Board of Governors

DON OKORO

Partner and SRA approved manager with Curling Moore Solicitors & Advocates

Mr Okoro holds a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) as well as a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.). He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in February 2007 and he has worked in various Law Firms as an Assistant Solicitor, Associate Solicitor and a Consultant Solicitor. He is currently a Partner and SRA approved manager with Curling Moore Solicitors & Advocates, a Firm of solicitors based in Canary Wharf. Mr Okoro specialises in Employment law, Company and Commercial law practice, Immigration law and Litigation. Mr Okoro is noted for his ability to grasp and analyse complex legal issues, pay attention to details and conduct thorough research. He enjoys travelling, reading and tennis.

LYNN NUTTALL

Graduate of Homerton College, constituent college of University of Cambridge

Lynn attended Homerton College, Cambridge as a mature student and has a Bachelor of Education degree and Qualified Teacher Status.
She worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years and was Deputy Head of Sharjah English School in the U.A.E.
A Local Authority appointed governor at Ashdon school in Essex for the last 8 years, she is responsible for monitoring their Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and is also a member of the Curriculum And Pay committees.

TRACEY ELDRIDGE

Director, Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Education Law Association (ELAS)

Tracey was educated at Davison Church of England High School for Girls and Worthing Sixth Form College; she has a BA (Hons) Law from Kingston Polytechnic, now Kingston University, and was admitted as a Solicitor in 1990.

She has over 29 years experience specialising in all areas of education law; advising education institutions, local authorities, parents and young people on admissions, exclusions, special educational needs and disability, parental complaints, public law, child protection and safeguarding.

Tracey is a Director Trustee and Executive Committee member of the Education Law Association (ELAS) and a member of the Law Society.

NWAMAKA AKUKWE

Independent review officer and Social Worker

Parent Governer 

Nwamaka has held various roles within professional social work over a career of 20 years. She has worked briefly in the voluntary sector and predominantly in the Local Authorities’ Children Services.

Her various roles aimed at meeting the hostic needs of children/ young people through supporting them to achieve the best life outcomes possible for them.  She has worked collaboratively with children/young people, their parents /carers, families/connected persons and various other professionals, to promote positive outcomes for children/young people, challenging services, practices, and prejudices when needed.

She has witnessed the positive impact which quality and inclusive educational opportunities can have in enhancing life learning, experiences and achievement for children /young people including those with additional needs. In this regard I share the commitment of this school to all its students.

She studied in Nigeria and the United kingdom and has qualifications including BA (English) and LLB.

MIKE HARRIS

SEN & Social Communication Specialist, Kinesics Specialist, Makaton Senior Tutor, Child & Adult Professional Advocate and a disability adviser

Mike worked in statutory day services for adults for ten years as a Day Service Officer and Specialist in the London Borough of Sutton. Currently, Mike worked for fifteen years in child & adult specialist services in the London Borough of Southwark as a Communication Specialist and Consultant.

Mike supports and works with many establishments and agencies that work with, and support people with disabilities. He lectures, teaches and trains in the areas of specialist communication and disability. He is published and has been quoted on two continents. He is a Consultant for the Bridge SEN School and our sister companies.

FREDA JACOBSON

Managing Director of Eden College and Edenberries Day Nursery and Pre School. Trained  and qualified Careers, Adviser and Teacher

Freda is trained and qualified assessor and IQA she also holds a MA in Education has a passion to see   children, young people and adults achieve their full potential. She is particularly interested in seeing young girls and women empowered   and encouraged to succeed in their selected career areas. In addition, she champions and supports all age groups from all back grounds to gain the right level of training and qualifications.  

Since setting up Eden College and Edenberries Day Nursery and Pre School with very little enterprise skills and knowledge, know -how and very little support twenty years ago she has been empowered and encouraged to support others in the same way. She is a strong advocate in supporting and sharing lessons learnt, knowledge and skills with colleagues, friends, relatives   in their desired and selected career paths and business ventures.

Hannah Otoo

SEN Parenting 

Hannah Otoo founder of SEN Parenting is a mum of two and parent of a severely autistic child. She has firsthand experience of the stresses and strains that families like hers go through.

After setting up a successful Special Needs School in Africa in 2010 (in partnership with Paddock School, an outstanding special school in London), she gained an understanding of how creating a structured environment and consistency between School and Home provides the main platform for every child’s development. Hannah has gained a lot of experience over the past 15 years working with professionals, medical consultants, over 19 different therapists and various alternative therapists from all over the world. She has also had hands on experience working with a lot of children with special needs and their families both in the UK and Africa and always aspiring to help other families facing similar challenges as her. She has completed numerous trainings and courses in various aspects of special educational needs (SEN). She loves to be creative and has run a number of design and fashion businesses in the past.

Hannah is also the Managing director and founder of the Rex Yankey Otoo (REYO) Foundation and REYO Paddock School in Ghana, West Africa. She is a member of the Board and head of the planning and strategic team, ensuring that services in Ghana are up to date with new techniques in the UK and outside world. Currently her favorite job is being a multi therapy assistant, designing bespoke special needs packages for children at REYO Paddock School and in the UK as well as helping special needs adults create and set up their own businesses.

Hannah is a Certified Chartered Accountant by profession and Fellow member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Dr. JOHN BABALOLA

Consultant Psychiatrist/Associate Clinical Director for Community Services – Newham

Special interest in Neuro-Psychiatry and Bipolar Affective Disorder

East London NHS Foundation Trust

Dr John Babalola trained at the reputable Obafemi Awolowo University and completed his postgraduate training at Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital. Dr Babalola has been practicing as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the NHS for over 16 years and has a special interest in Neuropsychiatry and Bipolar Affective Disorder. Dr Babalola has presented and spoken at several national and international conferences and has a strong passion for teaching. He was awarded the “Bart’s Hospital NHS teacher of the year” in 2014 and a member of the Special Interest Group on Neuropsychiatry and affective disorders (SIGN) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, England. Dr Babalola is an Associate Clinical Director at an NHS Foundation Trust and is very much involved in postgraduate and undergraduate teaching. A mentor for several junior and senior doctors across the NHS and private health sector Dr Babalola is involved in several projects in Nigeria which look to empower doctors and nurses across the country and improve their professional and personal development through mentorship, advice and practical support. Dr Babalola and his wife set up NaijAid a British based charity which looks to empower Nigerian doctors and nurses by improving their knowledge base, it also sponsors free health care for the less well-off and provides a number of free health clinics in Nigeria while also promoting and preserving health of under privileged citizens in Nigeria.