L Petersen headshot 2Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

 As a result, Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.

Lorraine has had hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional needs as well as experience in liaising with a range of organisations within a multi-agency context .

NASEN Dr Haneef Hasan Ali 2During her time as CEO of nasen, Lorraine worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (formally the Teaching Agency) and UKTI. She has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences  (Click here to view Lorraines forthcoming events in 2015) that as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Lorraine is a former Chair of Governors at TreeHouse School. She is also a governor of Chadsgrove Special School.

In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education.

In 2010 Lorraine was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Education Research Awards and in 2013 the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT

 In 2015 Lorraine successfully completed the IPSEA SEN Foundation Legal Training and has been appointed as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

In 2016 Lorraine became an Advocate of the Chartered College of Teaching.