Our Charity

The ARC was founded by Virtual Heads and academics because they saw how attachment and trauma aware approaches made a difference for young people and adults in schools and settings. 

Our Patron, Sir John Timpson CBE, and Trustees have many years of experience in promoting and developing attachment and trauma aware approaches within settings.


Our Patron

Sir John Timpson CBE

Sir John Timpson CBE

Sir John Timpson CBE is a British businessman, the chairman and owner of Timpson, a UK shoe repair and key cutting chain with over 2000 branches. Together with his wife Alex they had three children, adopted two more and fostered another 90. John is well known for his unique business style which he calls ‘Upside-down Management’ and he is leading a campaign to encourage all schools to be aware of the special education needs of looked after children. In 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector and in 2017 was knighted for his services to business and fostering. 

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Our Trustees

Our board of trustees have a wide range of experience in supporting attachment and trauma aware practices:

Andrew Wright

Andrew WrightChair

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Andrew is the Head Teacher of Dudley Virtual School for Children In Care supporting over 600 young people in their educational settings.

Dr Anne-Marie McBlain

Dr Anne-Marie McBlainTrustee

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Anne-Marie currently works as a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist for Stoke Virtual School supporting educational and other settings to meet the needs of children and young people in care

Kate Brooks

Kate BrooksTrustee

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Kate is an Associate Lecturer in Education History and a Doctoral researcher at Bath Spa University

Nick Mort

Nick MortTrustee

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Nick originally trained as a secondary History teacher in mainstream 11-18 schools. He has worked as a Middle and Senior Leader in a diverse range of schools, including several inner city 11-18 mainstream schools, gaining the National Professional Qualification for Headship in the process.

Richard Parker

Richard ParkerTrustee

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Richard is a founder trustee of ARC, and coordinates the ARC HE and ITE network, including the response to the recent Green Paper on children’s mental health

Peter Cox

Peter CoxHead of Governance

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Peter has 40 years experience as a financial director and consultant in the private, charity and not for profit sectors.

Michelle Salter

Michelle SalterTrustee

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Michelle Salter is the Virtual School Head Teacher at Telford & Wrekin Council where in January 2020 the outcome of the Childrens Services ILAC Ofsted was graded as Outstanding. Through the practices developed Michelle also utilises some of her time supporting other colleagues and local authorities including undertaking Peer Reviews with NAVSH where she is currently on the board of trustees. 

Lizzie Watt

Lizzie WattTrustee

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Lizzie Watt is Assistant Headteacher leading on Innovation, Pedagogy and Learning for Derbyshire’s Virtual School. Lizzie designed Derbyshire’s highly successful  Attachment Aware Schools: A Safe Space, A Nurturing Learning Environment and leads on the delivery of this transformational programme, embedding relational practice and action research at the heart of school development.

Janice Cahill OBE

Janice Cahill OBETrustee

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Gareth Brenton

Gareth BrentonTrustee

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Head of Department, Cwmbran High school

Jackie Brooks

Jackie BrooksTrustee

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Macintyre Academies

Dr Adele Thacker

Dr Adele ThackerTrustee

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Educational Psychologist for Telford Educational Psychology Service and Specialist Practitioner for Telford Virtual School. Prior to her Doctorate training in Educational Psychology, Adele developed and managed a provision for primary aged children at risk of exclusion based upon nurturing principles.

Amy Howe

Amy HoweTrustee

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Amy is the Virtual School Assistant Head for North Yorkshire.  She is also a Family Seeing Coach for NY Children’s Social Work practitioners.

Jon Hickman

Jon HickmanTrustee

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Jon Hickman is an Assistant Head Teacher of a large secondary school in Birmingham with responsibility for behaviour.