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%.
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
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!
Head of Project Delivery
EHCP & Transitions
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).
Careers, advice & Guidance
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.
HR & Marketing
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 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 also manages our business relationships for our charity and support our fundraising.
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.
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.
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.
After twelve years in the plumbing industry Collin decided a career change was necessary, so made the switch to study at Merrist Wood College. Collin gained a level 2 certificate in arboricultural theory and the change opened up a whole world of new opportunities.Collin’s position as a Horticulture Tutor at Green Corridor sees him working with the other delivery staff to provide training and assessing the young people’s abilities in order to gain qualifications in conservation and horticulture.
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.
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.
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.
Functional Skills Tutor
Luke has recently 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.
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.
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.
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 Horticulture Course, Alfie got a job as a support worker in a residential home where he learned more about supporting people with Special Education Needs. When as support worker role became available at Green Corridor, Alfie applied and was thrilled at the opportunity.
Thomas is a keen sportsman and plays football for Slough's Community Team and Henley Town FC. His goal in life is to help other people achieve their goals, he's started doing this by setting up his own business providing fitness plans for other people with disabilities.
Thomas has Cerebral Palsy so is keen to support others with a similiar lifestyle. He is excited to be working for Green Corridor to help the learners with valuable life skills and overcome obstacles they may face in life.
After graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in Environmental Science in 2019, Hannah travelled central America until Covid-19 hit. Wanting to do her part to help in the pandemic, Hannah worked in North Middlesex Hospital in the Covid wards during the first lockdown, before training as a care worker with Nurseplus agency where she learned more about supporting people with Special Educational Needs at multiple residential homes.
Hannah originally came to Green Corridor as an agent from Nurseplus, and when a position became available as a support worker, Hannah jumped at the opportunity.
Shaun has grown up with his sister Shaunna who has autism, this has Lead Shaun to work with number of different young people in setting such as school and residents sitting such as White Lodge Centre since the age of 16 which he is still doing currently along side Green Corridor, as well as privately supporting and taking young adults into the community. Shaun is very keen on his fitness and enjoys using the gym in his spare time between jobs. Shaun has a lifetime experience in working and supporting his sister at home and is very keen to continue working with adults here at Green Corridor.
Matt joined Green Corridor in November 2020. Matt has a passion for supporting young people with SEN to reach their full potential. Matt has worked with young people in a residential setting and with adults with Mental health diagnosis. He has extensive experience working 121 with young adults with Learning disabilities and supporting them to access the local community. In his spare time Matt enjoys long walks and taking his camera to take pictures of local wildlife. He also enjoys travelling all over the world to take photos and has been to Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexica and the States.
Yasmin is currently at university studying Sports Science and is spending her placement year with Green Corridor.
Yaz's background is predominantly sport competing Women's Artistic gymnastics across the country and working as a lead gymnastics coach.
Yaz hopes to make a difference at Green Corridor by providing the team with administration support and operating a smooth running of our front reception and office.