Kate Yarbo

Chair of Management Committee

Area of Responsibility: Quality of Education, Provision of Information

Kate became a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1992 and qualified as a Systemic/Family Therapist in 1996. Kate set up and registered The Ryes in 2011 with the aim of providing outstanding, nurturing Education 


Maria Marques-Neves

Management Committee member

Area of Responsibility: Health and safety

Maria has worked for the Ryes for almost 11 years, joining as the Director of Operations in 2009 and progressing into the Managing Director post in July 2019.  Before joining the Ryes Maria ran a successful Management Training and Development Company in Norfolk, delivering training and consultancy both nationally and internationally


James Fischer II

Management Committee member

Area of Responsibility: Safeguarding, Quality of Education

James has held many senior positions throughout his career, leading on Safeguarding and ensuring Government Standards are implemented.  "Holding leaders to account and being clear about our expectations for young people at Ryes Education is paramount. As we know, we choose these roles to make sure the children feel safe and appreciated by the adults they come into contact with when  in our  schools."

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Ian Claybourn 

Management Committee member

Area of Responsibility: Personal Development

Ian has worked as a registered mental health nurse since 1988. More recently he has worked at director level in services providing adult mental health care and children’s services. He is passionate about the education that children receive and has a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education and opportunities to succeed in life.


Helen Knowling

Management Committee member

Area of Responsibility: Behaviour and Attitudes

Helen has been part of The Ryes team since 2002. She has specialised in Behaviour Management and is our in house Pro-active Approach Trainer and Secure Base Model Lead.


Karen Poulson 

Management Committee member

Area of Responsibility: Health and safety

Karen is our Head of Operations. Shea has qualifications in Leadership and Management and has experience in many publicly accountable organisations.

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