Susan Henderson OBE

Susan trained as a teacher and worked in Inner London and Northamptonshire specialising in special needs. After a career break she became responsible for the development of the Adult Literacy and Numeracy programme in Northamptonshire before moving to the national Basic Skills Agency where she had regional and national responsibility working across early years, schools and the post 16 sector. Following a period of secondment with the Birmingham Core Skills Partnership she joined the newly formed Skills for Life Strategy Unit at the Department for Education and Skills where she had national responsibility for the implementation of the strategy. On her retirement from the Department she was awarded an O.B.E. In the period until her retirement she then worked for the Tribal Group in an advisory capacity for education and skills.

Susan’s early teaching experience at a residential school for looked after children provided the understanding and motivation for the development and direction of her career. She experienced, at first hand, the way in which children and young people can exhibit emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties as a result of their home environment and family circumstances. This experience has served to inform, underpin and influence her understanding. She has also experienced the impact that positive interventions can achieve. An example of this, which has been well documented and researched, has been the implementation of the national Family Literacy programme in which she was closely involved. Working with children and parents/carers has been shown to positively benefit the parent and the child. Susan is committed to the importance of multi-agency working and the need for a coherent approach that maximises the potential and added value that partnership working can bring. Susan joined nurtureuk in January 2013 and hopes she can draw on her previous experience to further support the success of the charity and the continued development of nurture groups.