The Visiting Faculty
Professor Michael Lewis
Professor Lewis is an experienced educationalist, teacher, school proprietor, consultant, writer, and educational entrepreneur with more than 35 years’ board level experience in the UK, EU, USA, GCC and India. Michael has extensive educational interests and has been Proprietor/Principal of Riverston School in south-east London since 1982. Prior to this he was Headmaster of Lime House School in Cumbria from 1976-1982. In 2009 he acquired the London Children’s Practice in London’s Harley Street enclave before establishing Riverston Plus – an integrated and inclusive bespoke learning department within Riverston in 2010. Riverston is keen to establish schools and colleges, particularly in the Gulf, Middle East and Indian sub-continent, as well as other independent schools in the UK. Michael is currently developing new international partnerships and innovative new ways to deliver inclusive and integrated bespoke educational solutions to young adults of all abilities, including those with mild/moderate special educational needs through social enterprise.
Jackie is a hugely experienced speech and language therapist with an international reputation who has established clinics in London, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Riverston she was CEO of the London Children’s Practice in the Harley Street enclave, undertaking diagnostic and multidisciplinary assessments as well as medico-legal assessments. She is a regular speaker at international conferences and has co-written and taught a postgraduate Masters programme in ‘Childhood Communication Impairment’ accredited by Anglia Ruskin University. Jackie has also co-developed an early years framework that helps nurseries identify children’s needs at an early stage in order to provide the appropriate support and see each child reach their full potential.
Helen has a wealth of experience in teaching. Initially working in the primary sector, she co-founded a preschool in 2005, where she was captivated by how children develop and learn. As a result, she has more recently become an Early Years consultant, focusing her expertise on the development of a play based, child centred Early Years curriculum, where early intervention is key, underpinned by relevant, research-based training. Helen now trains practitioners in the UK and overseas. Helen is writing a book on empathetic practice in the Early Years, to be published in 2017. The book highlights the nature, impact and influence of empathy in Early Years settings, and how to develop this vital skill in young children. Helen also writes articles for the leading parent magazines, and for the Early Years Teacher Organisation.
David Urani is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with a wealth of experience garnered from working in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has been chartered with the British Psychological Society since 1997, and is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council since its inception in 2009. David has been practising as a psychologist since 1987 in Australia and England. He has been in private practice since 1998 and established his own practice in 2003, specialising in the educational assessment of children with learning difficulties, autism and related social communication difficulties.
Dr Sunil Pullaperuma
Dr Pullaperuma is currently Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Neurodisability at Imperial College of Medicine Health Care NHS Trust in London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a member of the British Paediatric Neurology Association, the American Academy of Childhood Disability and Cerebral Palsy, the European Academy of Childhood Disability, the British Association of Community Child Health, and the Autism Steering Group. In addition to his work at Imperial College, Sunil has been a Consultant Paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 2004. His clinical experience embraces 4 years as SHO/Registrar paediatrics, 4 years as Senior Registrar paediatrics, and nearly 19 years’ experience as a Consultant.