Cambian Dilston College

Meet the Team from Cambian Dilston College

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Marie Flatman

"I am the Principal for Dilston College and I have responsibility for strategic oversight of education and care, supported by our Vice Principal for Education and our Head of Care. I have worked in education for over 23-years, my previous roles included Vice Principal, Head of School, Senior Manager for Curriculum and Quality, Higher Education Lecturer and Further Education Lecturer. I am passionate about person-centred learning and making Dilston an amazing place for our young people to prepare for adulthood."


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Vice Principal and Head of Education

Karen Bell

‘’I have worked in the High Needs sector for over twenty years, I am also qualified up to post graduate level in Education (Special Education Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice). I have had many years of managing and developing Post-16 Study Programmes to meet the individual needs of young people in line with the EHCP outcomes and I am passionate about helping our young people reach their full potential!’’


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Head of Care

Scott Chapman

Scott has worked in Ofsted and CQC registered services his whole career, and brings a whole range of skills and experience with him to Cambian Dilston College.  Scott joined us in March 2024 as Head of Care, and he is currently in the process of registering with CQC to gain the registered Manager status.

Scott has experience in working with many different client groups, with a passion for working with young people that have experienced trauma. He has previously worked in and managed community and residential services, and completed independent visits across a number of providers.



Curriculum Manager

Janice March

Janice has over two decades of experience in special education, supporting children and young adults with complex needs. Janice holds postgraduate qualifications in autism, together with experience of many specific teaching techniques and strategies to ensure that young people with complex needs are happy, safe and making educational, social and emotional progress. 

Throughout her career, she has extensive experience in tailoring both the curriculum and learning environment to maximise the progress each student makes towards their EHCP outcomes, with every opportunity to reach their full potential.



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Transition Co-ordinator

Catherine Lincoln

Catherine has worked at Cambian Dilston College for over 10 years, and joined the Transitions team in 2019. Her role is to co-ordinate each student’s transition during their time at Dilston, and then out of college, working extensively with the student, their parents/carers, school staff and external agencies to ensure this is successful.  Catherin’s focus is to provide the best outcomes for our young people as they prepare for their next steps.      



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Telephone: 0161 507 3723


Lizzie Sykes

Occupational Therapist

Lizzie (Elizabeth) Sykes

Lizzie Sykes is a consultant occupational therapist who joined Cambian Group in 2021 and began overseeing Dilston College in November 2023. She has been practicing occupational therapy since 2011 and obtained formal qualifications in 2018. She has worked exclusively in children’s services since qualifying. Prior to this, she worked within forensic and secure mental health services with both adults and young people as an occupational therapy technician. She gained experience working in a variety of different health teams across the UK, including West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Alpha Hospitals, Harrogate and District NHS Trust, and Care Tech Autism Services Limited.

 Lizzie's children’s occupational therapy roles include being part of the multidisciplinary team working with children and young people up to 25 years old with mild, moderate, and complex health and developmental needs in special and mainstream schools, nurseries, homes, clinics, and ward settings. Her more recent experience includes leading the occupational therapy provision across two specialist settings for children and young people with a primary diagnosis of autism across Cambian school and college sites.

Her qualifications and learning include a first-class honours degree in occupational therapy (Bachelor of Science), the Royal College of Occupational Therapists approved Essential Skills for Paediatric Occupational Therapy, assessment and treatment approaches for young people with developmental coordination disorder, positive behaviour management, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) levels one and two, Makaton levels one and two, and interoception Curriculum.

Lizzie is Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered and is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Specialist Section for Children, Young People, and Families. She attends regular seminars for continued professional development and keeps an electronic record as evidence. The HCPC in the UK is set up to protect the public. HCPC only registers professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, and behaviour.

Lizzie values play and leisure based occupations and brings a variety of creative and active skills to the role which include music, art and mountain biking. She is also a fully qualified rebound therapist and can deliver WInstrada trampolining grades 1-3. Her goal within school and college is to promote participation in meaningful and purposeful occupations to increase health and wellbeing of both students and their support networks.


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Financial Assistant

Sam Lister

"I have undergone three Business Administration apprenticeships and achieved numerous other industry specific and technical qualifications whilst working full-time in various roles in Education for over two decades. I have an extensive experience in customer care and was previously responsible for many client accounts on a global scale. I have only been in my role a short amount of time however, I know that Dilston is a special place and I am looking forward to becoming part of its rich history."


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Facilities and Services Manager

David Fawcett

David has worked for Dilston College since January 2021, starting first as a Support Worker before progressing into a role to support administration on site.  His working life began in 1983 when he joined the Royal Air Force in the Logistics branch.  Primarily working as a Hotel Manager.  On leaving the RAF in 2007 after completing a BSc (hons) Degree in Hospitality Management.  David has spent the period up to 2021 working in customer facing roles in both the corporate and private sectors in Hotel Management and Facilities Management gaining further qualifications in Facilities Management to support his practical experience. 

 David is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service to all stakeholder both inside and outside of the organisation.


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Admissions and Marketing Officer

Hilary Purvis

Hilary has had the pleasure of working at Cambian Dilston College for over 17 years. She was employed as a Learning Support and then moved into a job coaching role before finally undertaking her current role as Admissions and Marketing Officer.

The main aspects of her role are to promote the college to prospective students, parents and other parties, and to facilitate the assessment and admissions process for all new students. She loves the variety of her role and really enjoys the contact with students, families and professionals throughout the whole process.



Team Leader

Ben Watson

I am a Team Leader here at Dilston College.  I have been at Dilston college for 4 years and have the responsibilities of providing leadership to residential support worker staff and accommodations within the site to support our great team and amazing young people.

We all work together as one team across residential and education to get the best out of all students, promoting and maintain independence to help our young people strive when they move on from Dilston.

Outside of Dilston College I do farming as a hobby on my friends farm which I have done for 6 years, working with Beef cattle and Sheep.




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Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at Cambian Dilston College to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility.


The agenda comprises of:


✓ Voice of the Child - student feedback


✓ Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements, challenges and progress against school improvement report


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy


✓ Commercial Performance


✓ Staffing and Personnel


✓ Estates Report


✓ IT report


The Governance Board contain key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is always welcomed.


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