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Lorraine Peterson OBE

 Lorraine Peterson OBE
Chief Executive Officer, nasen.

Prior to her appointment in September 2004, Lorraine held a number of teaching posts within mainstream schools in Sandwell, West Midlands. She completed her 25 year teaching career as head teacher of two very diverse primary schools.

Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs within mainstream settings. She also has hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional educational needs. Liaising with a range of organisations within a multi-agency context is also another area of Lorraine’s expertise.

In the last five years Lorraine has worked on a number of projects with the Department for Education (DfE), the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and the Training and Development Agency (TDA). She has also been a chair, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Lorraine is also a member of several advisory groups including UK T & I Sector Advisory Group for Education and Skills (SAGES). Recently Lorraine was appointed as a Trustee of Ambitious about Autism and Vice Chair of Governors at Treehouse School.

In June 2009 Lorraine was awarded the OBE for services to education.


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