Meet the Team

Henri Monier-Williams - Principal and CEO: Lead on Prevent & Operation Encompass

Henri set up Eaq Luccombe in 2017 and the Luccombe Hub in 2019. She has work with children and young people for over 35 years both within the UK and overseas. Henri is a qualified Equine Assisted Facilitator and the lead on Equine Assisted Learning and undertaken extensive training in trauma and attachment, recently completing Dyadic Developmental Practice. Henri is the Centre Lead and is in charge of the day to day running of The Centres and is supported by The SLT and The Governors. When the opportunity can be found, you will find Henri enjoying time with her family, dogs and horses.

Marcus Monier-Williams - Logistics and Operations Manager

After 34 years in the army, interspersed with time spent as a defence consultant and as Director of Rugby and Activities at a local Public School, Marcus officially joins the team as our lead for logistic support, including Health and Safety, Risk Assessments, IT Manager, Fire Officer and maintenance lead. Marcus is married to Henri and has been part of the foundations of Luccombe Hub’s Development. Marcus is a Level 3 NVQ Assessor and is currently studying for a Level 3 qualification in Education and Training. Outside work, when time allows, he has a passionate interest in animals, rugby and refereeing, and has officiated at every level of services rugby over the last 6 years.

Lucie Wharton – SLT DDSL Head of Education

Lucie joins the team with almost 20 years, experience working as a deputy head within a specialist residential school. She leads the educational team in the writing and implementation of curriculums, writing learners support packages and assessing our primary level learners. She has responsibility for maintaining schemes of work in Maths & English Primary and the delivery of Functional Skills. Outside of centre life, Lucie likes countryside walks with her family and recently honing her upholstery skills.

Minka Oak-Rhind - DDSL-AP Facilitator and Outreach Lead

Minka has re-joined Luccombe after a spell in Devon, honing her skills supporting learners to re-engage in life and education. Minka is one of the original facilitators at Luccombe and returns to support us in the same capacity and as a Safeguarding Lead.

Rachael Brewer – Teacher & Lead on Art

Rachael has been a teacher of art for almost 25 years, she holds a PGCE in Special Educational Needs and after her training started working within specialist setting. She leads our Art sessions delivery ASDAN, GCSE and Expressive Awards and creating bespoke curriculum for learners where required. Rachael supports the lead on music with the development of curriculum and schemes of work. Rachael is joined by her furry friend Samson to help deliver her lessons.

Lydia Bryant – SLT - Thrive Manager, Pastoral Care and Thrive Family Support Lead & Mental Health First Aider

Lydia is our Thrive Practitioner, having worked for a number of years within the education sector. Thrive is a dynamic, developmental and trauma-sensitive approach to meeting the emotional and social needs of children. It explores the role of arts, play and creativity in facilitating healthy development. Lydia leads our Primary PSHE/SMSC curriculum utilising schemes of work from Jigsaw. Lydia is a keen runner and enjoys spending time with friends and family.

Rob Lee - Lead on Outdoor Education

Rob is our Outdoor Education lead, with years of experience running Outdoor Education for SEN and additional needs he uses the outdoors to promote learning, engagement, and above all the mental well-being of the learners. As well as outdoor pursuits he uses his experience of working in photography and his love of music and history to help learners discover hidden interests and ways to create a deeper connection with the outdoors.

Katie Cutts – Facilitator - AP facilitator

Katie has worked with children for many years and trained in Early Years & special Educational Needs, Katie works alongside Ness to create and deliver our Life Skills, ASDAN Foodwise and PSHE/SMSC curriculum. They run the kitchen area and you can find her assisting our learners to create some delicious foody treats.

Jay Hopkins - Primary Teacher, Phonics Lead

Jay Hopkins joins the Luccombe team as an English and Maths teacher trained in Phonics and Fresh Start. With over 20 years’ experience of working with children and teenagers, he is passionate about learning - especially reading and number. When not at Luccombe, he enjoys walking, art, watching football and seeing live comedy and music and can often be found hanging out with one of his three cats!

Debbie Tibbey - Teacher & SMCS Lead

Debbie is a qualified teacher who has spent over 25 years teaching in primary schools, and the past 5 years as a mentor and tutor for young people in Alternative Provision. She has a degree in drama and art, and enjoys music and collecting stories from many cultures and countries. Gardening, baking cakes and being with her family and cat take up most of her spare time.

Keith New - Natural Horsemanship Facilitator Maintenance & Caretaker Longmead

Anita Saville - Facilitator AP

For many years Anita previously worked in the Catering Industry. She now lives local to The Luccombe Hub and enjoys living a country life with her family, friends and animals. Anita enjoys sharing her cooking and life skills experience with our learners at Longmead Farm.

Alison Bassindale - SEN Teacher

Allison has been working in primary education for almost 10 years. During this time, she has been responsible for leading history, geography and supporting the development of early reading and mathematics. Allison was also responsible for coordinating the special educational needs of the children within the school. Allison has a degree in Animal Science and spends most of her free time looking after her horses and dogs along with her family.

Kath Oxlee – SLT Head of Finance and Administration

Kath uses her accountancy and charity background to take charge of all things finance and reporting on learners from registrations to EHCP reviews, CIN/CP’s, LAC and TAF/TAC. Outside of Centre life, Kath is a talented artist and maker.

Hazel Lappin – SLT Post 16 and Careers Manager

Hazel has worked in both mainstream primary schools as a HLTA and alternative therapeutic providers for almost 20 years. Hazel is our Lead on the community allotment project and teaches our ASDAN gardening course. She maintains our relationship working with The Forestry Commission and Dorset Coppicing Group, to offer our learners an alternative education and practical experience in the outdoor environment. In her spare time, Hazel is a member of a carriage racing team and fundraises for the Blind Veterans Society.

Jo Clayton – Teacher

Jo has recently joined the team, having spent many years teaching in mainstream schools and recently working with Dorset Council within their assessment and support department for adults with learning disabilities. Holding a degree in Zoology and

Simon Oxlee – Teacher/Lead on Humanities

Simon a qualified primary school teacher leads our humanities, following national curriculum focused projects and delivering ASDAN History course. A keen historian, you may just see a Saxon or WW1 Soldier walking around the Centre! In his spare time, Simon is an accomplished singer/songwriter having released an album or two.

Martin Lynch – Facilitator – Music

Martin joins the team having worked for many years with those with diverse learning needs. Martin a keen musician, playing several different instruments, understands the power that music can play in education. He is the lead facilitator in music and assists with the development of our music curriculum. Martin aids in the day to day running of the Centre as is one of our Fire Marshalls. In his spare time, Music still plays a huge part and he’s keen to attend gigs.

Denise Bones – Facilitator & Farm Supporting Manager

Denise another or our horsewoman, Denise works at the Therapeutic Farm to help run and maintain the standards of animal care and welfare at the site.

Leanne McMillan - Thrive Practitioner & PSHE

Leanne McMillan has worked within the education sector for the last 11 years and for Dorset County Council as an assessment support coordinator. She has worked in various settings including residential schools, youth mentoring roles in the community, respite support and assisting people to manage at home independently. Art is a particular interest of hers especially water colour, graphite, and acrylic. She has always loved animals and regularly competed in many competitions with her own horses particularly show jumping, although never won the pony club egg and spoon race!

Amy Armitage - AP facilitator- Life Skills

After completing my degree in early childhood studies, I was keen to explore SEN. I have now spent over a decade working in a specialist residential school in both care & education. When not at work I enjoy playing netball and paddle boarding with my family.

Leeza Willcox - Teacher

Leeza has been working in KS3/4/5 SEN education for almost 20 years and has also been a mentor in an alternative provision. She is a maths specialist and joins our English and maths teaching team. She has an Earth Science degree and is a keen explorer and enjoys researching innovated ways to engage learners with maths and geography. While she is not teaching at Luccombe she loves to travel and spend time with her dog.

Kirstie Boxall- AP Farm Lead & Facilitator

Ian Boxall – Maintenance & AP facilitator

Ian has 15 years' experience working at a specialist residential school, working in the care sector in various roles, including care manager and supporting as a DSL . Ian enjoys being able to transfer various life skills into learning opportunities, both inside and outside, using his knowledge as a previous site manager to support learners. Outside of work Ian enjoys various sports, travel, going to the theatre and reading. Ian has 15 years' experience working at a specialist residential school, working in the care sector in various roles, including care manager and supporting as a DSL . Ian enjoys being able to transfer various life skills into learning opportunities, both inside and outside, using his knowledge as a previous site manager to support learners. Outside of work Ian enjoys various sports, travel, going to the theatre and reading.

Alex White - IT Manager and Administration

I have just spent 20 years at a local Specialist School running their large IT set up and supporting staff. My background is large corporate businesses with lots of servers etc, so the Luccombe setup is new to me, but I am keen to learn, and I am learning quickly!

Angus Closier - Mechanics Facilitator

Jess Skillen

Jess completed her Level 3 Animal Welfare and Science Kingston Maurward Collage in 2023 and has joined the team on the therapeutic farm. When Jess is not spending time with the animals, you can find her enjoying her books.

Ruth Dal Din - Teacher - Maths, English & Biology

Ruth has recently joined us as our Lead on GCSE Maths, English & Biology and assists the educational team with delivering and planning curriculum schemes of work. Ruth has been a SEN Teacher for 30 years and brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge in supporting young learners with diverse abilities to access and thrive in education. An avid reader and recently a player of Bowles.

Ness Mansfield- DDSL. AP Lead Facilitator & Mental Health First Aider

Ness has worked with children for over 30 years in various settings, including schools, youth clubs, residential and 1:1 within the community with young people with social and emotional behaviours. Ness along with Katie Lead our life skills project, delivering PSHE/SMSC curriculum. She facilitates delivering of ASDAN Foodwise course and assists with promoting British Culture through celebration days. Outside of work Ness is a Level 3 Foster Carer for Dorset and devotes her time to children in need and her family

Nita Dooley – SLT, DSL, Head of AP, Inclusion, Safer Recruitment and Training

Nita has twenty years’ experience of working with children and young people in both Primary, Secondary and Further education, specialising in SEND and inclusion. When not at work, you will find her walking, paddle boarding or horse riding across beautiful Dorset, or being creative fusing and embossing glass as her indoor hobby.

Gaynor Somerville – EAQ Facilitator

Gaynor is our Equine Assisted Learning facilitator, a proficient horsewoman and teacher of horsemanship skills, having taught members of the armed forces. Gaynor takes our EAQ sessions. Gaynor is a qualified gym instructor also, so outside of the Centre you will find her teaching her spinning classes.

Rosie Closier - SLT, DDSL– Farm and Equine Manager and Holiday Clubs Lead

Rosie Closier has 9 years' experience working at a specialist residential school, supporting in both education and therapeutic equine departments and delivering a range of ASDAN courses. Rosie has joined Luccombe and taken over the role of Farm manager. 'I have grown up around animals, living on a farm for several years and have completed a level 3 equine management course. When not at the Hub I enjoy walking my dogs and sea swimming!!! '

Lorraine McCadden - Teacher

Lorraine has worked with secondary students out of mainstream school for 17 years now, and completed her Qualified Teacher Status within a Pupil Referral Unit. Her main subject is English, but has also headed up Life Skills and Careers. “I joined Luccombe Hub as I love the ethos- I have worked with many different students from varying backgrounds, but not been lucky enough to work in a place that is based on therapeutic interventions before. In my spare time, I can be found reading a good book, writing short stories, making silly crafts and spending time with my sons.”

Jane Farnhill - Facilitator

Jane has 20 years' experience supporting children and young adults with varied additional and special educational needs, assisting them with their social activities and everyday life skills, she specialises in supporting young people with ASD and more recently working in a preschool as a 1-1 keyworker. When not working, Jane enjoys cooking for her family which includes her two children, a large dog and a tortoise. She enjoys regular yoga classes & anything nature based- walking, gardening, photography and using her creative floristry skills.

Danielle Sweetland - Facilitator

Danielle has worked with children for several years as a Children’s Resource Worker (CRW) with the Local Authority and as classroom support within local mainstreams. She has extensive experience of working 1:1 with children with additional needs, supporting them to achieve their best. In her spare time, she enjoys walks in the countryside, reading and spending time with her family.

Dave Ferrands - Facilitator & Mentor

Dave has come to us from a Pupil Referral Unit where he has worked for 7 years where he worked with young people who found mainstream school difficult. Dave has been supporting their pupils attending Luccombe since July 2021, so is well known at The Luccombe Hub! Prior to this he worked in a Primary School and a Forestry School. David has been a landscape painter for a number of years, with a studio in Bath as well as working as a qualified carpenter. His degree is in Education with electives in History and Philosophy. He is an avid reader and passionate about the natural world.

Jason Lloyd - Bevis – Music Facilitator AP

Jason previously worked for a over a decade in the ACF (Army Cadet Force) as Detachment Commander, also the CCF (Combined Cadet Force) as the SSI (Senior Staff Instructor) within Grammer Schools, and at Blanford Camp as WOII for the Cadet Force Signals Training Team, attaining his Graduate Degree in, Youth Management and Training. Jason loves music and is regularly found attending Open Mic nights, along with playing gigs and festivals. He is keen to encourage music and help those who want to learn. He also gets involved in various Charity Raising Events.

Tina New – Administration and Housekeeper AP

Pippa Simpson – Facilitator

'I have worked for 19 years in mainstream Primary schools supporting SEN children of various ages and helping them achieve their best'. Pippa combines her skills with her love for animals especially horses and ponies. Outside centre life you will find Pippa walking along the Dorset coastline, riding or watching her son referee a rugby match.

Imogen Brewer

Imogen works at the therapeutic farm, and is currently studying at Kingston Marwaurd Collage to get her Level 3 Animal Welfare and Science qualifications. Imogen will be joining us full time in September.

Becky King - AP Teacher

Becky has worked in various mainstream schools for over 15 years. During her career she has taught a range of subjects and has experience of teaching pupils with SEND. She has joined the Luccombe team to deliver Maths and English. Outside of work, Becky enjoys caravanning weekends away with her family and attending family friendly festivals.