Our Trustees

Sue Tripp

Sue has been in education for 36 years and the Headteacher at West Lea School for the past 8 years.  My educational mission has always been to work with the students’ strengths and efficacy, to ensure that they get the best outcomes in life – ‘a job and a special friend!’  I arrived at West Lea School with an inclusion agenda, to try and get as many students as possible back into main stream schools.  After a short time, I realised that what they had at West Lea was a peer group, friends, a bespoke curriculum and staff who understood their needs. They had a confidence in themselves that needed to be extended to the world outside of the West Lea complex.  From that starting point my vision ‘Learning for Life’ was born.  The Learning for Life Charity is an extension of the school, offering work experience in our shops, offering social experiences (without parents being there!) and offering SEND students in Enfield a life!!

James Carrick

James is a Trustee at the Learning for Life Charity. He has been in education since 1982 apart from a short break when he went travelling and ran his own business. Since 1993 he has worked in the London Borough of Enfield, nearly always based in Edmonton.

James is committed to breaking down the barriers that confront children and young people with special educational needs and the mantra of inclusion is in his DNA. He understands the difficulties that confront the community of Edmonton and will strive to mitigate these by using the Learning for Life Charity to uplift the community and support them to achieve their aspirations.

Mervin Cato

Mervin is one of the co leaders, and founder of Men United 4 Christ. MU4C started up more than 20 years ago engaging men from different churches in Prayer, Bible study & training. Mervin is Head of Enfield’s Secondary Behaviour Support Service and has over 15 years’ experience in education. Mervin started as a learning mentor in a London based secondary mainstream school and progressed to Learning Support Manager within the same school. In 2007 he became Manager of a local authority Secondary support Centre in North London. Mervin’s service work with the most challenging young people in the borough – most of who have been permanently excluded from school – with a large percentage of them being young people who have offended.  Mervin runs parenting groups in, and out, of church, and as a father of three and a grandfather of two, Mervin has experience of parenting teenagers as well as working with them with on a professional basis.

Renee Flourentzou

Dr Serpil Djemal

Louise Mcnamara

Lulu Mungur