The Southover Partnership converted to charity status on January 1st 2018. This decision was made to ensure that the unique way in which we work with children and young people is incorporated into our vision and values in perpetuity.

We are fortunate to have a highly qualified and experienced Trustee team to lead our strategic development and ensure we fulfil our charitable aims.

Meet the Trustees

Carol Frankl

Carol is the chair of Trustees and was appointed to the board on January 1st 2018.  Carol has worked as a teacher, Headteacher and leader in special education for over 40 years.  She started The Southover Partnership to support to children with special needs in mainstream schools, in 1994.  In 2007, Southover Partnership opened a special school for children with autism and very challenging behaviour.  Carol has lead the growth and development of this unique organisation since its inception.  Carol also tutors on the masters level mandatory qualification for special needs coordinators (the NASENCO course), accredited by the University of East London.

Andrew Pereira

I am very proud to be involved with The Southover Partnership.  I understand what it is like to be written off at a young age.  When I was 13, I was told he would not sit the then O levels.  I did!  I was also told at 16 that I would never fulfil my dream of being an engineer and perhaps should join Mars in Slough as I would have a good steady job.  Needless to say, 4 years later I was offered a job at Mars Electronics as an Electronics Test engineer.

I have been very fortunate and blessed by people that have cared and supported me.

I want to use my skills developed over the years in finance, operations and finally as a Managing Director of a very successful financial planning business, to help others.

Meg Timlin

Meg worked as a teacher in mainstream and special schools for several years before training as an Educational Psychologist.  Her career in that role over 30 years has included working for Local Authorities in senior roles including as a Principal Educational Psychologist in a Unitary Authority. More recently she has worked in roles supporting Looked After Children in a local authority and also directly with schools.

Meg also works as an Assessor with The Heath and Care Professional Council who are the statutory body responsible for registering Psychologists amongst other professionals.

Terry Nemko

Recently retired, Terry Nemko is a Chartered Accountant currently developing roles with CAB and Schools Admission Tribunals. He is also very involved with the Guild of Freemen of the City of London

Originally in practice, Terry moved into business where he held various directorships. Terry was a Magistrate for 18 years with a specialisation in the Family Court. He served as a Trustee and was for many years Chairman of Apex Trust a charity set up to help those with a criminal record find employment. He also served for a number of years as a Governor of a Special Needs Primary School in Harrow.

Judith March MBE

After beginning her career teaching history, and then as a Senior Teacher with pastoral responsibility for 13-16 year olds,  Judith moved to local education authority work and undertook a variety of responsibilities, including oversight of primary schools, and introducing school evaluation, pupil assessment and the appraisal of teachers.   In her final role in education, Judith had oversight of the LEA’s support for children with special educational needs; school admissions, the multi-disciplinary child guidance service, and all provision for children who are out of school.   She led local partnerships with health, social services and the voluntary sector for vulnerable young people.

Judith was appointed Director of the Personal Support Unit in 2003, a charity providing volunteers for people without lawyers, and oversaw its development to all the major civil and family courts in England and Wales.

Joining the team at Southover brings Judith a welcome return to her roots supporting young people with complex needs.

Anna Smakowska

Anna is the Headteacher of Woodlands School in Edgware, Harrow, London. Woodlands is a primary maintained special school in the Local Authority of Harrow for children which caters for 135 pupils aged 3-11 years with a wide range of complex and profound learning difficulties. These include severe autism, complex medical conditions, physical and mobility difficulties, as well as severe developmental delay. The school is recognised as an excellent educational provision and this is evidenced by LA requests for continued expansion since 2006 and increased parental requests for places. Anna has extensive experience of local governance through her own school’s local Governing Body and also from serving as a Parent Governor and then as a Trust Independent Member at Bushey St James Trust.  She has 15 years of teaching experience (10 in senior leadership) and two sons.

Carol Frankl

Andrew Pereira

Terry Memko

Judith March MBE

Anna Smakowska



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