Senior Leadership Team

Liz Keeble

Chief Operating Officer

Liz began her teaching career as a graduate Special Needs Teaching Assistant and loved the work so much, she completed a PGCE with the Open University and has now been teaching for 25 years. Throughout her career, she has held a number of roles, including Lead School Improvement Consultant for Essex County Council, where she undertook a post-graduate diploma in Mathematics in Education. She was a deputy head for four years before taking up a five year headship. She is a fully qualified Senco with a specialism in social, emotional and mental health challenges. After completing some consultancy work for us, she joined Omnia Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in September 2021. She brings with her an interest in long distance walking and physical fitness, as well as music and the performing arts.

Lianne West

Head of Foundation

Lianne is our Head of Foundation and is responsible for creating a culture where the wellbeing of all is of the highest priority and where our students’ skills and talents are recognised, nurtured and encouraged by everyone. She is a highly qualified teacher with 22 years’ experience teaching and leading teams across both primary and secondary settings in the UK, the Middle East and Switzerland. Lianne has a BA in Primary Education with QTS, as well as a Master’s degree with a focus on maths intervention. Lianne is passionate about improving mental health, learning, and quality of life for young people. Outside of school, Lianne enjoys the outdoors through hiking and cycling and generally keeping fit and active.

Doreen Ellis

Head of Curriculum and Qualifications

Dee is our Head of Curriculum and Qualifications, and teacher for the Rhino’s Hub.  She has had a broad career in teaching in a wide range of specialist settings and has a rich experience of senior leadership.  She is a specialist in English Language and Literature.  As Head of Curriculum and Qualifications, Dee is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day planning and delivery of the curriculum in each hub.  She monitors the quality and breadth of provision and advises on pedagogy.  She is responsible for ensuring that the students who are ready and able to undertake formal qualifications in maths and English are rigorously supported.  She works with the learning and teaching team to assess and evaluate the progress students make towards their targets and their vocational qualifications.  Dee is also the teacher for the Saints hub.

Elizabeth Beal

Head of Therapeutic Provision

Liz is the foundation’s Head of Therapeutic Provision. She has studied at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic, London and has a range of psychoanalytical tools at her disposal which she can apply to individuals, relationships and organisations. Liz leads the Emotional Wellbeing Team and has strategic responsibility for designing, planning and supporting the delivery of all the wellbeing interventions for students.  As part of her strategic role, she participates in home visits and liaises with services to support students who may struggle to access on-site provision for any reason.  Liz is highly skilled and shares with staff her knowledge and understanding of others, how to relate to them, modelling a range of strategies for managing the students’ emotional wellbeing.​

Louise Cusiter

Head of Statutory Provision

As Head of Statutory Provision, Lou is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the provision that specifically relates to Section F of the Education, Health and Care Plan. She works alongside both the Emotional Wellbeing Team and the Learning and Teaching Team to ensure that the planned provision meets the identified needs of the students. A large part of her role is attending review meetings, personal education plan meetings for our Children Looked After and reporting on progress to the Local Authority education and social care representatives. She is responsible for overseeing the application and induction process and evaluating whether the foundation can meet an individual young person’s needs. Lou is a trained counsellor herself and has had a long career in special educational settings.