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Members of the DSPL4 team

Management Committee

DSPL4 has a management committee made up of local stakeholders including headteachers, SENCOs, local authority representatives and parents. The current members of the management committee are:

Chris Russell (DSPL4 Manager and SEND Lead)

Chris has over 17 years experience working with children and young people with disabilities. He started his career volunteering at a local play scheme before branching out into family support and schools. Chris currently works with schools to develop a strategic plan for SEND in the area and ensures its delivery.


Chris’ role is to develop and deliver a consistent, coordinated quality response across all schools and educational settings, in order to improve the support and outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their parents, regardless of having a diagnosis or EHC plan.

Andy Stuart -Headteacher, Rivers ESC

Lee-Ann Britten - Headteacher, Longlands primary school

Lee-Ann is privileged to be the Headteacher of Longlands Primary School, a role which she has proudly held since September 2007. She has been teaching for 24 years and prior to taking up this post was a Deputy Headteacher in Harlow, Essex. Lee-Ann is passionate about children’s learning and development, her vision is to see the pupils and ultimately the school reach its potential and succeed to the highest levels.  Lee-Ann is currently Chair of the Cheshunt and Waltham Cross Headteacher’s association, a member of Primary Heads Form and a trustee for the local charity CHEXS.


Sue Camp - Headteacher Forres School, DSPL4 lead

Sue is a serving headteacher for a large inclusive primary school. She has spent the last 20 years in teaching and is particularly proud of her experience with young people with Special educational needs. Prior to becoming a teacher Sue worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist. Sue is a mother to 3 grown up children and a young step daughter. Her youngest son has a rare genetic syndrome.

In her spare time Sue volunteers for the Williams Syndrome foundation as an area coordinator and has also worked for CHIPS play schemes.

Sarah Chaloner - Headteacher, Holy Trinity School


Nicky Chaperlin - Parent rep

Nicky is one of DSPL4's parent representatives on both the management committee and the Autism working party. She has 2 children, one of whom has a diagnosis of Autism and ADHD and is educated in a mainstream school in the DSPL area. She has a teaching background and worked for 10 years in Hertfordshire with children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Nicky is one of the ladies that manages and hosts the parent/carer support group SPACE (Supporting Parents of Autistic/ADHD Children in East Herts and beyond).

Her role is to bring the voice of the parent/carer to the management committee.


Gemma Hilton - Learning Support Manager Herts Regional College

Gemma has 3 daughters and her working life mostly reflects their development through the education system. Gemma has worked in Pre-School, Primary (voluntary), Secondary (Science), FE (Maths & Supported Learning, including Forensic) and in HE (Social Psychology Research). Quite early on in her career, she realised she had a particular interest in special needs and the impact the correct support can have on individuals’ achievements and successes. Gemma was responsible for implementing the 2014 SEND reforms in a Post-16 Local Authority SEN Team.

Gemma has managed a number of Learning Support Teams and even developed an Ofsted Outstanding team. Her current role involves managing the Learning Support team at HRC; mainstream and discrete. This team comprises some 80 Learning Support staff who support approximately 1000 learners. Her current Target is for HRC to be the place to go for DSPL4 young people, whatever their needs.

Amy Plant - Senco, Holy Trinity school


Sue Pressney -SENCO, Goffs Secondary


Adam Hayes (Integrated Services for Learning)

Sue Smith - Head of Broxbourne East Family Centre group


Nikki Smith (Little Learners pre-school)

Nikki has 2 teenage daughters aged 13 and 16. She has a BA hons in Early Years and has managed Little Learners pre-school (a PVI) in Waltham Cross since it opened 6 years ago. She has extensive experience of working in childcare, health and education settings, as well as nannying. 


In the last 6 years, Nikki has built up her knowledge of various SEN issues by supporting children and families on their journeys. She has a particular interest in Autism and Speech and Language and sits on both of these working parties, as well as on the management committee



Staff Team

Hayley Clyne - DSPL4 Autism Support Worker

Hayley is the autism support worker for DSPL4.  Providing support and advice to parents or carers of children with autism or awaiting a diagnosis of autism, via telephone consultations, home visit, professional meetings or email.


Hayley has two children, one with additional and complex needs. Over the years, she has learnt many ways to manage and support her son’s progress as he has grown into early adulthood. Due to his difficulties, Hayley is passionate about supporting children with autism and additional needs in school settings. She has worked as a 1:1 SEN TA and been part of team who set up a base for children with additional needs. After enjoying many years working with children, Hayley felt it was important to empower parents with her knowledge to enable them to support their own families.


Sandra Mahoney - DSPL4 Post 16 Transition Support Worker

Sandra has spent most of her adult life within public services and after working at the Royal Free Hospital with children on the ‘At Risk Register’, she joined Camden Council Youth Services Department and trained as a Social Worker. Five years later she joined the crime prevention charity NACRO (The National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders) based in the London borough of Wandsworth where she managed an eight bed hostel for care leavers and young offenders.


After moving her young family from the London Borough of Camden to Cheshunt, Sandra began working at Hertford Regional College as a Retention Officer, providing support and assistance to students who had difficulty with completing their course of study. Most recently, after completing her Teacher Training, she has spent the last five years as a Lecturer within the Business Department. Sandra has recently applied to the Magistrates Advisory Committee to train as a Court Appointed Magistrate.