NHDSPL Management Group

Core Members 


Tony Plunkett 

William Ransom School

Simon England 

Baldock Representative 

Ashwell Primary School 

Julia Petitt

Lordship Farm Primary School

Head Teacher


Letchworth Representative  

Angharad Patterson

Hitchin Representative 

Mary Exton School

Dan Nearney 


Tara McGovern 

Royston Representative 

Therfield School 


HPCI Parent Representative 

Robyn McFaddon 

Representatives: North Herts ESC 

Sarah Lindus 

Hitchin Primary Behaviour Support Service 

Lisa Hall 

Woolgrove School  

Charlotte Garrett 

Hertfordshire Family Centres 

Diane Frainer 

York Road Nursery 

Kelly Nichol 

Weston Way Nursery 


North Herts College 

Associate Members 


Emma Russell 

DSPL Delivery Manager 

Debbie Robins 

DSPL Administrator 

Rachel Lambie 

NESSie Co-ordinator 

Hollie Wells 

The Highfield School representative 

Kate Emsley 

The Priory School representative 


ISL Representative 

 ISL Area Manager


(Fin – Member of the Finance Group)

Role descriptions for members of the area group

All members will:

  • Provide a perspective on local needs
  • Contribute to the area strategic delivery plan
  • Take collective responsibility for decision making
  • Work within the strategic framework and agreed parameters

Lead School Head and other mainstream Heads

  • Act as commissioners of provision and services on behalf of their area
  • Fulfil role of Chair/Vice chair of group (may be Lead School)
  • Lead DSPL School to manage finance and administration of group
  • Lead School or Chair to sit on the County DSPL Reference Group

Special School Head

  • Represent the special school sector as a whole
  • Participate as a service provider

· Provide perspective on opportunities for developing flexible local provision

  • Identify possible constraints on developments

Early Years Provider

  • Provides early years perspective

Area Manager, ISL

  • Acts as lead local LA officer for DSPL
  • Provide enabling role, giving advice and support to DSPL area group
  • Assist the group to interpret the data and make informed decisions
  • Provide wider county perspective and links with other Areas

ESC Head/Behaviour and Attendance Team Manager

  • Provide overall perspective for behaviour in the area, how well needs are met locally and what developments might be required

EP Team Manager

  • Provide overall perspective for learning difficulties in the area, how well needs are met locally and what developments might be required


  • Provide broad perspective of parental experience