Meet the Team


Nova Children's Project has a highly skilled team who together have extensive experience of supporting children and young people with learning disabilities. 


It was founded by our three Directors who oversee and manage the organisation. They are supported by a passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers.


All our clubs and playschemes are led by either the Project Manager, the Deputy Project Manager or one of our Coordinators. 


Natalie Lower 
Director & Project Manager 

Natalie is responsible for the day-to-day running of Nova Children's Project, including team leadership, financial management and coordinating our clubs and playschemes.

As well as holding a degree in Management, Natalie is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist, previously supporting individuals with communication difficulties in the criminal justice system.

Fran Leach 
Director & Relief Deputy Project Manager 

Fran primarily works on a 'relief-basis', either coordinating or supporting the team in the delivery of our clubs and playschemes. As deputy, she assists the Project Manager in the management of the organisation and is involved in the the planning of our services. 

Fran is an Educational Psychologist and has significant experience of supporting children and young people with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities. 

Jen Gosnell

Jen is involved in the development of our services as well as the delivery of our induction programme for staff and volunteers and our disability awareness training we offer to local schools and organisations.


Initially qualifying as a teacher, Jen now has over ten years experience of working with children and young people with disabilities and previously managed a similar service to Nova Children's Project.

Jen is currently on maternity leave.


Ian Longley
Coordinator and Relief Project Worker 

Ian coordinates a number of our clubs and playschemes, including taking the lead for our 19-25 Project. He has extensive experience of working with individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, both in groups and one-to-one.