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Meet the leadership team

David Ellis
Chief Executive
David Ellis
David joined National Star in 2010. He has worked in the voluntary sector for over 35 years, during which time he has gained valuable experience of working in the disability field with a number of different charities. He has worked at director level in charities including Leonard Cheshire, Guide Dogs for the Blind and the British Red Cross.

David has led the growth of the organisation with it doubling in size and gaining a national and international reputation for its outstanding quality of services in care and learning. He believes that can only be achieved through attracting and nurturing committed and qualified staff.

David is passionate that the young people and adults who use National Star’s services and their families are at the heart of everything we do. For him it is also important that we share our expertise to create a world where people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their own lives.

Peter Horne
Deputy Chief Executive
Peter Horne
Peter joined National Star in 2003 and has over 30 years’ experience in the charity and not-for-profit sector. Originally, from a retail commercial management background Peter has worked in fundraising, finance and management roles with national charities before coming to National Star.

He is responsible for the financial, facilities and infrastructure aspects of the organisation and he has led several major capital development projects to provide specialist resources at National Star.

Peter holds a Master’s Degree in Charity Accounting and Financial Management from Cass Business School. Outside work, he has contributed to other community organisations in voluntary roles and is currently a trustee and finance committee Chair of a local multi-academy trust.

Lynette Barrett
Chief Operations Officer
Lynette Barratt
Lynette has worked in Education, Health and Social Care for 24 years, joining National Star in 2001. Holding over 18 years’ management experience, 12 years in senior leadership, Lynette has never lost sight of the invaluable foundation that starting her career as a facilitator provided.

Appointed as Chief Operations Officer in 2019, Lynette led the way in building and sustaining quality, achieving outstanding with Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission across all regulated areas. She is committed to ensure young people with disabilities receive quality education and care across the UK and have the freedom to choose the education and care that suits their needs and aspirations.

Elected Chair of Natspec in February 2021 after being a board member for four years, this furthers her commitment to young people with special educational needs. Lynette describes the opportunity to work with and represent young people with disabilities as a privilege, one that she will never take for granted.

Simon Welch
Simon Welch
Simon’s first encounter with National Star was as a 14-year-old when he visited Ullenwood with a friend who was a student at National Star. That visit and his friendship with a young person with disabilities led him to his career. He completed a degree in Conductive Education, specialising in neurological disorders, and later qualified as a teacher. Simon joined National Star in 2008, working with the Personalised Learning team and was appointed Principal in 2019.

He is passionate about putting young people at the centre of everything National Star does and for multi-disciplinary teams to work in an integrated way to find the right solution for the individual.

Megan Rogers
Director of Services for the South
Meg Rogers
Megan joined National Star in 2018 as Head of Community and Work Programmes and appointed Director of Services in 2019. She has 25 years’ experience working with young people with disabilities and learning difficulties in both care/support organisations and within educational settings.

She is responsible for the care/support services provided to residential students and long-term residents. Meg is passionate about ensuring young people have control over their care and that their voices are heard and responded to. Her background in working across settings enables sound joint working across the National Star portfolio.

John Mann
Director of Services (Wales)
John Mann
Since joining National Star in 2007 John has worked as residential manager, head of residential services and is now Director of Services (Wales). He has overseen the operations of National Star in Hereford, Foundation House, MatrixCare and the opening of National Star’s first college in Wales.

John introduced Team Teach into National Star to help staff supporting a more complex student cohort, where he is now the lead instructor for the organisation. He is responsible for maintaining the quality of our Welsh provision and growing services in Wales for young adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. John also represents Wales’ specialist further education colleges as regional director on the board of Natspec.

David Dalby
Director of Funding and Management Information Systems
Dave Dalby
David, who joined National Star in 1997, has worked in specialist education and residential provision for people with disabilities for over 30 years. He has a wealth of firsthand experience of enabling people to meet their potential and providing high quality services.

David is passionate about ensuring the young people and adults who would benefit from National Star’s services receive their entitlement and funding. It is important to David to have close working relationships with families, stakeholders and commissioners of services to ensure we are always thinking in the best interest of clients and ensuring they have the opportunity to meet their potential and enjoy life.


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