Marion founded The Loddon School® as a charity in 1988 for children who can no longer live at home because of their severe and complex learning difficulties. The Loddon School® has become well known both nationally and internationally as the only school of its kind in the UK.
In 1995, Marion and her husband Tim established Liaise Loddon Ltd for similar reasons: there was little adequate provision for adults with severe autism. She has been an active Director at the Company and now continues to work part-time as Chair.
Marion has worked in special care and education her whole life, including head teacher of three special schools. She has also been director of a large facility offering special care and education.
It was whilst establishing The Loddon School® that Marion introduced the use of positive approaches enabling education and care to be provided in a supportive and therapeutic environment.
It was the practical application of these approaches within school which led to the development of what we now know as PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, which is a proactive approach to care that focuses on the whole person, not just their behaviours.
More than 700 instructors now teach this programme in schools, care settings, hospitals and community homes all over the British Isles.
Marion retired as Principal from tThe Loddon School® in 2008 remaining on the Board of Trustees where supporting people with severe learning disabilities and autism remains her priority.
Marion also writes about care matters and lectures all over the UK and internationally. She is an active Rotarian, and, as the first woman president of her Rotary Club, won the Best Medium Sized Club in the World in 2012!