Support Team

JeanetteJeanette McPhail – Chief Executive

Jeanette joined Life Education as a Community Fundraiser in 2003 after a career break to look after her two children; became Operations Manager in 2006, General Manager in 2011 and Chief Executive in 2016. As a parent and former school governor she is acutely aware of the dangers facing children and is committed to ensuring that as many children as possible across the Wessex region benefit from this vital part of their education. Previous experience in marketing, business management & development and working with all sectors of the business, local government and voluntary community has proved invaluable in her current role as Chief Executive.



lorraine_3Lorraine Hewitt – Fundraising Manager

Lorraine joined Life Education as Corporate Development Fundraiser in 2007 having worked for six years as an Events Manager of a large corporate company. As part of a European marketing team she was actively involved in Marketing and PR initiatives and has worked with several children’s charities. For over 20 years she worked within business development and client relations throughout Dorset and Hampshire gaining an excellent working knowledge of local businesses.  Lorraine is passionate about her work with children’s health and wellbeing and is delighted to be able to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.




Lynn Clements – Operations & Fundraising Administrator


victoria-pattisonVictoria Pattison – Operations & Fundraising Administrator for Thames Valley

Victoria joined Life Education Thames Valley as Operations Co-ordinator for the Thames Valley region in 2010, having previously worked for an international construction company in business development organising events, producing bids/submissions and regional newsletters. Roles prior to this included executive roles in PR agencies, and in editorial for a publishing company having trained as a journalist.  As a parent of two young children Victoria is very aware of the issues facing primary school children, particularly with regards to health and well-being.  She enjoys her role co-ordinating the many and varied aspects needed to assist Life Education see as many children as possible.



MaggieMalgorzata ‘Maggie’ Smith – Finance Officer

Maggie joined LEW in 2013 as Finance officer. She is a qualified member of the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians).  She has worked for various charities mainly dealing with educating children. Maggie has two children herself and is acutely aware of importance to protect young generation from bad influences. Originally from Poland, Maggie was brought up on a farm and completed agricultural college but chose to study Theory of Theatre for her degree at University of Lodz.




Lubna Arif-Schmidt

Lubna Arif-Schmidt

Lubna joined Life Education as a fundraiser in 2017. She has more than 15 years of experience in business development, communications and volunteer support in the private and not-for-profit sectors.  Lubna is passionate about empowering children with life skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy choices and build healthy habits for life. She strongly believes in working in partnership with parents, schools and the community to prevent substance misuse, obesity and mental health problems in children.  Lubna holds a Ph.D in Genetics. She is a Local Authority Governor and a Scout Leader.



Julie BarrettJulie Barrett – Events Organiser

Julie joined Life Education in 2015 on a freelance basis, working specifically on Events and Fundraising.  She has freelanced in Event Management for over 15 years and previously worked for one of the largest Conference and Exhibition Companies in the UK travelling Internationally organising Oil and Maritime Conferences.  Julie has her own family and has raised funds for playgrounds, parks and skate parks over the years and is very aware of the pressures put on Children of today.  Both her children have meet Harold in the Life Bus and she feels very honoured to now support Life Education Wessex.