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Leadership team

Jon Lees | Director

Jon holds a BEd (Hons) and an MEd in Special Education, he has also completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

As well as working in mainstream education Jon has been involved in the development of a co-ed residential SEMH school where he was promoted to senior teacher, he worked as Deputy Head resurrecting another SEMH residential/day school where he then went on to be Headteacher consolidating and further developing successful practice.

Along with his colleague Steve Lord, Jon Lees founded SES in 2004, opening Avocet House in 2005 and he is now, following Steve’s full retirement in 2021, the sole proprietor.  Jon has been Principal of Avocet House and Turnstone House. Jon is currently responsible for the strategy and oversight of SES.

Neil Dawson | Operational Director

Neil joined SES at the outset as Head of Education and took over the Principal role at Avocet House in 2013. After a number of years in that role, Neil became Operational Director in January 2017, overseeing strategic support for the Principals, quality assurance and taking the lead in the oversight and organisation of core training across SES.

Neil also sits on the Independent Children’s Home Association committee and is the regional representative for the East of England. In partnership with the SES Principal, he oversees and runs the day to day operation of SES.

Vicki Collings | SES Principal

Vicki also joined Avocet House at the outset in 2005 as a Deputy Care Manager, which followed by a number of promotions through Head of Care and Registered Manager, becoming Principal of Avocet House in 2017 taking over from Neil.

In 2018 Vicki took on the dual responsibility of Principal at both locations, due to the incumbent Turnstone House Principal going on maternity leave. During this period Turnstone House’s performance benefitted, cross site initiatives became more efficient and Avocet House maintained its high levels. When the Turnstone House Principal decided not to return from leave and due to the effectiveness of the new structure, SES have decided to keep this as a permanent change from September 2020.

Jess Chatfield | Deputy Principal

Jess similarly joined SES in 2005 as a Residential Care Worker. She was quickly promoted to a Personal Tutor role, followed by Deputy Care Manager and then in July 2014 was promoted to Head of Care.

Recently she successfully, from a group of strong internal and external candidates, secured the newly formed position of SES Deputy Principal. She has been instrumental in maintaining the outstanding social care judgements through her numerous roles at SES.

Avocet House

Dan Baldock | Registered Manager

Dan initially joined SES as Care Worker  in 2012 . In 2013 he was promoted to the position of Deputy Care Manager at Turnstone House and by 2017 had taken up the more senior role of Head of Care.

Since November 2020 Dan has been Registered Manager at Avocet House where he supports the smooth running of the home on a day to day basis. He has recently passed his qualification for Team Teach; Intermediate Trainer.

Dan is devoted to his job at Avocet House and will always put the needs of the young people first being a strong advocate for them at all times.

Helen Waring | Head of Education

Helen joined Avocet House as Head of Education in April 2020. She was previously the SENDCo in a mainstream primary.

Since joining Avocet House Helen has completed Trauma Informed Schools Mental Health Level 5 and has been applying her skills in the Learning Centre. In September 2021 she lead the Learning Centre through its first Ofsed inspection under the new framework and has been able to continue to support the excellent progress made by the young people at Avocet House, both socially and academically.

Turnstone House

Andy Robinson | Registered Manager

Andy joined SES in 2006 as a Residential Care Worker at Avocet House. He was promoted to Deputy Care Manager and also carried out the role of Visit Co-ordinator alongside this.

Following a brief period away from the company Andy successfully secured the role of Registered Manager of Turnstone House in 2015. 

Chris Morris | Head of Education

Chris Joined Turnstone House as Head of Education in September 2017, after over 10 years’ experience as a teacher and part of the leadership team of mainstream educational settings in the local area.

Chris has developed the educational provision offered by SES, extending the amazing therapeutic work already on offer. Chris has a passion for high academic performance and trauma informed practice.

Tower Hill

Laura Atkinson | Tower Hill Manager

Laura joined Turnstone House in May 2016 as a Personal Tutor, quickly gaining promotion to Deputy Care Manager.

In August 2020 Laura was interviewed and secured the position of Young Adult Residential Support Manager at Tower Hill. This new provision forms part of the growth of SES and Laura has been instrumental in developing SES Kite and leading our first young adult provision. 

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