sub-committee member
Ann is a consultant on business excellence in service industries, with 15 years experience as Deputy Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality. Ann is an active volunteer at her local church and has previous experience of being a governor at Kingston University.
Brian James, Foundation Governors
TLA sub-committee member
Brian has 20 years experience working in Human Resources and 20 years fostering and supporting young people who live with him and his wife.
Sarah Poole, Foundation Governors
TLA sub-committee member
Sarah is a retired primary school teacher, married to a clergyman with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She is a very active member of her local church and is especially involved with youth and children’s work.
Mary Obemeasor, Foundation Governors
Resources sub-committee Chair
Mary holds an MBA and is Chartered Public Finance Accountant with 20 years accounting experience. She is passionate about disability issues and has 15 years experience as a volunteer teacher working with the children and young adults at her local church.
Charlotte O'Reilly, Community Governors
TLA sub-committee Chair
Charlotte became aware of Nash College on a work placement and as a result, trained as an Occupational Therapist completed her BSc(Hons) in Cardiff. Charlotte is particularly interested in the development of relationships for young people and adults with learning disabilities.
Joe Merrell, Staff Governors
TLA sub-committee member; Resources sub-committee member
Joe has been a lecturer at Nash College for almost 4 years. Prior to joining Nash, Joe worked within a range of mental health, health and social care, education and ICT related roles.
Glenice Lake, Parent Governors
TLA sub-committee member
Glenice is a parent of two sons at Livability Nash College and is delighted to be a member of the Governing Body as she believes the voice of a parent is so important for students who are not able to speak for themselves.
Quirina Oduwole, Parent Governors
Resources sub-committee member
Quirina has two sons who are day students at Nash College in their first and third year. Quirina is currently a Support Manager in Southwark for Mental Health.
Cllr Peter Fortune, Local Authority Governor
Peter is a Councillor for Hayes and Coney Hall ward and holds the Education Portfolio. He has been involved in the borough’s successful ‘Friends’ organisations and has also worked in housing, health and public protection. He is married to a Primary School teacher and has two children.
Poppy Goodchild, Student Representative
Poppy joined the College in September 2015 and has already begun making a difference in getting her fellow students voices heard and is a wonderful advocate and addition to the Local Governing Body.
Interested in becoming a Governor?
If you are interested in becoming a Governor at Nash College or wish to find out what it takes to be a governor, please contact the College on 020 8315 4800.