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Sunfield’s Leadership Team

Caroline Bell

Principal, Caroline Bell

Caroline has a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences, a PGCE, a diploma in SEN and the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Prior to joining Sunfield in 2010, Caroline was Deputy Head of the Holbrook Centre for Autism, a residential special school for young people aged 5-19 with autism and learning disabilities.

Clifford Faulder

Director of Care, Cliff Faulder

Cliff Faulder has over 20 years’ experience in the social care sector and during that time has held a variety of roles, ranging from Care Support Worker to Regional Manager, prior to arriving at Sunfield as the Director of Care.

Clifford holds an advanced care management qualification, registered managers award and a NVQ level 4, in addition to an FDA in therapeutic child care.

Val Harley

Senior Care Manager, Val Harley

Val has a B Ed Hons degree in Special Education, QCF Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification, and is a qualified Verifier and Assessor for the Sunfield Assessment Centre. Val has worked at Sunfield for a number of years using the professional development opportunities available to her to increase her knowledge and skills. In her current role she is Acting Head of Care, is a member of the Operational Leadership Team, is a qualified trainer for TEACCH, the Quality assurance Co-ordinator for Sunfield’s Assessment Centre, a Safeguarding officer for Sunfield, and currently has responsibility for Home Farm and Rowan House.

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Bursar, Anthony Pitchers

Anthony has over 20 years’ experience as a Bursar in mainstream independent schools and has worked in both co-educational and single-sex schools, boarding and day schools. Prior to this he spent 18 years in the Army as an infantry officer in The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. Anthony is responsible for all the non-child facing support services at Sunfield.

Katherine Livingstone

Head of Education, Katherine Livingstone

Katherine has a B.Ed (Hons) Degree in Primary Education from Oxford University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Severe and Complex Learning Difficulties from Birmingham University, and is currently working towards the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Prior to joining Sunfield in 2011, Katherine had been a Deputy Head at two other all-age special schools for students with complex communication difficulties and autism, and had taught primary aged students in both mainstream and special schools.


Finance Manager, Julie Mowbray

Julie has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Management and is a qualified chartered management accountant (ACMA).

She has over 20 years experience of working in the Higher Education sector at The University of Sheffield. As a member of the Finance Department’s Special Projects team she worked on large capital projects, including the multi million pound development of the University’s sports facilities. Prior to joining Sunfield in 2016, she was a member of the senior management team at the University’s sports centre, with specific responsibility for finance.

 Lotty Riggs

Team Manager, Psychology & Therapies, Lotty Riggs

Lotty has worked in a variety of roles at Sunfield, including Care Support Worker, Deputy Team Leader, and Team Leader. She is a member of Referrals and Admissions, Operational Debriefing, Psychology and Therapies Management, and Operational Leadership teams. Lotty oversees the work of Psychology and Therapies (including Family Services and Outreach). As Behaviour Development Coordinator she is operational lead to Behaviour Management and co-ordinates the CALM Management Team.

Refferals and Admissions team

Head of Referrals, Admissions and Transitions, Sally Conway

Sally hails from a background in Learning Disability Nursing, prior to joining Sunfield in 1999 to develop the Family Services Department. She spent over 14 years extensively researching the issues families face, and guiding Sunfield’s response. In her current role, Sally co-ordinates the student journey from referral to admission; working with local authorities and families to secure and plan student placements at Sunfield. She also works closely with local authorities and colleagues from Sunfield’s Operational Leadership Team to analyse referral data and plan services to reflect the changing needs of the students.

Ian Jones picture Director of Appeals & Development, Ian Jones

Ian has a B.Sc. Degree in Quantity Surveying and is a fully qualified member of the Institute of Fundraising MInstF(Dip). He has over 20years experience in a senior capital development and fundraising role within the charity sector as well as several more years’ experience within the construction industry. This is a diverse role, which not only focuses on raising the major funds required for the various capital projects, but also plays a key role in the development, procurement and sometimes direct project management of the various schemes that are funded through appeals income. Ian joined Sunfield in 1998 and has raised many millions of pounds during this time and has overseen the development of a wide variety of projects ranging from play areas and new vehicles, right through to major alteration/refurbishment contracts and multi-million pound new-build construction projects.