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Tim Knight

Tim and his team of frontline tutors and support staff will ensure young people with special educational needs and learning disabilities (SEND) have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential and participate in all aspects of life in their communities. Over the next 3 years, with strategic direction and guidance from a dedicated Board of Trustees, he will lead the charity into a financially sustainable future through effective income diversification and full utilisation of the GC Learning & Development Centre near Heathrow.  By the end of 2021, his ambition is to double the number of beneficiaries the charity supports, significantly and increase volunteering activity and raise onward employability rates for young people with SEND to 80%.

CEO

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Sophie Rolfe

Prior to Sophie’s role at Green Corridor she trained as a Social Worker at the university of Portsmouth Graduating in summer 2012 with a BSC Hons degree. During her training she worked for The Princes Trust developing her interest of supporting young people. Sophie also spent some time in the Child Protection Team followed by a long-term placement with The Early Intervention Psychosis Team. Sophie has a keen interest in supporting positive mental health and working effectively with all other agencies involved in a young persons care to ensure the best range of support is given.

Director of Education

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Hayley Harris

I have been working with children with SEN needs for four years and started as a lunchtime assistant at a free school for children with Autism in London.

After a short while and finding a passion for working with children with learning difficulties, I went on to working as a teaching assistant in a special education school based in surrey, after a few years of working in a class of KS2 ASD children I was then promoted to a Senior Teaching Assistant.

In my role this involved work also with youth Justice and those young people who were NEET (Not in education or training). Before joining Green Corridor I worked as a support worker for a local short breaks centre, where residents who attended were children/young people up to the age of 18 years old, that have a diagnosis of ASD, SLD (Severe learning disability) and PMLD (Profound multiple learning disability).

EHCP Coordinator

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Mark Cox

Head of Project Delivery

Mark spent over 10 years with the British forces as a depot instructor before returning to civilian life to work in sales over in Kent. In 2001 he became a stay at home dad, due to illness but in 2012 was fit and ready to work again.

From being a stay at home dad he went straight into work as a case worker, working alongside adults with learning difficulties, those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the unemployed and deaf young people. All this led Mark onto teaching again and a love of horticulture led him to Green Corridor. In Mark’s spare time he enjoys walking, gardening, competition fishing, cricket, golf and generally being kept very busy!

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Mandeep Gill

Careers, advice & Guidance
Officer

I have worked with young people and families since 2003 and have worked in a range of settings from Connexions, Youth Service, SEN Team in local authorities and my most recent role in the Children with Disabilities team within children’s services. 

Although I have worked within a range of settings, my passion and career goals are to support young people with SEN to secure education, work and training opportunities which will help them to achieve their future goals and aspirations. 

 I am keen to work closely with young people and their families/carers to help them achieve the best outcome for them. 

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Briony Williams

HR & Marketing Officer

Briony comes from a background in sport, from teaching physical education in primary schools, Head Coach at her gymnastics club and training and competing in gymnastics and cheerleading at regional and national level. Her professional background is primarily working with young people with special needs ages 3 -  16 in an education setting.

Briony looks forward to using her Marketing and HR accreditations to support Green Corridor in enhancing the lives of young people and get the word out about our fantastic services to within our community and beyond. Briony is also our business relationships manager, supports the charities fundraising and grant funding applications, and manages any volunteer enquiries.

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Claire Taylor

Job Coach

Claire has worked with young adults with SEN for the past 15 years, starting out my career as a support worker enabling young people to learn vital life skills and to gain confidence and independence when out in the community. Most recently, she has worked in a Specialist Educational college as a Senior Teaching Aide supporting learners with SEMH (social, emotional, and mental health needs) During this role, Claire realised the barriers that learners come up against when trying to secure training, work experience and paid employment. When the role for a Job Coach became available at Green Corridor, Claire jumped at the chance to work with an amazing staff team that share my passion for supporting learners to reach their full potential.

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Sadie Dallas

Admin Officer

Sadie has just completed a degree in History and has joined us with enthusiasm as our Admin Officer to support the running of our office at our Learning & Development Centre. 

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Tracey Palmer-Hall

Head of Catering

After leaving formal education, Tracey travelled the world, cooking and catering in many diverse places including alpine resorts, fishing trawlers in Alaska and remote Icelandic outposts.She is very excited about being part of the Green Corridor team having a positive impact on the future of our young people. With funding support from the Big Lottery, as part of the Pick, Cook and Serve project, Tracey will teach young people formal BTEC qualifications in hospitality. With the support of local hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars in and around  Heathrow airport, Tracey and the team will support their transition into sustained  employment.

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Peter Fieldwick

Head of Horticulture

After 7 years working in the production of hardy nursery stock up to the level of production manager, I decided to make the move into education at Plumpton College in East Sussex. This is where I discovered I had a passion for teaching Horticulture to learners with Special Educational Needs.
I have 5 years experience delivering and programme managing Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1 provisions in horticulture.
I look forward to continue contributing to and having a positive influence on the lives of young people here at Green Corridor.

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Tim Whitelaw

Head of Functional Skills

Tim took the path to teaching by on the job training, starting in 2006 and qualified as a teacher in 2010. Over the years Tim built experience and has taught Maths, English, ICT and employability skills, from entry level to level 2. Tim has taught many different cohorts ranging from 14 – 16 year old’s that are in danger of becoming NEET, apprentices, 16-19 year old disaffected learners, long term unemployed adults and adults with special education needs. Tim enjoys working with SEN the most out of all the cohorts he has taught and feels that he can make a real difference to those that he teaches.

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Alfie Young

Horticulture Tutor

Alfie left secondary school and was unsure of what he wanted to do with his future, he then came to Green Corridor as a learner where he found a passion for helping and supporting people. After spending 3 years completing his courses, Alfie got a job as a support worker in a residential home where he learned more about supporting people with SEN. Alfie was offered a position at Green Corridor as a support worker and was thrilled at the opportunity.

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Sam Congreve

Horticulture Tutor

I joined Green Corridor in October after having worked in specialist centres for students with additional needs and ASD, within a mainstream secondary school, for eighteen years. The past three years I have also taught Maths to foundation learning students, as an HLTA.

I graduated with a degree in SEN and Inclusive practice in 2018, I still enjoy learning new things every day.

I love to be outside; enjoy gardening, camping and walking, volunteering for a horse sanctuary in Windsor, reading, baking and crafts.

When I was offered the position at Green Corridor, I was so excited as it is my dream job! The staff are amazing and the learners are fantastic! I am looking forward to supporting Green Corridor for years to come.

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Eric Freestone

Horticulture Tutor

Having worked in the logistics industry for 25 years Eric decided to retrain in order to pursue a career in Horticulture; he has always had a passion for growing vegetables and has cultivated an allotment for over 30 years. He studied at Plumpton College after which he gained employment there, where he worked for twelve years. Eric enjoys  teaching students in small groups, in particular those with special educational needs and learning disabilities. He made the move to Green Corridor in September 2020 and is looking forward to developing and nurturing skills in the young learners which will enable them to achieve the best opportunities in their lives ahead.

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Theodore Bouras

Catering Tutor

After finishing my formal education in Greece and completing my military duties where I trained as a heavy goods vehicle driver and transport manager,I came to Britain for a new start. Hospitality seemed like a good fit for me as I always had a passion for service but also good, healthy food. Since then I worked in various venues as a restaurant manager. Working with independent chains I learned to love and work with fresh ingredients and acquired a passion for fresh wholesome food. Having a son with autism gave me a new perspective in life and also gave me an appreciation for people who worked and improved the lives of people with special needs. Joining the Green Corridor Team was an amazing opportunity for me to change my career and enable me to share my passion for food with the very unique young people that are our students.

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Luke Cairns

Functional Skills Tutor

Luke has joined the Green Corridor team having worked in primary school’s as a for 5 years, starting out as a Primary Education Tutor teaching a range of sports to children aged between 3-11 before making the switch to the class room and training become a qualified teacher. Luke is a lover of sport and is a keen footballer, currently playing in step 6 of the FA system and loves scoring goals! Being his clubs top scorer since signing 4 years ago. Luke joins us looking to help the team achieve their goals through being on hand to ensure they have everything they need to support the learners.

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Emma Peel

Functional Skills Tutor

I have joined Green Corridor after working as a Lead Learning Support Assistant in a SEN School for the last Four years while also completing my Degree in Children’s Development. In the past I have also taught Childcare and Health and Social Care Diplomas working with ages 14-65.  

Joining the Green Corridor team is an amazing opportunity to develop my teaching while supporting the learners to achieve their goals. 

When I am not working, I love to be busy, cooking, swimming and spend time with my family and friends. 

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Ben Glazier

Therapy Assistant

Since leaving university where I got a degree in Applied Psychology and Criminology. I have worked in a variety of education settings. Starting in Mainstream school but finding a real passion around working with young vulnerable people through Youth Work as well as a Teaching Assistant in SEN school and being promoted to a Senior Teaching Assistant later. Gained further experience working in SEN residential care and continue to be passionate about supporting young people develop their skill set to best equip them for entering adult life. This led me to Green corridor which encompasses all the areas of work I have gained experiences in, coupled with my interest of both catering and the outdoors/horticulture. In between work I have a real passion for travelling and have spent a year travelling both South-East Asia and South America and continue to enjoy travelling round Europe and experiencing different cultures. 

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Karen Innes

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

For the last 21 years, Karen has worked with young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN). She has 6 years experience working in a mainstream secondary school in the SEN department and 15 years  as a Teaching Assistant in an SEN primary school. Karen has also worked in a respite facility that supports young people aged 7-18 with Special Needs for the last 4 years.

Karen is thrilled to be working with the Green Corridor team to help our learners achieve their potential. Karen is a mum of 4 and a nan too. She enjoys swimming everyday before work as well going for walks with her dog.

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James Huntley

Higher Level Teaching Assistant 

Prior to working at Green Corridor, I spent the majority of my time serving the public with over 26 years working in front line emergency services.

That’s where I realise my preference was working with young people and I began to look at transferring my knowledge and skills into these roles.

I have worked at a number of specialists residential homes with autistic children throughout Surrey. 

 I initially worked at Green Corridor through an agency and was so impressed with what I had seen asked to join the team on a permanent basis where even during my short time have learnt plenty.

I’m  keen to continue to develop myself at Green Corridor which will make me better in my role maximising the positive experience of students

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Chelsea Young

1-2-1 Support Officer

After leaving school, I started my career working in pub kitchen where I was responsible for hygiene duties and front of house preparation. After finishing school, I took a few years out to bring up my children and then went on to become a learner at Green Corridor.

When a job role became available as a Support Worker in the kitchen assisting a disabled learner, I jumped at the opportunity.

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George Palmer-Hall

Teaching Assistant

George joined our team in September 2021 and looks forward to supporting the needs of our young people. 

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Simon Hilton

Teaching Assistant

I have recently joined the Green Corridor team after having worked at an SEN primary school for 3 years and with young adults in a residential setting prior to that. 

I am currently studying Sports, Fitness and Coaching with The Open University, and coach football for an under 10 team. I look forward to using my experience to help support the learners at Green Corridor reach their potential. 

 
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Alisha Dhanda

Teaching Assistant

Alisha joined our team early 2021 to support our young people at Green Corridor.

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Jade Doyle

Teaching Assistant

After being a carer for 3 years, Jade got the chance to care of a learner at Green Corridor. She fell in love with our company and values and was very excited with the opportunity to apply for permanent position became available as a Teaching Assistant. 

Jade looks forward to helping all our learners as much as possible as they progress. 

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Sarah Perks

Teaching Assistant

After being a full time mum for many years, Sarah was ready to get back into the work place. She saw a great opportunity when a job became available at the green corridor.

She is looking forward to take on some new challenges and help students achieve their goals along the way. 

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Rachell Peters

Teaching Assistant

Rachell joined the green corridor in September 2021. Having 4 years of experience in working with students with learning disabilities in a mainstream school, she intends to support people with SEN at Green Corridor. She is a postgraduate in clinical psychology and is experienced in using diagnostic tools. She enjoys working with young people where she can really make a positive impact in their learning environment. She is delighted to be a part of the team at Green Corridor. In her spare time, she loves cooking and exploring local cuisines. 

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Cian Simmons

Teaching Assistant

Throughout my time as a learner at Green Corridor I have realised that my dream is to work and support others with SEN, I once supported a student with ADHD at school and realised then that I would like to eventually work in this environment. Hopefully one day I’ll achieve my goal of becoming a Teaching Assistant.

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Ionut Mistretu

Lunch Chef/Catering Manager

John worked in catering industry for more than 20 years as a Chef & Catering manager role covering Restaurants, Nursing Home, Schools and Independent living complex.

He studied Tourism and Economics High School and choose to be a professional chef as main career.

John recently join Green Corridor in August 2021 and is looking forward to cook balanced and nutritional lunches for students and staff using fresh seasonal produce.