Our Service Managers

We have also structured a range of Academy-wide roles and responsibilities that function across all of our family of schools to ensure consistency and best practice.


Lisa Hatcher

Family Services & Safeguarding

Lisa Hatcher is the Service Manager for Families and Safeguarding at the Eden Academy. Her role involves ensuring the delivery of a core offer of extended opportunities to pupils within the Academy, as well as extensive parent courses and workshops supported by a range of professionals.

As one of the Safeguarding Leads, Lisa is also responsible for leading and promoting excellent safeguarding practice across the Academy as well as providing staff training across the schools. (Read more)

Gill Smith

Joint Manager - Professional Development & Support Service

Gill Smith is joint manager of the Eden Academy's Professional Development and Support Service (PDSS). She has taught at special schools for over 30 years, spending a significant amount of that time at Grangewood School, a member of the Eden Academy. During her career she has taught all age groups from 3 to 19, specialising in pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties. (Read more)

Nick White

Joint Manager - Professional Development and Support Service

Nick White is joint manager of the Eden Academy's Professional Development and Support Service (PDSS). His role involves developing and maximising opportunities for professional development and collaboration, and has included the creation of a leadership skills training programme and the construction of a professional development website for the use of all Eden Academy staff. (Read more)

Alison Futerman

Joint Therapy Manager - Speech and Language Therapy

Alison is a qualified Speech and Language therapist and has worked within our schools in the Eden Academy since 1995.

In her role as Joint Service Manager she has responsibility for the shaping and delivering the Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) Service. (Read more)

Helen Milward

Joint Therapy Manager - Arts Therapies

Helen is one of the Joint Therapy Managers at the Eden Academy, and has responsibility for the Arts Therapy Service.  She has an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and trained in the Sesame Approach.  (Read more)

Jean-Paul Van Weert

Joint Therapy Manager - Physical Therapies

Jean-Paul joined the Eden Academy in 2016 but worked on behalf of the NHS in four of our Academy schools since 2004, delivery physiotherapy.

In his role as Joint Service Manager, he now has responsibility for the Physical Therapy Service across all schools. (Read more)