Board of Governors
Lauren Wright- Regional Director and Chair
Lauren Wright has worked in an SEMH setting for the whole of her professional career, experiencing the school environment in a variety of roles ranging from volunteer learning support assistant, class teacher, Head of English, SENCo , Deputy Head Teacher , Head of School, Headteacher and most recently, as Regional Director of Education for a portfolio of schools within the Outcomes First Group. During her time with the group, Lauren has supported and driven outstanding outcomes across a range of schools and has shared her skills in promoting excellence both ‘on the shop floor’ through experience gained in teaching and leadership roles and as a director with the drive and passion to support and motivate leadership teams. With an English degree background, a National SENCo Award and an MA in Education, Lauren has a special interest in literacy across schools as a key component to drive success and positive outcomes for the young people in our care.
Lauren has shown drive and commitment in supporting schools towards excellence and understands the pressure of balancing inspection expectations alongside ensuring that our schools function as happy, positive environments for both our young people and staff. As a headteacher, Lauren demonstrated the ability to turn around a poorly performing school in a short time; employing new staff to work alongside existing staff to support the subsequent increase in referrals under her leadership, whilst working to prepare the school for imminent external inspection and implementing new systems and procedures to redefine the school’s reputation. In supporting headteachers and their teams in her capacity as Regional Director, Lauren strives to provide direction and challenge to ensure that school performance is optimised whilst maintaining a stable and positive staff team.
Freya Spicer-White – Clinical Lead
Freya joined the Clinical Team in January 2020. Freya obtained her BSc Psychology from the University of Manchester in 2004 and then achieved 5 years of practical experience in community and residential mental health services. She completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate in 2012 from Bangor University, with her final year specialising in autism assessment and intervention. Upon qualifying Freya worked within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for 8 years, in various posts including Principal Clinical Psychologist for the North Wales Integrated Autism Service and Clinical Lead for the East Neurodevelopmental Team.
Freya has a professional and personal interest in Neurodiversity and has spoken at the Welsh Government Neurodevelopmental National steering group, 1000 Lives Improvement Public Health Wales Neurodevelopmental Conference and National Autism Conference- Promoting Autistic Wellbeing.
Becky Farmer – Operations/Registered Manager at Options Kinsale
Becky has worked at Options Kinsale for over 12 years and leads the Autism Practice within the service. Becky has worked through the care service starting as a practitioner back in 2007 to becoming a member of the senior management team in 2013. Becky has a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies and qualifications in the following NVQ 3 Health and Social Care, BTEC in Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. ILM & IOSH certificates, Diploma in TISUK – Trauma Informed Schools and is currently completing a QCF level 4 in Advice & Guidance.
Next Meeting Dates:
To be confirmed
The Board can be contacted by emailing Lauren Wright at Lauren.Wright@ofgl.uk.