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LEADERSHIP TEAM

 
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BRENDAN MAGUIRE

Founder/Director & Registered Manager

As founder/Director, Brendan is responsible for the financial management of the company as well as the overall quality of our services. He is also responsible for promoting Video Reflective Practice and Gentle Teaching within the organisation. 


Brendan has 25 years’ plus experience of working with and learning from, autistic adults and children. In 2006, Brendan gained a BPhil in Special Education (Autism) from the University of Birmingham. In 2010, he qualified as a Certified Consultant in Relationship Development Intervention with the RDI® Connections Center in Houston, Texas. From 2016 – to – 2017, Brendan undertook Guider Training in video feedback intervention with the Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK.

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DEBORAH GORDON

Relationship & Compliance Manager

As Relationship & Compliance Manager for Learning Together, Deborah is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation and quality of our services day to day. She is also responsible for providing mentorship to service managers and their teams promoting best practice in all areas of service delivery. 


Deborah has over 35 years’ experience working directly with children and adults with autism. Initially qualifying as a general nurse, Deborah retrained and practiced as a Registered Arts Therapist, (Dramatherapy R.Dth) in 1991, working as Senior Therapist in London with a specialist Dramatherapy Charity, both facilitating therapeutic sessions and supervising Dramatherapy students training at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Deborah moved to the southwest in 2001 completing her NVQ4 & Registered Mangers Award and has developed and managed a variety of services, over the last 20 years, supporting people with intellectual disabilities and autism. In 2013 Deborah trained as a facilitator of RSE (Stafford University) and recently completed a level 3 Counselling Award. Whilst still relatively new to Gentle Teaching Deborah feels it strongly advocates for the development of supportive relationships that genuinely enable vulnerable people to be seen and heard. We all learn from one another. 

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SYLWIA GRUNTKOWSKA

Service Manager

In this ‘practice leadership’ role, Sylwia works alongside her team to help provide a positive, supportive and consistent environment for those we support. A self-reflector, Sylwia maintains individuals’ Quality of Life plans and contributes video examples and other materials to help induct and train team members. She works to support individuals on a day-to-day basis by establishing and maintaining flows of life that have meaning and purpose for each person. 


Sylwia has over 20 years' experience working with adults with care and support needs, including adults with Learning Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injuries and the elderly in a variety of settings. Sylwia qualified as an Occupational Therapist at Medical College in Poland, graduating in Social Politics. Sylwia moved to the UK in 2005 where she was able improve her spoken and written English skills and develop her career through experience and training in the Health and Social Care sector. Sylwia is currently undertaking her Level 5 Registered Managers Award. 

She spends her free time keeping busy and active with her husband and daughter. An enthusiastic cook who likes to entertain, she bring people together with her food, energy and all-round positivity.  

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JONAH ROHWER

Acting Service Manager

Jonah is responsible for developing and maintaining routines for those we support, as well as mentoring and supporting Community Leads and Community Support Workers, and ensuring our practices meet the standards required by CQC. 


Jonah grew up in Steiner Camphill community and has additional 10 years plus experience working with children and young adults with learning disabilities, autism and behaviours that challenge. 


In 2014 Jonah completed the NVQ 3 in health and social care and is currently enrolled in the QCF Level 4 for Leadership in Health Care. In 2019 Jonah gained a degree in Sociology.