Meet the Team

Dr Peter Gardner


Peter Gardner is the founder of Appleford School for children with Dyslexia and Daneswood Care Home for adults with learning disabilities. Dr Gardner is a Chartered Educational Psychologist, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and a Chartered Counselling Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He is a full practitioner member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. He is a registered Psychotherapist (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and was a committee member of the Psychology and Psychotherapy Association.

Peter has had over 40 years’ experience in the learning disabilities field and has built up a wide range of knowledge and experience during this time.

Much of his work is legal work, including the preparation of detailed court reports and submission of oral evidence, working for Crown Courts, Magistrates Courts and Guardian ad litern panels. He acted as an expert witness in the precedent-setting Phelps v London Borough of Hillindon education negligence case in the High Court in July 1997 Boys outside and was described by Mr. Justice Garland as “particularly well qualified, careful and fair”. His legal work is split roughly 50-50 between claimant and defendant work.

John Rossiter


I am an experienced professional in the learning difficulties sector and I have worked in the field since 2006. Before starting work with people with learning difficulties I gained a BA in Religion and Ethics in Society from the University of Wales Lampeter.

I worked for many years with Mencap in a respite home in mid-wales before returning to the South West where I grew up. On returning to the area in 2011 I started working at Daneswood and have been there ever since working my way up from being a senior support worker, then a team leader before finally becoming the registered manager in April of 2015.

I have an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care on top of my degree and I also have my QCF level 5 in management.

I firmly believe that my story proves that with Daneswood, everyone involved has the opportunity to achieve whatever they put their mind to. I have built a close working relationship with the young people, their families and the Daneswood staff over the years I have worked at Daneswood.

I feel privileged every day to work at Daneswood.

Amy Skittrall

Team Leader

I have been working at Daneswood for four and a half years now.
I started as a senior support worker and then in June 2018 I became a Team Leader.

I love my job and what Daneswood has to offer to the young people living here. I am very passionate about my job.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, going out for food and relaxing. In the evenings I like to watch TV and read books.

Dianne Pagett

Team Leader

I have worked at Daneswood for over 12 years. I joined Daneswood as a support worker and worked my way up to Team Leader. I feel great about what I have achieved in supporting the young people with a range of different needs. I have now been Team Leader for a number of years and I feel Daneswood is an excellent home for the young people.