LCHC Project Team

Our steering group consists of five people. In alphabetical order we are:

Leslie Barson has over 30 years experience managing and letting property. She founded The Otherwise Club, a community centre in Central London for home educating families in 1993 which she continues to run to this day.  The Otherwise Club has grown from an unincorporated group with just a few families to becoming a charity and company limited by guarantee in 1998, and now supports 100 families from across London. Leslie home educated her two children as a single parent, whilst pursuing a part time academic career, obtaining a PhD in Education in 2008. She is widely published and speaks internationally as an expert on autonomous and home education, most recently as keynote speaker at the Universidad de Colombia, Bogata, Columbia in December 2010


Sian Fletcher has worked in finance for various organisations including development finance for a housing association and is currently working as financial controller for the UK’s largest citizens advice bureau.  Whilst working part time she co-home educated her daughter and was an active member of The Otherwise Club for 12 years and continues to be a trustee and treasurer.  Sian qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2007, completed a degree in 2010 and works as a volunteer for a counselling service.


Lani Parker is a disabled activist and is currently working as a welfare rights worker. She studied Peace Studies in Bradford, graduating with first class honours in 2004. She is on the management committee of her local community centre. Her skills in the areas of community work include outreach and events organising and group facilitation. Lani is currently studying part time for a Masters in Culture, Ethnicity and Diaspora at Birkbeck.


Alison Taylor is committed to studying permaculture and environmental and social change issues.  As well as a degree in Drama and English, she is trained in communication skills such
as interpersonal relations, effectiveness training and non-violent communication. She currently is home educating her two children and is an active member of a home education community organising regular activities and managing a bi-weekly group of over thirty families.


Deirdre(Dee) Woods is a multi talented community specialist, urban agriculturalist, cook, broadcaster, designer/maker, writer and poet.  With a diverse background in the arts, media, design, community work, health promotion, mental health, and play work she specialised in developing culturally specific projects for children, young people, girls and women. Deirdre has worked in Trinidad and Tobago, New York, USA and in the UK. She is committed to lifelong,self directed learning and vocational education, and has two children who are happily learning autonomously.

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