From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was the CEO of nasen and prior to that held a number of teaching posts within mainstream schools in Sandwell, West Midlands. She completed her 25 year teaching career as head teacher of two very diverse primary schools.

Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs within mainstream settings. She also has hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional educational needs

During the time that Lorraine worked for nasen she was involved in a number of projects with many agencies including the Department for Education (DfE). She was also a chair, a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

Lorraine is a Governor at Chadsgrove School and is currently the Director of the Chadsgrove Teaching School Alliance.

In June 2009 Lorraine was awarded the OBE for 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.

Since November 2013 Lorraine has worked as an Independent Consultant supporting schools, local authorities and academy chains to successfully implement the SEND legislative changes.