Ali Golding - Founder, Artistic and Managing Director
Sir Robin Bosher KBE - Patron
Sir Robin is a National Leader of Education, Government-appointed Director Quality and Training and Regional Director, South East for Ofsted. Prior to this Sir Robin Bosher was the Director of Primary Education for the Harris Federation. As a Headteacher for twenty-two years during that time he led three very different Primary schools. He became the Executive Headteacher of the federation between Fairlawn, Haseltine and Kilmorie Primary Schools in Lewisham. Fairlawn was a National Support School and was designated as one of the first Teaching Schools in the country. Sir Robin was awarded the National College Primary School System Leader of the Year award in 2010. He is an NPQH coach and has worked on the NPQH programme for over ten years.
Robin has experience as a DfE City Challenge Adviser and has led the London Challenge Primary Programme as the Operational Director. He was the Primary Headteacher on the board of the DfE ‘Achievement for All’ steering board and a member of the Primary Reference Group.
Sir Robin Bosher was knighted for services to education in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday honours, June 2012.
Joanne Lara - Founder Autism Movement Therapy
Joanne has dedicated her life’s work to improving the lives of individuals with autism through movement and music.
Joanne is a core adjunct professor at National University in LA, California and helped design the American Autism Certificate. She earned her master’s in special education, Moderate/Severe and Multiple Disabilities from California State University and a BA in Dance from the University of South Florida. She holds a CCTC California, Moderate/Severe Education Specialist, K–12 teaching credential and taught in the LAUSD for over ten years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism.
Her advocacy has led to the founding of the nonprofit organization Autism Movement Therapy® and receiving two 'Autism Speaks' grants. Joanne is based in Los Angeles but travels widely and is often in contact with Ali Golding on shared endeavours.
Autism Movement Therapy® lectures, certifies, trains and licenses educators, parents, dancers and professional service providers across the United States, Canada, India, Malaysia, South America, the UK, Europe, Wales, China and Kuwait in the beneficial role that movement and music can play in the speech and language, behavioral and cognitive domains of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Joanne produced the documentary, 'Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the Arts' with Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Ed Asner and others. She was the Autism Consultant/Technical Advisor for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV show 'Touch'.
Joanne is also a columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest and wrote the methods book Waking up the Brain! - Autism Movement Therapy® Method for Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.